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Closer to Home Audiobook

Closer to Home: The Herald Spy, Book One

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Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.

Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift. There is a secret, treacherous plot within the royal court to destroy the Heralds. The situation becomes dire after the life of Mags' mentor, King's Own Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter, Amily, is chosen as the new King's Own, a complicated and dangerous job that is made more so by this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily save the court, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?

©2014 Mercedes Lackey (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    "Great story !!"

    I have read most of Mercedes Lackey's Valdmar series and this is the best one yet. I can't wait to read what happen next.

    I like seeing how Mags grows throughout the two series, from the mine slave to the upstanding man he is in the book today,

    Nick did awesome job telling the story. He really makes you feel like you are right there. I have recently had a lot of narrator changes in the series that I have listened to please don't change this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Taylor 06-22-15
    Ann Taylor 06-22-15 Member Since 2014

    Love the escape of reading....Reading keeps me sane....

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book picks up on the Collegium Chronicles, and is able to move them forward. The kids/students are now fully vested in their roles in life. I am surprised how smoothly this process went. The book is enjoyable and I am just waiting for the next book to come out.


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    Would you consider the audio edition of Closer to Home to be better than the print version?

    No. I would never consider that. However, it is very close. So close, that it's might as well be equal. Only one other voice actor has ever come this close. Nick Podehl does very single voice differently. He is also the only male voice actor I have heard who can do a female voice properly. Most do some screeching time variation that his impossible to listen to. Not so with Podehl.


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    Ilo B. Gassoway Reno, NV 03-25-15
    Ilo B. Gassoway Reno, NV 03-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book!"

    Well written with great use of the English language. The whole collegium series is perfect for high school students and higher.

    Great blend of story magic and life lessons.

    Excellent! I have "read" 6 so far and will continue in with the story!

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    "Fun story, better in Audio!"

    I've enjoyed the entire series so far. I tried to read one and the dialects drove me nuts on paper. However, the narrator is excellent and this is a great series for commuting!

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    Cara Montrose, BC, Canada 08-30-15
    Cara Montrose, BC, Canada 08-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Romeo and Juliet meets Valdemar"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I put off reading this since I wasn't too impressed with all the flashbacks in the collegium chronicles / Mags' stories, but Lackey really aced it with this book. a slightly more realistic Romeo and Juliet meets Valdemar.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Closer to Home?

    The prince tossing Amily onto Roland's back


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I really enjoy Nick Podehl's work. he's very talented.


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

    Romeo and Juliet meets Valdemar


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    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 07-11-15
    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm smart."

    The narrator adopts a superior (but not conceited) tone. Monologues are not character development. Together, they rapidly become annoying.

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    Amazon Customer New Port Richey, FL United States 05-25-15
    Amazon Customer New Port Richey, FL United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Two houses fued"

    Mags and Amile strive to stop a fued while establish themselves as chief spy and King,s own

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    "Bad Romeo and Juliet rip off"

    This book was unoriginal It was a poorly veiled, poorly written take/total copyright of Romeo and Juliet. The descriptions where too long, the characters were annoying and went on long tangents. I would not recommend this book. I will not be reading anything else by her.

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    Amazon Customer Frederick, MD United States 05-17-16
    Amazon Customer Frederick, MD United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not one of my favorites"

    I love the Valdemar series and have read them all many times. This is definitely not one of the better ones. All the whining and self pity from Violetta gets old, and the family feud is a bit of a tired and predictable plot. Hoping for better from the rest of the series.

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