Legacies

Corean Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
Series: Corean Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.

©2002 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Thoughtful readers will be appreciative, and the author's fans will be impressed." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Legacies Corean Chronicles

Legacies: Corean Chronicles is the first book in a new series for L.E. Modesitt, Jr. I found this book enjoyable despite some repetitive themes that tend to follow Modesitt books. If you are a Modesitt fan you should understand and can expect a well written story. Kyle McCarley did a fine job with his narration as well. He was clear and used various voices for the characters. The child who is the main character at the start grows up and his voice does change over a course of time.

This is a coming of age type story of a boy named Alucius. The first 15 chapters or so we get a view of our protagonist as a child as he grows up in the Iron Valley and learns the ways of a sheep herder. We get an idea of what the magic system is from which this character seems to be very well gifted. His life is eventually turned upside down and he is called to join the army as forces threaten his homeland. There is plenty of character development and our hero will soon discover the many flaws in the world in which he inhabits.

Having recently read Imagers series I noticed that similar terms were used (for example, glass to tell time). Also, similar is the main theme of a young hero who is good natured, moral, and possessing magical abilities who must struggle through battles and be promoted through the ranks of an army. At least there is not an annoying religion in this story. The magic system, on the other hand, is very similar to imagers. There is descriptions of strings which connect people, objects, and have some importance in the fabric of the world. There are still many details to be told of the extent and history surrounding magical talents. However, we receive an acceptable ending for the meantime with some interesting characters left in play that should make some entertaining future sequels.

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Great Performance and Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story and well read. The world is interesting, heros are great characters and the story is engaging.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alicuious. He is the main character, the strong silent type hero that gets the job done.

What about Kyle McCarley’s performance did you like?

His pronunciation and changing of tone for each character and tempo. Very well read.

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Hard to get into

The first half was boring & a couple of times I was inclined to quit listening. After Lucius was captured, it became a bit more interesting.

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Good book

i really liked this book. like his others but more developed. No order or chaos but a unique magic system with great character development.

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superb book, and experience

just loved the book. the reader was an exceptional voice to the narrative. will greatly enjoy the series.

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  • 09-21-15

Slow start, gets better.

Legacies is the first novel in the Corean Chronicles. I would give this book a 3.5 rating. The narration was good but it was so slow. Half way through the book and I was not certain that I would continue with the series. I have read Modesitt's Imager series and his writing style was familiar, but I was simply having difficulty getting involved. The second half picks and the story and the characters became much more interesting. I have purchased the second book.

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Very good series

This was a very enjoyable series. I imagine the very beginning was imagined after the initial story was written. When I reread/listen to this series it will be in chronilagicle order. Meaning book 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4. Book 5 & 6 are the actual beginning of the Herders and South Protectors, while 1, 2, 3, 4 are the main story and ending. Good job to both Author and Narrator. I can't comment on book 7 as I don't purchase books under 20 hours unless its a long series by an excellent author that has already put out long books of 30 or more hours in that particular series. Sorry, my credits, my choices.

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Good story.

I really liked this story. Like most good books it starts out a little slow, but it progresses at a good pace. If I had to knock anything it's that it seems nobody can finish a good story in one book anymore. This is the first of six, so far, which sucks because now I have to spend the money to get the other books. Other than that a great start to what I hope will be a good series.

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Disappointed

I am a big fan of L.E. Modesitt Jr but this was very very disappointing. The story itself was dull and hard to get into. It was not at all helped by the narration which was a disaster. Not sure if the book would have been helped by another narrator or not. Think it might just be beyond help. Very mediocre

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Excellent story

I read the book before listening to it, and some of the pronunciations differs from what I expected, but the story remains one of my favorites. LE Modesitt Is a phenomenal author.

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  • robert
  • 05-10-17

start at book 4

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the series is a compelling one and very enjoyable with the noted exception of book 7 but the series starts 3 quarters of the way through the timeline so if you haven't yet started listening to the series I would suggest you start at book 4-6 if you really love it then there are an additional 2 books that are also before books 1-3 in the timeline but aren't as good and are irrelevant to the rest of the series and can be missed out if you're low on credits (or patience)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-14

Rinse and repeat

What would have made Legacies better?

Not being a virtual complete re-hash of his previous books especially the imager series. Swap 'imaging' for 'talent', 'Quaeryt' with 'Alusius', well you get the picture and you have exactly the same books even down to the get out of jail for free everytime 'invisibility shields' -yawn!!!

What could L. E. Modesitt, Jr. have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author having a new idea for a story

Would you be willing to try another one of Kyle McCarley’s performances?

He sounds virtually identical to William Dufris who narrates the imager series so adds to the frustration of 'he just changed the names'!

What character would you cut from Legacies?

All of them

Any additional comments?

I keep trying this authors books but this is the last straw, I'm not falling for buying the same story again, and again, and again .......