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  • Darrion

  • By: Marissa Ames
  • Narrated by: Matt Thurston
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The first time Darrion struck her, Lana loaded her wagon and left Cynegil. Two-year-olds should not hit like that. She draped the windows of her cottage with dense cloth and worked by a single candle. If she timed her flight well, she could pass through the market during changing of the guard. In another era, under another king's reign, Lana would have rejoiced that Darrion had inherited his father's gift. Now, if Lana does not present her son to the king, she could lose her head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more!!!!

  • By Lara Zierke on 08-04-14

What a cliff hanger!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Darrion the most enjoyable?

I think the suspense and mystery though out the story made it both enjoyable and compelling.

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

When you listen to the story with all the different voice inflections it really brings the story to life in your mind so that you are sitting right there experiencing it!

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

Yes, in my dreams. I have 4 children and a husband and and...

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to finding out what happens to Darrion in Vassal!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Minstrel

  • Tir Athair, Volume 1
  • By: Marissa Ames
  • Narrated by: Matt Thurston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king's death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Well Wrought Tapestry

  • By Angela Goff on 05-28-14

Adventure and love without being fluffy!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

If you could sum up Minstrel in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, love, depth.

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

I did read part of the book but I kept stumbling over the different names, with Matt Thurston's great reading it brought out the beauty of the words and made them live.

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

No but I was quite riveted during parts of the book...just ask my kids...

Any additional comments?

I love a book with some good adventure without being gruesome and gory. This fit the bill, historical accuracy, believable characters and descriptive writing filled it out and made it more than just a fluff read. It started off ok (not too griping) but then once you get attached to the characters and your emotionally involved as the real action starts it becomes very gripping (so the first part took me way longer to read than the latter). I like to read multiple books at a time and at one point I snuck away and grabbed my book and started reading only to be disappointed that it was the other story and not this one that had been spinning around in my head as I made dinner. The only bummer is the wait for the next in the series...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful