Audiobook review: Protector of the Small

Protector of the Small is my favourite series.  Fullstop.  I love this series and I talk about it and the author all the time.  I recently did an audiobook re-read and while I could talk about this series for days, today I want to focus and review the audiobooks.  Not enough people talk about and review audiobooks and I have been making a concerted effort this year to do so whenever I read by audiobook.

So here we go!

These books were read by Bernadette Dunne and I really liked her narration.  She does different voices and I liked most of them.  Dunne also speaks clearly and at a pace that I can easily speed up the audio and still understand the book.  Not all productions you can do this, though I think most audiobook productions nowadays keep this in mind when recording, or so I’d like to think.

While she does a great job, this is my favourite series and I’m rather picky.  One thing I noticed is some of the emotional cues in the book were not done to what I had hoped for.  For example, in the prologue of the first book there is a scene where Lady Alanna is very angry but the narration doesn’t go as far as I would have wanted and you can barely tell she was angry.  However, everyone imagines books differently and I need to learn to be open to other people’s interpretations.

For part of Squire I read and listened to the audio and noticed there were some (minor) differences between the text and the spoken words.  This at first bugged me but the differences were minor and mostly helped the listener better understand what was happening.  I’m not sure if it was intentional on the production part or due to a difference in what was given to Dunne to read (like a different version of the story), but over all it didn’t matter to the story.  However, those that read and listen might notice and get frustrated at this.

Overall I do highly recommend not only this series but the audiobooks as well!  

If there is something you would like me to cover about these audiobooks or others, please let me know!  I would like to be better at reviewing audiobooks.  


Epic Reads book Tag

tagI saw this so I decided to do it.  As I do with almost all tags. 

1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters for tea who would you invite and what would you serve?

So I’m one that would never actually want to have dinner/tea with my favourite author because I wouldn’t really know what to say to them.  I also want to just be mean and have say E.L. James in the same room as Christian Grey and watch what happens.  For this epic even I would serve potato salad because its the best.

2. What would you love a prequel for and what would be the main storyline?

I would love to hear more about how Kel’s parents (from the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce) became ambassadors to the Yamani Islands.  Make it a series to, please!

3. Which two characters not from the same book would make a great book couple?

It is literally impossible for me to ship non-text supported couples or relationships as I am on the asexual scale of things. 

4. If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them, what would you say?

Thank you. 

5. What book made you a reader and why?

First Test, book 1 of the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce.  This is the first book I remember reading outside of the classroom even though I know I was a reader before this series.  This book made me more so.  It was perfect for me: it had a lead character that was so much like me facing bullying, medieval times stuff (still don’t know if this book sparked my love of knights and swords and castles or if I was interested in it beforehand), fantasy, unique creatures, a sort of boarding school vibe and much more good stuff. 

6. If your bookshelf was caught on fire which book would you save?

Sadly, my Master’s thesis should likely be my first thing because that monster was expeeeeeensive to have bound, but there are a number of hard to get and nostalgia books on there that I would want to grab as well. 

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in?

Hmmm toughy.  I think even though I didn’t like the book, the future world of Ready Player One by Ernst Cline because the virtual reality part is really interesting.  Though the 80’s references would kill me.  Thought lets be real, I can think of like 4 dystopian settings off the top of my head atm so the list to pick from is small. 

8. What is your most epic read of all time?

I can’t pick just one book and no one is going to make me!