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Heir Apparent | [Vivian Vande Velde]

Heir Apparent

In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed, and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win. And she has to, because losing means she'll die, for real this time.
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In the virtual reality game Heir Apparent, there are way too many ways to get killed, and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win.

And she has to, because losing means she'll die, for real this time.

© Vivian Vande Velde; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious characters...plus fantastical elements...will spur readers on toward the satisfying conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

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    TheCauseMaster Ithaca, NY, United States 10-26-06
    TheCauseMaster Ithaca, NY, United States 10-26-06
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed It"

    I have listened to a huge number of fantasy & science fiction audiobooks, and while this is certainly not the best I have encountered, it was refreshingly entertaining compared to most of what I have had to settle for lately.

    Some reviews of this book had left me expecting another average fantasy tromp, but this was no chore to listen to. My only regret is that I let my caution delay my purchase of this book for so long.

    The story uses the old premise of a person trapped in a virtual reality world. However, it has many unique twists. The flexible nature of the setting really makes this into a great 'what if' scenario and adds greater depth to the political intrigue involved. The main character starts back at the beginning every time she fails to win the game, but each time she plays the differences in her actions lead to a whole new sequence of events.

    The game that is featured in the book is not some cheap parody, but the game of the future. It has the sort of realism that any gamer would die for (literally). Don't be turned off by the setting, as it is really quite interesting.

    In my opinion, the narrator was fine and well-suited to this book. I did not feel that she had any particular trouble with the voices, and her flat tones really made for perfect delivery of the main character's flippant thoughts and sarcasms.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Twain Harte, CA, United States 01-13-12
    James Twain Harte, CA, United States 01-13-12
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    "Too slow for middle school."
    Would you listen to Heir Apparent again? Why?

    Will not use this audio book again. The read is just too slow for my 8th graders.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a good story and have used it over the years as I have a class set.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just wish the the performance would have picked up the pace and have been more 'animated' for lack of a better term.


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

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Xcoder 02-01-09
    Xcoder 02-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved this book and i'm over 40"

    This book was well written and easy to listen too. It is also VERY smart and witty! I also thought the reader was perfect for this book. She makes it come alive as if SHE was really the one writing it. LOVED THIS BOOK! I'm hoping the author will do a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Philadelphia, PA, USA 03-17-06
    Norman Philadelphia, PA, USA 03-17-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Win or begin again"

    Take a slightly jaded angry young girl, a cliche filled Role Playing game. Trap her inside and you Have "HEIR APPARENT". Giannine come off as somewhat spoiled and has trust issuses and seems to grow as a person especially when she becomes trapped and has to make life changing decisions and learn how to trust those around her to survive. because if she dies she has to start over from the begining and her only way out is to win the game. The narrator tries to give Giannine life but seems to drop the ball on other characters. from the Ancient nun to the jamiacian sounding barbarian. the other characters are your typical run of the mill people you find in any Role playing game. over all a good listen and worth a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-04-05
    Anthony Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-04-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Very Good, Worth Listening to"

    Kept me listening nearly non-stop until the end. My 13yr old son loved it as well. All video game role playing junkies should find it worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-01-13
    Greg Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-01-13

    KJV Mid Acts Man

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    "Basic Kiddie Book"

    If your over 10 I'm not sure you'll find enough to stay awake,very repetitious. I know that's how the story is laid out, but way to much explaining things . No need to think for yourself when listening with this book.I checked it out because adult Science Fiction is to adult more times then not.
    If you find Good Teen Science Fiction, it's enjoyable by anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kevin murray, UT, United States 11-29-11
    kevin murray, UT, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "gamers fantacy!"

    Where have you gone Vivian Vande Velde. Wish you were still writing. If you have ever been a gamer, you have to try this one. Stuck in a game, life or death, remindes me of the old choose your own adventure books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Edwardsburg, MI, United States 11-16-10
    Christina Edwardsburg, MI, United States 11-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Overall Enjoyable"

    The book was enjoyable overall. The story had a bit of a slow start, which worried me at first. Once the story was going, however, it kept a good pace.

    The biggest drawback to the book was the narration. The voice of the main character was not one I enjoyed or even got use to. It was distracting.

    Still, I would recommend this book. It is a great fantasy story that does not require suspension of disbelief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melonia TROPHY CLUB, TX, United States 08-29-10
    Melonia TROPHY CLUB, TX, United States 08-29-10 Member Since 2010

    Director of the Longway Academy

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    "Mom of four in Dallas"

    This book is a must read/listen for any middleschool aged student. It has the thrill of high adventure, the passion of the middle ages, swords, castles, and dragons, and the power to pull in any avid video gamer. This kind of mix makes this book difficult for the analytical reader to put down, as it never goes where you think it is heading. The main character is a 14 year old girl who finds herself in a virtual reallity game where she plays the roll of the King's illegitimate child (raised as a sheep herder) named the heir apparent at his death bed. She has three days to be crowned king. The obstacles to this include three legitimate older brothers and their mother, the Queen, the barbarians to the north and the peasant uprising as well as many other obstacles she discovers along the way. It was on the summer reading list for gifted and talented/Pre-AP Language Arts. You won't regret it. Awesome....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Shenton Park, Australia 12-21-09
    Hugh Shenton Park, Australia 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Not too bad."

    I though I was in trouble when I heard the "Audible Kids" intro, however (barring a few plot contrivances) it is not just for the kids. Once I got past the narrator's voice (which I thought was a bit grating) I found it pretty enjoyable. Listen to a preview, and if you like it then you will find this worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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