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The Shadow Throne Audiobook

The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of the Ascendance Trilogy

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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the New York Times best-selling Ascendance Trilogy. War is coming.... Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

©2014 Jennifer Nielsen (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.

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    KARA 03-03-14
    KARA 03-03-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not lovin it...."

    First hear me out... I too have been a giant fan of this trilogy. Thought the False Prince was a really really good book, loved The Runaway King, and couldn't wait for The Shadow Throne. ..Couldn't wait as in I checked audible several times a week waiting for it to show up, even contacted customer service to see why it wasn't listed even though the release date for hardcover was approaching. I was almost going to buy the audio book off Amazon and pay a lot of money because I couldn't wait. Then finally it showed up.

    So in saying all of that, there's nothing left to say but..... I didn't think this one was good at all. I don't know if the performance was just too over the top this time, or the fact that it felt like one never ending bad scenario after another, in a never ending battle, fought all over the land with few characters together at a time. Whatever it was, I was over it half way in. I of course finished it, but yeah... major buzz kill on this one.

    I wonder if I would think differently have reading it instead. If so, it just screams how much a performance can make or break even the best book, but I guess I'll never know. I just could not stand literally every sentence being said in tones that made me feel I was watching a bad SNL skit where they play drums and horns every when someone says something dooming (dun dun dun!!!!!!!!!!) The narrator was just pushing it to hard and I tired listening to him.

    Also, though there were some good twists in this story that I didn't expect, the majority were really obvious and generic, and very unlike the first 2 books which delivered one great game changer after another.

    Im really sorry to be writing a review that isn't 5's across the board for this one, and I really hope this doesn't influence anyone - because it totally may have just been me. I went on goodreads and looked at the reviews and most people gave 4 & 5 stars, which makes me again think it was the tone of the performance.

    To sum up the trilogy - great plot, great characters, good twists, descriptive writing, and aside from said dislikes, the narrator does a fantastic job doing so many different characters through out all 3 books. Im interested to see what others will say on audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keri WAKEMAN, OH, United States 03-22-14
    Keri WAKEMAN, OH, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent trilogy"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love all three of the books in this series, the author is very creative, and clean. My kids (ages 7-16) and husband all enjoyed them too. It's not often we find a series that is captivating and appropriate for the whole family. Narration is well done also.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 07-27-15
    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 07-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favorite series of all time!"

    I loved everything about this book. The narration was amazing and the story line was exciting! It had me wanting more and more. I didn't want the story to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia E. Festenstein 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best series ever"

    Love the ending the Book brought me to tears grate performance by Paul The book in general is great

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hall Lilburn, GA 04-19-15
    K. Hall Lilburn, GA 04-19-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing book!"

    The narrater was great. It definitely surpassed my expectations. I loved the plot twists in this book. It loved how this book finished the trilogy. It was easily my favorite book in this trilogy. I would highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Idaho USA 07-19-16
    Amazon Customer Idaho USA 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "All around great read!"

    My family and I listened to this trilogy on audio book while traveling. The story was interesting and engaging, and my kids loved a story about a child hero. I usually loath narration. I find their interpretation of a story different than mine, or their voices irritating or laughable, and prefer to read myself. I was pleasantly surprised to find this narrator both impressive, talented and greatly added to the richness of the characters and story. How lucky am I to have the journey be a memorable part of our vacation? No squabbles, bickering or complaining, only groans when we paused the story to fuel up :D

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    ELA teacher 06-19-16
    ELA teacher 06-19-16
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    "excellent writing......superb performance!"

    Exciting and adventurous! This is a great read for middle school! Couldn't put it down!

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    Ryan Rupe 06-07-16
    Ryan Rupe 06-07-16
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    "the shadow throne"

    This trilogy is one of the best series I've ever read. I like the action and a the backstabbing. The wording just makes it seem real in my head.

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    Angela Santoro 06-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Conclusion to an Amazing Series"

    I loved every single book in the series. They kept me guessing. Made me laugh. Made me cry. Charlie Mcwade was an excellent narrator and really brought Jaron to life for me.

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    S. J. Wells Potsdam, New York 05-04-16
    S. J. Wells Potsdam, New York 05-04-16

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    "Might want to get the cliff notes instead"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Most of it. The first half was too rushed. The ending was practically a joke with all the coincidences the author piles on to bring about a happy ending. It felt rushed. Realistically, this last book in the series should have been two books, maybe three. That might have helped.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    One of Rick Riorden's books. I won't bother with another one from this author unless I have nothing else to listen to.


    What about Charlie McWade’s performance did you like?

    The reader of these books is amazing. Incredible. Able to juggle multiple voices and accents. He managed to smooth out a lot of rough sentences from the author as well, making it worthwhile to listen to just for him. Hopefully I get to hear more of his work.


    Do you think The Shadow Throne needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This book should have been split up and given more to it, and if anyone wanted to do that then i could understand the need to expand the existing story. Putting more storyline after it would be pointless. There's nothing left to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong I loved the first two books. They were amazing and well thought out. This book spends the first half of the story SOMEHOW managing to have King Jaron pop all over his kingdom in the blink of an eye, distances that should have taken days to accomplish at best. What was with the pointless scene of him blowing up the cannon? Why does he suddenly feel no remorse for killing when the first two books made a point of showing how taking any human life made him upset? The death of that one main character was done like it meant nothing more than a shrug of the shoulder. Oh, look she's dead. Moving on. Like I said, the author rushed this book, and it shows. The first two were brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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