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The Man with the Golden Torc Audiobook

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

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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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    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

    Look for the details, that is what life is about.

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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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    Michael Dallas, TX, United States 12-24-11
    Michael Dallas, TX, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, really poor naration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to audiobooks primarily while driving in my car, so I would say it was time decently spent. Had I listened on my leisure time, I might not have thought so.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He tended to FREQUENTLY emphasis syllables at odd places. He enters pauses at strange places as well. He seems to have an australian accent, which is odd for a british-based book. His attempt at the Scottish accent is more atrocious than mine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would NOT watch this book if it were put on the big screen. It's far too fantastical for my tastes. I don't mind reading about it, but it would be too much to watch.


    2 of 3 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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    Jessica Desmond 08-10-16
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    "love the whole thing."

    good reading ,good production ,good story! I suggestion you continue with the series it gets a lot more interesting

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    Z. Cherry 05-06-16
    Z. Cherry 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Weird voice choices!"

    The voice actor does a great job for the main character, but makes young roles have old man and old women voices and the main supporting women role who is supposed to be petite sound like she sings bass. It was very distracting. he made the voices easy to differentiate, but didn't seem like he did his homework on who they were coming from.

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    E. Anderson Fayetteville, AR 02-24-16
    E. Anderson Fayetteville, AR 02-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    I have to agree with everyone else, the narrator did a horrible job on the female voices and the intonations are very off. Parts that should have been more somber or relaxed were upbeat and surprised. I like the story and didn't find it trite or forced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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