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Promise of Wrath Audiobook

Promise of Wrath: Hellequin Chronicles, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful sorcerer. A forgotten past. Hellequin is back, and the end is near.

A terrible storm is brewing in London, and Nathan Garrett, the sorcerer known as Hellequin, is the only one who can stop it.

But his enemies have other plans. Harnessing the power of an ancient stone tablet, they cast Nate and his allies into another realm, where a bloody conflict rages between creatures twisted by magic. Meanwhile, with his friends' lives in danger, Nate must put centuries of differences aside, and place his trust in one of his greatest foes.

Time is running out. Trapped and outnumbered, Nate must use all his wits and power to survive and find his way home before his enemies start a war that could destroy everything he holds close. Welcome to the penultimate chapter of the Hellequin Chronicles.

©2016 Steve McHugh. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Isaac 11-15-16
    Isaac 11-15-16 Member Since 2013

    I drive a lot for work,and when I drive I listen to audible. Life is good. In my mid-30's now, and I mainly listen to Fantasy books.

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    "Narrator change..."

    I generally hate narrator changes. This change wasn't as bad as others, but it still wasn't a good thing. Often the narrator made Nate sound like one of the female characters. It was I'd having a high pitch question be followed by Nate asked. Otherwise the narrator was good.

    Otherwise I liked the book. I'm not where I'd place the book in comparison to the rest of the series, mainly because the narrator took some of the joy out of it. These books are always full of plot holes and yet are fun enough that we joyfully go along with it. This one is no exception. Fun, action packed, with enough emotion and wit to keep ones mind away from the flaws. I'm good with it. They don't pretend to be anything else. And, the originality is great.
    Can't wait for the next book, though I hope we get the original narrator back.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tigerfly 01-16-17
    Tigerfly 01-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "James! What happened to you?"

    The story was awesome but the other realm beginning combined with the obviously not James Langton reader did a number on my mind. I put the book down for a few days to get over it. Then gritted my teeth a few chapters in.
    But by the end I can accept this new guys talents, he tried hard to keep accented elements the same and I appreciate that. There were annoying quirks though that again had me gritting my teeth.
    1. Occasionally a character would say something in a feminine voice, only to hear it was Nathan talking... and he would be a little whiny at times.
    2. Casey was called Chloe
    3. Diana was all of a sudden Diane

    There were some other name mix-ups that I can't recall and the pronunciation of Nathan's Airibus was different from James, so the Are EE bus pronunciation was irksome. All that aside it was an enjoyable book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    VKGiamp Minnesota, USA 01-14-17
    VKGiamp Minnesota, USA 01-14-17

    Addicted

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    "I hate when you change narrator. mid series"

    Why change narrator on the last book in a series? I have a hard time telling characters apart.

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    Timothy 11-11-16
    Timothy 11-11-16
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    "New voice lacks proper rage and grit"

    New narrator, He's ok, not as good as James for Nate, Simon makes Nate sound like a college age capable guy. James makes him sound like an tough middle aged utter badass that no one wants to fuck with. Simon just doesn't give Nate the grit/gravitas that the character needs. Simon is decent for Nate, and totally inadequate for HELLEQUIN you REALLY notice the difference in the scenes where Nate gets angry and starts talking about it and how he's going to kick Ass. James gives his voice real growl/rage to the words in those situations :-D

    Other than that, the book was awesome, plenty of New fun stuff and I think I like it more than the previous book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 06-23-17
    Chris 06-23-17
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    "Narrator change killed it for me"
    Would you try another book from Steve McHugh and/or Simon Mattacks?

    From Steve? Sure. Another book from Steve narrated by Simon? No. I will not be making that mistake again.<br/>


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Promise of Wrath?

    None. I couldn't stand the change in narrators, so this was a wasted purchase.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Mattacks?

    James Langton. The original narrator. He did the most amazing, diverse voices. Every character was uniquely voiced and instantly recognizable.


    What character would you cut from Promise of Wrath?

    The narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This series I have only listened to the audio books, haven't read them. <br/>The change in narrators killed it for me. I forced myself to listen to 2 hours of it to see if it got better, but it never did.<br/><br/>Now, I'm sure Simon is a fine narrator in his own right. He is just not the right narrator for this series.<br/><br/>My ratings are solely for the narration. I had to give the story a rating too, so I gave it the average rating I would have given any of the previous books in the series as I am confident that Steve did his usual excellent job at writing another awesome chapter in Nates life.<br/>I just doubt I'll ever get to experience it.<br/>When the next book comes out, if it's narrated by James Langton, I'll find the time to read this one, so I can get caught up listening to the next one. If it's narrated by anyone but James Langton, then Lies Ripped Open will be the last book in the series for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    It's Me 06-04-17
    It's Me 06-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Why Switch the Voice of Nathan Garret?"
    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time getting into this one. I was going back through the series and was enjoying it tremendously. Then I got to this one. So I can get over the disconnect of voices but there were times when I could tell if it was Nathan or a woman character talking. I had no problem at all with James Langton being the narrator/actor. In fact, listening to the earlier books, I was thinking how the cadence and accents were extremely well done. Then I had a hard time following in this book. Honestly, I even fell asleep during part of it and had no desire to try and slog through the sectionI missed. Normally, you couldn't stop me from doing so. <br/><br/>I hate to say won't buy the next one as I love the character but I feel like I missed this book entirely. I really don't think I'd miss the next one of the same voice actor is tasked. In fact, I would love to hear a new release of this done by the former voice actor, Langton. <br/><br/>Since I don't feel like I got a good take on the book, I have to down vote the whole book. Of your a fan like I am, this book may be as jarring to hear to you as it was too me, or maybe not, but I suggest you at least listen to the preview to decide if this is the new voice of Nathan Garrett you can enjoy. I didn't even realize it was a different person until I started listening, I also didn't read reviews as I thought knew what I was getting. Hopefully you aren't making the same mistake did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T.B B. 01-25-17
    T.B B. 01-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I hate narrator changes,"

