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I love this series. It is a great story! It is best to start with Conflict of Honors, then Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, Plan B, then this book, to get the full story and understanding. I was not very happy with this narrator. Most characters were voiced well, but he made Pat Rin sound smarmy, though he is written as a reserved, very proper gentleman. It was better by the end of the book, but every time Pat Rin said something, I got irritated, and it spoiled the experience somewhat. However, it would take more than that to spoil the Liaden Universe!
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STORY and SERIES: The Liaden Universe series follows the fortunes of Clan Korval, comprised of yos'Phelium and yos'Galan families, their kitties, and a sentient tree. It begins with Crystal Soldier, chronologically set about 1400 years before I DARE.
I have read the series. As space opera, it relies more on fantasy than science, abounding with wizards, goddesses, and an ancient, towering, pharmaceutically inclined tree. I love the sentient tree.
Good entertainment! (But expect frequent POV switches and some gaping plot improbabilities. Also, this story may be quite confusing unless you have followed the series.)
NARRATION: Unlike some narrators in this series, Andy Caploe adopted a unique voice for each character. Some voices worked better than others, in my opinion. Several voices reminded me of New Jersey or the Bronx. I wondered if he had read the series and understood the nuances of the Liaden language. I also wondered why various books in the series were assigned to different narrators (making for inconsistency). Having listened to four narrators in this series, I liked Keven T. Collins best, followed by Bernadette Dunne.
Vocalization analysis for I DARE, in no order:
Edger the Clutch Turtle: Perfect vocalization. Deep and profound. His brother Sheather's voice is slightly twangy, and not deep enough.
Nelerikk the Yxtrang Explorer (aka Beautiful). Not quite right. Almost a nasal twang. Not deep enough. Nelerikk is a super-soldier, taller and stronger and bigger than Liadens and Terrans.
Daav yos'Phelium. Fine. Deep, bass voice, uninflected and unaccented, as Liaden should sound.
Miri Robinson yos'Phelium. Fine. Quite good.
Cheever McFarland. Not right. Sounds like he is stupid. He's a master pilot, not a mob boss.
Pat Rin yos'Phelium. Caploe pronounces his name as one word, Patrin (fine by me). However, Pat Rin's voice is too nasal and has too much inflection. Should be gentlemanly, smooth, and precise, with an underlayer of steel, reflecting his code-driven upbringing.
Clonak ter'Meulen. Good.
Shan yos'Galan. Very good.
Val Con yos'Phelium. Good. Nicely uninflected.
Natessa the Assassin. Good.
Etienne Borden. Okay. This official at Port Surebleak has a strong French accent. That startled me, given this setting. I guess Caploe reflects the French first name.
Delm Oreb. Ugh. Like a squeaky little girl, not a noble old lady.
Jeeves. Sometimes okay. The AI robotic butler was programmed to reflect high Liaden, but sometimes he sounds fussy. Almost no inflection should be noticed.
Bharupendra Darteshek. Okay. The Juntavas pilot has a strong Indian accent, probably from his name, but it sounds startling in this futuristic, far-flung setting.
Anthora yos'Galan. Mostly okay, but sometimes girlish.
Nova yos'Galan. Fine.
Ren Zel dea'Judan. Fine.
Boy child on Liad who notices the Xtrangs near the park. Okay, but a bit high pitched.
Commander of Agents. The villain's voice sounds Liaden, as it should. His speech is uninflected, so that's fine.
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