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The High King of Montival Audiobook

The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

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Publisher's Summary

In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

©2010 S.M. Sterling (P)2010 Tantor

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    Heather Collins 09-10-16
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    "If your planning to read along:"

    chapters are inaccurate, bits missing from the book. if not reading along, nothing to worry about.

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    Steven 06-07-16
    Steven 06-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful"

    love this series and can't get enough of the story. ready to start the next book immediately.

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    singersbabyx3 09-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I really am hooked on this series!"

    I find this to be a very enjoyable alternative universe variation. I recommended this to all of my friends and family.

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    Dave 03-13-15
    Dave 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Some audio problems"
    What did you like best about The High King of Montival? What did you like least?

    A good continuation of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it showed what was going on by the questers and in the west


    Was The High King of Montival worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The audio is off in this one. Bad file or something causes shift that make it sound like Todd is speaking in a bucket or thru a tube.

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    Jacob C 02-14-15
    Jacob C 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Weird audio issues"

    Seems like there were multiple recordings that were being mixed and matched throughout the book which meant it didn't feel so coherent. Audio quality could definitely be improved. Still some typically gripping seems, and a fairly high quality of narration (although some peoples accents change throughout the book...)

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    jgfox 12-25-14
    jgfox 12-25-14

    Listening to Audiobooks around the time Edison first put them on line ... or close to that time. ... Books on Tape 1974. Love Old Radio

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    "Love the series ... but I need a Life"
    If you could sum up The High King of Montival in three words, what would they be?

    Great, Exciting but Unending


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

    I need a Life! Isaac Asimov wrote the original Foundation series in three relatively brief books. The total of the words Asimov used for the entire series is less than that of ONE Stirling Emberverse book. Later, when Asimov became "famous" and had no editorial restrictions ...his books on the Foundation became bloated.As I reached the 4th book in the Emberverse series ... I began to note that the gripping battle scenes and the details of each book began to be repetitious. Wonderful characters, great premise and plotting ... but it is being strung out. Why? Just for more books?'After the seventh book . "High King of Montival".. which was enjoyable, but drawn out ... , I decided not to plough on. I will probably read/listen to the Nantucket series which only is three books.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    I was raised when Radio was the predominate media and I love audio books and radio shows.I've probably listened to approximately 800 to 1000 books since "Books on Tape" were introduced in 1975. (Doing about one book a week from Audible now.)Todd McLaren's performance is in the top 5 of the all the performances I've listened to. His mastery of the many dialects and languages, his acting out of many diverse characters and his command of the "audio stage" is very impressive.You don't "listen" to his performance ... you ARE are in the scene in three dimensions and surround sound. You are living the scene.


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

    At 23 hours ... I don't think so.


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    Menudo Bandito San Francisco, CA 03-31-14
    Menudo Bandito San Francisco, CA 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Time to cut the cord..."

    I've been with this series since book 1 - as anyone who's made it this far has - and still 3 more to go. I thought the first 3 of the Change series were good; maybe a little cliche at times, but gripping nonetheless. The mid-installment, a.k.a adventures of Rudi, dull by comparison.

    Sword of the Lady was a downslope, but this book hits rock-bottom. Slow and dull, if it were print I wouldn't have made it through. Reviews of the future novels seem to indicate this is a theme - that Stirling should have cut his losses instead of dragging this out.

    The best thing about the book is Todd McLaren's narration. He has a great voice with wide range and spot-on delivery, though I have to say some of the character voices he established in 'the Sunrise Lands' took a vacation in book 2, then came back forever changed since. I know Ingolf hails from Wisconsin, but the overdone Upper (as in upper-peninsula) accent makes him sound goofy.

    I hate to quit a story prematurely, but I cannot waste any more $$ on this series.

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    L. Clark 11-12-12
    L. Clark 11-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Better to read"
    Would you listen to The High King of Montival again? Why?

    No, I do love this set of books but I really want to be able to see the map and be able to look back at the beginning of the chapter to see what the date was again. If I was able to look back at that stuff easily I would listen to it again.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    I really liked Todd McLaren's performance. He is able to do the different accents needed to be able to keep track of all the characters. He has the perfect voice for this type of book!


    Any additional comments?

    You really need to listen/read the other books to really understand whats going on here. Something I did not like about this book was that it took so long for the trip across america that I was almost disappointed that it was such a short trip in this book (okay they just did not talk about most of the trip). I guess its good because it would have most likely been boring.

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    William PORTLAND, OR, United States 09-25-12
    William PORTLAND, OR, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "GREAT book but can't get it to play on Ipod"
    What made the experience of listening to The High King of Montival the most enjoyable?

    I have all the other books and there great


    What did you like best about this story?

    well still have not got it to work on my Ipod it locks up


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    Todd is a good friend and he does a great job reading. He make the book come alive and I find I can see all the books better though his reading. I have read all the books and I have love them again with Todd's wonderful readings.


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

    well yes not so much cry but I do have to tell my self there just people in a book


    Any additional comments?

    read them all

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    Momoevi HONOLULU, HI, United States 03-13-12
    Momoevi HONOLULU, HI, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "...and I'm done"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those that can't stand not finishing a series


    What could S. M. Stirling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finish the series about 2 books ago


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Todd McLaren?

    Sure - narrator is not bad at all


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's a decent story, its just dragged out beyond all redemption


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I wanted to finish the series when I believed this to be the final book. It isn't. And now, I'm giving up - I can't possibly justify committing another credit to this series any more. What started as a genuinely interesting premise and pretty damn decent writing has slowly and tortuously unraveled into crap. This was pure drudgery. The story continues to drag and drag and then just when you thought it couldn't possibly drag any more it reaches back for a little something extra and D R R R R A A A A G G G S S S S just a little bit more.

    The characters have degenerated into unlikable cardboard husks. They are, as a group, too perfect and wonderful and overtly full of themselves and their own importance. I'm not sure when this extensive introspection started up in the story line but it has become as noticeable as Rudi MacKenzie's devastatingly handsome (or should I say,

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