©1999 Tamora Pierce; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A splendidly rousing feast." (Booklist)
"This is smooth storytelling and a satisfying read." (School Library Journal)
Tamora Pierce continues to be fantastic reading for pre-teen and teen girls everywhere. Bernadette Dunn has an American accent but is clear to listen to. Can we have more of the back catalogue of Pierce's books soon, please?
The story itself was very well written.
but having read the book before it took me a while to get used to the narrators voice for the characters, especially Kel's.
"Narration does not fit the story"
If you've never read the books, the narration might not be too bad. If you have read the books, her depiction of Kel is jarring. She almost makes Kel sound whiny, which is far from how Tamora Pierce portrays the character. I love this story, hate the narration.
I loved all the charactors in the book. Found myself listening to it twice because I tend to miss areas while working. I purchased the second in the series as soon as I was done, and I'm now on the forth in the series.
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This story is a wonderful contribution to the Tortall universe, and an amazing call back to my still beloved Alanna series. However I have to say Bernadette doesn't do it justice. Numair and many other "adult" characters either have a raspy voice, or a full blown "old man" croak. all the boys speak in the came voice, and Kel herself sounds exactly like one of the extra boy voices. TL;DR: Bernadette has ONE voice, and it's her own. Long live Trini Avarado.
Unfortunately she does this entire quartlet. so I kind of have to.
"Another incredible series"
I loved the Song of The Lioness series and the Wild Magic series and this looks to be the start of another incredible series by Tamara Pierce. Deep issues are tackled with grace, and there's never a dull moment. Go Kel!
"for all daughters"
one of our favorite writers. great story and strong characters. Recommend you give it a try.
"must read for all youthf"
This is a wonderful take of a smart, strong. wonderful young girl who doesn't give up and is rewarded for her stick-to-it-ness. great example for both girls and boys! My boys, 8,10,14 loved it!
I usually hate these kinds of stories, but this one is really fantastic. It mixes in realism and fantasy perfectly. The performance was great and I can't wait to start on the next one in the series.
I listened to this (having already read it years ago) after hearing about the two women who graduated from Ranger school, and that the Seals had opened the doors long, long after G.I. Jane was made. Keel is a role model that any woman soldier can be proud to follow.
I enjoyed the book. A female is trying to fit into what is considered a male setting. This goes on today. The hazing as described is all to real in real life. This adds a realistic feel to the book despite its fantasy setting. My biggest complaint is the reader's voice is a little to old for the characters involved. It detracts little from the story but takes a little getting used too.
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