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Battle Magic Audiobook

Battle Magic

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle. Set two years before the events of The Will of the Empress and Melting Stones, this adventure reunites plant mage Briar; his mentor, Rosethorn; and his young apprentice, Evvy, who has a talent for making stones...do things. The three journey eastward to the forbidding land of Yanjing, where they discover a danger that threatens the home temple of the Living Circle religion.

©2013 © 2013 by Tamora Pierce (P)2013 Scholastic Inc.

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    g.robbins 01-08-15
    g.robbins 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A delight to listen to"
    What did you love best about Battle Magic?

    Nancy Wu's performance as Evvy is enthusiastic, youthful, and convincing as a 12 year old girl with immense magical abilities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tamora Pierce's cultural and political designs are realistic, and the descriptions are vivid.


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

    Evvy's excitement, rosethorn's maturity, and briar's adolescence. The characters all came completely to life; Nancy Wu's performance is nuanced and diverse.


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

    I did, and am listening a second time.


    Any additional comments?

    looking into Nancy Wu's other work, I enjoyed her narration and characters in particular!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 12-16-13
    Jane 12-16-13
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    "Great story - horrible narrator - read the book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've read almost all of Tamora Pierces novels, include Battle Magic. I also have the majority of them on audio via Audible. I enjoy listening to them while driving or doing other tasks.

    Battle Magic is a great novel. The characters are full of life, Tamora Pierce does yet again a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story and weaving a good paced attention keeping tale.

    Unfortunately Nancy Wu narration slaughtered Battle Magic. I read the book before getting the audio. I was going to do a long drive and thought it would be nice to listen to the story. I got so irritated that midway through I had to turn it off. The way she changes the voices are horrid. At places she goes to a monotone voice and I felt myself not listening anymore. The story is a good one, that was the reader not the story. Sometimes I couldn't even tell that the speaker had changed except by the word "said" or such. The vocal reading didn't give any indication with change in inflection. She doesn't make any pause between section changes. The first time she went from the end of a sentence in one section (think context change within a chapter) - straight into the next without pausing , I thought the audio was broken. Then I realized what had happened. It happened again and again. Seriously. She completely ruined this story for me. Read the book instead.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nancy Wu?

    I would prefer to have Tamora Pierce and the cast of the other books do the narrative. And if not that - then someone who can at least read without just ruining everything together. The character of Briar Moss is an upstart street wise cocky kid who is maturing - but her narrative of him has absolutely none of that feel or playful tone, etc that goes with his character. I don't know the reasons why the narration was done differently for this book than the others, but it was a mistake to change.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is great. Tamora Pierce put out another well written novel. I did love the book - I hated the audio narration.


    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 06-22-16
    Stephanie 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AWESOME"
    Where does Battle Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ive read ALL Tamora Pierce's books! They are amazing!!!!!!


    What other book might you compare Battle Magic to and why?

    Her best was Tricker's Choice and Trickster's Queen


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

    You feel like you are really there


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

    yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Reynolds 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great read"

    i really enjoyed the whole thing! i liked the characters and how well they came alive throughout the stoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas D. Kehoe Boulder, CO USA 03-29-16
    Thomas D. Kehoe Boulder, CO USA 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Woo woo for Nancy Wu!"

    I enjoyed Battle Magic, even though I’m about 40 years past it’s target audience. :-) I especially enjoyed Nancy Wu’s performance. I don’t know how she does so many different voices!

    The review by “Jane” is unfair. It sounds like she’s read the other books in the series, which were produced with a full cast. If you’re used to hearing a character performed by one actor, and then you hear another actor perform the same character, of course they’ll sound different. When I read “Winnie the Pooh” I remember my mother’s voice for each character. I can’t watch the Disney movies because Disney cast other actors with the “wrong” voices. As an adult I understand this and I don’t blame Disney’s actors for bad performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abby Baton Rouge, LA, United States 02-07-15
    Abby Baton Rouge, LA, United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "pretty good but missing a few details."

    after reading "the will of the empress" ( a must read BTW) most of the story seems to match up to the hints you get in that book of what happened to Briar, Evey, and Rosethrone. but minus those deviations in both books. battle magic was a great read. I did not fully enjoy the narrators voice at times but she did a great job making the story come to life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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