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Knight Awakened: Circle of Seven, Book 1 | [Coreene Callahan]

Knight Awakened: Circle of Seven, Book 1

Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…
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Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…

High priestess Afina Lazar is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. When Barbu’s hired killer finds her, she knows her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic - and handsome - hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead. Together, they will undertake a dramatic adventure through a magical world where love and redemption come at a terrible price.

©2012 Coreene Callahan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-02-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010

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    "BOOK 1 of 7 & A MYTHICAL MASTERPIECE"

    Let me first get the narration issue out the way - she was so slow it was painful but thankfully I could double speed her but, in my opinion, this choice of narrator has resulted in a lesser rating.

    The actual plot was exciting and gripping set in a fictional world filled with with interesting characters, imaginary creatures, mysteries and magic. Coupled with this is the romance between Xavian and Afina which is touching as both of them need saving from themselves and, as they finally learn to trust in each other, their love grows to become an unbeatable force which will be needed for the forthcoming war between good v evil.

    Worth a credit? Yes and I'm ready to spend the other 6 credits on the remaining books in the series but please Publishers/Audible try a different narrator and fellow listeners maybe listen to the sample first to judge for yourself.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 12-16-12
    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 12-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Really great read!"
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    A really great adventure that seems to be lacking in most romance books. Just enough romance to not over due the action and great plot! This is a must read for fantasy readers
    as well as romance readers. Will not disappoint at all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Elizabethtown, KY, United States 01-14-13
    Karen Elizabethtown, KY, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2010

    Love to read!

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    "Good book, annoying narration!"

    The book was generally very good. However, the narration was unbearable. The narrator has a great voice and conveys emotion very well. The problem was in the speed of her speech. She read SO SLOWLY and put LONG pauses in every few words and at the end of each sentence. It really affected my ability to pay attention and follow the story. I had to force myself to continue listening to the book and seriously considered returning it several times. I won't listen to another book read by her.

    I think this series has a lot of potential and I will probably get the next book in hard copy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean St. Catherine, Jamaica 01-07-13
    Jean St. Catherine, Jamaica 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT BOOK, BUT BORING NARRATOR!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Knight Awakened to be better than the print version?

    I guess the audio would be worth it, but the Narrator was painfully boring and monotone and made me feel that this genre of book isn't her cup of English tea.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzan Crowley’s performances?

    Absolutely not! maybe if it is old English romance.


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

    I really can't think of it because I couldn't finish the book, she bored the enthusiasm out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE, PLEASE change the Narrator for future Books in the Series. Narrators can make or break the popularity of books when they offer an uninspiring and lack - luster performance and the book may very well be a best seller in the making.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-22-12
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of red and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "MAGIC IS IN THE VERY AIR WE BREATHE!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Knight Awakened the most enjoyable?

    Alfina, the high priestess developes a personal growth with an assassin who just cannot figure out what makes her tick.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details throughout the book, whether through a fight scene or a love scene. The author greatly goes into almost every aspect,


    Which character – as performed by Suzan Crowley – was your favorite?

    My favorite character in this story was Xavian Ramir. Suzan Crowley managed to humanize this character.


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

    I was moved when Xavian Ramir went to war against he war lord he was trained by.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Johnston Woodway, TX 02-21-13
    Hope Johnston Woodway, TX 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "hard to listen to this narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The monotone of the narrator's voice quickly drove me nuts, and the nasal quality of her tenor isn't one I find relaxing. She slurs some phrases, and I didn't catch some of the words spoken softly. Because I kept thinking about the voice, I had a very hard time focusing on the story itself.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    julie fishers, IN, United States 01-14-13
    julie fishers, IN, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    I wasn't too sure at first and only got it out of curiosity, but boy am I glad I did. This is so different from her dragon series, although she does sneek in the odd similarity it doesn't detract from the overall style. It's really classical, detailed and historical. I was hooked and the narrator was awesome - what a good choice. I hope she gets to do further offerings. I do like the use of (good) accents and was disappointed by their lack, but she captivated and held you without the need. For me that is a sign of a job well done. I loved Coreen Callahan's other series, but this shows her versatility and the ability to use completely different writing styles. I will definitely get more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    angela DES MOINES, WA, United States 12-16-12
    angela DES MOINES, WA, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, great narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved this book. I have listened to many, many audiobooks..Feehan, Nalani Singh, Molly Harper, Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Jacquelyn Frank, Thea Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Gena Showalter, on and on. This ranks among one of my favorites. In quite a few books I end up skipping through a lot of descriptive parts just wanting to get to the exciting parts; but I actually enjoyed the author's metaphors describing the world, events and the characters' feelings. It also helps that this book has action and great romance.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great. I cannot listen to an audiobook if the narration is lacking no matter how good character development or plot is. I thought this narrator made the men sound yummy, and also had a nice sounding voice for the heroine.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 03-12-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 03-12-13 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    I am disappointed as i hoped this book would be much better. I could not stay focused with the story and kept drifting away elsewhere in my mind while listening. I listened to the fist few chapters then gave up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Huntley, MT, United States 02-04-13
    Sarah Huntley, MT, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about Knight Awakened?

    I loved this entire book. Coreene Callahan is a very talented author. The book kept my attention for the entire story. I cannot wait for the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was original and very creative.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Knights Awakening"

    Its was a truly excellent book. the story kept my interest from start to finish. In Fact I have since listened to it again.

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