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I was a bit disappointed in the audio version of this wonderful book. I will forever worship Tamora Pierce for her writing skills. In fact this book, when it came out, was one of the first fantasy novels that I read as a pre-teen. To this day, as an adult, I still buy every book she publishes, and read them all at least once a year. This audio version, however, fails to do justice to her novel. The narration was extremely stilted and over-enunciated to the point of sounding like a machine. It lacked any sort of inflection, especially when heard up against the exuberance of the character actors. An audio book read by an ensemble cast can be great if done well, but this one had the feel of an acting troupe that hadn?t run their lines enough. The pacing was off, and it lacked cohesion as a whole. The overall effect was very distracting. I?m not disappointed that I bought this audio book because I just love the story that much, but I do hope that the next one is better.
39 of 43 people found this review helpful
I've read and re read this book so many times there are bits I know of by heart. I really enjoyed the audio eventhough it was more the lack of other choices that made me choose it. After I heard a tad bit more than the sample and got used to the pronounciations I fell in love with it.
I like the full cast and it is not at all distracting.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
when I saw this audio I knew I had to get it it's my all time favourite book and narrative by the author herself
I was pleasantly surprised by the cast all how I personally thought they'd sound
a good fantasy book with everything you might want in a story
monsters magic heroes and the characters have so much life in them fought further forward by the amazing cast work
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The narration is a little slow - I had to speed it up to make it sound normal, but the characterisation was great and I'm frankly overjoyed to have audiobooks of Tamora Pierce's work!
great books but if thay don't have the rights to all the books in the set then its verry annoying
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
an amazing story and something the entire family enjoyed already on to the next book