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Yette

Spokane, WA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • A Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gregory L. Mahan
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    At the age of 14, Randall Miller is surprised to learn that he has the talent - for magic! Tricked into apprenticeship by a powerful Mage, Randall is forced to leave everything he knows behind. When his mentor is killed by Aiden, head of the secret police, he flees for his life, stumbling from one misadventure into another. Teaming up with a trio of greedy traders and a capricious imp along the way, Randall must learn to master his budding power, or die at the hands of the Rooks!

    Ruth says: "Just so so"
    "It's Alright"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    From my amazon.com review of the kindle edition:

    I really enjoy epic fantasy, and find myself often really appreciating the building up of 'ordinary person destined for great things'. However, this took far too long to get out of that portion.

    Randall is trained (lectured) extensively by his mentor, so I found myself thinking that nothing really happened in the first third of the book. It seems like a decent magic system - with common enough elements to be familiar, but blended in a fairly unique way. However, I would have preferred a more engaging approach to introducing the reader to it than pages of lecture.

    I also felt there were discrepancies presented at times. For example, Randall at times is angry & confident, but bawling at other times. Maybe this was intentional, as he is an early teen, but it wasn't executed very well; it was too jarring and not believable to me. There are also other little things, like his hometown being so small it's basically not even a dot on the map. But, later, Randall remembers homeless children in the streets. Seems disconnected to me.

    I quickly realized that whatever Randall was thinking, he was going to be wrong. It was so obvious as to be annoying and I felt he was just a little dim-witted.

    I found the dialogue to be unnatural and odd at times (though now I can't really remember any details to give). It just didn't flow well. I'm not sure if that is related to the narrator (since I actually ended up listening to this from audible.com after I picked up the kindle edition).

    The second book in the series pretty steep for me: $4 for less than 200 pages. In addition, it was released 14 months after I picked up this book (though the publication date of this title is now the same as the next, somehow). That's a little slow for me, considering how short the books are (I expect that much delay with 800+ page sequels).

    In all, it has potential, but I'll be pursuing other reading entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Novice: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (436)

    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..."
    "Sorry, made me give up on the series"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Novice better?

    More action! The setting for this book is mostly the University of the Magician's Guild. The small area becomes tedious as the character continues to be tormented, struggle with classes, etc. It doesn't feel as if anything really is tense or exciting.
    I had hoped that other characters would expand the world-building, and it does happen somewhat. However, it's not enough to make up for the boredom of the main story line.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I found myself frequently wondering how much farther I had until the book was completed, rather than just finding myself immersed in the world and enjoying the story.
    I often felt the characters' thoughts were used to lecture at the reader & express the author's view on topics.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave up. I really wanted to finish the book so that I'd feel I gave a totally complete review. This is an honest review, nonetheless. I only made it about 90% through, then finally realized the time just wasn't worth my lack of enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (635)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "Proceed with Caution"
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    What did you like best about The Magician's Guild? What did you like least?

    It's fantasy.
    The slow pace - it takes a long time for the main character to move on from her initial setting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Trudi Canavan again?

    Possibly, but would definitely read reviews (here & Amazon) to determine if it's worth another try.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Aspel?

    Sure.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As before, the plot moves very slowly & it seems chapters are repetitive action. I have felt more engaged with the "slum/ underground" settings in other series (i.e. Fiest). I listened through, hoping the rest of the series would have more action & expand the world the story is set in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call of the Herald: The Dawning of Power Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Rathbone
    • Narrated By Chris Snelgrove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. Call of the Herald is book one of The Dawning of Power trilogy.

    KJ Roelke says: "Decent Book, Ok Audiobook"
    "An okay start, hope the series improves"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's quite short, which was actually a draw to the book. However, it seems like it's really only a good outline or start to a story. More details are needed - it's as if the author is giving a re-cap summary to the real story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Characters need to seem more life-like with greater depth. I'm interested to see what happens next, but not emotionally invested in any characters. Much of the dialog seems aimed at just explaining things to the reader (listener), but does not seem realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening on with the trilogy hoping that this title is just a first effort and the writing and story improves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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