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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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    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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    :J 03-07-11
    :J 03-07-11

    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
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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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    Steve Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA 04-18-17
    Steve Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "New fresh urbin fantasy story"

    The book was well written and original. It kept you thinking, and wanting more. The narrator kept the story going and was pretty good at his voices.

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    Amazon Customer 03-06-17
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    "Overacted narration and underwhelming writing."

    The plot line is a moden urban fantasy slash secret agent thriller but the narrator seemed to think he was reading Lord of the Rings.

    The voice of his main charcter was modern and well done but his supporting role voices were awful: melodramatic and completely inappropriate for the modern dialogue. The scottish brogue and other accents were inconsistent and the females characters sounded like he was holding his nose. I had to speed it up to 115% to keep from giving up.

    The plot and characters have potential but the dialogue was amature and action scenes were perfunctory. Character relationship development was hamfisted. Characters, particularly bad guys, did the classic "stand around gloating while spouting exposition". The excellent potential of the good guy/bad guy dichotomy was not realized. Thank you for not trying a sex scene.

    At some points the weak dialogue and poor acting achieved critical mass and made me laugh out loud - the scene chewing was hilarious!


    I did listen to the entire book, so I could in good conscience write a thoughtful review.
    IMO this is first draft quality. The writer has good ideas but needs to do some more work to make this what it could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian E. Murphie 03-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "James Bond"s Secret History"

    A conspiracy theorist Dreamland! Magic, aliens, technology, time travel! Characters you fall in love with despite everything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john matos 02-25-17
    john matos 02-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "sigh"

    it reads like a middle school English project it could have been really good too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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