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The story is just fine. In fact, it's much better than about 3/4ths of the Fantasy books that I have read over the past 20 years or so. All of he characters are well developed and the story lines, as well as the back stories, flow smoothly with clear intent and purpose. However, this is not a good audio presentation - it's borderline miserable.
Anne Flosnik, whom I normally love as a reader, presents this story as a Children's Tale. She over emphasizes the pronunciation of each and every word and reads so slowly that you might tend to go to sleep now and then. If she had just read the book in her normal voice, at her normal speed, it would have been just fine. She didn't!
I would not recommend this AUDIO presentation to anyone that I wish to keep as a friend. The book, on the other hand, is well worth reading.
- Mike -
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The narrator has a British accent but all the characters sound a bit like Deanna Troi from STNG. I'm torn about this one. On one hand, its interesting, on another, the story is a bit 'too out there'. The whole wine magic seems a bit too farfetched. The philosophy of degredation and humiliation these people must go through to become mages seems sadistic. The slavery and the complacency of the indivduals probably realistic but also a bit boring.
I'm halfway through and mildly interested in finishing. I think a race of people who get magic from wine, might be unique but I'm not entirely sure its that interesitng.
The narrator is a bit of a strange choice. She has this way of over ennuciating certain words. so Master turns out to be "masTAH" etc. It sounds at point strange.
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