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  • Clod Makes a Friend

  • By: David J. Pedersen
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Best friend ever? Bullies love to hate Clod. Not just because he’s bigger, clumsier, and uglier than his classmates - he’s also the only student in his school without magic. In a world where all magic is possible and everyone else is born with great gifts to do amazing things, Clod is alone. Living with his mum in a broken-down cottage on barely enough, the only thing Clod has to play with is the clay she occasionally brings him. To call his life bleak would be an understatement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning novel and performance!

  • By ChaoticCoder on 04-07-18

Clod is a Tale for All Ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I have read Mr. Pedersen’s tales of Angst. I adore the series. Clod Makes a Friend is a different arena and I went into listening to Clod with an open and excited mind. Everyone loves a good story, and to have the story told in a fashion that makes you jump hither and fro in your heart at the narrator pulls you this way and that is even more special. Mr. Wayne Farrell was superb in his portrayal of Clod, Ada along with the other characters. Believable from the start, consistent throughout and full of emotion, warmth and understanding to the end.

Clod is easily identified by anyone that has grown up. Who hasn’t had heartache, joy, bully(ies) and hopefully a fierce friend in their young life. I was able to identify so clearly with the characters Mr. Pedersen has written that I was near to tears in the first chapter. I am not usually weepy but the clearness, emotions and empathy that Clod and the other characters were created and placed with such care on the page is evident. In Mr. Pedersen’s works, I have no doubt he falls in love, befriends and would fight to the death for his characters. Mr. Pedersen has out done his previous works with Clod, Ada and the others in this tale.

Often in a review, I drone on about the story and this and that…. Not here, not with this tale. For this is a tale. One to be told around a campfire, over a series of evening at bedtime for wee ones or as two people sit in a park enjoying the day. I implore you to listen to this tale as woven by Mr. Pedersen, sung epically by Mr. Farrell, as you will have your heart touched, your mind entertained and will make a new best friend in Ada. There are ups, downs a few sideways but in the end. You will be all the better for hearing the tale of Clod Makes a Friend.

B

  • The Vagrant

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity's destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. A s each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was the concept and the prose that kept me goin

  • By Alexandra on 08-18-15

A Unique Premise For Me

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Would you listen to The Vagrant again? Why?

The narration had such a depth and surprise at times that I reveled in listening to it each day and even found myself limiting myself to a couple of chapter to ensure I had more to listen to the next day.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Surprisingly, the goat was my favorite character. True to form but qualities that many humans should be jealous to develop and obtain. Also the perfect quote "he was plotting revenge".

What about Jot Davies’s performance did you like?

His ability to change of the voice characterizations so they were unique and if you didn't know it was one narrator you would think multiple individuals were narrating the work.

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

"Spoilers"





When the Hammer fell, it bothered me deeply. I know why this is but very few works have even began to emote that type of emotion from me but The Vagrant did.

Any additional comments?

A unique premise to have a character that is mute but able to convey a wide range of emotions and actions all without words was brilliant. The premise of the book with evil having invaded their world gave to the inner essence of all beings and the turmoil that they face each day. What do you do with it? Good, evil, combination of both is a question that all of humanity wrestles with and will identify within The Vagrant.

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  • The Falconer

  • By: Elizabeth May
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she's a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!! Why isn't Book 2 on Audible?!!

  • By @ManningT on 03-23-17

A Worthy Listen/Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Derrick was the voice of reason when not drunk on honey. His comic relief and genuine feeling for Aileana gave the book a nice balance.

What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

Ms. Duerden's accent is perfectly what I imagine a Scottish accent to be like. The fire and brimstone that was inside Aileana came through each breath and inflection of Ms. Duerden's narration.

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

If I had the time, I could have easily sat down and ripped through the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I had seen some marketing for The Falconer and popped over to Amazon and Goodreads to get an idea of what it was about, as we all do. I saw the MC as an 18 year old and I do like YA, wasn't too sure that the book would fit in that genre or not. Through the years I have seen young MC have angst, confusion and typical teenage stuff or the exact opposite. The MC although 18 seems like they have the wisdom and knowledge of a 50 year old who can solve anything without a big “S” on their chest. So I shelved it to look at later. I saw an author on twitter talking very favorably about it. Being that the author also writes in the genre and is well thought of for her work I decided that was the tipping point and bought The Falconer.

I bought the audiobook as well as the kindle. I have a bit of commute so audiobook but I also enjoy reading to get a better experience of the writing, seeing how it flows and to allow the work to settle in visually. The book takes place in Scotland, Edinburgh to be exact. I have very little knowledge of the Fae and even less of the Fae lore in Scotland. The names were beyond me to pronounce correctly so I was pleased to have the audiobook so as to her their names pronounce properly. Susan Duerden narrates The Falconer and it a British actress. I do not think anyone could have narrated The Falconer better than she. The rich Scottish accent help accentuate the environment and overall feel of the book. I found myself looking forward to the ride home just to hear the melodic tones of the narrator’s Scottish lilt.

The MC turned out to not meet any of my possible expectations. She was neither a pouty helpless teen nor a wizened 50 year old trapped in an eighteen year old’s body. Aileana Kamerson was a young lady trying her hardest to keep things together after the death of her mother. Learning new skills with her entire motivation being revenge. A revenge that was consuming and providing her a direction in her focus that few would ever achieve in their life time. Throughout the book her and the other characters are developed nicely and not too much is given away about any one character with enough learned by the end of the book to be satisfied with who and what they are about.

The plot is interspersed with action here, explanation there but nothing that was frivolous that didn’t carry on the story and keep the pace consistent with the occasional adrenaline rush as Aileana battles some vicious Fae. The battles are not one sided and Aileana gets her pride handed to her on more than one occasion. The buildup with tension staying between characters but honestly when do humans ever work things out before the next turmoil starts up. The pace of the plot didn’t falter except towards the last few chapters. I would have given this a 5 star rating but the pace changes in the last few chapters. The fight scene become a bit anorexic along with a rush to the ending that was a bit awkward.

Even with that in mind The Falconer is a wonderful read/listen that I recommend to anyone. Treat yourself and get the audiobook. The enhancement of the narration is a treat indeed. I am looking forward to the next book and hoping Ms. May uses the same narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful