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Sandry's Book: Circle of Magic, Book 1 | [Tamora Pierce]

Sandry's Book: Circle of Magic, Book 1

When four strange, and strangely talented, youngsters are brought to Winding Circle by master sorcerer Niko they find themselves drawn together in a Circle of Magic - a circle that binds them despite their differences.
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Audible Editor Reviews

In the first audiobook of Pierce's Circle of Magic quartet, the mage Niklaren Goldeye gathers four children and takes them to Winding Circle temple. They possess powers they do not understand, which leads to their being moved to Discipline cottage and which may end up making them a family. Full Cast Audio used almost 30 actors in this presentation, and the result is an exceptional match between the voices and the character descriptions, including children's characters being voiced by children. The resulting authenticity helps bring the world of Emelan to life. High production values are also seen in the musical accents and sound quality.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story about craft, about work, about magic, and most of all about the pleasure and difficulty of friendship. It begins when four young misfits with a talent for magic (and trouble!) arrive at Winding Circle Temple. Despite their differences, Sandry (the noble), Tris (the merchant girl), Daji (the trader), and Briar (the "street rat") find themselves bound together in a Circle of Magic - a circle they will need when they face crushing danger in a white-knuckle climax that will have listeners glued to the edges of their seats.

Follow the adventures of all the young mages-in-training with Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series.

©1997 Tamora Pierce; (P)2002 Full Cast Audio

What the Critics Say

"Sandry's Book is a wonderful fantasy story and the Full Cast Audio presentation puts listeners right in the middle of the action." (The Shy Librarian)

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    Jeanene 11-20-03
    Jeanene 11-20-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent production of a great book"

    I am a fan of Full Cast Audio (and their predecessor Words Take Wing). I am also a fan of the Circle of Magic books, of which this is the first. The combination is truly excellent; I have listened to this audiobook several times already. This is a great book for girls of any age, and my brothers love it too. I am crossing my fingers that Audible will get the other books in this series as they are released. Note: for those who may have concerns about the morals in Tamora Pierce's other series, these books shouldn't be a problem.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Olathe, KS, USA 12-22-05
    Tracy Olathe, KS, USA 12-22-05
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    "Great story, unimpressive audiobook"

    Tamora Pierce is an absolutely wonderful writer and I love her books. But I was unimpressed by this version - the narration was stiff and stilted, as if it was being read by someone not actually trying to convey the emotions of the book aloud. The actors did better on the dialogue, but it wasn't enough to save this book from being hard to listen to and enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mesa, AZ, USA 07-28-03
    Paul Mesa, AZ, USA 07-28-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent Read"

    I have long enjoyed Tamora Piece's novels. This one continues in the tradition of excellence that she has set out in her previous work. This book with its new take on magic, and its intensely interesting four young characters kept me interested from the moment I began to listen. This the first novel of the quartet describes how the four come to be togethor and details their trials in learning their own unique abilities and talents, and becoming more of a group and less individuals despite their different backgrounds. Also of note is the high quality of voice acting, w/ multiples actors for the different characters making the transitions in dialog smooth and keeping the flow of the story both interesting and pleasant.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Fitchburg, WI, USA 04-12-05
    Michael Fitchburg, WI, USA 04-12-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Childrens book"

    I think the author should have hired someone else to read her book. Most of the voice acting was mediocre at best. I very much liked the story, and would consider reading the paper version, but as an audio book this book does poorly. Do yourself a favor and check this one out at a library instead and read it to your child. It will be a much better experience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Samson Newcastle, WA, USA 06-02-09
    Samson Newcastle, WA, USA 06-02-09
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    "A children's book coupled with bad narration"

    I loved the Lioness and Trickster books but this one is not in the same league. The writing is more of a children's book than young adult. I believe this is one of Pierce's earlier books so that might explain the simplistic writing. It could've been saved by some decent narration but as the other reviewers have stated, narration was horrendous.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Tivoli, NY, USA 10-15-04
    Kristine Tivoli, NY, USA 10-15-04
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    "loved it"

    My daughter is a great tamora pierce fan, and has been ever since she was little (I used to read the "wild magic series to her). Since she is still very young she cant read that well yet but is thrilled at being able to listen to books on the bus to school. I am thrilled that my daughter can enjoy he wonders of books when she cant read yet.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Artmarks7 12-18-11
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    "The full cast makes this performance Gold"
    Would you listen to Sandry's Book again? Why?

    This is simple easy read again and again. A young readers book, the way this world is introduced is dynamic and very flavorful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The full cast made following this story easy.


    Have you listened to any of Tamora Pierce and the Full Cast Family ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I read the Alanna quartet as a child and really enjoyed ths new series by the author that deals with more and more dramatic issues as the children inthe series grow up. This was my first full cast story, and it sold me to find outher books performed by them.


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

    yes


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