Robin Vernal and the Brownleaf Spring

The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 3
Narrated by: Holly Holt
Series: The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Yesterday was exactly the same, and tomorrow would be the same again. Surely there would never be an end. The blissful and vast sky of unblotted playfulness seemed to extend indefinitely. They were five years old, and the world was as young as they were."

A global search is underway for a missing child, stirring dark memories for Danny Canterbury. As hope begins to reawaken, can Danny uncover what really happened to his childhood friend - Robin Vernal?

Robin Vernal and the Brownleaf Spring uncovers a dark truth that hides behind Danny Canterbury's pain. In this arresting third installment of Dominic Jericho's coming-of-age saga, hope and despair intermingle until they face each other in a final confrontation where all bets are off.

©2018 Dominic Jericho (P)2018 Dominic Jericho

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Unable to finish

As in the first book by Dominic Jericho, I did not finish the storyline was good the narrator was also very good but I just could not get into the story, it is me, not the story.

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Good Story

This is book 3. I jumped in on this book so I was a bit confused at some of what was going on. But overall this was a good story. I would recommend starting with book 1 though! Dominic Jericho writes an intriguing storyline and Holly Holt does a great job narrating especially since there is alot going on in this book! If the final book is any indicator this whole series is worth a listen!!

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Good listen.

Now this one is still a great story but I did get a little bit confused with going back and forth between the different times. However I still like this story. The narrator did a good job with this one. I would just say a little more editing but over all good.

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better than the last one

Did the story keep me engaged: • yes Was there anything I found annoying: • there are some audio editing issues with duplicate phrases and production noises going on in the background. Would I listen to it again: • a definite maybe Story comment: Much better than the last one, much tighter editing with less irrelevant information. The pace and flow of the story is good and the change of narrator has added a better audio experience. I think given it's audio and not print, it could have benefited from something that differentiated the change in time periods (maybe something like announcing flashback / or the date period) would have been helpful.

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My favorite so far

Audible. Also available via KU. Story 4, narrator 4. I read the first book and listened to the second. I think anyone who jumps in with this one is likely to be a bit overwhelmed by the broad cast of characters, but I'm enjoying getting to know them all better. Either the author is honing his craft a bit more or I'm really starting to "get" his style as I enjoyed this one even more than the last one and didn't feel like there were as many interactions that didn't have a reason. Note: I'll admit I'm not familiar with how upper schools in the UK work. The students are 17 turning 18 as the story progresses ~ which would be the equivalent to a Senior in High School here, but this seems to be more like something between what we'd consider high school and University. This lends the book almost more of a NA rather than YA feel. A missing person's case in Greece reopens Danny's memories of his missing childhood friend, Robin Vernal. (I'm happy to see this as she was mentioned a few time in the first book, but I didn't really understand why.) We get to continue to follow Danny's school adventures, his deep friendship with Amanita & Timothy, and his new friendships with additional characters. Jericho does an amazing job of capturing this time of intense feelings and emotional & physical growth. While I sort of cringe at some of their behavior, it reflects the author's ability to realistically portray some of the missteps of youth. I liked the pace of this book much better and felt there was a nicer balance of suspense & action with smaller, more personal interactions. It was also nice to see so many interactions tied together with later occurrences in the book. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and I'm looking forward to further stories. I liked this narrator much better than the last one. She has a pleasant voice and did a fairly good job of giving the characters unique voices. She did have some mispronunciations, but nothing too distracting. I found it odd to select an American English narrator rather than someone with a British accent ~ though it's possible that this contributed to me connecting with the story easier. There are some production issues that I don't think belong to the narrator. Numerous times (like almost every chapter) there are instances of repeated phrases. Like she re-recorded or something and they weren't edited out. Also, you can hear studio noise occasionally. I'm not sure if that's something that can be cleaned up in the future, but it would be helpful. I'm looking forward to Sandi & Cherry's story. I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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So good!

I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but I was wrong it was so cute and funny it gets serious at times I think this is perfect for high school kids but not those in the younger other has some sexual talk and drugs in it you’re right this really was a good book and I am not the demographic for it but loved it anyway.

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good story if a bit confusing

The writer has a nice way of writing prose- very fluid and descriptive. The story was a little confusing. I don't know if it's because I didn't read books 1 and 2 (I was given this book for an unbiased review) or if it was because, as others have said, there was a fair bit of back and forth between time periods and this was not clearly delineated. So my review is about 3.5 stars just because it was an interesting (if confusing) story and I thought the author is an imaginative writer. The narrator was good. I didn't have any issues with her speed and although i didn't find her voice changes compelling, i could tell she tried. I think I had some concerns about the editing because I did hear a few areas of repeated phrases one after the other but those are minor and didn't take away too much from the story itself.

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Good story

This was a good story. The narrator does a pretty good job of narrating it.

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Book 3

I really enjoyed this story. It focused more on the mystery, and less on the day to day life of teenagers. More my speed. The story flowed nicely and had a great feel to it. Best of the series so far in my opinion. The narration on the other hand was not up to par with the rest of the series. The tonal quality was lacking, and frequently mispronounced words. Often times pronouncing differently each delivery. I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Adolescents Angst and Childhood Trauma

I like the book and concept of the story that takes you through the adolescent life of Danny Canterbury. In it, he struggles with the typical prepubest thoughts of a teenage boy, as well as, the continued struggle to understand what had happened to his childhood friend, Robin Vernal. The narrator started out racing through the words. Eventually she slowed down but there was not enough variation between characters vocals. They ran together after a while. In addition, there was little indication when there was a scene change or a piece of poetry inserted which could cause confusion. I think that in this case, reading it is better than hearing it.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 05-19-20

Fantastic

I really enjoyed this one the characters were so focused and well portrayed. I felt like I was really there. The whole story had me on edge and wanting more. Definitely going to be one I listen to again

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 02-16-20

great story

i really liked this story and would definitely recommend it! Dominic Jericho does not disappoint

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 01-21-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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  • Helen
  • 08-19-19

amazing book

Yesterday was exactly the same, and tomorrow would be the same again. Surely there would never be an end well written by Dominic Jericho the narrater holly holt has done it again bought everything to life

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 03-18-19

Past And Present Collide

Our central character, Danny Canterbury, is on vacation with friends trying to attract the attention of his new crush. We're treated to a rock festival in the UK before going to Rhodes, Greece. A drama is unfolding as a girl goes missing in Greece bringing back past memories of a similar incident in Danny's life. The writing involves the reader with great characterisation, interesting locations and a nicely paced, multilevel narrative. The voice of the narrator adds an additional dimension. An enjoyable listen.