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Obsidian Son Audiobook

Obsidian Son: The Temple Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It's been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good.

Nate Temple's all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate's smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend.

Nate's choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he's going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry.

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will love the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.

©2012 Shayne Silvers (P)2017 Shayne Silvers

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    J. Randolph Texas 02-06-17
    J. Randolph Texas 02-06-17 Member Since 2015

    JKR Defender to the death

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    "Fantastic Story, Okay Narrator"

    What a fantastic, action packed story! Very much like The Dresden Files. A fun world filled with wizards, werewolves and dragons.

    I really enjoyed listening to this story. It was fast paced and had multiple storylines that weave in and out of each other well. It leaves the ending to allow for a, hopefully, long series of books, but closes up the story itself nicely without a massive cliffhanger. Which, personally, I prefer.

    There is romance, but the story is not overwhelmed by it and it adds to the all over world building instead of just hanging out on the side.

    My only suggestion would be that the author reign in his love of cleavage. If I have to read about this girl or that having a nice rack one more time I'm going to scream.

    The narrator is okay. Not great, but not so bad I couldn't listen to him. He speaks much too fast and you have to slow him down a click on the audio player. He also has a horrible habit of pausing in the middle of a sentence. I get that there's probably a comma there but holy cow!

    "He watched her run." "From the corner ." instead of "He watched her run from the corner."

    It just doesn't flow well and can pull you out of a perfectly good moment. Otherwise, though, his use of voices was good and I could tell who was speaking all the time. Why Nate's Norse werewolf BFF sounds like a surfer dude from California I don't know but ...okay, I can live with it.

    Looking forward to the next in the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 02-09-17
    Cheri 02-09-17 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to audiobooks!

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    "Promising Start to Series New to Audio!"


    This is not my normal genre, but seriously a girl only take so much romance. While considering this audio, I went ahead, and checked out the reviews on Amazon, and at the time, there were 546, and roughly 69% of these were five stars, but what really sold me was the publisher's reference to Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne and Patrick Rothfuss. Love all three authors; however, after listening to this story, it reminded me a lot of the Jonathan Shade series....but only better.

    Obsidian Son starts out strong, and really grabs the listener! I loved the beginning, it was hilarious, and all throughout the story, there's lots of scenes with humor, action, suspense, and OMG there is even a little romance (Ok, not the kind I'm used, but still it was there.)

    It never fails to amaze me how two people can listen to the exact same thing, and hear something totally different, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I thought Marcio's performance was spot-on. I loved how he narrated the dialogue, and portrayed the all characters, especially the Minotaur. I've listened to several audios narrated by Marcio's (that's how I came across this story), and I normally have to speed up his narration to 1.25.

    The Down and Dirty: Was this an intense, non-stop, action packed story from start to finish? No! * Was it entertaining, fun and had a good balance of action, humor, and suspense, with burst of intense moments? Yes! * Is it worth a credit? Well you know me, I'm greedy with my credits! If you can this on a KU/Whispersync deal, I recommend that! * Would I listen to future stories? Absolutely! And hope they will be released in audio soon!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny 06-07-17
    Johnny 06-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great story, awful reader"

    it seems like a Dresden ripoff, but over all not a bad story. I hope the next one just gets better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erich Clough 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic"

    Great story and narrating! everything flies at a fast but understandable PACE! Keep them comming please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kinley J. 03-14-17
    Kinley J. 03-14-17
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    "Deus Ex "I'm a Special Snowflake""
    Would you try another book from Shayne Silvers and/or Marcio Catalano?

    Since these have a money-back guarantee I MIGHT consider another from this author, but probably not.


    Have you listened to any of Marcio Catalano’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was very acceptable but the differences between character voices was mostly only by inflection. It occasionally is confusing who's speaking.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story had some promise, especially if you like human-transformed dragons stories and Urban Fantasy settings. Also the slight merging of technology and magic was interestingly presented.


    Any additional comments?

    There was essentially some soft porn hidden as a demonstration of flirting techniques and how to behave at a "posh" gathering as a playboy's escort in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colby 02-28-17
    Colby 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best series EVER"
    Where does Obsidian Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Let me start by saying please please please give this book a chance, despite the narrator. When you hear him pronounce "Minotaur", you will immediately be tempted to stop listening. Struggle through and enjoy the story, you will not regret it. I have never read a book I loved as much as this, and I read at least a book a week.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate, Nate, NATE! Nate is what you get when you combine Dresden with Tony Stark. All the wit of Iron Man, with magic instead of a super suit. I can't remember ever reading a book that had me actually laughing out loud, but Nate Temple has had me rolling on multiple occasions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Gods, myths, monsters, folklore...Just everyday life for billionaire Nate Temple. When myths come to life and threaten the world as we know it, Nate is there to save the day...and make you laugh out loud at the methods he chooses to bring these beings down a notch


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 07-11-17
    Donald 07-11-17 Member Since 2013

    To live in other worlds one mind at a time!

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    "GRIMM"

    Very enjoyable book! It saddens me that the next narrator is new due to complaints! I think Marcio Catalano did a excellent job narrating this book! Love the modern day twist with magic and mythological entities! Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 07-07-17
    Ann 07-07-17
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    "Don't Bother"

    Sophomoric effort that desperately needs an editor. The reader is worse: pronunciation errors, poor choices for voices. Maybe if I read it it would be tolerable, but listening was just too painful. Cannot finish.

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    James S. Carlsbad, CA USA 07-07-17
    James S. Carlsbad, CA USA 07-07-17 Member Since 2017

    jayman

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    "Could be good but falls short"
    What disappointed you about Obsidian Son?

    The main character, Nate is way too cool for school and somehow a powerful wizard gets even more powerful out of nowhere. But the worst thing about the character is there's a distinct lack of compassion for people he considers his friends. He even calls his best friend a lackey and a dog (the character is a werewolf). So he comes off as obnoxious and the opposite of charming. More like a witless fratboy who needs to be slapped around a bit to grow up. The supporting characters were unfortunately pretty useless, especially his werewolf friend who is an FBI agent is relegated to being alternatively a chauffeur, a punching bag and a pet. All in all it's a poorly executed idea.


    Would you recommend Obsidian Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    No for the above reasons


    What didn’t you like about Marcio Catalano’s performance?

    He mispronounced a lot of names and he could have looked those up on Google.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsidian Son?

    I would have sent it back to the author for more character development. They're very two dimensional. Also Nate's friend, Peter who betrays him doesn't really have a motivation to do so and therefore it comes off contrived.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 06-24-17
    Catherine 06-24-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrible Naration"
    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian Son the most enjoyable?

    Good story, flows well


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat but interesting


    What didn’t you like about Marcio Catalano’s performance?

    His naration is very flat. Won't be listening to any of his other narations


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    "Good first try."

    Terry Pratchett did not get Disk world right in his first book. I think the books was very good, but hopefully the next few will be even better than this one. I am not sure about the narrator. some of the voices are rubbish. I will try the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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