A Leaf and Pebble

The Learner Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew Pond
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two friends. A few airships. One shadowy group. A phenomenal ride through a new world rich in action and adventure.

In a land of elemental magic and Learner Skill, a gripping tale of two friends who narrowly avoid death while attending the school under the mountain takes place. As both are forced to flee before finishing their studies, they must unravel and attempt to thwart a plot to plunge their homeland into war after ages of peace.

Balteris is an enormous peninsula with an impassable causeway leading to an unknown land. The seas around it are filled with mysterious and deadly creatures keeping the inhabitants penned into the region. Naturals, people who have an inborn talent for elemental manipulation make up a portion of the otherwise regular population. But an even smaller percent of the people study Skill, and are therefore called Learners. This study allows the Learner to manipulate raw willpower into a powerful energy force.

Two of these people, Nil, a Learner, and Volant, a Natural, are forced to abandon their respective studies to save their own lives and uncover a mysterious group that has been slowly plotting to turn Balteris' five city-states into war-mongering kingdoms. Along the way, they must learn to survive, grow in their powers, and fight back against the government who thinks they helped murder their classmates.

©2019 Andrew Monroe (P)2020 Andrew Monroe

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Captivating from beginning to end

Anyone who loves adventure and fantasy this book is for you. By chapter 2 I was captivated by the duo Nil and Volant. With each chapter I was sucked into the story and felt as if I was on their journey with them. I cannot wait until the next book comes out and I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a new book to listen to!

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Pure fun and pure bromance

This book is great for anyone looking for instant action, a bit of food lust and a great bromance. Monroe keeps readers on their toes with constant adventure and intrigue. The lead characters are a joy and their relationship with each other is perfect. I can’t wait for sequels to see how the world continues to develop.

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Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

First - the reader - Andrew Brandt was absolutely astounding! It was like listening to a play! The book was truly amazing! We enjoyed listening to it so, so much! Thank you for such an imaginative adventure!

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Poor effort all around

The writing was sub par. Are there no editors in this world who know the difference between a subject pronoun and an object one? Monroe’s misuse of I was so ubiquitous it was a major distraction. He also has no clear characterization in mind for any of his major characters. The protagonists were able to escape any trial without the reader having any conviction in their ability. Also movement from one scene to the next was often abrupt and without cause and relationships with lesser characters had no development. This may work in an on the fly RPG, but not in a book. As for the narrator, he couldn’t be consistent with a character’s depiction to save the book! His emoting was inconsistent and often in opposition to the situation. His accent for the main characters was constantly changing for no apparent reason other than he couldn’t remember from one recording session to the next. I’ll be returning this one; it just is not worth the credit.

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Enjoyable Audible

All around very enjoyable audiobook! The main characters are well done, believable, and you quickly find yourself engrossed in their stories. The main plot of the story's universe isn't exactly super original, but it has enough tweaks that it is still interesting and brimming with potential. Waiting for the next series

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Excellent start to a new series

"It took me a little time to get into it but when I did, I couldn't put it down. I've listened to over 100 audio books probably half in the fantasy genre and this is right up there. I thought the characters and scenes were well developed with excellent writing. It won't disappoint you. Try it and you will definitely scream for the next series."

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Fascinating and Intriguing

Fascinating and intriguing plot. I love how the author was able to detail to the extreme such sequel. The outcome could be predictable in certain aspects, nevertheless, it's amazing how to discover what happens in reality. This one could be addictive for some of us.

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More a review for Andrew Pond

This narrator is GREAT I'm beyond impressed with how he did. He really brought the characters to life, and was a pleasure to work with.

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Great read

This book is fantastic. I am thrilled to find a very readable and fun book.

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Endless twists and turns

I had to rewind this book a few times just to make sure I heard what I heard.. Hope you dont have any plans, listening to this book will have you STUCK!

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  • 06-01-20

Real unexpected twist

Love the book, the characters, and the reader! Kept me intrigued the whole book. Many plots and twist that I didn’t even guess. Really enjoyed this read.

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  • Elspeth Eastwood
  • 06-01-20

Fun read

Fun to read. Not to predictable. Fun to navigate its twists and turns. Recommended to all Fiction Lover.

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  • Billye Lark
  • 06-01-20

Kept my interest the whole time

Loved it from the beginning to the end. highly recommend the book. Andrew never disappoints me.

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  • Vaclav O'Doogan
  • 06-01-20

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  • Urry
  • 06-01-20

Loved this!!

This was a real “page turner.” I love everything about it. The book had so many twists and turns it kept me interested. I loved the readers accent.

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  • Trumaine Smitton
  • 06-01-20

Good Thriller

So many twists! I was sad when it ended. beautifully written and performed, this book provides quite a few "driveway moments "

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  • Gilligan Dalloway
  • 06-01-20

Excellent Narration

The narrator was great, with different voices for the characters. The overall story is amazing too! I'm not usually into period books but this was great, I felt like I was there and could see everything happening.

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  • Deborah Pipping
  • 06-01-20

WOW! I love it!

I love everything about this book. It was funny, suspenseful, and creepy! The reading performance was brilliant!

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  • Vivie Tellenbroker
  • 06-01-20

Amazing book

I didn't like the prologue. The rest of the book was very intriguing. The reader was very adept at changing characters . Andrew kept you thinking the whole book.

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  • Winfield Lowles
  • 06-01-20

What will you like best about this story!!!!

All the twists and turns and mysteries and characters...You never know what to expect, you don't know who's telling the truth, It's hard to know what exactly is happening until the very end, although this book is fun throughout!