Reader and Raelynx : Twelve Houses

  • by Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • Series: Twelve Houses
  • 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

King Baryn has decided that if he marries his daughter Amalie to a high-ranking noble, the rebellious marlords might be pacified and he might be able to avert a war. So he invites all the young serramar to the royal city to court his daughter. To protect Amalie from any unsavory suitors, the mystic Cammon is installed to monitor all of Amalie's courtships, because Cammon is a reader who can tell if someone harbors violence or malevolence in his heart. Much to the dismay of her advisors, Amalie begins to fall in love with the wholly unsuitable Cammon. Even worse, war comes to Gillengaria anyway, and Amalie can only be kept safe through the combined efforts of the Riders, the mystics - and the wild raelynx that has mystical powers of its own. BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.

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great writing, poor narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Honestly, when I finish Part I, I'll probably stop listening. If you are thinking of buying this audio book, I recommend you buy a print or ebook version instead.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Reader and Raelynx?

Won't spoil the plot but it involves the raelynx!


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

The original narrator, Jennifer van Dyck, should have been hired to narrate all five books. She does male voices just fine, whereas Joe Barrett makes Kirra sound like a 1980s drag queen. It is extremely offputting. I could not finish listening to Dark Moon Defender and I don't know if I'll be able to finish Reader and Raelynx. I do wish there was a new version of this book with Jennifer van Dyck. I would buy it, even though I've already purchased this version.


Do you think Reader and Raelynx needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has a followup book. Unfortunately, it has yet another narrator. Jennifer van Dyck should have been re-hired, especially after the fiasco with Joe Barrett.


Any additional comments?

Stick to Mystic and Rider, Thirteenth House, and Troubled Waters in audio version. Get the rest in print or ebook. And check out other titles narrated by Jennifer van Dyck, especially those by Jack McDevitt.

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- kuaikuai

Great Listen

I loved this series so much I hated to see it end. It took sometime to get used to the new narrator, Joe Barrett -- and I have to admit, I never did warm to his interpretation of Kira, but I was able to over-look it. The story was so engaging and the battle at the end was great. I hope Sharon Shinn continues to write for the main characters, and that Audible gets more of her work soon. Highly recommended..
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- Mysticalsister

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios