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Foundling Audiobook

Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One

Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse.
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Publisher's Summary

Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully.

©2006 D.M. Cornish; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A delightful, refreshing standout in a sea of cookie-cutter fantasy worlds." (School Library Journal)

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    Frank 01-06-15
    Frank 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Foundling- A 5-Star Story"

    D.M. Cornish has written a most outstanding story for use
    Foundling kept me on the edgy of my seat through sixteen chapters and I cannot wait to read the next book in the trilogy; Lamplighter.

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    Heather Macomb, MI, United States 08-28-12
    Heather Macomb, MI, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Boy's Adventure Tale on Steriods"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book combines elements of Treasure Island, Oliver Twist and Frankenstein. A boy cursed with a girl's name, Rosamund has had a difficult life in the orphanage. It was made bearable by three adult staff members who have taken care of him since the day he was left on the doorstep. He longs for a life at sea, like his hero Master Fransitart, but instead is selected to become an apprentice lamplighter. Foundling tells the story of his travels through an amazing world called the Half Continent, and the many terrifying, bizarre and interesting people he meets along the way. D.M. Cornish has invented whole new languages that sound really familiar. One of my favorite things about this book is the masterful foreshadowing. All the clues are there, if only you pay attention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundling?

    Rosamund meets a glammergorn, a small monster, called Freckle, who seems to know all about Rosamund. They have a long conversation, but Rosamund ends up with more questions than answers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rosamund meets Mr. Fouracres, a postman. Fouracres is the first person Rosamund has ever met who not only has conversations with monsters, but admits to having them as friends.


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

    Foundling - A Tale of the Half Continent


    Any additional comments?

    Humphrey Bower does an amazing job narrating this story. He has to create a wide variety of voices for non-humans.

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    Judith A. Merritt Bethlehem, PA 05-14-12
    Judith A. Merritt Bethlehem, PA 05-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A lot like Harry Potter"

    Since it has been a long time since Harry Potter it was fun to experience this story. And Humphrey Bower is fantastic!

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    Kate Las Vegas, NV 05-10-12
    Kate Las Vegas, NV 05-10-12 Member Since 2013

    Hardcore audiobook nerd.

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    "There aren't enough stars for this trilogy"

    DM Cornish has created a world so immersive and detailed that all you want is more. He has created his own slang and introduces it throughout each of the three books so expertly. To top of the BRILLIANCE of his story, Humphrey Bower truly gives us one of the most stellar performances that I have ever heard. You will fall in love with Rossamund and all of the other characters that DM Cornish and Humphrey Bower make come alive.

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    Patti 12-28-10
    Patti 12-28-10
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    "Wonderful!"

    Such a wonderful gem! All 3 books are worth your listening credits, and this, the first book, doesn't disappoint. If you are tired of listening to "my pretty pony/puppy/fairy" with your kids, then this is the book for all of you! D.M. Cornish has created an entirely believable world, populated with utterly believable characters.

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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 02-20-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I wasn't really expecting a pre-teen book"

    Perhaps I would have enjoyed this book when I was 12 or so. This is a story of a teenager's adventure in a land full of monsters. He ventures out alone heading to a far away city where he will train for his first job. Along the encounters pirates, monsters, and a surgericly altered woman who fights monsters.

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    Tony 03-23-13
    Tony 03-23-13
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    "THE SET UP"

    It is very obvious from the outset that this novel was written to serve as the set up for the series. As such, It was for me o.k. but as a standalone novel it left me unfulfilled but it had enough good characters and unusual characters that I will listen to the next installment. Humphrey Bower is outstanding as always. I know that it is his job but his ability to do so many characters is truly astounding, you are left with the impression that the narration is done by a cast.

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    Christofer 03-10-12
    Christofer 03-10-12
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    "So many made up words!"
    What did you like best about Foundling? What did you like least?

    Best: The world is interesting and some of the story, while predictable, was very fun.

    Worst: There are so many made up words that there is a definition in every chapter heading.


    What was most disappointing about D.M. Cornish’s story?

    He failed the XKCD test


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Europe


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be looking for the reader, Humphrey Bower. He was delightful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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