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Jan

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  • A Bad Spell in Yurt: The Royal Wizard of Yurt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By C. Dale Brittain
    • Narrated By Eric Vincent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The tiny kingdom of Yurt is the perfect place - or so it seems - for someone who barely managed to graduate from the wizards' school, especially after all that embarrassment with the frogs. But Daimbert, newly hired Royal Wizard of Yurt, senses an evil spell at work. But who could be responsible? The beautiful young queen? Her flighty aunt? The dour chaplain? The old, retired Royal Wizard, who seems to know more than he's saying? Or someone from out of the castle's past?

    Jan says: "Light hearted fantasy, funny and imaginative!"
    "Light hearted fantasy, funny and imaginative!"
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    If you could sum up A Bad Spell in Yurt in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, witty, fantasical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daimbert. He is a slightly in competent wizard who strives to do the best to his ability. His first person narrative, is witty, charming, and down right endearing.


    What does Eric Vincent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to hundreds upon hundreds of audio books. Eric Vincent is EASILY in the top 3 narrators I have EVER heard. His voice of Daimbert(and the other characters) is absolutely FLAWLESS. I found myself just snuggled up on my couch and following along with the audiobook to my paperback copy of the book.
    It is about time this ingenious series has been put to audio, and the narrator could not possibly be better!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We could only be so lucky if Hollywood actually made the Yurt books into big budget movies.


    Any additional comments?

    The World of Yurt books by C. Dale Brittain, are by far one of the best series of fantasy I have ever read. I have read thousands of fantasy books. I would never get tired of the world of Yurt, and the character of Daimbert. I wish there were 50 of these books to the series. Sadly there are only 6...hopefully the series will always continue.
    This is light hearted fanatsy--it is very whimsical, witty, and colorful. With each page, you can FEEL the world that Brittain has created. You simply don't read these books--you SEE them. Each novel is FUN, and you are saddened when the story ends because you persistently want MORE.
    If you ever get tired of reading the darker gritty stuff(which I do), 'The World of Yurt' books are the PERFECT escapism. You will not regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wood Nymph and the Cranky Saint: The Royal Wizard of Yurt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By C. Dale Brittain
    • Narrated By Eric Vincent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Caught between renegade magic and cranky religion, what's a poor wizard supposed to do? When the King of Yurt goes on vacation, leaving his Royal Wizard Daimbert in charge, he is faced with the escalating crises of the cranky saint of the shrine of the Holy Toe, an all-too-beguiling wood nymph, bizarre horned rabbits, a scandalous duchess, the royal nephew's mid-life crisis, and a monstrous creature made with spells they never taught at the wizards' school.

    Jan says: "Another fantastical tale of Royal Wizard Daimbert"
    "Another fantastical tale of Royal Wizard Daimbert"
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    Would you listen to The Wood Nymph and the Cranky Saint again? Why?

    Absolutely!! This story and the world of Yurt is extremely imaginative and original. Eric Vincent's voice SELLS this story with his performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Daimbert and his personality. He is still a slightly incompetent wizard who tries his best, and is a flawed character. He really doesn't try to be more than he is, and admits to himself when he is over his head. His moral dilemmas are what makes him so endearing.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Vincent – was your favorite?

    This is a tough decision. Either Daimbert's 1st person narrative voice, or Daimbert's predecessor the 'old wizard'. Eric Vincent's portrayal if a grizzled old wizard is flawless and laugh out loud hilarious!If you could sum up A Bad Spell in Yurt in three words, what would they be?Imaginative, witty, fantasical.I have listened to hundreds upon hundreds of audio books. Eric Vincent is EASILY in the top 3 narrators I have EVER heard. His voice of Daimbert(and the other characters) is absolutely FLAWLESS. I found myself just snuggled up on my couch and following along with the audiobook to my paperback copy of the book. It is about time this ingenious series has been put to audio, and the narrator could not possibly be better!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We could only be so lucky if Hollywood actually made the Yurt books into big budget movies.


    Any additional comments?

    The World of Yurt books by C. Dale Brittain, are by far one of the best series of fantasy I have ever read. I have read thousands of fantasy books. I would never get tired of the world of Yurt, and the character of Daimbert. I wish there were 50 of these books to the series. Sadly there are only 6...hopefully the series will always continue. This is light hearted fanatasy--it is very whimsical, witty, and colorful. With each page, you can FEEL the world that Brittain has created. You simply don't read these books--you SEE them. Each novel is FUN, and you are saddened when the story ends because you persistently want MORE.If you ever get tired of reading the darker gritty stuff(which I do), 'The World of Yurt' books are the PERFECT escapism. You will not regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seawitch: Greywalker, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (163)

    In this seventh series installment, a ship that vanished (along with everyone on board) 25 years ago has reappeared. Hired to investigate, Seattle PI Harper Blaine soon uncovers evidence that a powerful being may be responsible. Meanwhile, local police detective Rey Solis attempts to solve the mystery of the death of a passenger’s wife.

    K. Eckert says: "Great continuation of this series"
    "Decent 7th book in the series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seawitch to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say...I always both read and listen. But Mia Baron really needs to change her voice for the boyfriend Quinton. I just can't stand it anymore. She makes the character so whiny and dorky sounding. I seriously DOUBT the character of Harper Blaine would date ANYONE who sounded like this. Seriously, Mia...PLEASE change this voice. It's God awful.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kat Richardson? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. This is one of my all time favorite urban fantasy series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The build up was great throughout the book. The battle on the ship was very well done and exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great offering from Kat Richardson. I love Mia's voice, and have listened to her perform all 7 Greywalker novels. But it has gotten to the point where I can't stomach her males characterizations anymore. Especially Quinton, and Solis. She apparently cannot do a Columbian/Spanish accent, it drove me crazy to listen to her attempt, or lack there of. And her voice for Quinton is just annoying and unbearable at this point. Mia, please fix this!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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