The Ill-Made Mute

  • by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • Narrated by Kris Faulkner
  • 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Stormriders land their splendid winged stallions on the airy battlements of Isse Tower. Far below, the superstitious servants who dwell in the fortress' lower depths tell ghastly tales of evil creatures inhabiting the world outside, a world they have only glimpsed. Yet it is the least of the lowly, a mute, scarred, and utterly despised foundling, who dares to scale the Tower, sneak aboard a Windship, and then dive from the sky.

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did not care for this one

I did not especially enjoy this audiobook and will not buy the sequels nor printed versions.

The author's style is very prosaic, with long-winded anthropomorphic descriptions of scenery, weather, light, etc. I might enjoy those in a book of poetry or prose, but not so much in a novel. The entire plot could be covered much better in a short story and I found I was impatient to learn what will happen. There is potential in the plot, but it takes too long to hear how it develops. Also, this novel is much more a sequence of fairy tale stories and myths with lots of creepy, scary or disgusting ghosts and fantasy and fairy tale creatures.

The reader has a pleasant voice, but the frequent mispronunciation of words makes me wonder if she should be a professional reader at all. (For example: demesnes, not do-men-ses; mischievous, not mis-chee-vee-ous; and what is "grammarie"? - did the author write that, or is it grimmerie?) I found her mispronunciations to be distracting. Some of the heavily accented words as read for various characters were difficult to understand.

The sound of the recording had an odd metallic, "boinging" quality to it, as if it was recorded inside a stainless steel room or the microphone was covered with an aluminum pot. I tried various different earphones, earbuds and speakers but the odd quality persisted.

If you don't mind a lot of descriptive prose and not so much plot and character development, I would suggest you might like reading the hard-copy rather than listening to this book or its sequels.
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- S. Laird

Great listening

Having already physically read this book and all her others I had looked forward to listening to it. I was not disappointed, I found the reader easy to listen to, I was also eager to hear how some of the words used were pronounced. I think Cecilia has put a lot of research into her storyline and takes the reader on a fascinating journey. Her descriptions may be long and boring to some but I find they enable me to picture in my mind what she is describing. They also put you there in the story. I hope that we will have all her books available on audible soon.
Audible I hope you will get the 3rd book in this series and also her Crowthistle Chronicles. Pure escapism for me.
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- Colleen Baker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2007
  • Publisher: Books in Motion