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Dryad-Born: Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 2 | [Jeff Wheeler]

Dryad-Born: Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 2

Rumors stir of a hidden child who can stop the devastating plagues — and the race to find her has begun. The ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, and the people pledged to stopping him will do anything to make sure they’re the ones to reach her first. Because even though young Phae may be unaware that she is the long-lost daughter of Tyrus — the Arch-Rike’s rival — there is no mistaking her gift.
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Publisher's Summary

In the scourged kingdoms of Mirrowen, little hope survives.

Rumors stir of a hidden child who can stop the devastating plagues — and the race to find her has begun. The ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, and the people pledged to stopping him will do anything to make sure they’re the ones to reach her first.

Because even though young Phae may be unaware that she is the long-lost daughter of Tyrus — the Arch-Rike’s rival — there is no mistaking her gift. She not only wields the dangerous fireblood, but she can also steal the memories of anyone who looks into her eyes. Both Fireblood and Dryad-born, she alone can survive the Scourgelands long enough to learn the secrets hidden within the oaks — secrets that may reveal the origins of the plagues…and how to fight them.

Now Phae must learn to accept her newfound destiny or forever fear the steadfast evil of the Arch-Rike.

©2014 Jeff Wheeler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Al Colorado 04-18-14
    Al Colorado 04-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story Horrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from Jeff Wheeler and/or Sue Pitkin?

    I would certainly listen to another of Jeff Wheeler's books, I totally enjoy his writing style. I would never try another book narrated by Sue Pitkin. She has no ability to narrate multiple characters in any distinctive fashion.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance would have been better if Michael Page narrated the second book as well as the first. Sue Pitkin was simply pathetic. I was perplexed by things such as how the Quiet Kishion takes on some sort of Arnold Schwarzenegger accent. He (she) sounded ridiculous. Her narration almost ruined the book for me.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    RYAN BROOKVILLE, OH, United States 02-28-14
    RYAN BROOKVILLE, OH, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "better!!"
    If you could sum up Dryad-Born in three words, what would they be?

    more flushed out!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dryad-Born?

    when you find out who the villain in hiding is.


    How could the performance have been better?

    did not care for the voice talent. accent were not the same as the first book I think.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca L. 08-01-14
    Rebecca L. 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, terrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would go back to Michael Page as the narrator. Sue Pitkin does okay when she isn't reading dialogue, but she can't read dialogue well to save her life. I can only listen to this book for short periods of time before I have to turn it off.

    I got this audiobook despite the poor reviews of the narrator because I had the ebook already and it was only $2, but I would never waste a credit or pay full price for it. The book is excellent, but Pitkin was not the right choice at all. I feel like she'd do much better with something like Jane Austen rather than epic fantasy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy everything about this story except the performer. It's a solid follow-up to the first book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her speech is exaggerated, her attempts at different accents are awful, and it is clear that she didn't listen to any of the previous book. Conversations between characters are painful and unnatural. As an example, the voice she uses for the archivist's passages is stilted and overdone while Michael Page's interpretation was scholarly and thoughtful. I grit my teeth every time one of those sequences comes up when I used to enjoy them. I gave her two stars because I can at least listen to her for short periods of time, but I have to take a break after long dialogues.


    Was Dryad-Born worth the listening time?

    Reading time, heck yeah. Listening time... Just barely, maybe? It was better than not listening to a book at all, I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, please, please bring Michael Page back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David snowflake, AZ, United States 05-15-14
    David snowflake, AZ, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story, Bad Narrator"
    What did you like best about Dryad-Born? What did you like least?

    I liked the story, but the narrator was terrible


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend the first book of the series. The narrator was fun to listen to and made the characters come alive. I don't know why this book had a different narrator, but she could not use different character voices at all, so it could confusing when two characters were talking to each other. Another thing I didn't like about her was that would be just as dramatic with some mundane description or detail as she would an action sequence or with something important. That got old pretty quick.Anyway, I will probably listen to the next book in the series when it comes out if it has a different narrator. For this book, you would be better off to read it yourself.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jen D. 01-12-15
    Jen D. 01-12-15
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    "Amazing Book...Terrible Narrator"

    This book is so great. I would listen to it as I fall asleep, but I would find myself staying up late trying to listen to more. The narrator is awful. I eventually got used to her voice, but I really hope audible has the narrator from Fireblood read the next book in the series. Again, this book is so good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Walker USA 11-19-14
    B. Walker USA 11-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Couldn't stomach the Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    The first part of the series was great... very promising and enjoyable. This second book seemed to have the same elements but the narration was at best unpleasant, but more often actually irritating. I gave up on the book about 3/4 of the way through because I couldn't stomach the narration (the first and only time I've done that with an audiobook)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-23-15
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    Was that a German or French accent? couldn't tell.. The whole thing was obnoxious. sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric R Hecker Abita Springs, LA 01-27-15
    Eric R Hecker Abita Springs, LA 01-27-15
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    "Disappointing narrator"

    Not the original narrator. Usually this doesn't bother me. But this narrator does not do a good job of distinguishing between characters and I would be lost. Hard to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 01-21-15
    Ann 01-21-15
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    "Bring Back Michael Page"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the print book, but not this recording. The production company should not have changed narrators, even though I can see why they did (the main character in "Fireblood" was male; in "Dryad Born" it was female). Sue Pitkin was simply unable to carry off the various accents and voices of the male characters, especially the silky menace of Kiranrao (sp.). Her male voices were uniformly harsh, shrill, and/or grating. Her female voices were fairly generic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line did not dissolve too badly into different plot lines, as too often happens with the second of a series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sue Pitkin’s performances?

    I'm not sure. I would have to think about it.


    Could you see Dryad-Born being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Please let Michael Page narrate the third installment. He is a far superior reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Fischer 01-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    I'm really enjoying this series. I'm looking forward to the next book. A great epic storyline a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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