Clear Sky

Painting the Mists, Book 1
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Series: Painting the Mists, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Du Cha Ming was a normal person. Going with the flow, never making any real decisions. But then, as Cha Ming begins to question his place in the universe, a fateful encounter gives him another chance at life. A chance that takes him to a place where he can make his own destiny.

Reborn in an ancient land filled with demons, devils, and angels, Cha Ming finds himself facing challenges he never imagined. He soon discovers that only the powerful get to make choices, and the rest don’t get a say at all.

Prior to his mysterious rebirth, he was left with a riddle, one that will change his life, for better or for worse. But who left this riddle? And why was he sent here?

Cha Ming sets out to find the answers, because if he doesn’t, he may lose himself and everything he holds dear.

Note: Clear Sky is an Eastern fantasy novel, which means it contains a lot of martial arts, Asian mythical creatures, and many references to Buddhism and Taoism. Cultivators fight to pursue immortality, fight demons and devils, and engage in ancient crafts like alchemy and weapon forging. Enjoy!

©2018 Patrick Georges Laplante (P)2019 Podium Publishing
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They fixed it!

There was a previous attempt to publish this audiobook and it was unfortunately cursed with a sub par narrator match to the writers voice. They published again with a good narrator, and it is nearly perfect. I read this book in print along with the rest of the series. The whole series is fabulous. Every book. No trashy cliffhangers, no political preaching, no absurdly irritating tropes. Buy it.

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Fixed

Finally an author who listened to the reviews. This was a great Ebook and the Narrator before this was awful. But apparently they wanted to fix that and got a new Narrator! Adam Verner does a great job and there really isn't anything to complain about the Narration as it was solid across the board. This is a solid 4star cultivation book. It has it's own view on the world of cultivation and the characters are both interesting and human, not stuck in their stereo types while still developing in their roles.

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Dry 8th grade school work

I first tried reading the Kindle version of this book but couldn't get past chapter 10. I figured listening to it would be more palatable, but I was wrong. I could critique the lack of plot, character development, or world building, but what kills any good feeling for this book is the elementary school writing. the whole book reads as a "stream-of-consciousness" creative writing assignment for middle-schoolers. It is like the author opened a few wiki-tabs on cultivation and just started typing word for word what he saw. Don't waste your time with this.

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Potential but amateurish

Story had good potential but was poorly executed both in writing and narration. Recommend author and narrator keep honing their skills.

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Like it was writen by a 16 year old.

This book is so blatent about how formulaic it is when it comes to this genre that it comes off as a parody book rather then a good representation of cultivation fantasy. The main character is barely developed over the span of the book and is shamelessly given an OP path and a generic dream to shrug off fate. It is like the guy read a bunch of books and wanted to write a book of his own and so made a list of things he wanted in the book. Man with no attachment to his world gets reborn or transported to another world, leaves family in new world, meets new family that takes him in, gets tested for abilities and foun to be extremely rare, get accepted to a school, fight in school's tournaments and matches to earn contribution points for knolege, and all of that happens by chapter 12 out of 30. We spend no time of his rebirth, infancy, childhood, and he just walks away from all that with no baggage. You just go from him in the woods about to be transported to him in the new world as a teenager walking to a city after his parents of this new world died. No world building, no cultural build up, and no character development. This is the worst book of the genre I have read so far of this genre. The fact that this was not a parody book and was actually trying is just sad. Why would Podium publish this book and give it an audible version? Maybe this is an Eragon story where the son of some editors gets their kids fantasy fan fic published and a movie deal. If you do decide to buy this book I challenge you to by chapter 13 ask yourself who the main character is? Why is he doing all this? What kind of person is he? Where does he come from? Who are his friends? What kind of struggles did he have to overcome to get here? The answer to the last one is pretty much nothing. It was all written in for him.

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I enjoyed it

So I really enjoyed this book, but there are some issues. My enjoyment is probably based around things being light fun and sometimes thoughtful.

Firstly, the MC is sold as the embodiment of agency. But, no matter what the MC chooses everything is drawn into a very specific set of thematically connected things. The longer things go on, the more I realized there was no agency.

Also, we are shown, and reminded about the MC's past, like it is important. This past should have a great influence on the MC's life and progression. But, it doesn't play any roll in his life... which feels bazaar, like the MC has brain damage or something. And, instead it feels like this past only exists to create a superficial connection with the audience.

Then again I have pre-ordered the third book, and really enjoyed this book. Just don't expect a master piece.

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Great book

Better to listen to, person reading gives you a really nice feeling g while reading

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Amazing book

I loved the story
the narrator did an amazing job.
if you enjoy Wuxia/Xanxia stories, this is for you.

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decent xanxia

a pretty standard cultivation reincarnation story from moden earth but without actually dying. he isnt too interesting.

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Good Cultivation Fantasy; now with no audio flaws

Cultivation fantasy is my favorite genre; this series is perfect for listening while self- quarantined

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  • 06-12-20

Not sure what has caused the hate

this book seems to have gathered a unusually large amount of hate and after listening to it I can't understand where its coming from.

for example the character development is the worst part of the book describing it as lack luster being generous but it certainly doesn't ruin the book.

next there is perspective drift. the author can't seem to keep the focus on the mc including far to many perspectives and side chare characters for the reader to care about. however this is mainly a issue in book 2 so I don't think that's the reason.

I can only come to the conclusion that the people who poorly reviewed the book are not familiar with the cultivation style book of which this is a somewhat average example.

tldr: if you like cultivation stories you'll proberbly like this if you don't know what that is research what it is and the writing style before you spend your credits.

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  • Nutz
  • 03-14-20

Starts ok but in the end boring...

At the end of where I got to, It felt like they'd just seen another book and copied sections while trying to make it different but lazily, I got through the first and tried the second thinking it might get better but returned it. For me there's just too much lacking in over all plot development nothing really actually happens and when it does it's not that fulfilling there is no depth compared to everything else that is out there. Cool that some people like it, but I would reccomend looking elsewhere.