The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix's New York Times best-selling Old Kingdom series, for listeners who enjoy series by Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.
Goldenhand takes place six months after the events of Abhorsen and follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, which is featured in Across the Wall.
Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must use her new powers to save the Old Kingdom from this great danger - and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
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"I'm not sure what happened here"
I'm a die-hard fan of the series and listen and read the books probably 15 times a year, but I will NOT be listening to this one again. I've used Audible for almost 8 years now, and this will be my first returned book.
First off, as other reviewers have mentioned, the narrator was abysmal at best. Lack of emotions and enthusiasm, weird and random pauses, and little to no vocal distinctions between characters.
Second, there is no way Garth Nix wrote this. The first three books were amazing and had so much depth that I continue to enjoy them as an adult. Clariel was definitely a bit lagging, but as a pre-qual, it wasn't bad. This? This is an abomination. Either Nix has lost his mind, is stuck in a rut of writing for pre-teens, or he had a ghost-writer. The story was choppy, with no character or plot development, rushed romance, gratuitous appearances from prior characters, random additions of new places and people, and an ending that made me hope there's no more books, because the series has been butchered enough.
I'd love more books with the main characters, but only if we get the mid-90's Nix back!
"Good story! Poor narrator choice."
I enjoyed the story, but not the narrator. She did not bring much to the story in terms of performance. She did not bring characters to life with voice acting.
This one caught me off guard. I've been a huge fan of the Old Kingdom series. This book reads like mediocre tween fan-fiction.
I'm not saying it's a piece of crap. It's just so much worse in contrast to the other ones that it almost feels like.... something between a mix of disappointment and betrayal. I'm being ridiculous though.
Me. Nix is a fine writer. Goldenhand probably needed a heavier editing hand.
I liked this series but this book is all over the place and is a very disappointing ending to a five book series. The first three books are narrated by Tim curry and they are so good. This narrator is horrible, like Siri or my car GPS was reading it out loud.
"I miss Tim Curry"
The story line is very good. I'm happy this is a continuation right after Abhorsen. I miss Tim Curry reading the book. He really brings the story to life when he tells it.
Lirael is definitely my all time favorite character. I love books with heroines. There are so few female heroines in stories. I especially love how Garth built her attitude.
If Tim Curry was able to perform. The performance was good, but just not Tim's level...
1000 times yes
Thank you for bringing abhorsen series to life. I really enjoy theses books, and I hope they continue.
Love the author. The narrator would have gotten one more star except she kept pronouncing the 't' in filet. I couldn't get past it
I have waited so long for this book. It has a little more romance than the other books... which I suppose is okay, but I feel like the battle scenes weren't as epic. It may be because I listened to it rather than read it myself, as I did the first books many years ago. The narration took several hours to get used to. I thought I was going to have to return the book because I just couldn't stand the way she read. I loath the way she portrays the Disreputable Dog's voice. I dearly miss Tim Curry. I wish he could read to me forever!
"Excellent Story, Horrible Narration"
As usual, Garth Nix wrote a delightful, entrancing tale, although after the confrontation with Orannis in Liriel and Abhorsen, Goldenhand seemed slightly anticlimactic. Nevertheless, i greatly enjoyed the story although the narration made enjoyment difficult.
Heather Wilds has a very pleasant voice, but her intonations and inflections were at times so indifferent to the words that it sounded more like a computer reading the story. It was disappointing at best and downright infuriating at worst. In fact, it's a good thing Garth Nix is as good of a writer as he is because Ms. Wilds' narration would completely destroy and ruin the enjoyment of any lesser writer's work. Her type of performance is good for newscasts, weather forecasts, and PA announcements but terrible for reading aloud.
"Very disappointing story and a fitting performance"
YA with limited vocabulary
The total lack of imagination and originality! Yet another naive YA drama, completely different from the Abhorsen masterpiece and old kingdom.
Loved the story and the series but the voice actor was abysmal. It would have been much more enjoyable with a better reader. Oddly enough she seemed to do better toward the end but her overall tone and voices were lacking.
"Love the Old Kingdom but can't go on"
I love this storyine by Garth Nix, and Tim Curry's performance of the original trilogy is stupendous. But Heather Wilds, I'm afraid, was not having a good day. If you're not interested in or even following what you're reading aloud it all sounds the same, with monotonously repeated patterns of intonation that drive the colour out of the story and drive the listener up the wall. Within 5 minutes I'd had enough, I wasn't listening anymore, because she wasn't paying enough attention. Listen to Sabriel - that's how to read these books. Sorry, sounds harsh, but I actually wondered if Siri would be better. I'm off to buy the book. Might as well read it myself.
"Another great story from Nix but let down by Wilds"
Love this entire series, and although Goldenhand isn't the strongest book, it is still a great experience. Developing Lirael further as she progresses as the Abhorsen in waiting, Goldenhand introduces some new characters whilst drawing on the key previous names from the past books in the series.
However, Heather Wilds narration is nothing but bland and awkward and really takes away from the enjoyment. My advice, buy the physical book and read it.
"An amazing addition to the series ruined by an awful reader"
The narrater of the book (Heather Wilds) is not at all good completely ruins the excitement and tension in the book as it is all read in a monotone so the most exciting scenes seem mundane!
I highly recommend this book but suggest you either read it or find a different narrator if you really want to be able to enjoy this wonderful book!
Sabriel, Lireal, abhorsen, Clariel and now golden hand. The old Kingdom series is so amazing and it blows me away every time I'm enter it. Garth nix 🙌🏽 10s!
"Great story, abysmal reader!"
Really enjoyed the book but the reader is terrible, putting stress on all the wrong words!
"Great to return to the Old Kingdom"
Loved the story, and felt it had the magic and excitement of the main trilogy. A definite improvement on Clariel.
While Heather Wilds' general narration was quite painful (like a posh robot reading), the character voices were actually done well. So I feel she redeems herself eventually.
The story is great but the narrator is really awful. She doesn't read ahead to the end of a sentence before saying it out loud so all the emphasis ends up on the wrong words which makes it quite hard to understand what is going on.
"A good book spoiled!!!"
Tim Curry must be turning in his grave!!!!
I was really looking forward to Garth Nix's latest book. The story is up to his usual standards but after several attempts to listen to this story I have given up.
Heather Wild has ruined his book. Her narration sounds like a year seven child reading a challenging book. Exceedingly boring with occasional attempts at an accent(???) but otherwise monotonous with inappropriate inflections.
Anyone who wishes to follow the story should get the book and avoid the audio book.
"Disappointed in the old kingdom"
I wasn't expecting much after Clariel, the Abhorsen novels were excellent and well paced but these last two feel like fan fiction.
The story is strong and felt like it was going to be a return to form but it reads like it was written in one sitting.
The pacing is awful - decisions are made far too quickly, relationships spring out of absolutely nowhere and cameos by former characters feel forced and are way too brief.
The audiobook itself is meh the reader didn't really capture the characters and there was way too much he/she said where voices,tone or emphasis could have indicated the characters speaking.
Meh. Don't waste your money.
"It's good to be back in The Old Kingdom"
To begin with it was a bit jarring to hear a female voice - only because I'm used to Tim Curry - but Heather Wilds did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and immediately started from the beginning again.
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