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
"An epic fantasy series." (Library Journal)
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%.
The story was well put together. Forman is a great writer and I would probably read anything he put out there.
Alex coming into being a true wizard and earning respect everywhere he goes.
Serpent in the desert
EB Stevens narrated the first three books in this series and did a great job. This new narrator...I had a very difficult time getting through it. I'm going to have to go read the book in print, as I'm sure the story was better than the audiobook.:) I would not recommend this narrator/performer. Period. Boring.
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.
The adventures of Alex Tucker and how he is coping with his new found skills. The adventures were wonderfully written. Fairies, troll, etc.
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.
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.
I like the progression of Alex's character in becoming a stronger wizard, and his mentoring of Tom.
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.
The story is worth reading, but I would say that the narrator makes the story not worth the time listening.
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.
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.
Absolutely. It may just be the narration that made the characters seem strange.
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.
Of course. I'd love to hear more Adventurer stories.
Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The book, yes, the narration no.
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.
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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