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The Story/plot was pretty good, however the narration wasn't. I had to rewind several times as the monotonous tone of the reader had me drifting. The lack of inflection, and rise and fall of voice had me falling asleep several times. Get someone else to read this series as I believe it is a decent one. In my opinion buy the book.
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A fun and exciting series with a very human heroine. No dark, depressing segments.
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Great story and series which I've read a few times. Bought the audio version to do whilst ironing and it was brought to life by the narrator. Different voices, accents and turns of phrase made the characters even more fun. Try it, you'll enjoy it.
This is a series worth buying, although I recommend reading rather than listening to them.
The story covers an elf lady who has a small amount of magic and acts as a 'seeker' essentially someone who finds lost or stolen goods using her magic and then tricks, swords and wit to free them and return them for a fee. We see very little of this side of her life however as very early on in the first book she is trapped into being bonded with a power hungry evil stone that desires human sacrifice. Despite repeated 'girl power you can't stop me" type statements from the protagonist she essentially is the "damsel in distress" for most of the series, with a succession of men and boys who either find her so beautiful/fun/talented/loyal that they continually drop everything to help her through the plot.
The fantasy world in which the story is set has several original elements, and the first book makes a good start at exploring that world. Unfortunately it does become rather repetitive and formulaic through the series, with less plot and slower pace of events with more sidetracking to feature hanky panky with the various men who continually compliment our heroine, a failing of many supernatural fictions these days...too much fluff and not enough substance.
You will literally get fed up with the inappropriate use of the word literally, also with the nonsensical phrase "I didn't ask it as a question". I read the books before I bought the audible version and I didn't notice these things when reading, I also had a higher opinion of the heroine which I think is partially a product of the delivery by the narrator but partly because an internal dialogue being read from a page in private has a different essence from listening to these private thoughts being said aloud by another person.
The narrator has a reasonable range of voices and delivery is ok, although I listened at 1.25 speed as at recommended speed it became tedious.
Magic Lost, Trouble Found... A book that has renewed my love of fantasy, after years of reading romance and paranormal fantasy it was good to read a book that has all the world building elements of a true fantasy novel, but with a more 'modern' main character. I liked Raine Benares, she was a character that I could really relate too...smart, funny, sarcastic and with a personality that didn't tolerate idiocy. The secondary characters were also a great compliment to her character, they bought out the best and even the worst in her as the book progressed. With the situation she found herself she went from one dangerous situation to another, and it made for a fast paced book that was both exciting and humours.
The voice over preformed by Eileen Steven was a good match to Raines character and she was able to change her style of voice for other characters including males, Eileen's ability to injected action and personality made for a great audiobook, one that I will certainly listen too again.