Merlin's sole hope of saving his mother's life is to master the Seven Songs of Wisdom passed down from the greatest wizard Fincayra has ever known, Merlin's grandfather, Tuatha. Only then can he voyage to the Otherworld of the spirits and obtain the precious Elixir of Dagda. Yet to do that, he must first succeed where even Tuatha failed, by defeating Balor, the ogre whose merest glance means death. Even more difficult, Merlin must discover the secret of seeing not with his eyes, but with his heart.
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©1997 Thomas Archibald Barron; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Spellbinding...readers will relish not only the action and the well-crafted setting but also Merlin's growth from a callow youth to a wiser, more caring wizard-in-training." (Booklist)
"Merlin is a combination of pride, bravery, and recklessness, qualities narrator Kevin Isola conveys in every nuance of his voice....A fine performance." (AudioFile)
Can you speak any more breathlessly? The story is amazing of course but a breathless manner of speaking does not suit every single character. Sorry, it rendered the story far far less enjoyable.
The story is really a great one! So not a waste of a listen....However the presentation was atrocious. The narrator utterly ruined several characters including one of the favorites. Why he decided to make the one character sound like he had Down syndrome I do not know, but it was too much for my liking. Hopefully they'll redo this and replace it with the narrator from the first story.
i loved this series growing up and decided to revisit the books as audio. i still love the story, as i think it has value for older fantasy lovers as well as a young audience, but the voice acting was really over the top. most of it is fine but the very first scene had so many loud, or scratchy, or painfully draw-out buts of dialogue that i almost ditched it from the start. i worked thru the beginning and it got more normalized but i do wish the narrator would chill out!
I've loved these books since the first time I read them. I was worried after reading some reviews concerning the narrator's performance, but I was quite happy with it, overall. He's no Jim Dale or Stephen Fry, but very good in his own rights.
Definitely Barron, Definitely not Isola
Merlin, duh. the book is about Merlin. although bumblewee is pretty great too
Literally anyone else. this guy was terrible, it's read in this ear rattling teeth grinding faux british accent that makes me want to die
yep, because it's a series
narrator ruined this book for me.
Wonderful, I close my eyes and I'm there. I'm thinking these were written for younger folk, but I'm 74 and love them. Merlin is a snotty boy of 13 which is very believable. And Reea is a more mature thoughtful 13. Just like real life. ;) I have trouble with reading for long periods of time, so love to just sit and listen, Just love the Lost Years of Merlin series.
Herry Potter, but not the first one. I love Herry Potter too. Like these just as much.
When Merlin finds out that getting what you want isn't always good. When he brought his mother to him.
O my yes, both.
If you like fantasy you will love these books.
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