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Rowan Greenwood has everything she's supposed to want from life - a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that there's more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic that she's been forced to suppress since childhood. When Rowan unknowingly saves the life of one of her people's most feared enemies, that simple act of compassion rips her from her sheltered life and throws her into a world of magic that's more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Rowan might get everything she ever dreamed of - that is, if the one thing she's always wanted doesn't kill her first.

©2014 Kate Sparkes (P)2014 Tantor

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Love the Story, Females Voice Not For me

Would you listen to Bound: Bound, Book 1 again? Why?

Great story, but the female's voice, is like listening to Violet from the incredibles, which while does a lot to establish character for me was distracting. But overall I loved it, and it's all personal preference!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

This was the best book I have listened to in a long time!!!! Paul and Justine were awesome narrators!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved the story, hated the narrators

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Both narrators sounded too old for the parts and the female had a bad vocal fry that was distracting. Great story, though. Looking forward to the next two books.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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the narrator ruined everything!

that was the most painful narration I've had to listen to. Justine Eyre's voice was grating. my mom thought she sounded constipated while my daughter thought she was on the brink of death. I almost wished the heroine would meet an untimely end just so she'd stop speaking. I'm going to try reading the book without audio to see if I like it better.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narration almost killed this book

Would you try another book from Kate Sparkes and/or Paul Boehmer and Justine Eyre ?

I may read the next book in this series, but if it is narrated the same I will not listen to it. Narration almost made me return the book. The male voice sounds like a dramatic reading by a english stage actor (old one), the female is so monotone I almost feel asleep. Female is like listening to a girl on xanax who can't even get excited when something is exciting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story is interesting and a good concept. The magic hunters and a world of magic living right next to each other.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer and Justine Eyre ?

Alexandra harris or Noelle Bridges, though Justine Eyre males voice is good. Paul Boehmer maybe just lay off the old school Shakespeare accent, the character is 23 not 65. I found Rowen to be very whinny and too much of a goody goody, but selfish at the same time the combination with the voice just makes her very unlikeable.

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Great fantasy book for all.

Easy read,,,, cool characters.... and the audiobook Narrator's are great.. Ready for the next book..

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it was ok at best.

really felt like it was lacking something essential, I kept waiting for whatever it was but it never came.

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Horrible narrator

This could very well be the greatest story ever told, I was certainly impressed with what I heard. However I couldn't stand more than 5 minutes of the most boring voice in the world. I was driving at the time and was afraid that his voice would put me to sleep. Not that death wouldn't have been a relief from the monotone drawl, I just didn't want his voice to be the last thing I heard.

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  • Peggy
  • Fallbrook, CA, United States
  • 04-28-15

Very Good Story, Terrible Female Narration

Where does Bound: Bound, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks in the upper division of Fantasy Favorites for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer and Justine Eyre ?

I really question the producer's choice of Justine Eyre. As the first lines were spoken I heard the voice of an old, tired and possibly ill woman. There are many excellent female narrators available that are quite good at youthful, healthy sounding voice interpretation. Why not choose one of those? Paul Boehmer provided a sterling performance for male and female voices. I wish he could have been the sole narrator. Every time Justine Eyre spoke I had to grit my teeth and bear with the annoyance because the story was so good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't listen for very long because every time Justine Eyre started speaking it was so jarring. I kept thinking that she needed to gargle or maybe she was seriously dehydrated.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to the sequel, but I will buy it in print.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very good story, excellent narration

Great start to a series. Don't understand the negative reviews about the narrators. I hope the rest of the series will soon be available on Audible!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful