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  • The Lark and the Wren

  • Bardic Voices, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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The Lark and the Wren

By: Mercedes Lackey
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
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Summary

Young, brash, and impulsive, Rune backs up a brag by ascending Skull Hill to play fiddle for the malevolent spirit that resides there, striking a bargain with the ghost to surrender her soul if he tires of her playing before sunrise.

©1992 Mercedes Lackey (P)2022 Tantor

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Great story, shame about the accents!

I know the story and love the story. Unfortunately I listened to this despite the narrator not because of them. Absolutely the worst character accents that are some terrible mish-mash of what the narrator thinks Irish and English people sound like and it wavers all over the place with inconsistent sounds. Please, if you can’t do a good accent, then don’t try. I hope more of the Bardic Voices series are recorded by a different narrator!

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  • Rachel
  • 16-04-22

Finally here!!!!!

My favorite series by Lackey, cant wait for the rest of them to come out.

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  • Jena
  • 11-07-22

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The story is as I remembered- absolutely fluff but fun to read. The narrator starts out great but quickly moves into strangely inconsistent accents. It definitely took me out of the story. Rune starts with a mild brogue and then goes to the American south (very overdone Scarlett O'Hara style) then back to brogue - in the same piece of dialogue! There's also not a lot of differentiation between characters and I occasionally had trouble following conversation. It's too bad the narrator took me out of the story so often. She has a great voice - but for the love of God pick an accent and stick with it.

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  • CelaS
  • 29-06-22

Loved it!

A great story that I read years ago. And Christa Lewis is a fabulous narrator. I look forward to listening to the rest of the books in the series.

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  • Eryn
  • 08-06-22

Love the book, but narrator lost her accent...

I LOVE this book. I have the hard copy at home, and was excited to find it so I could listen to it while I drive.

The narrator starts out great. And she's (the narrator) great when she's not "doing voices". Originally, the characters start off with kindof... a peasant's brogue accent. 10/10 sounds great.

But shortly in, when she starts getting to more emotional scenes, the main character's accemt turned into a southern belle. Then it turned into some kind of Louisiana bayou-esque accent. Then it would switch back to the original. Every time the accent has changed so far has been incredibly jarring and happens during many of the "peak" moments of the story. If there's another option for a narrator to buy, I would say try a different narrator.

Again, this BOOK is fabulous. And the narrator had a good voice - she just needs consistancy when she gets to exciting dialogue in the story because the changing accent is so jarring and annoying.

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  • Irene M. Boyle
  • 26-05-22

good narrator

love this story, I have read it many times. loved the audio version . will probably listen to it again.

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  • SylphSong
  • 22-04-22

I'M EXCITED!

It is wonderful that Audible is finally offering up this excellent series. I can't wait until further books are released!

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  • John
  • 22-04-22

I waited for years for this book to be Narrated.

I wish they had found a narrator worthy of the job. A story is told, but it isn't anywhere near as entertaining as when I've read it myself over the years. Rune does not come alive for me.

This story is simple, easy, an escape that soon is with friends. Buy the paper copy or even digital first. Get the most out of it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-08-22

Good story

Story was good. Rambles a bit. Narrator switches accents so many times that character voices get blended. The stuttering character is overdone. We get it, the character stutters, but its a lot and it grates. It would be worse if the story didn’t keep our attention.

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  • Debra L.
  • 19-07-22

Just cant finish it

I think i wasted one of my credits giving this one I try. I enjoy any book by Mercedes Lackey but this I just cant finish the audio book. The narrator was fine but this is a super slow character build and she is not interesting at all.

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  • niaskywalk
  • 26-06-22

A nice simple Bardic Tale

I remember absolutely loving this book, but upon listening 30yrs later, I see all the narrow statements and simple beliefs. Certainly good for preteen, young adult and fluff reading, and you will definitely want more, but don't come in thinking you will find epic magics and complex stories.

Rune's story up until she finds herself paying taxes is probably my favorite part of the entire book. It gets a bit muddy and slow in the final third of the book, but still a decent story overall. Christa Lewis does a nice job of reading this story out. I can't wait to get to the next one!