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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her best-selling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb.
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it - even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace - no matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides...if they can survive.
©2013 Elizabeth Moon (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Leslie Ellis on 06-23-13

good story but cant stand the narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of Limits of Power?

the way the new narrator mispronounced everything

How could the performance have been better?

different narrator

Any additional comments?

wish they hadn't changed narrator or at least the new narrator should have checked how the other narrators in this series pronounced some of the names

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By Anita on 06-11-13

Great Tale badly read to gaspy death

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Angela Dawe?

Absolutely ANYTHING By Elizabeth Moon.
I have found no tale, novella or epic tale, to be wanting in any characteristic required for captivating and engaging. I've never been let down by the author.
Angela Dawe would do best to never wander from insipid, whine-some romances.
The narrator wgo supposedly "performs" this novel couldn't even been bothered to develop character voice, syntactic, accents, as previous readers Jennifer Van Dyck and Susan Ericksen , of the previous books in this series.
It sounds as if this is the first an only book of this series the narrator has read. And is it some rule that no one should listen to what has been done before in an attempt to preserve consistency of personalities and PRONUNCIATION???

What other book might you compare Limits of Power to and why?

Absolutely anything by this author is well worth reading and listening to.
If you are in a position to better listen to books rather than read them, whether time constraints or impairment, the Paksanarian books are ALL worthy of repeated visiting.

As well The Vatta Saga is the same quality, tho a very different environment.

The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population are both unique views of difficult situations.


Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

Mx. dawe needs a bit of voice acting study.
The company "Focus on the Family Radio" does a kids camp every year to introduce the uninitiated to voice acting.
That might be a ggod place to staryt.
every male voice is gapsy and husky and an obvious starin at reaching a non-existent lower register.,
I have heard Simon Vance , a solid baritone, read high voices without forcing a caricature> Ad I have hear an Dyke and Eriksen read the King, The squires, base born common, elvish, dwarvish, and gnomes so very well and distinctly after each was introduce there was almost no need to identify the speaker. The voicing, tone, accent, pronunciation, speech habits were so nicely and individually established you knew who was speaking before the author's identifications.

Six chapters in and Dawe shows no such creativity or ability.

I will cringe at every "Seer" where the word is "Sire" (as in land owner and master, lord of king) and every mispronunciation of "Taige (tAige or Tay-g) spoken as "tige"

I will sigh and lament that female voice is female and male voice is husky and gaspy and unconvincing...
And the whining... the drawing out of certain vowels into a whiiIIiiine may perhaps steal all the joy of this great book.

I notice Angela Dawe's list of other gigs is all romances... maybe this style works well with this genre.
It does nothing for Mrs. Moon's work.

I personally would like to see one of the previous Narrators hired to reproduce this book and this reneging be destroyed.

Micelee?


Who is Mickelee (sounds like nickle-ee)????


Mi-kell-ee
Mi-kell-ee
Mikeli Vostan Keriel

Mi-kell-ee Vos-tan Ke-ri- el

HOW HARD IS THAT???
I ASK YOU?????

Aris is in late teens and sounds like a little boy.
Aris was maybe 15 or so four years ago...

camwyn sounds like a boy trying to sound grown up.
Grown ups sound like grown ups....

What character would you cut from Limits of Power?

Only the reader Angela Dawe

Any additional comments?

I listened to the sample... and hated the reading instantly...
I am hoping it will iron out some how, but on the faith in the author's ability to deliver a stellar continuation of this brilliantly constructed story.

But it will take all I can muster to suffer this reader to the end of the book.


Hugely disappointing!

Great story ruined.

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By Ian on 03-28-14

Big fat let down...

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Moon or narrated by Angela Dawe?

Elizabeth Moon yes

Angela Dawe narrating NO!!!!!!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I wish Angela Dawe had done a little research before narrating this book. The story was totally spoilt by her mispronouncing works in a drawling tone.

Did Limits of Power inspire you to do anything?

Get angry..

Any additional comments?

Redo the book with Jennifer Van Dyck narrating..

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By Shaun on 09-06-13

Unlistenable.

Where does Limits of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Beh. Its hard to say because the narration is so bad. I mean - awful. Was Jennifer Van Dyke not available?

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters are relatively indistinguishable. And as this narration is not even remotely listenable, I will let you know after I have purchased and read the book.

How could the performance have been better?

The performer acts the characters ok - apart from her characters being pretty much indistinguishable by race, gender, class, and station. The most annoying, jarring problem is in the narrative passages She reads "He Said! She Said! He Wiped the Blood From His Blade" with with the same pace, tone, and with a loud exclamation point after each phrase, no matter how mundane the phrase. "I think not..." said Kiri!!!! "I will go..."He Said! Wiping the Blood Off His Blade!!!! He Crossed the Room!!!!! Not ONLY is each narrative phrase forced, each word is equally weighted, without a shred of nuance, pace, color, or appropriate pauses. Pacing of the narrative phrases are AWFUL!!!!!! This is why VO actors DESPERATELY NEED a director in the studio with them. And if there WAS a director in the studio, he or she should immediately lose his or her job!Furthermore, the actress might have taken the time to learn how to pronounce places and races by listening a bit to the previous narrations. For those of us who have listenened to each audio tape - its super annoying. Tayg, not Tah-ig. Kuoknomi, not Kwak-Naami. I suppose if this is your first Pak's book, it won't matter - but if you have been a fan of the series it will take you a while to figure out what and who she is talking about. Finally - the actress might have taken the trouble to READ the DANG BOOKS. The vocal quality of the elven and other races is perfectly well described by the author. The elves have musical voices, with a cadence. Ditto for the Kuocnom. Narrator doesn't bother to distinguish this in her performance. As the conflict that opens this book is racial in nature, it would have been nice if the narrator had been remotely familiar with the material so that we would be able to distinguish between the races.(Without of course, the requisite "Said the Elf!!!!")If I were Elizabeth Moon, I would have this audio pulled and redone. It's THAT bad.

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

Its not even a book I want to finish. Which is a shame, as I have loved the Paks series since it was first published.

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