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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the New York Times best-selling Ascendance Trilogy. War is coming.... Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

©2014 Jennifer Nielsen (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.

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  • Keri
  • WAKEMAN, OH, United States
  • 03-22-14

Excellent trilogy

What did you like about this audiobook?

I love all three of the books in this series, the author is very creative, and clean. My kids (ages 7-16) and husband all enjoyed them too. It's not often we find a series that is captivating and appropriate for the whole family. Narration is well done also.

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Not lovin it....

First hear me out... I too have been a giant fan of this trilogy. Thought the False Prince was a really really good book, loved The Runaway King, and couldn't wait for The Shadow Throne. ..Couldn't wait as in I checked audible several times a week waiting for it to show up, even contacted customer service to see why it wasn't listed even though the release date for hardcover was approaching. I was almost going to buy the audio book off Amazon and pay a lot of money because I couldn't wait. Then finally it showed up.

So in saying all of that, there's nothing left to say but..... I didn't think this one was good at all. I don't know if the performance was just too over the top this time, or the fact that it felt like one never ending bad scenario after another, in a never ending battle, fought all over the land with few characters together at a time. Whatever it was, I was over it half way in. I of course finished it, but yeah... major buzz kill on this one.

I wonder if I would think differently have reading it instead. If so, it just screams how much a performance can make or break even the best book, but I guess I'll never know. I just could not stand literally every sentence being said in tones that made me feel I was watching a bad SNL skit where they play drums and horns every when someone says something dooming (dun dun dun!!!!!!!!!!) The narrator was just pushing it to hard and I tired listening to him.

Also, though there were some good twists in this story that I didn't expect, the majority were really obvious and generic, and very unlike the first 2 books which delivered one great game changer after another.

Im really sorry to be writing a review that isn't 5's across the board for this one, and I really hope this doesn't influence anyone - because it totally may have just been me. I went on goodreads and looked at the reviews and most people gave 4 & 5 stars, which makes me again think it was the tone of the performance.

To sum up the trilogy - great plot, great characters, good twists, descriptive writing, and aside from said dislikes, the narrator does a fantastic job doing so many different characters through out all 3 books. Im interested to see what others will say on audible.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rhegan
  • Memphis, TN, United States
  • 07-27-15

One of my favorite series of all time!

I loved everything about this book. The narration was amazing and the story line was exciting! It had me wanting more and more. I didn't want the story to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Best series ever

Love the ending the Book brought me to tears grate performance by Paul The book in general is great

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing book!

The narrater was great. It definitely surpassed my expectations. I loved the plot twists in this book. It loved how this book finished the trilogy. It was easily my favorite book in this trilogy. I would highly recommend this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A fun story but not a classic

I would honestly not have continued reading this series after the first book had I not been listening to it. I enjoy the audio performance and the story just enough that it got me through the more ridiculous or mildly annoying aspects of the writing. Like I said in the title, the story is fun, but don't go into it expecting anything even mildly resembling political intrigue. It is definitely for a younger audience who just want to see a cool, powerful main character their age dance around the vaguely evil adults with the veneer of cleverness. Still, it was a good wish fulfillment romp that was just satisfying enough to make me feel good about buying it.

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Captivating Trilogy.

I have listened to this 3 times now. I love how Charlie Mcwade presented each character. There is plenty of suspense, mystery & action.

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Amazing Book!

I couldn't wait to see how cunning and creative the kings next plan would be.

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loved

loved this trilogy so much! the performance awesome and I wish there was more yup the story! I want top know more about Jaron

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Fun and uplifting. But Lots of war.

I get tired of all the beating up of the main characters. But I appreciated their being good morals throughout in the good characters.