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The Summoner: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1 | [Gail Z. Martin]

The Summoner: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1

The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jareds dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor, and he flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the courts master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret.....
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The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jareds dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor, and he flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the courts master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard.

Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava Kaa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.

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    Ernie Scottsdale, AZ, USA 03-13-10
    Ernie Scottsdale, AZ, USA 03-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "How do I put this..."

    Well, to be brief: DO NOT BUY THIS. I think most of the critiques of the narration are accurate. This guy's reading doesn't flow very well. The pauses are in all the wrong spots, and he emphasizes words in such a way that the meaning of the sentence is altered. If it weren't for his (American) accent, I'd assume he wasn't a native speaker. Not to mention he doesn't use the voice that the author describes. He'll use a strange high pitch voice when the author mentions the character is whispering. Odd. The whole thing is choppy at best.

    That being said, I'm doubtful that even a superior narrator could do much for this story. It's INCREDIBLY one-dimensional; there's no depth here at all. I felt like I was watching some second rate TV show where the characters have to complete a series of inane quests in order to save the world (think 24, or better yet, the TV version of the Sword of Truth - and yes, the plot in that show IS bad).

    Additionally, there's a lack of any glimpses into the character's psychology. Essentially we get a laundry list of the facts that compose the story; there's no internal struggle or personal burden that the characters have to get past. This contributes to a lack of connection with the characters, and ultimately results in the reader not caring who lives or dies in this world because he doesn't know anyone who "lives" there. Dunno if that resonates with anyone else.

    I could go on, with other things I don't like, but I'll close with one last point: To be honest, I wouldn't really mind these mediocrities, if there was at least one redeeming factor out there somewhere. I mean, couldn't you have a cool system of magic, or a vivid world, or, or...SOMETHING??? Not here.

    Go check out the Mistborn trilogy if you haven't. It's about 27.54 times better than this. Give or take.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Berea, OH, USA 02-25-10
    Richard Berea, OH, USA 02-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "good story, decent narrator"

    Okay, I admit that this narration is not as wonderful as seen with huge series books like LoTR or Harry Potter, but I keep seeing very bad reviews of narration (as for this book) which, when I get into the book, are perfectly acceptable. I have to give the narration reviews a far worse review than the narrators themselves. My recommendation is: listen to the sample, if it doesn't really turn you off, ignore the narration comments. If I hadn't done that, I'd have missed some very good books.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    M. Cook Santa Rosa, CA USA 02-13-10
    M. Cook Santa Rosa, CA USA 02-13-10 Member Since 2009

    Druidsong

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    "Great story, terrable narration!"

    I really liked the story & want to follow the adventure, but I really don't know if I can stand to listen to Peter Ganim tell it any longer. All his pauses are in the wrong place & his voice depictions are terrible. Loose the haughtiness & just tell the story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Eivind New York, New York 04-04-10
    Eivind New York, New York 04-04-10 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A huge let down"

    If this audiobook has any redeeming qualities at all it is that it has matched the narration, which is on par with Microsoft Readers Text-to-Speech function, with a book of suitable depth and quality. It is truly a match made in heaven.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 02-17-10
    Nicholas BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 02-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Author Bad Narrator"

    The story is definitely fun. The first reviewer is right about the narrator...listen to the sample before buying and decide for yourself.

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    Gordon fort bragg, NC, United States 08-01-10
    Gordon fort bragg, NC, United States 08-01-10
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    "Not bad"

    Narrated not the best. give 4 out of 5 for that reason. however series is amazing.

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    Misha Washington, DC, USA 04-04-10
    Misha Washington, DC, USA 04-04-10
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    "ugh"

    I think the story is mediocre to weak and the narration is flat. Don't waste your hard-earned cash. Try "A Game of Thrones" by George Martin instead

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Irvine, CA, United States 04-12-14
    Guy Irvine, CA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Gripping!"

    This series is excellent. The story is well thought out and the characters are rich. Also, I appreciated the way that the ending was not rushed. So many authors either run out of steam or are ready to move onto other things and the ending brings no satisfaction for the reader. This series allowed for good closure for most of the characters. I would have relished a little bit longer to enjoy the wrapping up, but I am a woman, so I suspect that I just like the joy part dragged out a bit to overcome the exhaustion of prior torment. The narrator was pretty good. His pacing was usually good and his voices were effective. Warning, though. His is an American accent. It took a little getting used to, for me, and I am American. :)

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    Jess Arlington, WA, United States 03-09-12
    Jess Arlington, WA, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Series"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an addicting book, i started this and had to continue with the whole series. The basis for the magic system was great, and completely imaginative. Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Fountain Valley, CA, USA 03-26-10
    Richard Fountain Valley, CA, USA 03-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Mage coming into his power"

    If you like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...you will like this book.
    Narrator does a good job (not annoying)....and the story is interesting and has good development.
    I kept imagining the Necromancer Avatar in Diablo II (computer game by Blizzard) while reading. It made Tris Seem more badass to me. It's like when I see a lame movie, that is from a good book. If I see the movie first i can't get the actors face out of my head and annoys me. So having some reference pictures in mind make the listening experience that much better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "The most annoying naration ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narator would have saved the book - he was awful wish I'd read it on my kindle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summoner?

    Good plot


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gail Z. Martin and Peter Ganim ’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    3/22/14
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    "Good Listen"
    What did you like most about The Summoner?

    The storyline is superb you get so involved with the characters and they are portrayed brilliantly. I would recommend any of Gail Z Martins books total fan


    What other book might you compare The Summoner to, and why?

    This book stands on its own brilliant well written


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gail Z. Martin and Peter Ganim ?

    Hmm think so as love her books


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manchester, United Kingdom
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    "Just what I was looking for"
    If you could sum up The Summoner in three words, what would they be?

    Adult Garth Nix


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Verhainian, he's all manly and stubborn yet still likeable


    Which character – as performed by Gail Z. Martin and Peter Ganim – was your favourite?

    Michale, very mysterious and intriguing


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

    Many parts of the book made me laugh out loud, even though the plot is a serious one, the characters are so well developed you can't help but feel what they feel


    Any additional comments?

    I had been looking for a saga or trilogy to match trudi canavan and robin hobb and stumbled upon this, I have since listened to the rest of the saga and would recommend all to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.

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