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Bradamant : The Iron Tempest Paperback – May 1, 2000
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"...hilarious, extraordinary writing...[that]reminds me of James Branch Cabell [and] Italo Calvino...left me gasping for more." -- Martin Olson, novelist, screenwrither, producer (Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular)
"A grand story, expertly written. The comparison to Cabel is apt." -- George Zebrowski, John W. Campbell award winner for Brute Orbits
"Ron Miller has a startling dramatic range..." -- Stephen Hickman, author of The Lemurian Stone
"Ron Miller is unfairly talented" -- Sir Arthur C Clarke
"Ron is unfairly talented! I expect he'll get fed up with being called the new J.B. Cabell." -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
"Very Highly Recommended" -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
RON MILLER is an illustrator and author whose primary work entails the creation of illustrations for books and magazines, specializing in astronomical, and science fiction subjects. His work has appeared on scores of book jackets, book interiors and in magazines such as National Geographic, Reader's Digest, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Air & Space, Sky & Telescope, Newsweek, Natural History, Discover, Geo, etc. In addition to dozens of magazine articles and professional papers, he has had nearly twenty books of his own published, either created wholly by himself or in collaboration, most often with noted astronomer William K. Hartmann. These include the Hugo- nominated The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, In the Stream of Stars, and The History of Earth (all published by Workman Publishing Co.).
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As for the story, and anime fan such as myself gets a chuckle out of the long, episodic nature. This is an adaptation of an Epic Poem, and done by concentrating on one main character's arc. Roland, the titular "Orlando" of Ariosto's epic poem, is another entire story, with other characters having their own often satirical adventures. This would make the Orlando duology the DragonBall Z of the 1500s.
Ron Miller's work might be the most accessible, being complete rundown of the key points of Bradamante of Clairmont's adventures; as further condensed in the book Badass: The Birth of a Legend by Ben Thompson. And hey, anyone badass enough to make Badass of the Week is worth your attention.
But the flaw in the audiobook comes with production values. My standard for Full Cast work is the productions of Graphic Audio, which uses multiple voice actors, sound effects *and* music in addition to the narration. And this is where Bradamant falls flat. The performances often seem rushed or simply read, not acted. Many of the sound effects are stock and unambitious, there seems to fave been little original foley work, or even the drive to bring together a complete soundboard. One example is a scene where the narrator describes a horse walking, and the sound heard is a stock gallop. Weak crashes (that sound like the end parts of a car crash, not steel against armour) and clanks take a listener out of the action, not enhance it. Graphic Audio also enhances their battle scenes with music under the narration. So much so that now in straight narration audiobooks, I tend to hear Graphic Audio's musical scores, like my brain wants to put a tune in there, somewhere, anywhere to push the tempo a bit more.
But this particular work by TimberWolf press lacks that, and they could learn a few lessons from the competition in that regard. Perhaps since this production, they've learned and enhanced their efforts, which would be welcome.
But furthermore, being an adaptation, I'm not sure if this is indicative of Ron Miller's actual work, how much was him and how much was the original Furioso. So I'm not sure if it's the best introduction to his work.