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The Book of Deacon: Book of Deacon Series, Book 1 | [Joseph Lallo]

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 2007

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel ETNA, NH, United States 06-10-13
    Daniel ETNA, NH, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2006

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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bridlington, United Kingdom
    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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