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Magic of Thieves Audiobook

Magic of Thieves: Legends of Dimmingwood, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the magickless, young Ilan has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection among a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand. But when old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will Ilan's magic and the power of her enchanted bow be enough to save her?

©2013 C. Greenwood (P)2013 C. Greenwood

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    Brian 06-11-15
    Brian 06-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor narrator, maybe good story"

    I think the story might be good, if not for the narrator. Very monotone, odd cadence and pronunciation of some words. It shows that a good story can be ruined by a poor narrator 😒

    5 of 5 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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    "An enchanting story"
    What did you love best about Magic of Thieves?

    I enjoyed the tale and the characters. I felt like they were acquaintances after the first few chapters.


    What other book might you compare Magic of Thieves to and why?

    I saw similarities with many different saga types I have read but with a unique twist and an air of mystery surrounding the players


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This is where I found the biggest fault with this production. The narrator lacked any semblance of emotion or ability to inflect her voice to show the difference in feeling coming from the parts read. Also, disappointing was her lack of vocabulary and mispronunciation of several words repeatedly. I would relate her narration to a monotone with no feeling.


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

    Yes. I was able to finish listening to the story in one sitting while I groomed the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I really would like to read the next book in this series but I would rather not hear it read to me by this inadequate narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Long Island, New York 12-17-13
    Nick Long Island, New York 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't spark any feelings or emotions."

    It's hard to tell if it is the story or the narration, but I do not get any feelings or emotions when listening to this story. The cover makes the story look cool, but the narration is kind of flat and it made it hard to stay interested. It was hard to tell which sentences had exclamations, which sentences were meant to convey sadness, thrill or anything. It felt like listening to a monotone lecture. I was very disappointed in both the story, which seems to progress slowly and the narration. I am still not sure where the story is leading the reader to. I think I will try to pick up this up again in a month or two and read it on my Kindle rather than listen to it and see if makes a difference. If I wasn't so hard-nosed about finishing books, this would have probably ended up on my DNF list, if I had a DNF list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Neu Bentley, KS, US 09-02-16
    Daniel Neu Bentley, KS, US 09-02-16
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    "Well written but ruined by Ashley Arnold"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic of Thieves to be better than the print version?

    No, Ashley Arnold gives a flat, uninspired and droning monotone recitation of a wonderfully written book. Listening to her read a book is like watching Kristen Stewart act. A long, unending, emotionless mockery of narrating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing itself is wonderful. I found it easy to attach myself to the characters, though there were moments when I felt they were a bit bi-polar in their reactions to situations. All in all though it kept me interested.


    How could the performance have been better?

    How about some emotion? Maybe some difference in cadence, intonation, voice, and character so that someone can keep track of who is speaking and when? Every single character in the book sounded and spoke exactly the same. Heck, he's not a professional voice actor, but even Patrick Rothfuss reads better than this.


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

    No idea at all. I would never make a film of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    decs7jim3 07-31-16
    decs7jim3 07-31-16 Member Since 2012

    I teach ESOL, live in Atlanta, have 2 smart beautiful grown daughters and a wonderful husband. We are both retired Air Force. Charlie - dog

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    "OK but..."

    there is too much narrative - no character development due to no conversations between them

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    D. Dedeaux 07-12-16
    D. Dedeaux 07-12-16

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    "Poor Narration"

    Narration not very good. Lack of needed inflections, barely noticeable voice changes. Chosen dialect mismatched, writer keeps changing tones and you lose a sense of the error as the story progresses. With that said, although the first volume is very short, the story line is interesting enough to compel you to move on to the second. Hopefully it will be better written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B 06-29-16
    B 06-29-16
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    "Pretty good but nothing great"

    I found the narrator funny (although I probably want supposed to).
    The book was likeable enough, but I doubt I'll be continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Ball 05-05-16
    L. Ball 05-05-16

    lue girls

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    "Great short read"

    I enjoyed this book. i have now read the entire series. in my opinion they should have put all books together to make one book. after first book there is a lot of repition and i was able to easily one book a night.

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    Caleb Colorado Springs, CO 04-26-16
    Caleb Colorado Springs, CO 04-26-16
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    "Unenjoyable narration"

    I have no complaints about the book itself. The narrator on the other hand was flat. She struggled to differentiate between voices and read in a monotone for the majority of the book. This would have been much more enjoyable with better narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndsay 04-05-16
    Lyndsay 04-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator ruined the book."

    I think the story could be good, but the narrator was awful. Strange pronunciation and very monotone. It felt like a fourth grader was called upon in class to read their paper. I wanted to like the story, but the narration was so bad I won't be able to even pick up a hard copy.

    If you are interested in this book, skip the audio version. I hope the hard copy is better. Good luck

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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