• The Wizard Hunters

  • Fall of Ile-Rien, Book 1
  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives. When a magical spell goes disastrously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world-a world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors, and a secret Gardier base.

©2003 Martha Wells (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The subsequent story seems intended to combine elements of high fantasy and cross-time travel, as if it were a collaborative work by Andre Norton and S. M. Stirling. Thanks to Wells' narrative skill and considerably above-average characterization, it largely succeeds in those intentions." ( Booklist)

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One of my favorite books

What made the experience of listening to The Wizard Hunters the most enjoyable?

I love this story. The books in this series are three of the most worn-out books on my shelves, and I was excited to get it on audio book. The worldbuilding is rich, and done so effortlessly by the author. The characters come alive, and will often surprise you - the characters and plot keep the story moving at the perfect pace.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wizard Hunters?

I don't think I could pick a single moment. The best element of the book - it's a toss-up between the way the various culture clashes are navigated, and the unfolding secret of the Damal sphere.

What three words best describe Talmadge Ragan’s performance?

Decent. Warm. Over-enunciated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I've read it countless times, but I still had to force myself to save it for my work commute instead of listening to it all in one go.

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skip the listen, read the book

Martha Wells has been fortunate to have such fine narrators for her previously issued audiobooks: Derek Perkins for "Death of a Necromancer" and Christopher Kipiniak for "Cloud Roads" and its sequels.

I was really looking forward to the Fall of Ile-Rien books being recorded.

I listened to the little sample of "The Wizard Hunters' and thought "what an odd choice for a narrator", and bought the recording anyway. Mistake. I've stopped listening. The recording is too juicy, the intonation too Valley (phrases ending higher then they began), the emphasis unnatural, and the whole effect incomprehensible.

The "Fall of Ile-Rien" trilogy is great fun. Read the books and listen in your head.

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narrator sucks!

I like the story a lot but the narrator is really bad. not worth the money.

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  • 10-25-17

Great story, awful to hear

I love this author and this series and was looking forward to listening to this book instead of just enduring interminable rush hour traffic. Unfortunately the narrator has made sitting in rush hour seem even longer with her over enunciated and oddly emphasized reading. I an trying to finish this but don't know if I can.

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Great Story, but...

Great Story, I loved the first series and was looking forward to this one, but for one teensie little thing, the narrator. For some reason, the natural momentum of her storytelling is all over the place, which can mean fast paced moments grinding to a snail's pace mid pronunciation. it boggles the mind and I should have listened to the other reviewers warnings. That being said I will persevere with the rest of the series as the story really is wonderful.

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Distracting Narrator

The book was good but better to read it yourself. The narrator's style of reading is very difficult to listen to.

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Poor narration. Hard to find thread of the story.

Struggled. The narrator tended to drone. She sometimes mispronounced words and had an odd cadence in her reading. It was if she hadn't read the story well enough to know it.

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Read, not performed

I have really enjoyed many of the audio books from Martha Wells. The story and the PERFORMANCE in the Murderbot novellas were great! The prequel to this book was also great; inventive story - beautifully performed.
This rendering ... was not on par with the others

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reader over enunciating.

at first I thought the narrator had never read a book before, but after a bit I realised she was just over enunciating. a bit annoying in the long run

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good story, well read.

I see a lot of complaints about the book being read rather than performed. These reviewers are correct. The book is read rather than performed. However I will take a good reading over a baff performance and this is a good reading. The reader's voice is clear and pleasant with good diction. I'm still in the middle of the book but I'm enjoying it so I'll likely continue with the series.

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  • Carole
  • 11-10-13

Story great reading awful

If you could sum up The Wizard Hunters in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant wonderful plot

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wizard Hunters?

hard to say as its all good

Would you be willing to try another one of Talmadge Ragan’s performances?

The reader is rubbish - can't even speak English properly - i.e. bad pronunciation and no expression in the voice at all. Why do we have all these american speakers?

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  • Zombat 5
  • 05-19-21

Was the reader a real person or an AI?

The story was so so. Each next step was always fairly obvious well before it happened.

Sorry to be rude but the reading was completely weird. Kept putting emphasis on the wrong words and also separating each word in a sentence in a clipped and artificial manner. Sounded like a robot. Was it one?

I googled Talmadge Ragan and she's an American actor who specialises in audio book readings. When I listened to some of these (briefly) she sounded perfectly ok so not sure what happened here. A mystery.

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  • I B Dobson
  • 02-07-22

very poor reader

Could not listen for more than 10 mins before I had to abandon the book. Cannot rate the story because I never got into it.

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  • shadowfires
  • 08-23-17

The book is awesome. The narration is awful

Would you be willing to try another one of Talmadge Ragan’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

I love this book and got the audiobook so I could listen to it while cleaning or whatnot. I HATE the narrator. The emphasis is not at the right points in sentences, there are long pauses, and I personally don't like how she pronounces some of the names, although I bet that has more to do with me reading the books first. I couldn't even finish the audiobook. I had to stop after 20 minutes, and I returned the book.

Do yourself a favor and read the book, don't listen to it unless they get a better narrator.

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  • DarkFish
  • 05-31-16

A compex fantasy with interesting magic

I didn't like this book in the beginning, mainly because I found it difficult to sympathise with the main protagonist. However, as this complex fantasy began to develop, I became more and more interested. Ile-Rien is under attack by nameless raiders who appear out of nowhere, crossing from another world. Magician scientists of Ile-Rien manage to work out how to travel between worlds. They make contact with othes who are also under attack. The complexities of the two cultures makes for interesing reading. By the end of the book I wanted to know more.

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  • N. Hill
  • 02-28-22

DNF

I tried really hard to stick with this book, but after 59% I couldn't take it any more. I'm not sure if the terrible narrator had anything to do with my experience, but aside from her - just imagine William Shatner was reading, every single sentence was choppy - I also got really bored with how many times the characters were all standing around talking, especially when one character thinks something, and then another character thinks the same thing in their POV. It just didn't seem to go anywhere very quickly. I was so disinterested I don't think I could even tell you what the plot was for the portion of the book I listened to.

I'm a massive fan of Wells' Murderbot books, but this one really was not that interesting.

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  • LP_60
  • 01-08-22

Great tale, but awkward delivery

Martha Wells is a master story-teller and The Wizard Hunters is a fine tale. The narrator, however, was difficult to listen to. It sounds like they have a minor speech impediment and overcoming that with over-pronunciation of ts and ds often detracted from the story. I'm disappointed to see that the next two books in this series have the same narrator. It would be better to use narrators who can speak and enunciate clearly without needing to correct the ends of their words or over-pronounce things to avoid having words land in a jumble.

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  • Aileen
  • 11-14-19

How does this narrator keep her job?

Her speech patterns are utterly disturbingly bizarre. Just awful. Poor Martha Wells deserves better than this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-19

pass this one not worth time or money.

really not god. hard to follow poor imagery. is that 15 words yet? shit shit