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Point of Hopes Audiobook

Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant

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Publisher's Summary

Nicolas Rathe is a pointsman, a dedicated watchman in the great city of Astreiant. During the annual trade fair, with a city filled with travelers and merchants, someone is stealing children. The populace is getting angry and frightened and convinced that a foreigner must be to blame. Rathe calls on the aid of both an out-of-work soldier, the handsome Philip Eslingen, and the necromancer Istre b'Estorr.

The art of astrology is a very real power in the kingdom and plays as much a role in politics as greed and intrigue. Rathe finds himself struggling to find the children before a major astrological event brings about catastrophe.

The first in a series of fantasy novels filled with adventure, intrigue, and gay romance.

©1995, 2012 Melissa Scott (P)2015 Melissa Scott

What the Critics Say

"Set in an alternative Middle Ages...this novel offers intriguing looks at guild interrelationships, the uses of hand-cranked printing presses and medieval attitudes toward magic. It also offers considerable delight to those who enjoy intellectual puzzles of the fantastic kind." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dona Ironside, OR, United States 11-25-15
    Dona Ironside, OR, United States 11-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Better editing."

    Very good story line and characters. There are way too many repeat passages tho. Could really use better editing

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    Kindle Customer 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio Editing really needed"

    Overall this was a wonderful listen of a really good story... The only problem, and it's worth docking 3 stars for, is that the audio editing needs looking at as the narrator REPEATS a fair section of the story; it feels like what has happened is that the narrator has read to a point... possibly ending a recording session, and then restarts the nexxt session by repeating thhe last sentence from the previous recording session... Given this is a $17US audio book I would expect BETTER. I noticed a similar issue with Point of Knives, also narrated by Matt Leisy....
    Let's see if third books the charm with Point of Dreams.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa M. Rodgers 01-07-16
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    "Great story but narrator repeats himself!"
    If you could sum up Point of Hopes in three words, what would they be?

    This is a wonderful story but be forewarned. The narration or editing is mediocre. I recommend suffering through the recording or reading the digital version instead so you won't miss the tale. Luckily, the sequels seem to be fine.


    What didn’t you like about Matt Leisy’s performance?

    The narrator...or an inept editor...kept repeating phrases and sentences. Arrgghh!


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    Ellen 07-07-16
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    "Excellent story and narrator, poor editing"

    The story is great and he narrator also, but there are many points where the edits were cut with overlapping words and phrases.

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