The Kingless Land : Band of Four

  • by Ed Greenwood
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • Series: Band of Four
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Aglirta is known as the Kingless Land. Once prosperous and peaceful, it has now fallen into lawlessness, studded with feuding baronies engaged in a constant state of war. The only hope for peace lies in the legend of the Sleeping King, destined to rise and restore peace when the Dwaerindim stones are recovered.
Lady Embra Silvertree is the sorceress daughter of a bellicose baron with an eye towards world domination. She has been imprisoned by her father, who hopes to use her as a magical battery to fortify his castle. When a pair of good natured rogues attempt to steal one of her jewel encrusted gowns, they are quickly enlisted as allies to help her escape and, with the aid of a shape-shifting cleric, to seek out the Dwaerindim.

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What the Critics Say

“Pure listening pleasure….Enthusiastically recommended.” (Library Bookwatch)

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A few issues place this one firmly at "average".

"The Kingless Land" is a fantasy book from an older mindset and storytelling style. It's use of language very traditional to the point of being overdone and the plot points within it equally so.
It's not a "bad" story by any means, but there are a few audio editing choices and writing quarks that put enough of a damper on the audiobook experience to keep it at the "average" mark.

First off, the pacing is awkward. If a listener is trying to multitask at all while listening to this, then they might find themselves rewinding a few times because they are taken off guard by a sudden unannounced jump to other character perspectives or scenes from a character's past.  These transitions are harsh, occurring mid action scene or, in one noticeable occasion, mid sentence.

Secondly,  the narrator's audio work is all over the place. Wanda McCaddon has a pleasant enough voice, but there are random pauses that were not edited out and mess with the pacing even further. She also seems to have a bit of trouble with the range of character voices that this book seems to need. To many characters sound the same for a story that jumps around this much.

As an audiobook experience this book is recommended to listeners with a lot of patience for simpler and older fantasy adventure themes. Those looking for something with more modern language, twists, or sense of humor might want to pass on this one until it's on sale.
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- The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem

Awkward Paused and a Good Story

Narrator would periodically pause for just long enough for me to think my app had crashed.
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- B. Whittier

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.