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.
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The good: great quality recording, no hisses, pops, etc.
The bad: the whole book is one track, so listening in multiple sessions can be tricky.
The good: this is an amazing and amazingly absorbing tale of how the lives of a group of young people become transformed by events totally beyond their imagining. Catrin Volker is a wonderful strong female lead who doesn't fall into the "male" pattern - she remains herself throughout. A great read that I highly recommend for adults and teens!
Um, I can't think of anything bad to say about this book.
In fact, I plan on reading the entire series to date again now that I've been reintroduced in a new way.
At one point, Catrin is chastised playfully by her companions. This literally brought a smile to my face and, believe it or not, a chuckle I could not adequately explain to my wife.
Simply put, Kenward. I never thought to voice him with a British accent.
Worst? Catrin and Miss Marin... Can't blame him though!
Of this, I am not certain, though I do know that each trilogy in this series could very easily be made into a film. I would be more than happy to see it in theaters... I normally wait until movies are out for rental via Amazon.
Maybe consider another voice actor, if not 2. There are many females coming into the story soon as well as an ever growing cast of males. Snelgrove surely found it painfully difficult giving all of the characters in this opener a unique voice. It would be near impossible to do the same for the rest of the series.
This is my first fantasy audio book so I would have to say #1.
I loved that the story had really great characters that you could relate to and being able to feel the way they do for some of the situations. The story really brings you in.
He did amazing. I loved the voices he gave each character. Wonderful job.
The entire book was fantastic, but if I had to choose one part, it would have to be when Catrin decided to stand against the ships and call out to them, giving them a second chance , making them citizens of her homeland. Showing her power by destroying the ships, but also showing the consequences of using so much force without knowing how to control it.
If I had to critique this book in anyway I would love a little bit more character development as regards to what they look like. I love having to use my imagination to fill in details, but some small picture should be painted for what some characters look like.
No. It is well written. I enjoy some stories that are in the YA genre, but I don't think I want to continue with this series. I have more compelling ones in my 'to read' list.
I would recommend it to any YA who enjoy this genre of fantasy.
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With a promising start, I expected more of this story. However, it seemed like parts of the plot were just missing. The heroine suddenly has massive power, but nothing is explained. She accepts it without question. But there is NO backstory at all. Needless to say, the ending was disappointing. I will certainly not be wasting any more time on this series.
The narration was done well with the material he had.
Great tale. Magic and myth always entertain me. The characters are well drawn and interesting. I really enjoyed the narration and am going to continue reading or listening to the series.
Yes. It was aan engaging story with characters that had real feeling.
Nat, everyone loves and outcast.
Catrin doing a little bass fishing, because I love bass fishing. It was skillfully written, the author must have done that before. You can tell he knows about horses, as a horse owner myself I found his detail accurate. Horses have strong personalities and the author knew how to capture their antics.
I liked the cliffhanger with confrontation between Catrin's dad and uncle.
Chris Snellgrove is a fantastic narrator, particularly good with multiple voices.
Chris Snelgrove was not that good as a narrator, but he had enough skill with the other voices that there was enough separation to know what was going on.
I would definitely read the next book in this series because the book was free as a digital download and the story wasn't terrible and I'm a fantasy fan.
His voices for one type of people group all sounded the same, and his narration was monotone and over-enunciated.
Overall I enjoyed the book, and especially by the end I was really invested in the story. It was a drag getting started, but overall I found I enjoyed listening/reading it.
It's definitely worth the $2 I spent to download the companion audiobook for a free kindle ebook…but otherwise I wouldn't pay much more that $2. For either.
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.
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.
I'm listening on with the trilogy hoping that this title is just a first effort and the writing and story improves.
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