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The Black Reckoning Audiobook

The Black Reckoning: Books of Beginning

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Publisher's Summary

The final book in the best-selling Books of Beginning trilogy that began with The Emerald Atlas, which the New York Times called "a new Narnia for the tween set."

The adventures of siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma come to a stunning conclusion when they must find the last Book of Beginning - the Book of Death - before the Dire Magnus does, for when all three books are united, their combined power will be unstoppable.

Soon Emma is on a journey to places both worldly and otherworldly, confronting terrifying monsters and ghosts, and what is darkest within herself. As the fabric of time begins to fray, she becomes the final piece of an extraordinary puzzle. Only if she can master the powers of this most dangerous book will she, Kate, and Michael be able to save the world from the dramatic, deadly final confrontation between magical and ordinary people that the Dire Magnus has in store.

©2015 John Stephens (P)2015 Listening Library

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    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 10-08-15
    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 10-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I expected so much more"

    After reading the Fire Chronicle, I was overly excited about the third and final installment. I must say, I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. I bought it in April 2015 and because the book was so slow and boring, I am just now finishing it October 2015. It was such a total let down and it ended like "so that's it..." I don't know which book is worse, this one or the final book in the Divergent Trilogy. :( Even Jim Dale's character voices changed a bit and he couldn't even make the book any more interesting.

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    Kenneth W Bertin 08-31-15
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    "Didn't finish the series well"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, just to finish the trilogy, but it's not nearly as good as the first two.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Stephens before, how does this one compare?

    I don't think he knew how to finish the story.


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    Chelsea Davis 06-04-16
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    "Love is the point"

    I loved this trilogy so much. The scope of the stories was wide--saving the very fabric of the universe. I was caught up in the characters, who developed over time. The ending was beautiful and there were so many surprises on the way. Whilst full of magic, the story like all the best, is deeply human. If at points briefly philosophically didactic, it's entirely forgivable because the pace of the plot moves quickly and much of the characters' choices depend on what they know of the universe.

    Jim Dale's narration is outstanding. As far as I'm concerned, he could read recipe ingredients and I would be captivated. His narration of the children's thoughts made me laugh aloud. There is so much humor woven into the text, and a less experienced voice actor might have missed it. As it was, this was an incredible listen.

    A lot of stories with this kind of scope have difficulty wrapping themselves up. I was pleasantly surprised and moved to tears by the ending of this trilogy.

    It reminded me of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings (in a good way), and was full of its own surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann Woods 08-22-15

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    "Not the ending I expected."
    If you could sum up The Black Reckoning in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable, uneventful, disappointing


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    All of them


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

    The journey ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I found his third book not as good as the first two. The ending was just a big disappointment to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 11-30-16
    Laura 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, loose ends"

    Endings have been pretty pat up till now. This one was great too but it felt like the author was overhwelmed by the number of things going on at the end.

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    Peter 11-17-16
    Peter 11-17-16
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    "worth a listen"

    great listen for those who loved jim dale narrating harry potter. likeable characters and Decent storyline. not as intricate as hp but enjoyable

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    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 10-17-16
    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 10-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid Ending"

    I thought this one was a bit dark, but it was good. I enjoyed seeing the character development the ending was satisfying.

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    LCNanny 08-12-16
    LCNanny 08-12-16
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    "GREAT ending"
    Where does The Black Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great series with lessons about forgiveness, perceptions & connectivity, honor, responsibility to self and others, and love. I was hesitant to get this book because some reviews said there was a disconnect with the writing style and content. But I strongly disagree. I listened and read the 3 books consecutively and found the books to have distinctly different messages : forgiveness, honor and our connectivity to others, and love. There is a continuity and even pace throughout all 3 books. You will also find dwarfs, elves, dragons, giants, witches, wizards and really bad guys. There is mention (in 3rd book) of mermaids, but none show up as a character.

    The one warning is that there is a dialog that takes place (in 3rd book) about there being no heaven or hell; and it feels like the author implies that there is no place for religion. There is also mention of reincarnation, but not with regard to karma.


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    Ashley 06-25-16
    Ashley 06-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and Fantastic Narration"

    I enjoyed this series a lot. It seems to be heavily influenced by many other popular children's fantasies, not as deep and intricate as some, but still kept some originality. The silliness along with message conveyed and relationships developed work to make this a story families could enjoy reading together. And with Jim Dale telling the story, you're sure to be entertained.

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    Anna 04-04-16
    Anna 04-04-16
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    "A powerful ending to a great series"

    In some ways this could have been 2 books because there was a lot packed into this one book. I did a lot of crying listening to this one, both remembering my own griefs and tears for the profound and deep places this book took me. A previous reviewer complained about the very quick ending but I feel it was as good a place as any to end the story. Thanks for a very excellent read!

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