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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 23-03-14

Really bad narration

What would have made Sassinak better?

A different narrator who can pronounce words correctly. I spent 2/3's of my time trying to figure out what he was saying, and I've read the book in print!

What did you like best about this story?

The story is great. I have read it in print several times.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ax Norman?

Anybody else. Susan Ericksen, Sally Darling, Gregory St. John, Nick Podehl.

What character would you cut from Sassinak?

I don't think I'd cut any of them. They all play a purpose.

Any additional comments?

Gah. The narrator totally ruined this one for me.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 05-03-14

Naration needs help

What disappointed you about Sassinak?

The narration was so poor it was hard to follow the story

Would you recommend Sassinak to your friends? Why or why not?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

If he read in complete sentences it would help. Pauses after a couple words each time instead of with the sentences.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cllaudia on 20-09-15

Great story almost ruined by narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator - or at least his pronunciation of names -- VERY grating when the title character's name is pronounced wrong: SUH - sin - ick instead of SASS - i - nack even though pronounced shortened name correctly "Sass"!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

mispronounced names, especially title character

Do you think Sassinak needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Need unabridged version of book 3 of series (Generation Warriors).

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By CatBookMom on 16-04-13

I hoped for better; I didn't get it.

Once again I am disappointed by the newly published audiobook of an old favorite sf/f book. Maybe Audible Frontiers needs a bit more in their budget for narrators.

Ax Norman did a passable job of reading the book. He did not feature any differing voices for the different characters. Toward the end of the book he began to waver in how he pronounced names - maybe he was getting tired. And Mr Norman's rhythm varied a lot, sometimes fast when it should have been slow and vice-versa.

It was perhaps only my many re-readings of this book that made me hope for better, and that I differed with how Mr Norman chose to pronounce names. The title character in particular, I've always thought of as SASS-ih-nak, not Sah-SIN-ik. Sadly, we can't ask Ms McCaffrey.

I won't be buying any sequels as audiobooks, and definitely not any of Mr Norman's other recordings. In 2013, I've come to expect multiple voices, consistent pronunciations, and timing that suits the story.

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17 of 20 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 26-03-16

Seriously! You have got to be kidding!

I couldn't get through the first 10 minutes of the book. Gosh awful. The narrator could not even pronounce the heroine's name right much less numerous every day words in what would be less than a page of printed book. If the book is about a heroine why have a male narrator with no voice inflections?

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 18-02-14

Good writing, interesting character

Would you listen to Sassinak again? Why?

I like the writing styles of both Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon. I knew of McCaffrey first from her Pern books. Sassinak was one of my introductions to Elizabeth Moon who quickly became one of my favourites. The Audible version of Sassinak is actually my third copy of the book with the other two much loved in years of re-reading long ago. I bought the Audible to "re-read" and enjoy again.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator has a nice vocal tone but doesn't do any voicing for the various characters. The reading tone of all character's speaking is the same as the narration. This can make it difficult to follow a conversation between characters if there is no 'he said', 'she said' narration. I would not choose another book based solely on him being the reader. I likely would not get a new-to-me book if he's the narrator since the lack of characterization could be confusing if I didn't already know some of the overall story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are moments of humor in the story, but it's not a comedy. There are some emotional parts to the story, especially in the early part of the book in Sassinak's youth.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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