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What did you like best about Jaunten? What did you like least?
I liked the narration but did found the story very simple with a bland plot. Kids might like it though.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I liked the horse Night who could talk, but found the constant complaining of the young colt, was overdone. The entire scene of feeding and caring for the baby Night seemed silly The constant references to remember to thank his mother for being a great mom and the on going inner dialog about how hard it was to put up with the brat colt was tiresome. .
Which character – as performed by Mark McClain Wilson – was your favorite?
He did a great job with the taking Nightmare creature.
Could you see Jaunten being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
The plot was so thin, I don't see it as a movie.
Any additional comments?
this story seemed like a poor copy of the great work, of L. E. Modesitt Jr. and his seven book series which I love.
I did like the book King Slayer, by this author, and wished that this book had been a sequel to that story.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I don't blame the narrator, I blame the author for giving the narrator such bad material to work with.
What could Honor Raconteur have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
A book that didn't start off with a big, fat Dues Ex Machina in the very first 10% of the first chapter.
What I got form the cover was that the main character was going to be teh greatest mage in the world. I thought the book would detail his growth into that position. What the author gives us instead is a shortcut to this greatness.
The "Jaunten" are a race that passes knowledge down through the blood. So whatever the persons ancestors knew they know. No this isn't a spoiler, it's spelled out within the first 10 pages or so of the first chapter. Our protagonist meets Jaunten and they trade blood. Ta-da! Instant suped up main character without any need to actually grow into the role of the advent Mage.
How could the performance have been better?
Have a better novel to read. Honestly the narration suffered because the writing was just horrible.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jaunten?
The entire scene where our main character meets the Jaunten. If the author's resorting to these sorts of shortcuts in the very beginning of a book they really should restructure the plot.
Any additional comments?
I have the impression the narrator was trying to go for a Asian accent of some sort for our protagonist but he just sounded like he was constipated. An Asian accent would have been understandable given names of people(s) and places. The narrator just can't do the accent justice though.
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