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The Herald of Autumn Audiobook

The Herald of Autumn: A Dark Fairy Tale of Horror and Urban Fantasy

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Publisher's Summary

There are things unseen in the world of men, strange things that live in the secret cracks between places.

Fortunately, for the children of men, there is one who protects us from the darkness that we cannot see.

Every year, with the death of summer, Tommy Maple, the Herald of Autumn, awakens to again wander the land. Wherever he goes, red and golden leaves follow him, and he hunts the twisted creatures in the darkness.

This Autumn, however, is different from those in the past.

Tommy awakens to the taunting of a mysterious and elusive worker-of-wonders. Soon, a sinister tale unfolds- a story made from the whispering of forgotten legends that ends with a dark revelation.

A story that Tommy has always been part of, even though he didn't know it.

Far from the eyes of men is an ancient abomination, hidden from even from the Facility. As ever, Tommy pokes where he should not, and soon the hunter is the one that is hunted, chased through a misbegotten wood by a creature who seems to be little more than darkness and feckless hunger.

The behemoth is pure horror, and can unmake everything Tommy is.

As the Herald faces a foe unlike any other, will he fall to the darkness that haunts our world? Will the shadows of a lost age devour him, causing him to be reborn as one of the world's sorrows? Or can he trust the wonder-worker, a creature spun from little more than trickery, malevolence and deceit?

©2015 JM Guillen (P)2016 Irrational Worlds

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    Grant Hoeflinger 05-11-16
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    "An Enjoyable Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an enjoyable audiobook. The story itself is excellent, and if you're a fan of JM Guillen you will notice several common threads with his other books, which are all set in a shared setting of alternate worlds/rationalities. The Narrator does a good job of differentiating character voices; I never wondered as to which character was speaking. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy, particularly with horror twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the Tellings, weaving magical stories whose events became true and influenced the world and its people. There's something appropriate about magical narrations changing the minds of those who hear it, especially as your mind's eye is envision the tale that that character, and the narrator is telling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the first physical confrontation between the protagonist, Tommy Maple, and the adversarial force of the story. It not only works as a believable fight (as believable as a battle between two fictional, magical beings can be), but the aftermath shows an emotional cost and the toll it takes on Tommy that I greatly appreciated.


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

    The audiobook was particularly moving in sections, particularly as Tommy is forced to face the reality that he must always wander, never knowing a home, and watch as his friends and allies fade away. There is a sense of forlorn loss to these sections, palpable in the voice and tone of Rhett Kennedy's narration


    Any additional comments?

    Full disclosure - I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author for the purposes of reviewing it. I enjoyed the audiobook so much that I purchased the Kindle edition of The Herald of Autumn, and another of Mr. Guillen's books.

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    Amazon Customer 05-10-16
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    "A fantastic book for the road"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I definitely will recommend this book. I really enjoyed the story. So much so, that I couldn't listen to it at work without being distracted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the concept of this story. The mythology, the history, and the imagery really do come together.


    What about Rhett Kennedy’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the many voices. While you can tell they belong to the same performer, they are distinct from each other. Altogether, it makes a story told with a good flow.


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

    The next time I go for a long drive I'm definitely going to re-listen, all in one sitting.


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    Jesse Bollinger Pennsylvania 04-16-16
    Jesse Bollinger Pennsylvania 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A good dark fairytale."
    If you could sum up The Herald of Autumn in three words, what would they be?

    engrossing fun story


    Have you listened to any of Rhett Kennedy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to him narrate a book before but I was very impressed. I would buy a book based on his narration alone in the future.


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

    This is a pretty short book so it was easy to digest in one sitting. That being said, even if it was a longer story, it grabbed me from the beginning so I would have found it hard to put it down.


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    Robert DeFrank USA 04-06-16
    Robert DeFrank USA 04-06-16
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    "A nearly perfect performance"
    Any additional comments?

    I had the pleasure of reading this story before, so having received a download of the audio version in exchange for an honest review, I'll focus on the performance.

    The reader was nearly perfect in capturing the particular voice and style of the title character as I envisioned him, as if a Celtic spirit of the wilderness were narrating his strange adventures. Moreover, he also does a flawless job with the other characters, whether Coyote on his epic odyssey of discovery or alien monstrosities whose language is madness.

    The only flaw I could detect is that the pacing might have been faster during the action scenes, but the narration was perfectly suited to the instances of tale-telling throughout the book.

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    A_Reads_07 03-28-16
    A_Reads_07 03-28-16
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    "Spoken music"
    What made the experience of listening to The Herald of Autumn the most enjoyable?

    The combination of the narrator's voice talent and the author's captivating tale made listening to this feel like I was listening to a tune played with words.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the way the author tells a modern faery story with such a beautifully lyrical quality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly loved the scene where Tommy interacts with Molly at her inn.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made my heart smile.


    Any additional comments?

    The print version is incredible, and was my introduction to this author. I've read it countless times, and wasn't sure how the audiobook version would be. It's unbelievable. It truly is storytelling at its very finest.

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    Deborah Stone 03-07-16 Member Since 2013

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    "It was like listening to a poem"

    It was perfect for a St. Paddy's day story. You could on hear the horror portion if you listened closely.

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