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The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1

By: Carlo Zen,Shinobu Shinotsuki
Narrated by: Monica Rial
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Summary

High above the blood- and mud-soaked trenches, a young girl pits herself against army mages in high stakes aerial duels with bullets, spells, and bayonets. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff and she is the Devil of the Rhine, one of the greatest soldiers the Empire has ever seen! 

But inside her mind lives a ruthless, calculating ex-salaryman who enjoyed a peaceful life in Japan until he woke up in a war-torn world. Reborn as a destitute orphaned girl with nothing to her name but memories of a previous life, Tanya will do whatever it takes to survive, even if she can find it only behind the barrel of a gun! 

©2017 Carlo Zen, Shinobu Shinotsuki (P)2021 Yen Audio

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Brilliant listen

I enjoyed the Anime and the Light Novels so was pleased to see a few series i like getting audiobooks.

This one was a joy to listen to especially as the narrator is the Dub VA.

My only notes are she does the tanya voice for Victoria so if you lose focus you can lose track of which character she is voicing. I slap hope they’ll bring in other VA’s from the Anime to give it a more lively feel

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bad narrator can ruin an otherwise good experience

Yeah I'm gonna be completely honest here with this, for the opening volume of a series, this is a BAD Adaptation, in no other reason than the person chosen to narrate the piece.I'll explain now that I largely watch anime on subs and refrain from dubs because of the reasons I'm going to get into here.

Ms Rial has no true control over her ability to create voices, whether its radio communications in Chapter 1 or the general flakiness of her ability to get a young voice out throughout, it fails to be convincing or discerning in characterisation. She provides a clean read of the work but a very poorly acted one, the western voice acting anime scene is littered with people who have small talent but large vocal control, either able to do one voice well or falsely claiming they have range when it is in fact a half-tone dip in vocalisation rather than a changing of voice to portray different characters.

There were times when listening to this that I was taken completely out of this because I was hearing Bulma speak as narrator or when several characters are in the same scene and all voices sound identical to each other, or as explained briefly before with Tanya, Ms Rial's control over the youthful voice slips and she falls into a character range that does not fit the character at all. It is a sign of 2 things and something I am neither happy with nor content with, those things are a lack of a voice director who requires multiple takes from a narrator and an overconfidence in an actor who has no qualifiable talent to perform roles.

I'm hoping as I've seen that the Narrator for this is a different person from Volume 2 onwards, that this gets better because this volume has shown me no real skill or dedication to the story of Youjo Senki, and as I do love this series, I want to listen to it narrated in audiobook format, I want this to succeed and be a mainstay in my library, but if this quality remains I'll be dropping this and remaining as a Light Novel only reader as I neither want to be thinking "is that the Major or2nd lieutenant
Serebryakov?" when listening to them speak to each other. (and if I'm going to be honest, if a series set in a fictionalised Germany of WW 1 and has names like "Degurechaff" and "Serebryakov", you'd think having the American pronunciation of Lieutenant would be a mistake, but apparently, like this...it stays for some bizarre reason)

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  • 23-07-22

loli hitler best hitler

this gave insight that the anime couldn't. Tanya wanting god dead now seems reasonable, even justified. 10/10.

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The constant economics reference is odd

There is a constant stream of reference to markets and behavioural economics where those things are not relevant, for example, the MC references market demand for military situations. Yes its really odd, yes, depending on personal views the ideology of the MC can be a little obstructive, it's probably the case that the authors a nut for right wing economics, but that's not actually a criticism of the writing. Quite frankly, it's pretty excellent.

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Audible we need MORE Lightnovels

Absolutely loving this series, I have about 6 credits as there isn't any book I was interested in but when Audible start having light novels and saw Tanya was one of them that 6 credits immediately seems not enough 😂😂

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Dense but worth staying with

It took me a chapter or two to get to grips with this as the jumping between events, perspectives and monologues can be jarring, but after a while I just couldn't stop listening.

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  • 28-11-21

This is great!

First off the performance and the source are great.

The Saga of Tanya the Evil is one of my favorite stories of all time. I love the LN, Manga, and Anime. I am proud to add the Audiobook to that list!

The VA who did the reading was a perfect choice as she plays Tanya in the English dub of the anime.

Furthermore, this is a great thing for Light Novels in general! The more representation they get the more audiobooks we will get and the more popular the genre becomes as a whole, along with related materials.

I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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  • Tyler Morey
  • 04-12-21

only down side is waiting for more

A truly excellent book worth getting and absolutely worth listening to. I love the detail and expanded story to the anime.

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  • MattSpartan145
  • 02-12-21

Different experience than the anime.

It honestly is like a narrative text book. I feel like I learned something.

I don't have anything insightful to say other than I enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Lynx
  • 24-11-21

I see Tanya, I click.

Narrator was more than enough for me to envision Major Degurechaff. this series may be a bit heavy on background info and a few notes but I went through both the animation and the manga, so it wasn't a surprise for me. I'm thankful there was explanation on a few terms to help understand the content.

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  • Garrett Vinson
  • 30-11-21

A dry text is given new life by a skilled narrator

I've tried and failed to read a number of these translated light novels, but translation leaves a universal blandness to the texts. Monica manages to make a nigh intolerable read something I am eager to get more of. I hope she narrates the full series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-21

Very enjoyable

I very much enjoyed the reading and I'm a big fan of the story. I can't wait for the next book to be released.

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  • Robert Schuff
  • 28-05-22

It’s a decent story with poor pacing issues

I enjoyed the premise of the story. How Tanya comes into being. I just think it struggles following Tanya. Every time something happens it’s from the eyes of her higher ups or from the enemy.
I am also not a huge fan of Monica Rial manly because because of the whole Vic thing, but I enjoy her voice as Tanya. It’s one of my favorite voices in anime as well. But her normal speaking voice hurts me ears.
I will leave with this. I understand why some people enjoy this light novel but it’s not for me. I read lots of LN and this one is the most OK one I’ve read. It’s not bad but it didn’t make me want to listen or read book 2

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 16-12-21

Great

The story of Tany the evil is out in many different tipes of media now, but to me this is the best way to consume it. The perfomance was great. I hope they give us the other books soon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

this is the best version of the book

best story and it's so much easier to understand the jumps from one place to the other unlike just the book

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  • Martin
  • 29-11-21

Anime still better but

The anime still much better and action packed but
This book actually gives you more insights about the events of the anime And the fact that is monica real the VA who voiced Tanya in the anime is just better
I recommend this book if you like the anime but felt like there should be more to the story

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