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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 30, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NP3DZMO
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Legacies: Corean Chronicles, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I very much liked the young protagonist, Alucius, and was soon drawn into his story. The setting feels closer to Modesitt's "The Saga of Recluce" than his "Imager Portfolio," and the book contains extensive military sections, which is often true for this author. I liked the elements about herding life; Alucius's attachment to the land, the nightsheep, and his family came through clearly. While several secondary characters were well-drawn and interesting, I missed a sustained thread between Alucius and any other characters. (I can see that this would have been hard to achieve, given the plot.)
I'm glad I have the next few books waiting for me on my bookshelves :-)
The concept of a sort of mechanically assisted teleportation by a "Talented" alien race who rule the masses, referred to as cattle by them, and the battle against the rule by a single "Talented" young man, who is capable of using the system, is well plotted, if occasionally over detailed,
After reflection, I would rate the series as follows: Volumes 1-3(The End) at 5 stars; the volumes 4-6(The Beginning) at 5 stars; and the middle series, Volumes 7 & 8 at about 3.5 stars. The middle is a bit slow and really does not match the pace of the first and second series of novels. It DOES imply the rise of the matriarchal society noted in the first series, however, although that may be stretching a point.
Overall, I'd give the formatting of the Kindle version of this book a 4.5 out of 5. There were relatively few glaring issues, and a couple of clear pluses.
First, the left-justification was much appreciated. I definitely prefer a ragged right margin to full justification, and since the Kindle doesn't let the user set this for himself, I give bonus points to publishers that select this option for the layout.
Second, the textual defects were minor, and certainly no worse than in most Kindle books or even some printed volumes. Unlike the badly-edited Kindle version of Darknesses (the sequel to this volume), the occasional copy-editing problems were not excessively disruptive or difficult to decipher, and didn't interrupt the overall flow of the book. For low defects alone, this book comes pretty close to a full 5 out of 5.
Third, the only major layout defect in the book is the unfortunate choice of layout for Modesitt's poems in the book. The poems are not indented from the surrounding text; they are all flush with the left margin. Perhaps more significantly, while all such block quotes are preceded by whitespace, there is no spacing between the end of the block quote and the following paragraphs. The end result text that doesn't stand out properly from its surroundings, and is a little harder to visually parse than necessary. Nevertheless, it doesn't significantly alter the semantic content of the book, and can be considered a minor (if consistent) layout defect which many people may simply overlook.
This is a reasonably high-quality rendition of the original novel, and I certainly recommend it to others.