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Elseerian Audiobook

Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training. To him the war is forgotten. To the world a warning goes unheeded. And the killings have already begun.

©2012 Ben Hale (P)2013 Podium Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Well written... highly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)

"Ingenious and immersive." (Best in Fantasy)

What Members Say

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    Adam 06-04-15
    Adam 06-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good bones but completely predictable."

    not one original thought or idea. I was getting past this all powerful warrior then they had a perfect prophecy for the hero and talked about the four horseman. this could have been good but there is no originality to it.

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-13-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2011

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    "This book left me both impatient and content"

    First thoughts about the cover of Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1? A man carrying a knife in each hand being stalked by red glowing eyes and a scythe. Interesting.

    Is the man a hunter? A fighter? A mercenary? Is that death stalking him, or is it a sign that he brings death?

    The main character is Taryn. He is part elf, part something else. He is stronger, faster, and is excellent with several types of weapons. Almost the perfect weapon in human form. What takes away from his perfection? He hesitates on taking a life. That helps make him that much better of a person. Less of an assassin type, more of a person that has faults and fears.

    Liri seems to be the secondary main character. *Spoiler alert* She’s an elf princess. She’s also an absolutely great marksman with a bow. She’s Taryn’s best friend. Her ability to put people at ease and be social help show us how awkward Taryn is in social situations. It’s a lovely contrast. She is strong, witty, and a great partner for Taryn.

    The Narrator is Derek Perkins. He has a lovely accent. It’s soothing and kind of poetic. Think favorite reading spot, warm tea and honey, and whatever favorite reading cookie that brings you comfort. That is his voice. That is how his voice soaks in and soothes.

    And as for his voice being compared to a favorite reading cookie? You can never settle for just a little. The Author is Ben Hale. This book is 12 hours long.The story starts with a nice suspense, but then slows for awhile. Once it gets going again, it picks up the pace and helps hold the attention. Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Pirates, and many more different people are in this story. The back story of Taryn being an orphan and the story having the underlying of him trying to find answers of his heritage help keep the reader and/or listener hooked in and wanting more. Thankfully there are more books in The Chronicles of Lumineia storyline.

    This book left me both impatient and content. Impatient for more of this story. And content because it made me happy. It is a great book. Loads of well written fight scenes, witty banter, and a young love lurking at the edge. Not a lot of gore, perfect for the mid-teen and up reader. Would definitely suggest it to others.

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    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Spring, TX, USA 11-05-14
    Jay Spring, TX, USA 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like LOTR"
    Would you listen to Elseerian again? Why?

    Yes. This is like LOTR but not a copycat. I have purchased all four of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good characterization with imaginative situations.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good for YA and adult readers. Much better than I anticipated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris 05-17-14
    chris 05-17-14
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    "Good story... Ok performance !!!"
    Would you listen to Elseerian again? Why?

    Good story, character interplay & really good fight seans. Good constant pace, that keeps your interest.


    What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

    Passable at best. The voices meld together tomuch & the 2 main chaaracers sound similar. LOL their male & female. Now that's sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eve 04-30-14
    Eve 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Flawed fantasy"
    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the review written by reader M. McCormick (and other critical voices) and cannot understand the 5 star ratings. <br/><br/>Some of the things that most annoyed me about the writing:<br/>-- The characters are one-dimensional. The author had a great opportunity to bring the main character, Taryn, to life right at the beginning on the island of his childhood, but passed up the chance. Motives are stated, but they are not backed up by characterization and there are too many inconsistencies in characterization. Example: For someone who is interested in his elven heritage and who grew up among elves, Taryn knows incredibly little about them. How could he know nothing about the great elven city (with the giant 10,000 year old tree), the elven ruling families or the oracle (of which I will say no more to avoid spoilers)? <br/><br/>-- The author refers to children as "kids". Maybe it is because I've never encountered modern slang expressions in other fantasy novels, but it struck me as an anachronism.<br/><br/>-- The author goes overboard with the use of banter and humor in inappropriate circumstances. Example: a company of elves has just been tragically slaughtered by a mysterious superhuman killer, and the following (modern day) dialogue occurs between two of the survivors:<br/>"I don't think he likes you guys."<br/>"Ya think?"<br/><br/>-- The book is so fast-paced that it often felt like I was hearing an abridged version. Example: The author refers to the superhuman killer as "Death" from the beginning of the book, but even though he looks like the Grim Reaper (as displayed in the cover art), it is odd when the main characters spontaneously start calling him Death as if the chapter when they decided he looked like Death personified was missing.<br/><br/>Derek Perkins is a good reader, but he makes Taryn talk in a high-pitched effeminate voice that doesn't fit the character.<br/><br/>I will listen to the other volumes because I bought them all at the same time, but I am not really enjoying the experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Grapevine, Tx USA 01-29-14
    Cam Grapevine, Tx USA 01-29-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Immature author who makes elementary mistakes"

    There are lots of books whose main merit is that they pass the time. They are not great literature, but they entertain nevertheless. There are very few authors who can make characters come alive, can plot a storyline that entrances the reader, who can describe events or a scene so that they leave the page and enter the imagination. I know this, I accept it.

    But the writing in this book is truly awful, even by my unexacting standards. The noise to signal ratio is overwhelming. The characters are flat and interchangeable. The dialog is riddled with "shrugs" and "chuckles" and every other kind of meaningless body language that detracts from meaningful dialog. The utterly empty phrase "without hesitation" is repeated ad nauseam. The hero has every physical accomplishment but lacks everything else: libedo, intelligence, self awareness, humor, ...

    The reader does a very creditable job but the book is unsalvageable.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    That Guy NY, United States 12-23-13
    That Guy NY, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book but, too predictable"
    What did you like best about Elseerian? What did you like least?

    I thought the detail was great, the flow was flawless, the lore matched up through out the book. Only thing I did not like about the series as a whole was it was too predictable, if you have any bit of deductive reasoning you can figure out every that is going to happen well before it happens.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Royer Indiana 02-28-14
    Royer Indiana 02-28-14 Listener Since 2007

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    "Dissapointing."
    What was most disappointing about Ben Hale’s story?

    The story seems to be a conglomeration of many fantasy novels. The story does not seem to play out well and the writing style is weak. I found my attention wondering constantly while listening. Not one I would recommend.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ranthor Norwich, CT, United States 11-18-13
    Ranthor Norwich, CT, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story , if a bit predictable ."
    What made the experience of listening to Elseerian the most enjoyable?

    Solid descriptions and pacing .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't have a single favorite , I enjoyed the ajority of the characters


    Any additional comments?

    Good read/listen , I would recommend it to my friends and family .

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin 12-21-13
    JPaladin 12-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Action packed, but lacking depth and writing skill"

    I was very excited at first--this seemed to be just the book I was looking for. I was ready for a "classic" style hero "comes into his own" sort of brain candy.

    At first this delivered just that sort of story. But soon it became clear that the characters were going to stay dimensional and the dialog and situations stilted, forced, and not very captivating as a result.

    Didn't finish it.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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