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Half Bad Audiobook

Half Bad: Half Life, Book 1

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust?
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In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust - not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

©2014 Sally Green (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-06-14
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "The Bloody Edge"

    Dark magic. Set in England in a secret witch society run but "white" witches. The main character, Nathan Edge is a mix of half white and half black witch blood. His mother forced to kill herself and his father on the run, Nathan's mixed parentage makes him an outcast of sorts, mistreated and openly abused by the witch council. The abuse is very graphic and might put some readers off. The ending is rather abrupt, but I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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    Jennifer Kuczler 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great paced book"

    Enjoyed the story and telling. Highly recommend. I have nothing else but the review requires 15 words. Enjoy!

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    Ayerim 04-07-16
    Ayerim 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A rare 5 star"

    Loved everything about it! Great story line great narration! And now off to the next book!

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    brooke ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 04-04-16
    brooke ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Glad I stuck with it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Half Bad the most enjoyable?

    Carl Prekopp!!!


    What other book might you compare Half Bad to and why?

    I don't know what I would compare this book to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nathan stands up for himself!


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

    Every obstacle and torment Nathan endures and progresses through!


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    Eli Manila 02-02-16
    Eli Manila 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "That was nice. Really, really nice!"

    The very "chosen one" feel to the main character, Nathan, very, very much reminds me of a very wand twitching story I've read years back. The whole story made me remember how much I love the whole fantasy/magic theme. It's like a throwback to years beck when I was reading Narnia and Harry Potter. I can't help but love this book for just that. Reminding me of the joys of being young and in love with a magical world.

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    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 12-15-15
    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2007

    Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!

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    "I rather liked it!"

    I know from some review, either you really liked this story or was bored with it. Common theme was the first 50 and last 50 pages were great, the middle, not so much. But I have to say I really liked this book. And I LOVED Carl Prekopp's narration even more. I'll grant the story does not move fast, but that's ok. It's the set up of Nathan's upbringing and the long standing hatred between White and Black Witches. Nathan lies between, being half black and half white witch. This is very very rare. There are many Half Bloods (half black or white witch and half fain or ordinary person). They are ignored or distained by the witch community. But what makes Nathan's situation unique, is he is the son of the most powerful and hated Black Witch. All eyes are on him and waiting for him to be just like his Father, Marcus, only Nathan has never met him. He struggles with his identity. A very common thing for a young man under the best of circumstances. Now add the crap he has to put up with and who can blame him for acting out.

    I thought the authors portrayal of Nathan as not highly educated, a little sheltered (rightly so), and angry, was spot on; like how she wrote his inner dialogue and even the narrator's use of an English accent befitting this character. The not Posh, not quite Cockney accent...maybe Estuary?, was so good. I loved listening to it.

    All these things kept me interested in the story. My only disappointment with the author is some of the flat one dimensional characters. They are mostly side character or important characters that don't get a lot of play. Yet I was still interested in the story, certainly enough to get the next book.

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    Roxanna 07-22-15
    Roxanna 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An interesting beginning"
    Where does Half Bad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator in Half Bad was superb! Perfect accent and emotion behind each line. Though the story itself can't be said to be the best audio book I've listen too I would absolutely listen to again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel~
    I tend to go for the laid back put competent sorts. The fact he could recite poetry helped.


    Which character – as performed by Carl Prekopp – was your favorite?

    Nathan and Gabriel were both brilliantly voiced when it came to their accents. It was a pleasure to listen too.


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    TEDDET Skaneateles, NY USA 04-29-15
    TEDDET Skaneateles, NY USA 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great start"

    Good first start to a series. A few pace issues where certain chapters lulled me to sleep, but overall quite captivating.

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    B. J. Neary Oreland, PA USA 03-30-15
    B. J. Neary Oreland, PA USA 03-30-15 Member Since 2015

    bjneary

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    "Half Bad by Sally Green"
    If you could sum up Half Bad in three words, what would they be?

    An amazing audiobook! I loved Carl Prekopp's narration; he was gripping and mesmerizing. I kept looking for ways to plug in and LISTEN to this book!!! In a future England, Nathan is 1/2 white witch and 1/2 black witch and it is being the son of black witch Marcus that brands him an outsider---even his own sister, Jessica, hates him. Thankfully Nathan has a wonderful and sympathetic brother, Aaron. Aaron is sweet, trusting, and very protective of Nathan. But Aaron is not bullied, beaten up, or branded "BAD" like Nathan. Will Nathan be able to elude the hunters and survive until his 17th birthday and receiving his 3 powers of magic? Will he be able to survive in a world that does not want him or his father? Now I can't wait to get into the second book, Half Wild!!!


    What other book might you compare Half Bad to and why?

    Dystopian novels like Maggot Moon


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

    I liked his voices of other characters and his pauses and his angst came through loud and clear.


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

    When Nathan meets his father.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have never listened to this book but it was part of The 2015 Hub Challenge as an Amazing Audiobook and I so agree and will be listening to her next book in the sequel as a result!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 03-27-15
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2013

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

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    "Half genius"

    Sucks you in like a sirens spell. Can't wait for the sequel. Brilliant from start to finish. I highly recommend.

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