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Thornbear Audiobook

Thornbear: Champions of the Dawning Dragons, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Gram lives in the long shadow cast by his father, the late hero Dorian Thornbear. Struggling to find his place in a world where politics and wizardry appear to have replaced the need for men of might and main, he must make his own mark. Trapped within the seemingly safe confines of Castle Cameron, Gram faces both love and tragedy. His choices will not only define himself but serve to remind others of his family's legacy and the reason only a fool threatens those a Thornbear protects.

©2014 Michael G. Manning (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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    J P Woollard 02-28-15
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    "An excellent story by an exceptional author"
    What made the experience of listening to Thornbear the most enjoyable?

    Having already read the book I was at first a little unsure of the narrator of the book. I found the American pronunciation of some words a little strange (myself coming from England). However the story is so rich which such colourful characters that I soon lost myself into the unfolding tale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has a more 'earthy' approach to the characters to many other novels in this genre. This makes for a more realistic read and to a degree and easier path to identify with the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm not sure I can identify a single scene as a favourite. There are several sections that would qualify. From Gram's awakening sexuality to his first realisation of his prowess in battle. His training with Cyhan to his friendship with Grace.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Michael G. Manning is fast beoming one of my favourite authors.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-07-15

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    "Couldn't have picked a better first audible book!"

    I've been reading this author's novels since 2011 with "The blacksmith's son" and I did not expect such a treat in this format and from my phone?? Honestly, I'm glad I used audible to "re-read" Thornbear , because Michael Manning's style translated to audio has kept up beautifully with his written works (not to mention keeping me from going to sleep yet again)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 03-16-15
    Amazon Customer Texas 03-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excelent read, Good Story,"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thornbear to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it gives the reader/listener the opportunity to appreciate more the personalities of each of the characters in the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace was my favorite character since she was more insightful than other characters in the book.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

    Gram


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    When I first read Michael's book of the Blacksmith Son, I believed then that I was reading the first book of a great writer. As always, there were some things that as a new Author he needed to work on. I made the decision to stick to his stories and bought all his books. I just finished reading Thornbear and I can see now how the maturity of his writing is coming together.

    Thornbear is a great book, easy to read and has a good story. He lets you feel through his writing the complex emotions young Gram is going through and the consequences of his decisions. Like his previous series "Mageborn", I can see the beginning of a great story. I read the book and then purchased the audio edition and so far I'm on my third listening/read.

    I highly recommend you to read the book. Although the audio book is close to twelve hours, I wish the story was longer since you want to know what would happen next. I hope that the next book in the series comes soon.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Unbelievable"

    Thornbear is filled with excitement from start to finish. I could not stop listening. I listen to it twice already. I am looking forward to book two. I have never laughed so much while listening to a audible book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Renee 03-07-15
    Renee 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A story of true heroism"
    If you could sum up Thornbear in three words, what would they be?

    Epic heroic win!


    What other book might you compare Thornbear to and why?

    Fellowship of the Ring, or the Dragonlance novels. RA Salvatore's earlier works.


    What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Perkins' narration brings interesting detail to the story, though he could have differentiated the characters' voices a bit. Many of the pronunciations and accents were completely different from the narrator of the Mageborn books, which occasionally confused me. For someone who hasn't read the Mageborn books (Don't be that person--read or listen to them!) the performance is excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, when we find out Grace's fate, but I won't spoil that. :)


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-07-15
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "Amazing"

    It's been a really long time since I have been pulled into a novel like I was puled into this one. It get you early on and simply will not let you go. The characters are all well written and the environments are familiar but with their own flavor. This novel it outstanding in every way do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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    Michael Cooner 05-28-15
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    "Starts slow, ends you wanting more."

    The story starts off a bit slow and then takes a turn for the better

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    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 05-21-15
    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2013

    Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.

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    "Sticking around"
    Where does Thornbear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 10. liked this story alot


    Any additional comments?

    Great first story. It pulls you right in. That to me is always cool. All the characters had depth. I Will definitely be checking out the next story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danny 04-20-15
    Danny 04-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!!!"

    I have been listening to fantasy for years and this probably one of my favorite books by this author. I can't wait for the next one !!! Don't pass this by!

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    Clark 08-01-15
    Clark 08-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great series"

    Great continuation of the story. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out.

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    "Wow"
    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    One of the best narrators on audible. I've even listened to books not because of the story as such, but more for the way he narrates the story. Both Derek and Michael kramer are without doubt my two favourite narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always been a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and he has always been my favourite author. However, I have listened to both Michael Manning books and I loved them so much I felt the need to leave a review. As for Champions of the dawning dragon,I loved the characters and the sense of humour the author adds to the main character, I also love the depth of both the story and the other characters in the book, can't wait for book two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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