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Publisher's Summary

Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.
©1996 Mercedes Lackey (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Chelyn on 02-26-10

Great story, poorly presented

I too love this tale, as well as the rest of the Elemental Master series, and have read it a number of times in book format.

I cannot recommend this version of the book due to the very poor narration. As mentioned in a previous review, the narrator is wooden and does not clearly differentiate the various characters. Words are mispronounced throughout the recording and some are even transposed or changed ("appeal" for "appear", "or" for "on", "she" for "he"). Minor errors are to be expected in recorded books as an occasional typo might be found it the printed version. But these errors so permeated the "performance" that I was all-to-often jerked out of the world of the book.

Finding pronunciations is as easy as going to a dictionary website, where the word will be pronounced for you. I'm surprised the audio editor didn't pay closer attention, considering the number of production staff listed at the end of the book.

I will not purchase another book read by this narrator, and am very glad the rest of the books in this series have different performers. I will also preview books by this producer more thoroughly before purchasing.

(4 stars for the book, 1 star for the narrator for a total of 2.5 stars)

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1 out of 5 stars
By A. Foxdale on 02-22-10

Good book, poorly read

I have loved this adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast' in the style of Lackey's Elemental Masters series for years, so when it came up in Audible's library I snagged it right away. Having listened to the first twenty minutes, though, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get through it. The narrator's reading is expressionless and wooden. It isn't only that Black-Regan doesn't "do the voices." Not everyone can convincingly pull off a voice of the opposite gender, and it's better that they not try than do it badly. But there is no inflection or emphasis in any of the narration - no emotion at all to reflect whether what is going on is exciting, or sad, or moving. It makes for an experience that bores me as a reader, and is not good for keeping me engaged. I was very disappointed.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Catriona on 10-25-13

tedious

I picked this as I'd enjoyed some of the author's other books as light, easy reading. This was just dull. The heroine was perfect in every way and the story had no excitement to it until towards the very end. I'll not bother getting any more of this series

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 10-11-10

Good listen

I've tried all of the Elemental Masters books and although this isn't my favourite I did enjoy it. It's a young adult book really but an easy listen and great if you don't want to be too challenged. Set in 1905 California with the interesting twist of weaving in an exisiting fairytale. In this case Beauty and the Beast.

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