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Publisher's Summary

Ocyrhoe, a young, cunning fugitive from Rome, safeguards a chalice of subtle but great power. Finding herself in France, she allies with the persecuted, pacifist Cathar sect in their legendary mountaintop stronghold, Montségur. There she resists agents of the Roman Church and its Inquisition, fights off escalating, bloody besiegement by troops of the King of France, and shields the mysterious cup from the designs of many. Percival, the heroic Shield-Brethren knight from The Mongoliad, consumed by his mystical visions of the Holy Grail, is also drawn to Montségur - where the chalice holds the key to his destiny.
Arrayed against Percival and Ocyrhoe are enemies both old and new who are determined to reveal the secrets of the Shield-Brethren with the hope of destroying the order once and for all.
Alive with memorable characters, intense with action and intrigue, Siege Perilous conjures a medieval world where the forces of faith confront the forces of fear. Choices made by characters in The Mongoliad reach their ultimate conclusion in this fifth and concluding novel - and all of Christendom is at stake.
©2014 FOREWORLD LLC (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By H. Brown on 08-01-14

Average story--Terrible performance

What did you like best about Siege Perilous? What did you like least?

The continuation of the plot. Books 1 and 2 are the best, the next two are OK. This book is average. The characters are not as interesting. The story line is boring in long stretches. I am not sure a decent narration would have made a difference.

Would you recommend Siege Perilous to your friends? Why or why not?

No. In fact, I'd recommend against buying this audiobook since the narration is, simply stated: poor.

How could the performance have been better?

Let's start with what is wrong. As the narration began, I started to wonder, "did Ms. Dawe read this book before she started narrating?" The pauses during the dialogues between characters can be longer than two seconds. Normally they are a second and a half. For example (not dialogue from the actual book).John (as spoken by Ms. Dawe): Hi, my name is John.Listener (counting to himself):: one thousand one, one thousand twoJane: Nice to meet you, my name is Jane.For you nonairborne parachute personnel out there, each thousand count is a second, we learned that so we know when the parachute was supposed to be open (we count three seconds from the instant we exit the aircraft--not open in three seconds, think about deploying the reserve chute right away). Now, I don't know about you, but a narrator should not cause me to practice my count to pass the time while I'm waiting for her narration. When a listener is straining, waiting for the next passage, then the pause is too long. Maddeningly too long.Also, her cadence and inflections when speaking are sometimes very distracting, and that may suit some books, but not this book. Her voice has a harsh edge to it at times, and that is also distracting.Improvement? Find another narrator. I'll never purchase another audiobook that she narrates. Failing that, change the tempo of the narration and moderate your voice. Understand, I have nothing against switching narrators in a series (though I find it irritating sometimes). Each narrator, even one that is new to a series that has four previous books with an excellent narrator, is judged on the merits. I've adapted to this sort of change before. I could not do this with this book. Ms. Dawe's performance is so poor that I was moved to write this review.To those who are Ms. Dawe's fans, I say listen to what others are saying in their reviews. Also, you should know that I have hundreds of audiobooks in my library, I have never criticized a narrator in a review. I have bought audiobooks that had bad reviews from a majority of listeners and found the narration just fine. So when I say in this review that the narration is bad, from my point of view it is really bad.

Do you think Siege Perilous needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really, but if it is written by the authors of book one, then it would be worth listening to--if the narration is good.

Any additional comments?

I have a personal rule that I'll never return an audiobook since if I don't like a book, it is probably at least partially a matter of taste on my part. So I won't return this one either. But I am tempted......

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tam on 04-08-14

The narration is terrible

Any additional comments?

I finally had to stop this and just read the rest in Kindle. The narration was by far the worst I've ever heard. Just awful.

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1 out of 5 stars
By S B. on 01-16-15

Can't listen this woman's awful voice any longer.

What would have made Siege Perilous better?

Somebody else narrating

Has Siege Perilous put you off other books in this genre?


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

Definitely not

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Siege Perilous?

Anything else read by AD

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the first 3 books in the Foreworld Saga.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 01-21-15

shame about the narrator

I have listened to the previous books in this series and they have been excellent. The story in this was good but I felt it didn't grip me in the same way. A lot of that was due to the narration especially the very strange way she pronounced "she/he said" it was quite bizarre. It was almost an invective "she SAIIIIID", it had a peculiar emphasis as if the phrase left a bad taste in her mouth. Once I had noticed it, it seemed to get worse. But don't let that put you off, it may just be my ears !!!

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