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Sands of Nezza: Adventurers Wanted, Book 4 | [M. L. Forman]

Sands of Nezza: Adventurers Wanted, Book 4

After hundreds of years without a true king, the desert land of Nezza is in danger of falling under the rule of a ruthless lord advised by an evil wizard with dark intentions. A desperate cry for help brings Alexander Taylor to this perilous land and sets events in motion that will require him to rescue an old friend from and impenetrable dungeon.
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Publisher's Summary

After hundreds of years without a true king, the desert land of Nezza is in danger of falling under the rule of a ruthless lord advised by an evil wizard with dark intentions. A desperate cry for help brings Alexander Taylor to this perilous land and sets events in motion that will require him to rescue an old friend from and impenetrable dungeon.

Once in Nezza, Alex meets a new band of adventurers and joins them in their quest to find young Prince Rallian - the man destined to become the rightful king of Nezza. In their path lies a deadly sand monster, a wise and insightful oracle, a massive army of illusions, and a host of lords and leaders ready to fight for - and against - the king of their land. But a dark shadow threatens Alex's every step. And in Nezza, a land where magic is feared and wizards are held in suspicion, Alex will have to be more wise and cunning than ever before if he and his friends are to succeed - or even survive.

©2013 Mark L. Forman (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

What the Critics Say

"An epic fantasy series." (Library Journal)

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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 11-04-13
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2015

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Good Story but took a while to get use to Bray"
    What made the experience of listening to Sands of Nezza the most enjoyable?

    The story was well put together. Forman is a great writer and I would probably read anything he put out there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sands of Nezza?

    Alex coming into being a true wizard and earning respect everywhere he goes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Serpent in the desert


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    coryterrie 07-25-14
    coryterrie 07-25-14
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    "New Narrator Alert! - Listen to it Anyway"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    R.C Bray was good, but the change was not. Please go back to E.B. Stevens for the next book. The one thing I did like about Bray is that he didn't make Alex sound SO unsure of EVERYTHING that came out of his mouth like Stevens did. Bring back Stevens, but give Alex some confidence. That said, the writing and story were still very well done.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Holmes 12-17-13
    M. Holmes 12-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I was disappointed."
    What did you like best about Sands of Nezza? What did you like least?

    The best part is the excitement of the book. The worst part is that Alex seems to be a hundred years old. His progression from the last book to this one was too abrupt. He seemed to grow in wisdom, maturity, skill, and experience almost overnight. It was hard reconciling this Alex with the Alex from the previous books. The narration is the worst part. The voice is too old sounding for a supposed older teenager. It gave the whole book a 'blah' feel.


    Would you be willing to try another book from M. L. Forman? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. It may just be the narration that made the characters seem strange.


    What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

    I didn't like it at all. Sorry! I don't like saying that. His voice was too mature. Alex seemed like an old man. There were other characters where he didn't seem to get a voice down. For example, one man sounded Scottish, the next time, it's not quite the same. In all honesty, the narration turned me off completely. After the first 3 books had a different man, who also took a little getting used to, to change the voice now, at book 4, was not good. He's also very flat sounding. The overriding emotional tone of Alex and others was vague disdain. It's hard to explain though. There wasn't enough feeling. You can hear excitement, happiness, disappointment, interest, annoyance, etc. in people's voices. A lot of that seemed to be missing from this reading.


    Do you think Sands of Nezza needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course. I'd love to hear more Adventurer stories.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    michael Western Australia 11-13-13
    michael Western Australia 11-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.

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    "wish EB Stevens did it"

    I listened to the first 3 books in 1 week and fell in love and when i saw that book 4 was out i jumped at it not releasing they changed narrators, it was weird at the start but got use to it. The story was good, a nice ending to the series or a good book to follow on from they can go anyway they want.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Egloff 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Change of Narrater"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventures of Alex Tucker and how he is coping with his new found skills. The adventures were wonderfully written. Fairies, troll, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so disappointed in the change of narrator. If I was more aware of the change in narrator voices I would have not bought the last book. The other three in the series would've been sufficient. Usually I like to listen to series books and this is the first one that I was very disappointed. I got to chapter 3 and didn't listen to the rest.
    I won't make that mistake again. I will check the narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-28-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Should have kept the same narrator!"
    Would you try another book from M. L. Forman and/or R. C. Bray?

