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Raiders of the Dawn

Narrated by: John Byrne
Series: Raiders of the Dawn Series, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
3 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Tonight, while investigating the disappearance of their physics teacher, two teenage boys step through a portal to a world of monsters, swords, and sorcery. 

Long ago in the dark ages, King Arthur set sail with many brave men on a raid of Angoll and defeated the dragon Morgana. Their descendants remained, and Morgana has returned. Now the raiders are back from Earth in the form of Tom and John.

©2016 Mark Benjamin Woodall (P)2019 Mark Benjamin Woodall

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  • TU
  • 05-03-19

just ok

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

I really liked the story, but I felt like the narrator was a bit dry. Not just because of his accent. He just didn't put a lot of emotion into the narration. Some characters WERE done well, but it was not consistent. That being said, I still enjoyed the book. I just wasn't as engaged as I normally would be in these types of books. I found myself glad it was kind of short.

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Nice story but

the story was very nice and very interesting but I had a problem with the narrator it's not that it's a problem because the narrator had a very nice accent that I liked but I had a problem with that he didn't put any emotion to the story it was very detached and it's a shame because the story was very good and his voice is very nice

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  • ScottishJay
  • 04-17-19

Overall a good book, but...

Really enjoyed the story but felt so detached from it as the narrator portrayed very little emotion.

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  • 04-05-19

Fairly decent fantasy let down by poor narration

Raiders of the Dawn is an interesting idea that I wanted to like.

The story is amusing at times, and the time travel/different dimension premise almost reminds me of ‘Evil Dead: Army of Darkness’ at times with the medieval citizens meeting modern day man The misunderstandings between these archetypes is often amusing, and the book bears the hallmarks of a competent fantasy novel.

Unfortunately, for me the narrator's voice really lets this book down. it was a real struggle to listen to.

When reading the main body of the text he is irritatingly flat, dull, and almost emotionless. And dare I even say? Boring.

On the other hand, his some character accents are actually pretty good and add some much needed personality into the reading; however a lot of them are a bit too similar. Ultimately these accents and characterisations are not enough to redeem the long swathes of flatly delivered descriptive text.

I can't help but feel that if a different narrator read this, or if the existing narrator read the book in a more upbeat tone like one of his character voices, it would have been a much better experience. I couldn't help but wish I was reading this instead of listening to it as the narrator doesn't do the prose justice.

Overall it's a half decent fantasy novel let down by below average narration. At 4 hours and 20 minutes it isn't overly long and doesn't overstay it's welcome.

*This audiobook was received for free in exchange for an unbiased review.*