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The Warrior Heir: The Heir Chronicles, Book 1 | [Cinda Williams Chima]

The Warrior Heir: The Heir Chronicles, Book 1

When 16-year-old Jack forgets to take his medicine one morning, he soon learns what the medicine is really for. It's a suppressant for his magical powers....He's a Warrior Heir.
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Publisher's Summary

When 16-year-old Jack forgets to take his medicine one morning, he soon learns what the medicine is really for. It's a suppressant for his magical powers....He's a Warrior Heir. He soon finds out that his parents were waiting for his wizard to come and begin his training for a tournament to the death before they revealed the truth to him. If Jack wants to make it, he's going to need the help of friends - both magic and normal - and to learn to use his warrior powers and believe in himself.

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    Sara Windsor, SC, USA 10-28-08
    Sara Windsor, SC, USA 10-28-08
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    "Better if you read yourself"

    I enjoyed the book itself, but highly disliked the production of it. The editing is horrible. I sat down and read it and enjoyed it alot more. Don't waste your time listening to this one.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    PacNW Grrl Lynnwood, WA 08-07-09
    PacNW Grrl Lynnwood, WA 08-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "decent book; bad reader"

    I like the story, but I'm not a fan of the reading here. It's not a woman reading in my edition, so I don't know who this guy is named 'Suzanne'. The reader has but one tone: assertive. Women speak assertively. Lovers speak assertively. Cafeteria ladies serve assertively. Humorous lines are delivered humorlessly but- you guessed it- assertively. I agree with the other reader; you're probably better off reading on your own.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 12-01-09
    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 12-01-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Annoying Narrator"

    An annoying narrator that intermittently makes a swallowing sound that's very distracting. I have to endure the whole audiobook listening to this sound. Better off reading.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Muhsketchy somewhere in the desert 04-24-11
    Muhsketchy somewhere in the desert 04-24-11 Member Since 2007

    dedicated book worm

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    "Do yourself a favor and SKIP THIS audio book"

    I read the entire Heir trilogy written by Cinda Williams Chima &, even though it is a young adult series, I found it to be entertaining & engaging. This is a refreshing break from all of the vampire novels dominating the genre. What you have here are wizards but you'll not find a clone of Harry Potter. The character development, world building & plot pacing were so well done that this is one of those series that you'll delight in reading.

    While I believe the book rates a solid 4, the narration drops the rating to a one. Sadly I didn't heed the warnings of the other reviewers. Suzanne Toren is credited as the narrator but the reader is a male. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this narration was the WORST ever. Dull monotone, beyond annoying LOUD swallowing and distracting sucking in of air throughout! I want the reader's name only because I will NEVER listen to another narrated by him.

    Because of the narrator, I strongly suggest you pass on this title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Danielson Dupont, WA United States 07-13-11
    David Danielson Dupont, WA United States 07-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "great book"

    I regret delaying my download of these books because of the negative reviews regarding the narrator. Overall I would say he is a better narrator than many other books I have downloaded here.

    Now about the book, Be prepared to listen to a book that you can't put down. I had to explain to my wife why I was listening to a book after going to bed, I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. This is a much smarter, well written than most of the books out there. I rarely write reviews, but feel strongly that I owe it to you to recommend this entire series, you won't regret it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ALH Olympia,WA 04-30-14
    ALH Olympia,WA 04-30-14 Member Since 2013

    lilmandor

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    "Horrible production!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Re-record the book with a new narrator and better production.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The production value alone was terrible. It made it so hard to get into the book. The narrator takes these long pauses that in the beginning I thought signaled chapter breaks, only to find out I was still in chapter one! Towards the end of the book you can hear where interference from a cell phone was recorded. I was so confused wondering how my iPhone was making that noise from the middle of my bed only to rewind and realize it was part of the recording. The narrator was also very monotone which lead me to space out and have to go back a re-listen to the same parts a few times. I've heard some bad narrators before, but none so bad I couldn't get into the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alissa San Diego, CA, United States 03-21-14
    Alissa San Diego, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy fiction books and long series

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    "Starts slow"
    What made the experience of listening to The Warrior Heir the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy the jumping from era to era but it being primarily in this century and the fact that it's a different take on magic and the trouble between guilds


    What other book might you compare The Warrior Heir to and why?

    It kind of reminds me of city of bone but the dynamic is very different


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Ramirez?

    He was actually not bad


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

    Slavery in the world of magic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Savannah, GA, United States 12-31-13
    Melissa Savannah, GA, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Background noise"
    What made the experience of listening to The Warrior Heir the most enjoyable?

    The characters were very easy to know and care about.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator should not swallow so loudly into the microphone, it was very distracting. I also heard someone in the background say "What?" at a surprising reveal.


    Any additional comments?

    Editors should take more time to filter out or prevent background noise and lessen gaps between patches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mouse Pilot Mountain, NC, United States 11-13-12
    Mouse Pilot Mountain, NC, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best book I've read since Twilight and Harry Potte"
    What made the experience of listening to The Warrior Heir the most enjoyable?

    The story was gripping. I hated to put my listening device down! Also, unlike many books I've listened to lately, there was a happy ending which topped off the experience nicely.


    What other book might you compare The Warrior Heir to and why?

    I hate to compare things to Harry Potter, but it's the closest I can think of. There's more to the main character and his past than he is originally aware of, and fresh aspects of his past and destiny are revealed as the story progresses.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Ramirez?

    Perhaps. He was a good narrator, but not as compelling to listen to as some others I've heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was particularly moved by the solution two of the main characters found to the difficult problem facing them. I can't say more without spoiling it for someone who hasn't read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely recommend the book, even though I'm not giving it 5 stars. It's in the "I like it a lot" category, and I'm extremely picky about what I give 5 stars to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julianne Mount Bethel, PA, USA 06-19-12
    Julianne Mount Bethel, PA, USA 06-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, beware of narrator"
    What did you like best about The Warrior Heir? What did you like least?

    This story is an engaging and intriguing fantasy story. Even though it is in the young adult age category, fantasy readers of any age could enjoy. The narration of this story, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Listening on my iPod, I can hear the production crew occasionally where they began/ended recording sections. Also, the narrator himself swallows and breathes loudly throughout the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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