    This book was the fourth in the series by M. L. Forman. I listened to them all back-to-back. The first three were read by a fantastic narrator, but I was so disappointed in the narration of this book that I almost did not want to listen to it after the first couple chapters. The story itself was good, but lacked something of the excitement from the first three. That very well may have been to the dryness of the narrator, though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the progression of Alex's character in becoming a stronger wizard, and his mentoring of Tom.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reading was dry and lacked much for inflection. Many of the voices sounded alike. It was hard to feel involved in the story, and I felt like I was forcing myself to listen, because I wanted to see how Alex moved through his fourth adventure.


    Was Sands of Nezza worth the listening time?

    The story is worth reading, but I would say that the narrator makes the story not worth the time listening.


    Any additional comments?

    If M.L. Forman has more of this series, or will be writing more, I hope the producers go back to the original narrator, who was awesome.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but..."

    I really wanted to give this story 5 stars.
    Unfortunately, In this story, Alex acted very out of character. He seemed gruff and arrogant even when apologizing. He acted rashly in many situations. Whereas previously he would have thought through the scenario first. New characters are introduced of course, but they lacked personality and depth. Switching narrators this late in a series can be problematic. You come to expect a certain cadence and accent from characters that have been introduced previously. Mr. Clutter(sp) was a very cheerful, accented voice creating a good picture in the readers mind. I had to backup and replay the section to make sure that he had said it was Mr. Clutter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 07-02-15
    Heidi 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful book, terrible change in narrators."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the first 3 audiobooks to my friends, but I would recommend a paper version for this, the 4th book. The story flowed and was lighthearted, but interesting. The primary characters are well developed and believable. There were times in the series I wondered about some of the secondary characters and wanted to know more about them, but not enough it bothered me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The original narrator (E.B. Stevens) was very relaxed, had excellent variety in his characterizations, and captured the essence of the main character wonderfully. I would listen to other books he narrated because I enjoyed listening to him.

    The new narrator (R.C. Bray) felt rushed and incredibly tense. I felt anxious just listening to him. The beginning of the book has a sense of anxiety, so I hoped it would pass, but it didn't. His variety of voicing for the characters was very limited, and there were times I lost track of who was speaking because of it. I also found that because he spoke so quickly, but often flatly, and everything he read was so statement-oriented and matter of fact, that I often lost interest and my mind wandered. Then I would realized in that few seconds, I'd missed a significant portion of content because of it being so rushed, and I'd have to rewind. I rewound a lot. I also found myself thinking (and a couple times actually saying) "Wait, wait, wait!" and hitting rewind because I couldn't listen and fully grasp the story as fast as he was talking.

    Most disappointing of all, the original narrator captured the sense of insecurity and innocence of Alex, but the new narrator has a tinny, tense, terse quality that makes him feel like an aggressive, sneaky and evil antagonist. While I might have been able to handle other characters being poorly portrayed, having such a drastic change in the tone of the main character's voicing was too much.


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

    The book, yes, the narration no.


    Any additional comments?

    When book 5 is released, I desperately hope that a better narrator is chosen. If I hadn't had this book for a long time before listening to it, I would have asked for my very first refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Bishop typing 05-19-15
    G. Bishop typing 05-19-15 Member Since 2014

    Mitski

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    "Great story"

    Another great book that is show Alex acting older and being a leader. Worth the price

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    ArtisticFool 05-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Memorable Journey"

    Yes it met my expectations. I've listened to it more than once. Most memorable part was getting the Adventurers out of the Dungeon. Narrator does his part well.

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    "Good story"

    I enjoyed the story, but the change of narrator threw me, and took a while to get used to. His style was quite different to the previous narrator.

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