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Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 | [Jim Bernheimer]

Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.
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Publisher's Summary

Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.

©2011-2015 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2011 David Wood

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    Anne Thompson Atlanta, GA 05-18-13
    Anne Thompson Atlanta, GA 05-18-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story - awful reader"
    What disappointed you about Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1?

    The person reading the book was so awful I finally had to stop reading it and by the book to finish the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good and kept my interest.


    What didn’t you like about Christine Padovan’s performance?

    All of her female voices other than the normal voice was read in a high (often squeaky) and stilted voice. It made the characters seem like uptight idiots.


    Any additional comments?

    Find someone else to read the book.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    areader 04-08-13
    areader 04-08-13

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    "Rider Book 1"

    This could have been an interesting story line if the narrator had been better. I have listened to other young adult series (like the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik and Dragon Series by EE Knight) and this one is not the best for young adult. Primarily because the narrator over exaggerates the dialogue and makes the characters sound like little girls or worse. Not the best choice for a strong girl image! Perhaps with another narrator this would have been better. The story line seems to be a good one.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 04-08-13
    Ronna 04-08-13
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    "Couldabeen but just wasn't"
    Would you try another book from Jim Bernheimer and/or Christine Padovan?

    Perhaps the writer ,NEVER the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Bernheimer? Why or why not?

    The story had some merit, but couldn't finish because her voices were like listening to sesame street puppets(only worse)!


    Did Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

    stop listening


    Any additional comments?

    I have never given a negative review before ,but this was really awful!

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Erie, PA, United States 02-19-13
    Samantha Erie, PA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, horrible reader"
    Would you try another book from Jim Bernheimer and/or Christine Padovan?

    I'd read the second book in the spirals of destiny series. I definitely wouldn't listen to it if Christine Padovan were reading. I have absolutely no desire to listen to another book she reads. Ever.


    What didn’t you like about Christine Padovan’s performance?

    Christine Padovan's performance was way too mechanical, extremely forced, and completely unconvincing. It was very amateur. Her awful performance kept wrenching me out of the action, and it's a credit to Jim Bernheimer's story--which was very good--that I suffered through her reading for the entire book.


    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 01-22-13
    Tiffany 01-22-13
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    "Creative big picture, limited dialogue/story"
    What did you like best about Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1? What did you like least?

    Liked: creative construct
    Disliked: reader's performance


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very poor voice adjustments for different characters (too high, whiny); no adjustment in tone for emotion or (intended) delivery speed during dialogue; stilted


    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Patti 01-04-13
    Patti 01-04-13
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    "Don't waste the credit"
    Would you try another book from Jim Bernheimer and/or Christine Padovan?

    Yes by the author. None by the narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't know,. Couldn't finish the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm not a particularly picky listener, usually if the story is good I can "soldier on." Not so with this book.
    It seemed that she wasn't familiar with the material prior to performing. Accents in wrong places, terrible supporting character voices, stilted narration.


    Did Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

    Rip out my ear buds and bang my head against the wall.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad, I think this is a pretty good YA story, no Mary Sue's. Will look for print version.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mary S. Murray Ruffin, NC USA 02-23-15
    Mary S. Murray Ruffin, NC USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Not the best performance"
    Any additional comments?

    I always listen to the beginning of a book before purchase to see if I can live with the voice and the delivery of the book. The initial voice was okay for this book, but the secondary characters were horrible. I thought. I was watching a 'lamb chops' TV show with the high pitched shrill voices of the other maidens. Then it was hard to tell when the unicorn was talking or when Kayla was speaking. The plot was only so-so but the narration made that tedious for me. Even tho I'm slightly interested in what happens next - not so much as to listen to more.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia A. Hanover, VA 04-23-15
    Tricia A. Hanover, VA 04-23-15
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    "can't finish this"

    I can't decide which was worse the writing or the narration.

    Some of the different voices sounded ridiculous & grating. It would have been better to have a single voice through out.

    The story & characters were stiff, awkward and seemed to follow a check list.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K 12-14-14
    K 12-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying"
    What did you like best about Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1? What did you like least?

    I can't really say if I liked much, the narrator was too annoying. It might be an interesting story, that's why I gave it 2 stars, but I couldn't stand the narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1?

    Nothing


    What didn’t you like about Christine Padovan’s performance?

    Terrible pacing. Annoying pauses.


    Do you think Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No idea. I couldn't finish listening.


    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Sheridan, IN, United States 12-31-12
    Leslie Sheridan, IN, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh, at least it was on sale"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christine Padovan?

    The audio version of this story might have been salvageable if someone like Kathrine Kellgren had read it. I love how Kellgren reads characters and you can tell right away who is talking. Padovan basically did two voices for this reading, one was tolerable and the other was high pitched, squeaky and annoying. If she'd just read it all in her regular voice it would have at least been less painful.


    Was Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 worth the listening time?

    Since I like to listen to audio books while drawing or working on something else, I at least don't feel like I wasted time. It ended up just being background noise for the most part though.


    Any additional comments?

    The lead character isn't the typical "Mary Sue" at least. She gets to have special powers and be better at everything than she should be, but a lot of people don't like her because of it. The reason I'd still call her a Mary Sue is that most of the characters that don't like her are portrayed as massive jerks. Basically, anyone she gets along with is good, anyone who doesn't like her is bad.
    The world of the story sounds really interesting. But we don't get to find out very much about it because the main character spends too much time whining about wanting to fit in and what a poor little special snowflake she is. At the beginning of the story, I thought I might like her. By the end, if I'd been a unicorn, I'd have bucked her into oblivion.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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