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Curse of Lanval, Book 1
Narrated by: Matthew DeWolf
Series: Curse of Lanval, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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You probably won't like my story. Heck, I'm not sure if I even like it myself. Between getting burned at the stake and being drowned, almost twice, it's quite a lot to swallow. 

I'm not sure where it all went wrong. Everything was going fine my freshman year of college as a history major. I had a full-time job as a paramedic and any girl I wanted was mine. When tragedy struck our family, I found myself in France with my sister, Jules. And she just had to touch that mirror. She had to get us transported to the middle ages. 1155 A.D., to be exact. What. The. Hell. 

So this is the story of how I bedded a queen and married a poet, all to end the family curse. My name is Guillaume, but you can call me Gill, and despite what you hear, this story is all my sister's fault.

©2016 Rebekah Dodson (P)2018 Rebekah Dodson

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Fast paced story with cliffhanger

Gill wants to do the normal college thing be a history major much to his dads disapproval and have fun without any commitments. Than the person who was like a father and around more suddenly passes and he’s thrown into France where a lot of his heritage comes from. His sister decided to take a trip and before they know it they are back in time. Beyond fast paced action with a cliffhanger ending.

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Cliffhanger Ending

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the first book in the series Curse of Lanval. It is not a standalone book and ends on a cliffhanger.

This story takes a very, very, very, very, very long time to get moving. The first two-thirds of the book focuses on the MC Gil, who is a horndog [to be nice] and uninteresting. The book is too short to focus so much time on these types of antics and then to end on a cliffhanger once the action actually started. At the end, I was left indifferent about the whole thing and with no interest in continuing.

The narrator provided good character voices and has a pleasant voice.

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fast-paced time travel story

This is just the beginning of a fast-paced time travel story. I did enjoy it. I found both Gill and his sister, Jules, to be realistic and their relationship very natural. As the two start their journey I’m excited to know more.

Amazon has it under the LGBT category, but it isn’t LGBT. Gill’s sister is a lesbian and they talk about that some, but Gill, who this story follows, is completely straight. That is very clear in the story.

Matthew DeWolf is a new narrator to me and I thought he did a great job. I was able to clearly understand him and follow along.

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Excellent

Loved this story! Love time travel! Can’t wait to see what happens next! Made me have a glimpse of A discovery of witches type of time travel and ‘long life’ type story.
Narration was excellent.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator

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Pretty imaginative

Very enjoyable listen. A different take on time travel. The main character was a bit stuck on himself but still a likable person. I loved the back story of their family and the relationship between siblings.

Matthew DeWolf is a new to me narrator but he was enjoyable to listen to. I will look forward to his performance in other books.

I was given this book by request for my honest review.

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good start to series

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
I gave this an overall 5 stars. I was tempted to take a star off for being so short. The thing is, the story does such a good job of pulling you in that a 3~ hour story feels much longer. I thoroughly enjoyed the reactions from the MC as well as the inner dialogue. Both of these came across as realistic, not to mention quite funny at times. Let us not forget the narrator! Matthew does a fine job of voicing the different characters and (I'm no expert but..) does a great job with all of the different languages. Enjoyed the book and look forward to finishing the series!

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Great beginning to a series

Gill, a mature college student, heads to France for his uncles funeral, with his sister and mother. His sister Jules, touches a mirror while there and they are both transported back to the 11th century where he meets the Queen, and also tries to save some soldiers that have been in battle. (Gill is also a paramedic).. Just as the story begins, it came to an end with a great cliff hanger. Waiting for the next book.

Matthew DeWolf does a great job with the narrations.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Mirrors

This was a really good short story.I am looking forward to more parts of the story!Matthew DeWolf was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Long Intro, Not Much Payoff

This book was 3/4 setup before anything actually intersting took place. Not to say that the story was terrible, it just didn't go anywhere. And despite this, the characters seemed fairly one dimensional and bland. I wasn't left with an overwhelming need to know what came next. It may work better if the rest of the story was packaged with it, or the ending took place with a little more resolution and a little less cliffhanger.

The narration was okay, but there were a couple of obvious mispronounciations that should have been caught and edited out. The character voices were interesting and well defined and the pace was right, despite the story moving so slowly.

I recieved this book for free I exchange for a fair review.

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Feels like an incomplete thought

The story opened up pretty exciting and I was eager to see where it went, though we quickly backtracked for some back story After chapters of the life of Gil (written as an intellectual chauvinist who really doesn't even sound like he wants to be), mixed with a bit of his sister I began to lose hope.

I kept waiting for this story to circle back to the opening scene and then take off. While we did eventually get there, there was no taking off, unless you count hanging off a cliff. I felt disappointed. There's so much potential here, but it all felt like lead up with only glimpses of a plot through the mist.

I found the narrator to be fairly monotone, though he did excel at the various accents that came into play.

After the drain of this first entry, I don't think I'll be back for more. Perhaps if we had been given more to go on here, but while you can make some guesses and get intrigued based on your imagination, the author basically gives you nothing of substance to actually go on.

I was given this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I really wanted to like this. If there's a book 2 already written, perhaps it should have been concatenated with book 1 so that there was some real development. As a standalone, I can't recommend it.

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  • Salter
  • 10-11-18

Okay for the younger adult...

A bit of a strange short story, though appreciate this is only the first part of, presumably, a series. I found it very disjointed, and lost track of what was happening on a few occasions.
I found the characters and the language used a little crude at times, and certainly felt the author had the younger adult in mind whilst writing this story.
Surprisingly, I finished the story, but I won't be looking for more from this series.
Competent enough narration.
I was given this copy for free, in return for an honest review.

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  • Emily
  • 10-14-18

Funny

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty funny time travel book, and it was an easy listen. It’s a bit upsetting that it ends on a cliffhanger because now I want to read book 2 to know what happens.

I wasn’t a fan of Gill, the main character, who spends most of the book talking about sex and women’s features. Like... get on with it. He felt like he was slowing down the novel.

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