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  • The Novice: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (389)

    Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

    Aaron Gerber says: "I should have read the negative reviews..."
    "Addictive Fantasy Series!"
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    What did you love best about The Novice?

    The Black Magician Trilogy was a sale purchase on a whim and I loved the series so much I went straight onto the The Traitor Trilogy (sequel trilogy) then was so empty when I finished the 6 books that when I tried to start a new book, I couldn't, so just start The BMT again - and things I didn't pick up on before added further dimension to the story the second time!

    Sonea is a slum-dweller who is driven from city each year by Magician's in The Purge and develops a hatred toward them that causes her own powers to develop on her own. Sonea is a powerful female character, who is surrounded by other fantastic characters such as Rothen, Dannyl, Dorrien, Tayend, Lady Vinara, I could go on!

    Richard Aspel took some getting used to and the way he said 'room' drove me mad for the first few hours. He does give great dimension to each character though and does the female voices well. In the later series he mispronounces a few names which bugged me, but all-in-all was a great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonea, she rose from nothing and is a strong and wilful protagonist. She is intelligent and loyal, but not to the point that she doesn't make mistakes - she makes plenty! :)
    I would name my second-born girl Sonea if I could (Arya from Eragon and ASOIAF would be first!).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A scene in the University when she takes on a number of other novices is fantastic, though it can get so frustrating because I wanted to dive into the books and knock a few heads about.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments throughout the series were moving, there are a few great surprises in the book that saw me giggling or blubbering to myself down the highway while I was listening. I won't write much else or I'll spoil it!


    Any additional comments?

    Should definitely be on 'best of' list of fantasy novels for women - due to Sonea's strong character as the main protagonist. Despite knowing a movie would never live up to the books, I would love one made just so I could put it on at night for 2 hours rather than re-listening to 100+ hours of books!

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  • The Name of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (298)

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

    William says: "Amazing. I want you to listen to this."
    "Unusual and Captivating!"
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    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a brilliant book I think, however I gave it a 4 as I have read better books. Not that it makes it a 'lesser' read, I just don't think my ratings would be worth much if I gave everything I enjoyed a 5!

    It's read mostly in first person, Kvothe is telling his story, which I found I was unused to, however quickly became accustomed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind?

    The scraile stick in my mind, as to the lessons Ben gave Kvothe while travelling, yet I haven't quite finished the book, so the book could have more.


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    He does the voices fantastically and sticks to the accent he gives each character, unlike some other narrators.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh a few times, it can be quite funny. The sad parts haven't made me cry yet, like I did during the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan.


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