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The Sword and the Dragon, Revised: The Wardstone Trilogy, Book 1 | [M. R. Mathias]

The Sword and the Dragon, Revised: The Wardstone Trilogy, Book 1

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed. Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father.
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Publisher's Summary

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.

Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!

All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.

Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?

Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.

©2010 Michael R. Mathias Jr (P)2012 Michael Robb Mathias Jr

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    Moni 04-17-15
    Moni 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbearable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was unable to listen to the first chapter of the novel because of the narrator, he put all the wrong inflections in all the wrong places in the sentences, and was completely monotone. It was unbearable. Worst of all I won't be able to listen to the other 2books in the series until I get around to "reading" book 1 now, cause I refuse to jump around in a series. And if the same narrator is on the others I won't be able to listen to them either.


    What could M. R. Mathias have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used a different narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Dorman?

    Alexander Edward Trefethen would have been a good choice as narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

    Unable to get past first couple paragraphs to find out about any scenes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juley Karns 03-19-15
    Juley Karns 03-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Bad I Could Not Enjoy the Book"
    Would you try another book from M. R. Mathias and/or Chris Dorman?

    I haven't been able to listen to this book because the readers' monotone voice sets my teeth on edge. I honestly couldn't stomach to listen to him. I think I might like to read the book instead.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mystery or Sci Fi, not sure still hunting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Made the book unbearable. I didn't make it past the first few chapters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    I see the same person reads the series and I'm opting out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey 03-18-15
    Casey 03-18-15
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    "After 240 books ,this is my first negative review."

    The narrator is trying way to hard to make every moment of the book sound like an epic adventure. You get used to him over dramatization after a while, but the entirety of the book was poorly written & extremely predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Riverside, CA USA 12-23-14
    Amazon Customer Riverside, CA USA 12-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "the narrator is mind numbing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I dont know if the story is good or not, I just cant get past this narrator. He speaks with a monotone that is mind numbingly boring.
    If it had a snippit of audio from this book on the order page I would have never bought it!!!


    Would you be willing to try another book from M. R. Mathias? Why or why not?

    only as long as it is another narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Dorman’s performances?

    No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    dissappointed over the lousy narration


    Any additional comments?

    use a different narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Roark 10-19-14
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    "Bad Listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good narrator would help 100%. He's so bad I didn't make it through the first chapter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. R. Mathias again?

    Yes, with someone else doing reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Dorman’s performances?

    No way. He should never narrate another book.


    What character would you cut from The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

    Couldn't read past the first chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a good narrator. He lost my reading the rest of the series too.

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    Dan G. California 07-28-14
    Dan G. California 07-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible Narration!!"
    What would have made The Sword and the Dragon, Revised better?

    New narrator.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was starting to get interested in the story, but I just couldn't get over the narration. I will have to read the book instead.


    What didn’t you like about Chris Dorman’s performance?

    I could not finish listening to this book. The narrator literally made me sick to my stomach. It was just something about the tone of his voice and how he dragged out the last word of every single sentennnnccceeee..


    Any additional comments?

    Try out the sample audio before you download! Play it a few times in a row. It won't get any better than that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda 09-03-13
    Delinda 09-03-13 Member Since 2013

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "This was a pleasant surprise!"

    What a pleasant surprise! Not exactly your typical dragon story. Started off a bit slow, but not terrible. And, it wasn't what I expected, but it was surprisingly well done. Good enough to keep my mind engaged to see what would happen next. Narrator was a bit on the nasal side, but it didn't bother me too too much. I felt the plot was very well thought out. I do wonder if another part of this trilogy will be written in my lifetime. Since this was off to a good start, I'd give the second book a listen.

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