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The Jack of Souls Audiobook

The Jack of Souls: The Unseen Moon, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Harric, an outcast rogue, must break a curse on his fate or die by his 19th birthday. As the day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity. To survive, he'll need more than his usual tricks. He'll need help - and a lot of it - but on the kingdom's lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts.

One of these is Caris, a mysterious horse-whispering runaway intent on becoming one of the queen's first female knights. The other is Sir Willard - ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from the court. With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?

Both companions bring perils and secrets of their own: Caris bears the scars of a troubled past; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom. The Old Ones have returned to murder Willard and seize the throne from his queen. Willard is on the run and on one final desperate quest for his queen.

Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes. Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse but cost him the only woman he's ever loved.

©2014 Stephen C. Merlino (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    kindafoggy 04-26-16
    kindafoggy 04-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A Performance Like a Lush Andrew Wyeth Painting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this action-packed book. Having thoroughly enjoyed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The White Company", I'm delighted to find all the best elements here. Rushing action so well written you can feel the arrows fly by and damp, dangerous fog on your face. The dialogue from assorted colorful characters is natural and beautifully acted by Wyndham. Brilliant interpretation of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rhythm and fast pace moves along and doesn't bog down. There's enough dialogue to keep the relationships clearly understood but not slow the story's headlong action. The technical aspects of arms and battle is wonderfully executed. If this was a movie, the Second Unit Director would have an Oscar.


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

    I have just discovered Mr. Wyndham's remarkable talent and will be looking for other books he's lent his considerable skill to. If Andrew Wyeth's book illustrations had voices, they would've been Wyndham's.


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

    I'm particularly impressed that the opening 10 minutes hooked me so thoroughly. A book and its characters usually take a chapter to grow on me, but this is not the case with The Jack of Souls. It's the sort of performance that begs a binge-listen leaving chores undone and appointments missed.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very much looking forward to more of Wyndham's voice and Merlino's well written adventures.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kathy daum-cole 06-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great audio book"

    Alex Wyndham's performance was perfect for this truly great read. I love the story line, the character development and the world that Stephen Merlino provided for us. You won't be sorry if pay full price for this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-26-16
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    "Very absorbing listen and a great plot."

    I loved this book, and am looking forward to the next one from this author. So glad I found him now with a whole career to follow!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 09-11-16
    Kathryn 09-11-16
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    "Good characters - brutal story"

    Not sure if the story is worth some of the sadistic brutality that it embraces.

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    Greg 06-22-16
    Greg 06-22-16

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    "A little involved, but not horrible"
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    I put this book down several times. It is not something you can binge listen to, and its not something you can multi-task with. The reasons are not directly apparent to myself, but the combination of the readers tones and the complexity of the language and speech patterns are probably the guide posts. The story does not resolve much at the end of the book. This tickles a pet peeve and I subtract a star for that. On the plus side, the world has a nice color and works the imagination in unique ways. Will I buy the next book in the series is questionable, but I will probably sample part of them should boredom grow.

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    G. M. 07-10-16
    G. M. 07-10-16
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    "NO NO"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    15 min. I quit this book. Can not listen any more. It makes no sense and is dark and gloomily.


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  • Sheila
    London, United Kingdom
    5/31/16
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    "Very good story"
    If you could sum up The Jack of Souls in three words, what would they be?

    Well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. Each one was fully fleshed out from the main protagonists to the secondary ones. All had foibles which were excellently depicted.


    Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and he has a wonderful range of voices and perfect delivery. Great performer.


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

    Laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
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    4/9/16
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    "Confusing and hard to get into, not good"

    I found this so confusing, contradictory and unlike fantasy adventure stories that the description makes it out to be (classic ones etc.). Two hours in and still I didn't know who the main characters were, what the goal was. Maybe if you like game of thrones, but for those who like only a few/one main character, this is just a struggle to get into. Narration was good. I am sure some people will like it, heck, I really wanted to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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