The Soprano Sorceress : Spellsong Cycle

  • by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • Narrated by Amy Landon
  • Series: Spellsong Cycle
  • 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused. But she soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa, Anna was a music teacher and small-time opera singer, but on Erde, her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress-potentially. First, though, she must figure out how to use her ability before the rulers kill her.


What the Critics Say

"Resplendent feminist fantasy with an inventive and expertly handled scenario, life-sized characters, and flawless plotting." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good story, glaring pronunciation errors by the re

I would have given this book a higher rating, but it is a pet peeve of mine when the reader does not know enough of the subject at hand to be able to pronounce the technical terms correctly, and the producer cannot be bothered to at least get someone who does understand to listen and correct such errors. it is not "vocalEYEzes" as in she vocalized her concerns, but rather "vocalEEZes" which are warm up patterns sung to prepare the voice for performance. Likewise it is not "double forty" as in she looks like forty miles of bad road, but "Double Forte" (rhymes with hay) indicating very loud volume. Seems like a small thing, I'm sure, but to even minimally trained musicians, very grating, all. the. way. through. the. book!

The reader got better as the story moved along, at least she finally stopped trying to emulate a "baritone voice" which is as annoying to hear a woman do as it is to hear a man try to sound like a woman by speaking in falsetto! Unfortunately, the second book is being released next week, so, more than likely, the erroneous pronunciations will be present there too. One only hopes that if this is a long series, the producer will employ the services of a musician to teach the reader to say the terms correctly.
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- Dallas Wright "CowboyMusicMinister"


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An editor actually reviewing this story. It appears that this is self-published! I don't understand how audible can carry this.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this author

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Landon’s performances?

Perhaps - but not by this author

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Soprano Sorceress?

The whole book - the idea is interesting but the writing and story development is just terrible. I'm not a studied person that loves high literature, I don't even have the words to describe what makes good writing.. what I do know is that to repeat a few facts about a character a gazillion times with nothing about it being revealed is just bad writing...

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- Monika Aebischer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio