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Thirteenth Child Audiobook

Thirteenth Child

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west.

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

©2009 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 12-10-14
    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 12-10-14 Member Since 2015

    Audio books are just my cup of tea!

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    "Great Series!!!!"

    I have listened to all the books in this series and they are great!!! Amanda Ronconi is stellar!!!
    Every book is the series is worth the credit! I would recommend listening in order.
    This is a story of a pioneer girl (Ef) in a fictional country similar to America but with magic. Magical creatures and pioneers that learn and use magic.
    Ef is a strong girl and I really liked her. This is a YA series that is a great adult listen!

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    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 11-14-14
    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "BORING - Could Not finish the Book"

    Let me start by saying I was never a big fan of the show Little House on the Prairie and this book definitely follows a storyline like the show I love Amanda Ronconi and bought because of her and she did a good job with the reading. It's the story, or lack thereof, as there it has no substance, or interesting characters. After forcing myself to try and get through it for days I finally stopped and deleted from my library.

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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent magical western."
    What did you love best about Thirteenth Child?

    The world that Patricia Wrede creates is fascinating. I love the revisionist history and the exciting circumstances. I love the character of Eff's struggle to find her own positive identity despite being told from a young age that she's destined to be evil. I was deeply invested in her journey.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amanda Ronconi really captured the spirit of Eff. Her delivery really helped me get invested in the character. In addition, she does a GREAT job of voicing all of the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read the print version of this book, but I do get the impression that I missed some of the background information as a result. A lot of this universe deals with alternate history, and I feel like actually reading it would have allowed me to pick up on some of it a little more easily. For example, I didn't realize that the country is called the United States of Columbia until towards the end of the book, despite the fact that it was mentioned several times before then. I feel like there were a lot of examples where this happened. I'll still be listening to the audiobooks, however, since I really like Amanda Ronconi's performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-26-14

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    "A Western Story with a twist of magic"
    Where does Thirteenth Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is above average for fictional works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author told a classic western story and added the component of magic.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Eff, the thirteenth child. This book is Eff's story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the book amusing. The author also used names in this fiction that are found in American History, but not always used in the "historical" manner.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an alternate history. Is a cross between Lord of the Rings and classic western story;

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    Yolanda McCree 10-18-14

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    "Not just for young people"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Interesting characters, creative blend of existing and imaginary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character and the many different kinds of magic. Who knew?


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has the ability to give each character their own voice. Easy to listen to and understand who is speaking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope. But I ended up buy and listening to all 3 stories one after the other.


    Any additional comments?

    If Ms. Wrede does not make this a longer series, I will be seriously annoyed with her.

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    Leah 10-05-14
    Leah 10-05-14

    Leah Richert

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    "Book most likely never to be finished ."
    Would you try another book from Patricia C. Wrede and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    The narration was so awful on this book that I could not finish the book, so I do not know if I would read ( listen ) to another of her books. The premise sounded so interesting that I was seduced into buying the book. I tried three times to listen to it but the voice used for the little sister was so nasal that I finally gave up.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia C. Wrede’s story?

    The narration, I just couldn't get passed it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very unpleasant,nasal,high pitched voice used for the sister who was the first person narrator of the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was really sorry that I had spent my money for this book, when. I could have been listening to something I would have enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad I didn't listen to this before I purchased it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 09-14-14
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 09-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "so boring I hardly made it through"

    This book sounded from the synopsis and the rave reviews like it was going to be so great, but partway through, I caught myself continuously checking the 'time remaining', first to see if I could figure out if/when actual plot might happen and eventually to see how much longer I was going to have to suffer. Basically, the book drags on and on without any change whatsoever to any of the characters (main or otherwise) or any important plot.

    I suppose it's trying to be a coming-of-age story about Eff, but as a character she doesn't grow at all. From the start of the novel (where she's the world's most precocious five year old...I mean really, has the author met many five year olds??) to the end (Eff is 18 then), neither her inner dialogue or her actions nor her interactions with others change in any way shape or form. Sure it's sort of about her getting over being a 13th child, but since she's the only one who gives a hoot about that fact after the first few chapters, it's hard to see it as a major influence in her life. Maybe if the bullying and whatnot had continued when they moved west, I could see it more, but it's mostly abandoned through the book.

    My other major problem with the book was the author's cavalier attitude towards background. There were a lot of weird historical changes that were completely unnecessary to the plot (like changing it from North America to North Columbia) and weren't explained in terms of including magic into history. Whenever I see this sort of thing in books, it just makes me think that the author was too lazy to do proper research and so just changed a few things in order to claim that any rational historical criticism can't apply. Frankly, I hadn't reviewed the plot summary before I started the book and for the first few chapters I had no idea if it was taking place in 1800 or 1950.

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    Vera 09-06-14
    Vera 09-06-14
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    "The title will be said 1000 times in first chapter"
    Would you try another book from Patricia C. Wrede and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    This author does not understand that repetition does get old. Wow


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia C. Wrede again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

    The performance & story was ok it was just her repeating and only caring about her being the 13th child that sucked big time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thirteenth Child?

    After the first 4 times I would stop talking about her 13th child crap unless the story actually changed a bit from it.


    Any additional comments?

    Blah

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    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14
    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Alternative history"
    Any additional comments?

    This book had so many things going for it but somehow just didn't connect. I found the main characters rather annoying. The world created was quite interesting...the creatures were fascinating, but the people were just oblivious. The book didn't work for me.

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    Tiffini L. Forsythe Jackson, TN 07-17-14
    Tiffini L. Forsythe Jackson, TN 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED this story"
    If you could sum up Thirteenth Child in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, encouraging, amazing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thirteenth Child?

    I would say when she realized that one day she would be the teacher, after Wash gave her the wooden charm.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It feels like she is Eff. You feel more connected to the main character because of Amanda Ronconi.


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