    While not the worst narrator, he did a piss poor job replacing the person who has performed the rest of the books and really hope this change isn't permanent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deejay US 08-15-17
    Deejay US 08-15-17 Member Since 2017

    I started audible on a long plane flight almost 5 years ago. Haven't looked back since.

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    "I love this series"

    It's sad that this series is close to it's end. I enjoyed this book as I enjoyed the rest in the series. The narrator change was rough and this deep into a series made the experience less enjoyable. The new narrator isn't bad, just not what I have come to expect from this series. His voice doesn't have the same grit as the previous narrator.

    If you like the series, you'll like this installment.

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    Tracy 08-10-17
    Tracy 08-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "On the edge of my seat!"

    i cannot wait for the next book! i need to know all the secrets now! WHO IS MY LEIGE !?!?!?!?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer South Jersey 07-13-17
    Amazon Customer South Jersey 07-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "so the next one"

    As I have grown to like Nate and the crew I am please that this one did not give me that feeling that I wanted to reach into the pages and Gibb smack him... but I will say I love the hidden jokes... video games that I know... "next time give me cardboard box"... different actor- not bad had to get use to the difference in voices... can tell the difference not bad but still good...

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    12/7/16
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    "Different narrator after 5 books!?"

    Good book but let down by a change in narrator. The narrator used is 'good' but a change in the way words and names are pronounced after 5 books is jarring and some how made Nate sound whiny rather than badass.

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  • bigdee
    7/11/17
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    "narrator"
    If you could sum up Promise of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    crash bang wallop


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nathen he just wants a life


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes but I feel that he should have read one or more the first one really and then he'd have known that Jerry was a hard ex cockney solider maybe the accent would have remained english


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh at times <br/>


    Any additional comments?

    cant wait for next book

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/3/17
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    "I much preferred the old narrator for this series,"

    The boom was as well paced and action packed as ever. However I found the new narrator (different from earlier books I this series) a lot less engaging and too monotone to portray the cheeky and bad assumptions version of Nathan that has been built up over this series so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
    St Clears, United Kingdom
    6/29/17
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    "great as usual"

    great story as usual. but have to be honest the change of narrator completely did me in. I got 10minutes in the first time. it then took me around 6 other audio books to come back to it and enjoy it so do keep trying as the story is fab.

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  • Fran
    6/12/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed "

    Can't help but think this author's books are going from strength to strength.
    This has been my favourite book so far and being able to finally "read" it via audible is great!
    Great narration by Mattocks too.
    Looking forward to the next book.

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  • D. Deeks
    Ipswich, UK
    5/11/17
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    "yet more treading water"

    another, yet, solid instalment of the Nathan Garrett series, the hellequin moniker seems to have been dropped. This book is so choke full of plot, backstory and (revised) history it makes the first 4 books almost obsolete. Will be sticking with it as the mystery(s) are very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. J. Polson
    5/3/17
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    "Just as good"

    As a fan of the series I very much enjoyed this, with no mistakes from the book that I know of, however the one thing that put me off this listen through was the change of narrator from the rest of the installations as close as it was I still knew it changed from a slight accent change or a shorter pause between words and missed the old voices of characters despite the closeness.

    That said all the rest of the series that come out with simon narrating I will still happily listen to as it was so beautifully done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
    3/1/17
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    "A nice continuation of the series"

    Overall this was an enjoyable listen and the story generally moved along well.

    First thing though is that the narrator has changed from the one that has done the previous 5 novels. If you haven't listened to the previous novel in some time you might not notice but if you are listening one after the other you of course will be jarred by the change. The new narrator does a credible job and is fine.

    The novel itself continues the various plot lines and resolves a few while starting up some more and ends with you wanting the release of the next one.

    One bad habit that seemed especially noticeable in this release was the use of villians answering questions to advance the plot. Nate and his group would find some villain and ask them why they are doing something and generally get an answer or if not they would fight a bit and ask their questions and get some answers. It really did not seem very plausible and felt more like a plot device to advance the information and story.

    The similarities of the spell scrolls and the sorcerers nightmares seems obvious though Nate did not pick up on it but it will undoubtedly be a part of the next story.

    If you have made it this far in the series then this novel will easily met your expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sean manning
    england
    2/19/17
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    "Brilliant sci fi series"

    I just love Steve Mchugh's hellequin series can't wait for more. Anyone that likes sci fi id really recommend these books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    London, UK
    2/18/17
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    "New reader takes a bit to get used to"

    I didn't like the change at first but after 30 minutes or so I got used to it and by the end of the book I was happy with the new reader and the story. Great new story although now we have to wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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