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Christian H Barde

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Oxford, OH United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Wyvern's Spur: Forgotten Realms: Finder's Stone, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kate Grubb, Jeff Novak
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (20)

    High fantasy doesn’t get better than this - revisit the classic Forgotten Realms in this 2nd book of the Finder’s Stone Trilogy by veteran authors Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb. More than a hunk of junk, the Wyvern’s Spur has moldered in a crypt for 15 generations until now. The Wyvernspur family’s powerful heirloom has been stolen, and grand wizard and patriarch Drone Wyvernspur is the first to fall to the ancient item’s curse. The family fool, Giogi, is left to find it, but even recovering the spur cannot guarantee his clan’s safety. Fortunately, the famous halfling bard Olive Ruskettle and a mysterious and talented mage named Cat are willing to help.

    Christian H Barde says: "Comic Relief (Enjoy Mat Cauthon you'll like this!)"
    "Comic Relief (Enjoy Mat Cauthon you'll like this!)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoy this book. I've read it at least 5 times and the audiobook doesn't disappoint. I've always though of it as an goofy episode of a TV show where the writers are just having a good time and a good chuckle. The story is quite good and very humorous. Giogiani Wyvernspur most notable for his catestrophic impersonation of King Azoun and then having his horse devoured by the Red Dragon Myst is the principal character in this book that stays central to one small town. It gives an excelent look into the "home life of adventurers." I really enjoyed listening to Giogi's issues with his family, his friends, coming to terms with his family legacy. But there is also plenty of action and mystery to make it exciting. Its a great mix. I highly recommend this book specifically to anyone who fast fowards through Robert Jordan's Wheel of time Books just to get to the Mat Cauthon chapters!


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  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10077)
    Performance
    (8998)
    Story
    (8976)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Just Plain Fun"
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    I loved this book, it seems like it was written in the spirit of American Gods and Harry Dresden and that can only be a good things. I love the focus on Celtic mythology and the deviation from the personae from the Lady Gregory's description in her anthology. While the concept is not truely original it is incredibly enjoyable. I loved the descriptions of actual parts of Arizona down to Rula Bula (which actually has quite tasty fish and chips in real life.)
    I find the principal character Atticus especially intraguing because he is neither the tortured hero nor the knight in shining armor, and code of conduct is survival at all costs, an Iron age man interacting with bronze age deities in a modern world makes for some very interesting situations. Where as a character like Dresden would try to save all the innocents, Atticus is more of "Well if you say offensive things to a Celtic war goddess you're going to die, and I'm going to do nothing to stop it." It is rather refreshing to see a different code of morality.
    Furthermore, there are many well used opportunities for comic relief. I often found myself laughing loudly at the dialogue between Atticus and Oberon and the Widow.
    I loved this book and if you enjoy the Dresden Files, American Gods and Mythology, you'll love this too. Its just plain dumb fun!

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