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Foundation Audiobook

Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.
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The long-awaited brand new novel in the best-selling Valdemar series.

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13-year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

©2008 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Wyonia Perry Hall, MD, USA 10-17-08
    Wyonia Perry Hall, MD, USA 10-17-08
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    "great for kids"

    i think this book must have been designed for a "young adult" audience; i was a little disappointed that the themes and plot weren't a bit more mature. it's a fun story about group of kids in a magical school environment trying to solve a mystery; NOT an "epic" fantasy novel (as audible identifies its genre).

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jean S. 10-28-08
    Jean S. 10-28-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Ditto on Young Adults"

    I agree with Wyonia, the series is probably for young adults. It is not at the same level as the previous Valdemar books by this author. I will probably listen to the rest in the series as they are published just because they do fill in some of the early history of the Collegium and Valdemar and I like the Companions

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    Teresa Erie, CO, United States 11-02-11
    Teresa Erie, CO, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Probably a better 'read' for teens or pre-teens"

    The conceptual development seemed adolescent or maybe just sketchy. If the character’s special gifts had included a supernatural ability to make intuitive leaps 10-15 years beyond his chronological maturity, I would not have been so distracted by the insightful observations he kept coming up with. I found myself perpetually wondering “and how would he know anything about that?” A likable character, but not believable as a thirteen/fourteen year old boy who’s entire life experience was virtual enslavement on a single-family mine.

    I really enjoyed the voices that the narrator gave to each character, but his “narrative” voice was awful...like he was called on to read aloud in class. The difference between the performance when he was speaking as a character and when he was just reading the text was strange; almost like two different performers and one of them had not rehearsed his lines. I did notice that it improved in the second and the third books, though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Indianapolis, IN, USA 07-17-10
    Gary Indianapolis, IN, USA 07-17-10
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    "Another story of hope and growth"

    This is probably my 14th or 15th Lackey book, so obviously I love her work. If you are a fan, this will not disappoint. If you are new to Valdemar, the world the stories take place in, it's not a bad place to start. It does make references to things that take place in other times,but I think all the books do that. None the less the story stands alone. These are srories of being different and that difference being recognized and revered. Valdemar is a great place to send your teenager to get them addicted to reading. Some books have violence and references to sexual matters, but not graphic. It wouldn't hurt to read them first for yourself ... don't worry you'll like em too, I'm 60 and still enjoy them.

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL United States 02-07-10
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL United States 02-07-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great tale, mediocre narrator"

    I enjoyed the story a great deal. However, the narrator was a bit flat, and could have been much better. He didn't destroy the story, but had little inflection and kept me from getting more involved in the story.

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    Amazon Customer Carrboro, NC 05-14-13
    Amazon Customer Carrboro, NC 05-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great for all ages"
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, and Nick Podehl is one of my favorite performers. This is a book I will listen to over and over.


    What other book might you compare Foundation to and why?

    Not sure what I would compare this series to because it is its own unique world. However I would put with greats like Chronicles of Narnia, David Eddings books, and Harry Potter because both young and older readers will enjoy I started the series in my 30's.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Mags of course and his Companion Dallon I also like Harold Nicholas and his daughter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mags coming to terms with his freedom after spending his childhood in slavery and retched conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though most of the Valdemar series is for YA and adult readers the Foundation grouping is appropriate for readers as young as 8, though you may need at the beginning to explain why people are so mean or questions on words that may not be known yet. The Foundation grouping has a good lessons in empathy, ethics, and cultural understanding of people different then oneself.

    As a person with LD(ADHD and dyslexia) I find the performer Nick Podehl very easy and enjoyable to listen to. This is not true of all performers but his cadence and speed of speech make him not only enjoyable but help with reading retention. If you have a child who is LD or not a great reader he is one of the best to listen to, and be able use the book in school work like a book report or just for fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kevin 12-30-15
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    "Love Lackey"

    I've listened to this multiple times and enjoyed it every time! Lackey is a superb storyteller and her Valdemar series is at the top of my favorites list!

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    gary 11-21-15
    gary 11-21-15
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    "Well done"

    really enjoyed the characters mags and dahlin were quite the treat, and the narrator really brought them to life

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    S. Yakovac Idaho 09-12-15
    S. Yakovac Idaho 09-12-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Riveting adventure"

    Adventure of a ordinary boy that becomes extraordinary. Well written and narrated. Looking forward to the next book.

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    Monica Chaney Lubbock, TX, US 05-21-15
    Monica Chaney Lubbock, TX, US 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth the performance!"

    I wish that I could give more than 5 stars. This reader knows the work and does not distract from the story at all.

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    "A bit slow"

    I tried this author for the first time as i love the narrator nick pohdel after listening to his version of "the name of the wind" but unfortunately this book is so slow. The author spends ages to say nothing and too much of the book is spent describing things that are not relevent to the story. Pohdel tries his best but cannot save this book.

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