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Publisher's Summary

Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.

©2011-2015 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2011 David Wood

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Horrible Narrator, Great Story!!

I love love loved the story and plot. The narrator slaughtered it. This story is chuck full of fantasticly strong female leads who don't need men to be strong. The narrator used whiney, wimpy, whispery voices for these women which were so out of place in comparison to the words she was reading it would throw me out of the book. I wish I had just read this book.

It looks like the next book in this series is read by a different narrator. I'll give it a chance, hoping for the best.

Story 5 Stars
Narrator 1 Star

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Could have been much better...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This storyline in my opinion had the potential to be fantastic, but the narration slaughtered it for me. I think that is one of the worst narrations I've heard, and that's saying a lot. The woman had this monotone voice that just didn't do it for me. She even had this one character who, when I found out had been killed, I was happy since I wouldn't have to hear the awful voice for her again. I know that's awful, but another issue I had with this and I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the way it was written, but I found the transitions to action sequences happened in such a way that I had to keep going back to even catch them. I hope they get a different narrator for any subsequent books in this series.I did like the unicorn rider idea, a nice break from the dragon rider idea, though I wish they'd explained why there were no male unicorn riders .

Would you be willing to try another one of Christine Padovan’s performances?

Nope. For reasons previously stated. In fact I will probably be less likely to read a book narrated by her.

11 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • xorscape
  • Green Valley, Arizona USA
  • 01-19-13

I want the sequel.

Would you listen to Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 again? Why?

No, the reader has a high, squeaky voice that was off-putting for me. It was cartoonish when she read some of the voices.

What other book might you compare Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 to and why?

Eragon. It is also a saga of young hero/heroine journey.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christine Padovan?

Anyone who can do voices.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story. In fact, I am looking forward to the sequel that was supposed to be out last year. This book is not a stand alone novel. It is definitely the first part of a saga. There is no resolution of anything at the end of this book, but I want to know where our characters go. I did have to wonder at the lax academy standards. There was a lot of physical training, but the magic training was put off and there didn't seem to be any testing for aptitude. But, if there had been, the story would have been different. I do recommend this book.

7 of 16 people found this review helpful

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I love the plot, story characters, BUT...

What did you love best about Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1?

EVERYTHING, I can't wait till the next book. It has everything I could want in a story plus the added bonus of 'corns!

Would you be willing to try another one of Christine Padovan’s performances?

Oh definatly not..she has not concept of how to read a book...the voices that she did was horrible, one character in particular that it hurt my ears. BUT if shes the one to read the next book, I will still buy because I love the story line.

6 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Can't finish the book due to Narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The Director refusing to sign off on the performance until the voice of Rider Welsh was changed from a very good imitation of Mickey Mouse to that of an adult female human.

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

The story has potential, and I enjoyed the Author's Ferryman book but I don't think I will be able to finish this book. When describing actions, the Narrator is ok, but in dialogue she is stilted and the characterization of Rider Welsh is so high pitched and whiny I cringe and remove my earphones. It's terrible. I'd rather not be able to tell which character is saying what than listen to this. I've bought over 150 audio books, on this and other sites and this is the absolute worst performance. I can handle the stilted dialogue, in truth, I didn't notice it at first, but what was the Director, sound editor, whoever else vets productions thinking when they let the Narrator produce Rider Welsh's characterization? Did nobody check it?

Would you be willing to try another one of Christine Padovan’s performances?

Absolutely Not. I cringe just remembering the voice used for one of the characters. It's horrible, I don't think I'll be able to finish this book. The dialogue is also stilted. Why didn't this Narrator get direction to loosen up and drop AT LEAST an octave on Rider Welsh's speeches? I have never given a negative review (or any review) before but this is just dreadful.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Can't get past the high pitched helium voice for one of the characters. If the book is or becomes available as an ebook I might buy it.

Any additional comments?

I really don't like giving public negative reviews. I think whoever is involved in the management of this production was negligent for not giving performance feedback to the Narrator when they first heard the characterization of Rider Welsh. With more experience and coaching and better direction the Narrator might become accomplished.

6 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great Story! :) Not so great narrator! :(

I enjoyed this story. It was good and I'm ready for the next one. The narrator was lacking quite alot. She didn't distinguish character voices and I'd get confused wondering who was talking or reacting to a situation. Often she read as if ending a sentence and then very slowly picked up where she left off to complete it. I would have preferred to have read this one on my own! I recommend it actually!

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Prairie
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 02-12-12

Interesting premise, badly written and read

What did you love best about Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1?

I enjoyed the story line, the premise behind the plot.

What didn’t you like about Christine Padovan’s performance?

I didn't like the accents, the changes in voice, and the overall tone of the performance. The pacing was bad, and there were often pauses in the wrong places.

4 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Fine read - want to read the next one

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was sick when I listened to this and was looking for something light to listen to. This fit the bill. When it finished though I wanted to read the next book so it must have so it must have merits. Being sick I may be judging too harshly when I say it was OK

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was good in that the charters could be told from the "voice" the performer gave, which helps when the text does not explicitly tell you. However, it had a bored quality or heavy quality to the reading which was a little annoying when your sick but better than a too perky voice.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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poor performance made it difficult to appreciate

The narrator has poor modulation making her sound almost chant like or monotone. Her inflections made it clear that she either hadn't read the book or didn't understand what she was meant to express. Her reading voice sounds forced and the high pitched nasal character voices were childish. Sorry, for the negative review, but you should know.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better Match Would Have Helped

The book read like someone's first novel, but I think a better narrator/story marriage would have helped this be a five star story. It's hard to separate the two in this story. If my eyesight had permitted, I would have enjoyed this much more if I had read the book instead of listening to it.
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1 of 11 people found this review helpful