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- By: Trudi Canavan
- Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
- Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.
- By Colleen2630 on 31-01-2015
Enjoyable overall. Good story. Average narration.
Fun book with 2 parallel stories unfolding via alternating book parts. Really nice idea. Neither narrater really impressed me but the male narrator was fairly solid throughout. He kept it fairly simple and was very clearly spoken if not a little bland at times. However, the narrator for the female story, although trying to put heart into it, changing up the accents and tones, fell a bit short of the mark. For example on occasions not switching the her accent back to the correct one in time for that characters line. Also at times an accent would slide around like she forgot what she was aiming for. This was at times a bit cringy and took away from the immersion. I don't want to seem cruel but this is what the review system is for. Hopefully in the sequels she improves through practice. To give her credit she was extremely clear and the volume level was very even throughout, which unfortunately cannot be said for all audiobooks. I thought about returning the book over these issues but decided the authors story alone was worth the asking price.