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Years ago, the Empire of Great Kesh failed in its attempt to conquer Krondor after the Serpentwar, thanks to the bravery, cunning, and magic of the sorcerer Pug and the Conclave of Shadows. Since then, peace has benefitted both nations, and the Kingdom has been free from the threat of another Keshian invasion. Yet now, the dark clouds of war gather again....
From the Far Coast in the west to the frontier with the Eastern Kingdoms, rumors, uncertainty, and political instability are rampant. Spies have gone missing - some were murdered; others have turned traitor. Factions are rising, powerful legions from the Keshian Confederacy have been mobilized, and an attack on the kingdoms of the Isles and Roldem is all but certain.
As the men of the Western Realm begin to mount a defense, Martin conDoin, the middle son of Lord Henry, Duke of Crydee, finds himself leading the charge against the invaders - like his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha. But Arutha had an entire army at his command. Martin has just a ragtag force comprised of a few old men and young boys.
As Kesh's invading hordes once again descend upon the Kingdom, no one is safe - not experienced masters of intrigue Lord James Dasher Jamison and the beguiling and deadly Lady Franciezka; not the brave warrior Knight-Adamant Sandreena and a new generation of loyal yet untested defenders; not even the great Pug himself, the most powerful magician the world of Midkemia has ever known.
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By Rob G. on 02-17-13
Job Opening: New Narrator Needed
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Meagher?
The only reason I am suffering through these books is because I really like Raymond E. Feist, I have read or listened to all of his books starting with "Magician: Apprentice" but I really feel that as a narrator, John Meagher is one of the worst I have ever listened to. In his favor, his clear and percise, but that is about as far as it goes.
1st - He reads way to fast. If he read just a little slower it would make it easier to follow the story.
2nd - (Maybe because he is rushing) There is no pause between scenes. One second we are with Sandreena, and all of a sudden we are with Pug, leaving us to wonder how in the heck did we get there??????
3rd - His is really bad at doing charactor voices (that is WHEN he attempts them) When he does, the listener can tell right away that they are forced, making it even harder to listen to.
4th - He uses very little emotional emphasis such as happiness, sadness, excitment, and so on in his reading
The narrator that I would have reccomended to have read these books would have been Gerard Doyle. He is the one who narrated the "Inheritance" series by Christopher Paolini. He is probably one of the best I have listen to.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By UncleHammy on 07-18-12
I was unable to finish this recording.
Would you recommend A Kingdom Besieged to your friends? Why or why not?
No. The narrator's voice and style were not enjoyable. After only a couple of hours of listening I gave up and could not finish the story.
How could the performance have been better?
The tone of the narrator's voice was not enjoyable.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I didn't make it far enough through the book to know.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful