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Through the Wildwood: The Legend of Vanx Malic | [M. R. Mathias]

Through the Wildwood: The Legend of Vanx Malic

A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill-guarded caravan in the mountains....
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A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sends their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill-guarded caravan in the mountains. When the Duke's mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the Duke and his men is to somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from….

©2012 Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (P)2013 Michael Robb Mathias Jr.

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    Duke Freed 02-28-14
    Duke Freed 02-28-14

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    "Decent story, horrible narration."
    Would you listen to Through the Wildwood again? Why?

    No. The narrator has issues pronouncing simple words, like "liege," "cicada," and "Wyrm." It's like the narrator has read the words, but doesn't know how they sound like. This, in turn, ruins the experience for me. There are no real differences between the characters voices.


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

    Sure. These seem like small books and I'm okay with that as they're fun to read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have the narrator learn what the words are so that he can read them properly.


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

    Not really, but it's a decent book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would appreciate it if people would listen to these and vet that the audio is correct. Unfortunately that throws off the experience so much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Audra La Quinta, California, United States 12-03-13
    Audra La Quinta, California, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "could be better"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love the book I love the author he is fantastic


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes he is very descriptive and I always feel like I am in the story.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Everything all he did was read the words every character had the same voice. He sounds like he has cotton mouth, I wish they would have someone else narrate this book and all the others that follow.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SCOTT Baltimore MD 03-11-15
    SCOTT Baltimore MD 03-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Abysmal narration"

    I tried but could not get past the awful narration. The voice was grating, the characterizations were puerile, and the story flowed like a desert wadi in summer. And I beg you sir, if you ever get another narrating job without first taking a remedial acting class , please don't interject another attempt at improvised laughter (or until you can make a sound that doesn't resemble a laryngitic weasel choking down a chicken bone).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Petersen Seattle 01-07-15
    Debbie Petersen Seattle 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not recommended"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am afraid I would ask it to be completely revamped. The author had a great concept but lacked the writing maturity to present it in a cohesive manner. The fact that the main character does many flashback type scenes that are not clearly defined as such leaving the reader wondering. The writing seems to be chaotic and not well planned out.


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

    I do not think so. I hope this author continues to write and learn from his mistakes. I think he has good ideas, he is just lacking the talent to layout a storyline in a manner that does not leave the reader confused. Also, I found it unnecessarily crude in spots.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No not at all, The reader could not change his voice a whit to help distinguish the change of character speaking or thinking. Also, his inability to pronounce words correctly was very irritating. It is shameful to my way thinking for someone to take on a production such as this with such a minimal grasp of the language and its usage.
    In all fairness, he was very good showing emotions and adding sound to the description as he read them.


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

    It might be easier to discern what is really going on and who is doing what to whom in film form. However, I would probably be offended at many of the more x rated scenes LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I would be helpful if the author could use something other than sexual liaisons as motivation for every single thing that goes on in his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Forrest 11-10-14
    Forrest 11-10-14
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    "don't get the narration Poor"

    The narration on this book is Poor. I returned it. The story is OK to good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flonkbob 08-27-14
    Flonkbob 08-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun book, terrible narration"

    I never like to write a negative review; most especially when it's about a book I really enjoy. I read this book before buying the audio (I do a lot of driving from time to time, and familiar books are a nice thing to have along the way), and I enjoyed it.

    It's not one of M.R. Mathias best, he's still learning the craft. But he has nothing to learn in creating fun characters, fleshing them out, making us care about them, and throwing in twists that make one's head spin.

    Sadly, the narrator chosen for this book is the worst I've ever experienced. The pace is incredibly uneven (enough so that it actually changes the meaning of the text at times), the voicing is childish and irritating, and the pronunciation of many words is incorrect.

    As much as I love this story, I can't see my way clear to buying any others that feature the services of Mr. Silva. Sorry, sir, but you really need to change careers or find some coaching before you do another book.

    As I said, I'll just re-read these books on my Kindle, or wait for a new narrator before buying another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Han Solo USA 10-16-13
    Han Solo USA 10-16-13
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    "Vanx gets in deep. Fun listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Through the Wildwood to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way one thing happens, then the next, all building toward an end you don't see coming.


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

    I'm not sure


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Look at the creature Vanx is riding on the cover. My tagline would be that image with no words.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. San Francisco, CA, United States 09-21-13
    G. San Francisco, CA, United States 09-21-13
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    "Good listen. I amready for book two and three now."
    What made the experience of listening to Through the Wildwood the most enjoyable?

    The story is told in a way that lets you have a bit of info each chapter and that makes the whole story build in intensity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matty the one handed whore was the best because she was realistic to the times and not some spoiled princess or hard ass warrior.


    What about Gregory Silva’s performance did you like?

    Gregory was smooth and consistent, but like all new voices he gets overdramatic at spots.


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

    I was mad because it ends so abruptly, but I purchased book two in the kindle store and I know that the ending of the whole first part is in book two.


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry book two along please.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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