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The Book of Deacon Audiobook

The Book of Deacon: Book of Deacon Series, Book 1

Myranda Celeste is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous.
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Myranda Celeste is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

©2013 Joseph R Lallo (P)2013 Tantor

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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 04-30-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2016

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "I kept waiting to care"

    The storyline sounded great and Amazon posted an average rating of 4.5, plus I LOVE fantasy novels, so I thought, what could go wrong. About 4 hours in, I realized I just didn't care about this character or what happened to her. She meanders from town to town, and although on her own for years, is so clueless about personal safety, I don't see how she lived 2 weeks on her own. The biggest flaw -- nothing interesting ever happened. I don't understand how a magical, war torn world could be boring, but it was. I decided to give up instead of continuing to plow ahead, hoping I would begin to care.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-21-15
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    "Good narrator. OK story."

    The narrator has a pleasant voice and did a good job of keeping the different character's voices distinctive. I enjoyed this adventure and am looking forward to finishing the trilogy plus extras. I purchased the anthology before I finished listening to this audible eBook. This book had everything including dragons, a foxman, dwarves, elves, some sort of wraiths and other magical creatures. This book begins a sort of quest to fulfill a prophecy to end a century long war. My only issue was that the heroine, Myranda's character is somewhat inconsistent. At some points she balks at the simplest requests such as to cook her own dinner then she has her life completely mapped out without her even offering a complaint or oppinion. Also her sudden perfect ability to learn entire branches of elemental magic in mere days is annoyingly convenient. I prefer to watch a character work hard to gain knowledge and skills.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Sutterfield 09-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Books bad narration. My suggestion is kindle"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Deacon to be better than the print version?

    No.After I read the book I've come back several years later and decided to give it a shot on audible as I like to do that every-once in a while with an old favorite. After trying to listen then going back and reading the book it's disappointing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great still within my favorite 3 books. Although considering this was my bridge to reading/listening to books since it was my first novel maybe I'm a bit biased.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she seems to emphasize when she should not and just overall is annoying, does not seem to be that good of a fit.


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

    No simply because it's to long. I can't stay still for that long and just focus on it. In the kindle version I was going through 5-6 hours of reading a night at points but I just could not do it with this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this might not be one of the best novel's out there it's a very good pick in my opinion and it's well done considering when Joseph Lallo made this he was working mostly as an IT guy I think and this was just a hobby and his first book.If you want to get this book my suggestion is the Kindle Version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 06-10-13
    Daniel 06-10-13

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    "Poorly written teen novel"
    What disappointed you about The Book of Deacon?

    Writing seemed aimed at 5th grade girls


    What could Joseph Lallo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written it for adults and been less condescending to his readers


    What didn’t you like about Karyn O'Bryant’s performance?

    It was adequate


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and derision


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Savannah, GA, United States 06-02-15
    Amazon Customer Savannah, GA, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Could be much better! "

    The story remained interesting from beginning to end. However, it became a strange and extensive manual on developing wizard skills midway; after the introduction of Deacon. This was a distraction from a story with real potential.

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    Victor L. Barber 04-11-15
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    "Odd cadence in performance"
    Where does The Book of Deacon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a good story in general.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The reader seems to put emphasis on certain words in a mechanical manner. Just because it's a verb or adverb doesn't mean you have to put emphasis on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Colin A. Mcgee
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    2/26/15
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    "A great introduction to this world"

    meandering but so interesting. There are many interesting characters and sub stories going on in this book. Love the characterisation and development of the secondary characters and the incidental every day descriptions. Look forward to returning soon.

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  • Ariadne Jones
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    7/30/13
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    "I do like the story but there are dialogue issues"
    Would you try another book written by Joseph Lallo or narrated by Karyn O'Bryant?

    I would like to read another book by Joseph Lallo but there are some technical issues with his writing. There are far too many 'he said' and 'she said' which spoils the audio book so I think I might read the actual book.Karyn O'Bryant is a good narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Myn the dragon


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    They were all very similar.


    Could you see The Book of Deacon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    It could be made into a movie and possibly Keira Knightly could play Myranda.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe that show don't tell is better than too much dialogue as the 'he said' and 'she said' has driven me mad!Myranda is a little too perfect and although she does have her 'heroine' flaws they aren't quite enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Norton
    Northern Ireland
    6/20/13
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    "The Book of Deacon"
    Where does The Book of Deacon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is great but could use some work, there is something great about it, but it could be better. Worth listening too, but not as good as some of the others I have in my library.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Deacon?

    The time spent in the belly of the beast was great.


    What three words best describe Karyn O'Bryant’s performance?

    It wasn't a bad performance by Karyn O'Bryant, the voices were all unique and recognizable each time; however, there was times in the narration where it was the exact cadence and pacing for telling a bedtime story and made me a bit sleepy, especially when I listened to this all in one go and this is a long book so been up a long time listening.


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

    Yes definitely. The story was packed with action like most books wrote by men tends to be, full of fighting, violence, and battles.


    Any additional comments?

    A few things I find confusing in the plot line, but that's because it hasn't been entirely explained yet. I don't think the sword will be explained fully until a future book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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