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Publisher's Summary

In the scourged kingdoms of Mirrowen, little hope survives.
Rumors stir of a hidden child who can stop the devastating plagues — and the race to find her has begun. The ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, and the people pledged to stopping him will do anything to make sure they’re the ones to reach her first.
Because even though young Phae may be unaware that she is the long-lost daughter of Tyrus — the Arch-Rike’s rival — there is no mistaking her gift. She not only wields the dangerous fireblood, but she can also steal the memories of anyone who looks into her eyes. Both Fireblood and Dryad-born, she alone can survive the Scourgelands long enough to learn the secrets hidden within the oaks — secrets that may reveal the origins of the plagues…and how to fight them.
Now Phae must learn to accept her newfound destiny or forever fear the steadfast evil of the Arch-Rike.
©2014 Jeff Wheeler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Al on 04-18-14

Great Story Horrible Narration

Would you try another book from Jeff Wheeler and/or Sue Pitkin?

I would certainly listen to another of Jeff Wheeler's books, I totally enjoy his writing style. I would never try another book narrated by Sue Pitkin. She has no ability to narrate multiple characters in any distinctive fashion.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance would have been better if Michael Page narrated the second book as well as the first. Sue Pitkin was simply pathetic. I was perplexed by things such as how the Quiet Kishion takes on some sort of Arnold Schwarzenegger accent. He (she) sounded ridiculous. Her narration almost ruined the book for me.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca L. on 08-01-14

Great story, terrible narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would go back to Michael Page as the narrator. Sue Pitkin does okay when she isn't reading dialogue, but she can't read dialogue well to save her life. I can only listen to this book for short periods of time before I have to turn it off.

I got this audiobook despite the poor reviews of the narrator because I had the ebook already and it was only $2, but I would never waste a credit or pay full price for it. The book is excellent, but Pitkin was not the right choice at all. I feel like she'd do much better with something like Jane Austen rather than epic fantasy.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy everything about this story except the performer. It's a solid follow-up to the first book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her speech is exaggerated, her attempts at different accents are awful, and it is clear that she didn't listen to any of the previous book. Conversations between characters are painful and unnatural. As an example, the voice she uses for the archivist's passages is stilted and overdone while Michael Page's interpretation was scholarly and thoughtful. I grit my teeth every time one of those sequences comes up when I used to enjoy them. I gave her two stars because I can at least listen to her for short periods of time, but I have to take a break after long dialogues.

Was Dryad-Born worth the listening time?

Reading time, heck yeah. Listening time... Just barely, maybe? It was better than not listening to a book at all, I guess.

Any additional comments?

Please, please, please, please bring Michael Page back.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 10-22-15

Good story - worst narrator ever!

The story is interesting and different from the usual sword and sorcery books which is why I put up with the execrable narrator. I was expecting her to suddenly yell 'and LASHINGS of GINGER beer' at any moment.
The cadence of the narration was awful with frequent emphasis on the wrong words and a real jumble of downright dumb accents poorly realised. The first book was narrated by a much better narrator and I am sorry that they changed for this volume.
I can only hope that they change again for the third volume or I don't think I will be able to put up with it and will never hear the end of the story, although I will probably buy it in written word because, again, the story is really good!
I suggest Ms Pitkin would make a great job of narrating the Famous Five books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 06-10-15

Needed a copy editor!

The story is good, Sue Pitkin gets the intonation wrong a lot though, making it difficult to listen to.

This would really have benefitted from the attentions of a good copy editor, or even a proof reader. Repeating words twice in a sentence & misquoting famous sayings demonstrated a lack of attention to detail.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Brendan on 04-15-17

narrator is difficult to listen to

narrator is difficult to listen to, recommend not wasting your time with this book. (need at least 15 words)

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