"Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer's feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave."
So Jekaran's uncle has warned him. But that doesn't stop him from leaping at the exhilarating chance to single-handedly rescue a beautiful woman from a gang of lecherous thieves.
But the bored farm boy quickly finds that he is no match for the group of angry street thugs, and only escapes death by bonding a magical sword that grants him the strength and skill of a master swordsman. Unfortunately, a peasant wielding such magic is forbidden and punishable by death.
Thus Jekaran finds himself a fugitive with his fate tied to that of the exotic and mysterious, Kairah, a fey woman who must deliver a dire warning to the king that, if heeded, could prevent the very extinction of humanity.
©2013 Jason King (P)2013 Jason King
Author and Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills Press, and I love me a good fantasy story.
I am the author of this book, and I actually enjoyed Jon's performance (his name is spelled Jon Grundvig, btw). I thought he do a good job bringing my characters to life. He is a professional model and actor, but this was his first time narrating an audio book. I'd love to hear what we could change to improve the performance. Please let me know here in the comments, or by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org
And thanks for listening, and giving your feedback. It's what we authors thrive on.
From the first word this narrator spoke I knew it was going to be impossible to listen to. It is horrific. The story sounded awesome, but was completely ruined by this horrible narrator.
The story is interesting even though I'm not usually a fan of multiple perspectives, especially when it switches between people in the middle of a fight and between people in the same group with high frequency.
The narration is beyond horrible. If Grundtvig has been paid for doing narration before then it's a miracle. Every voice is grading and makes the characters seem incredibly annoying. Just the first part of the story when you get the prospective from one of the bad guys the way he reads it is absolutely terrible.
On top of everything, the quality of the audio recording changes several times.
I can't recommend this to everyone because of the dreadful narration. Buy the eBook instead because I do think the story is pretty good.
He has a weird lisp. I wonder how the author, editor or the company that produced this audio book could have green lighted this narrator.
His narration was so bad that I could not concentrate on the story
A true fantasy, the lure of fools tells a classic story in fantastical new ways.
A character set enjoyable to follow and a protagonist whom, while constantly having trouble staying on his feet, is captivating and fun.
They are comparable. The audiobook reader brings a new feel to it, but it's great both ways.
It reminded me of The Book of Three (Book 1 in The Prydain Chronicles) by Lloyd Alexander.
The character most improved by John Grundtvig's voice was Ezra.
Yes. I never have time to, though.
Although the narrator isn't typical, I found I grew to like the voice as a kind of character all its own. I read the book first, so when I heard the audiobook, it gave a new feel to a story I already loved.
There is a lot going on in this story that fantasy readers will enjoy, from semi-sentient magical objects, to layered conflicts between the main group of characters and many other individuals, to action-pact chases and fight scenes. The internal bonds, communications, and compulsions that the characters experience when they interact with the magic in various talises is intriguing, and the fantastical details of King’s world are entertaining.
I loved the crystal golem chase scenes…you’ll have to listen for yourself to see why!
I read this book before, but learning that there was an audio version I decided to try listening and I am so glad I did the reader brought the book to life. If you want a good book to listen to get this one!
Great characters make it easy to get into the story. Seamless narrative draws you into the world of talises and magical creatures without long explanations letting the focus stay on the adventure! Can't wait to start the next one!
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