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The Man with the Golden Torc Audiobook

The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup. Declared a rogue, Eddie teams up with short-tempered witch Molly Metcalf to find out why he's been betrayed.

©2007 by Simon R. Green (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred." (Publishers Weekly)
"Green sustains a good spy thriller's breakneck action with lots of magic, strange creatures, and even some character growth and romance." (Booklist)

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    Laura Dean Miller Long Beach, CA, US 07-14-14
    Laura Dean Miller Long Beach, CA, US 07-14-14
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    "The narrator's misplacement is painful..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator - He not only sounds like he'd be better placed reading childrens books, but the result is painful - by the end of the introduction the protagonist ends up sounding like a sexual predator and creeper (especially with the repetition that Green is known for). His cadence is nasaly and his tempo and rythm make any action scenes obnoxious. The character voices he slips into for peripheral characters are misplaced and don't seem to match descriptions.


    Would you recommend The Man with the Golden Torc to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps with excessive warning of the narrator, but most likely not. It killed the book for me - I couldn't get past a few chapters in.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stuart Blinder’s performances?

    It would have to be a very particular kind of book for me to even consider it.


    Did The Man with the Golden Torc inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review to provide warning and I don't usually do that... It was that off putting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 11-15-13
    Ben 11-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I got halfway through...."
    Would you try another book from Simon R. Green and/or Stuart Blinder?

    No. The plot is mediocre and could be fun if it wasn't for stuart's failed attempts at doing voices for different characters.


    What didn’t you like about Stuart Blinder’s performance?

    Everyone's voice except the main character is about the same. too drawn out like they are all very wise. The women were the worst. Needs to learn from James Marsters or Michael Kramer.


    Any additional comments?

    Refund? i couldn't even make it halfway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer E Y Chun Honolulu, HI United States 09-10-12
    Jennifer E Y Chun Honolulu, HI United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "hang in there"
    Any additional comments?

    It took a while for me to get used to the narrator's voice. I started and stopped listening to this book several times. However, at some point it clicked and I really enjoyed listening to this book. I previously read the hardback version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 03-07-11
    :J phoenix,AZ 03-07-11 Member Since 2010

    yojne efil look at everything

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    "Golden Torc"

    When if at all will the torc become silver...it is a wonderful work of Simon Green. Now I'm ready for the next book in the Torc

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 06-03-09
    Samantha 06-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent story, poor narrator"

    This story is very well written with lots of witty dialogue and action. The only downside is the narrator, his character voices are terrible and inflection is a bit annoying. However, if you like this genre as much as I do, the story is certainly worth listening to and I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Willson Akron, NY 10-17-08
    Andrew Willson Akron, NY 10-17-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Interesting Ideas but a few too many quirks"

    I saw this book in my recommended titles and figured I'd give it a try. It sounded interesting and it was to an extent. The huge variety of different magics and cultures was quite fascinating but the constant reminders our how powerful and nigh-immortal the main character was got old quickly.
    Its fitting and very human for him to keep reminding himself of the "truths" that being broken down but we the readers already know it and only want to hear it so many times.
    Another issue I had with this book was the extreme usage of the term supernatural. Obviously this book is full of things that are supernatural but I am convinced the author uses it as a catch-all term when he doesn't wish to explain something. As in "supernaturally strong" and "supernaturally fast" and while this isn't bad its used far too much.
    The last thing that I didn't enjoy about this book, sadly, was the reader. His voice was perfect for the main character but I found nearly other characters voice choice to be annoying and distracting.

    The story of the book was quite intruiging meandering between fantasy, sci-fi and politics covering innumerable types of each and giving us a whole slew of cults and characters a few extremely unique and with some jaw-dropping descriptions but these are sadly not the majority.

    I was torn between giving this book a 2 or a 3 it almost seems unfair to rate a book but the person reading it, but since its an Audio book that's a huge part of the presenation and he made it a trying experience. In this case I would recommend just picking up a paper copy so you'll get your own voice.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-19-08 Member Since 2009
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    "fun sf\spy"

    it is an obvious ripoff of Ian Fleming's masterworks but is fun enough that I personally do not care

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    john c haanraadts 2 EAST ISLIP, NY, United States 01-15-16
    john c haanraadts 2 EAST ISLIP, NY, United States 01-15-16 Member Since 2013

    BONZI.

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    "Off to a good start"

    It's Simon R. Green so I had to get it. It's very similar to the nightside series. It a shared universe so I was happy to be back in this world. I finished the nightside series recently. I enjoyed it. The narrator was fine. I wasn't blown away. I will definitely pick up more of these stories.

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    tari 07-21-15
    tari 07-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "i really enjoyed this book"

    i have to admit this was a good audio book. i recomend it to any adult. it kept me guessing and on my toes. the action was written well.

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    Amazon Customer Clintwood, VA 05-29-15
    Amazon Customer Clintwood, VA 05-29-15 Member Since 2015

    PCL

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    "Kewl story series"

    I found this series after reading Hawk and Fisher and the Nightside series.
    Thought I'd give it a go and I am very glad I did.
    If you like Greens tongue in cheek style of writing give Secret Histories a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.
    Shamin Bond is a Eddie Drood. He has golden armor that is out of this world awesome (literally, out of this world).
    It's the duty of the Drood's to protect mankind from supernatural nasties, or is it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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