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Spellbound Audiobook

Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

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Audie Award, Paranormal, 2013

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir. The knights must become fugitives while they attempt to discover who framed them.Thing go from bad to worse when Jake Sullivan, former P.I. and knight of the Grimnoir, receives a telephone call from a dead man—a man he helped kill. Turns out the Power jumped universes because it was fleeing from a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. That predator has just landed on Earth.

©2012 Larry Correia (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Paulette 02-12-14
    Paulette 02-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbound is Pure Magic"

    When you start the Spellbound series it is like getting hooked on chocolate. You always have to go back for more. The characters are delightful and original; the plot is out of this world. Jake Sullivan, the loyal and moral ex-Con who believes in liberty and freedom is by far my most favorite character.

    Each character must confront not only their own truths but their own fears, their own personal demons. Jake becomes the glue that holds the group together when they have to fight their inner demons and the evil in the world. He also is the glue that allows success in the end.

    The audio version is hands over fists better than the print version. It is wonderful to sit back and have a talented narrator read to you. Bronson Pinchot is wonderful. Overall: This has become a favorite. The plot is new and fresh and mixes a stark originality with somber far reaching themes. Its as addictive as chocolate.

    I am never disappointed with Larry Correia.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-12-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Spellbound is a hit"

    This was a great installment in the chronicles it was really hard to put this down. If you liked the first novel your not going to be disappointed.However, if you haven't read the first one then you should really pick it up before diving into this one. I'm extremely happy they decided to keep the same narrator Bronson Pinchot is definitely one of the top 3 in the game right now.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    None of your damn business Seattle, WA 03-29-12
    None of your damn business Seattle, WA 03-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A solid follow-up to Hard Magic"
    What made the experience of listening to Spellbound the most enjoyable?

    Pinchot's narration was great and the writing is solid. Like all great series, I started to feel anxious at the end of the book because I know the next installment hasn't been released yet.

    The characters continue to develop in this installment - which is good. I really didn't find myself getting bored. I know I'm in a good book when my dog doesn't want to go out for anymore walks!


    If you’ve listened to books by Larry Correia before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to this one right after the first, so its difficult to compare. The tension isn't the same because of events in the first book, but it was a solid middle book in a series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The attack on the island at the end.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know...


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. If you loved the first one, you'll like this too. The cover art is kind of cheesy - it doesn't do the content of the book any favors.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 04-03-12
    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 04-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Better than the First"

    I really liked Hard Magic, the first book of The Grimnoir Chronicles, but this book was much better. Where Correia had to spend alot of the first book creating this world, in Spellbound he hits the ground running, and run he does. There are many questions answered, but in the vain of any great serious he leaves you with many more. The worst part about it was that I had to wait for some of my friends to finish it so that I could talk about it without being the spoiler.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Scott la mirada, CA, United States 02-29-12
    Scott la mirada, CA, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Stuff"

    This is the second book in a series started with "Hard Magic" and they are both very entertaining books. Larry Correia has made a colorful world full of action and drama, his characters are very likeable, his stories are action packed. In addition Bronson Pinchot is a fantastic narrator, his rendition of Sullivan practically drips with a rich southern molasses.

    This book is an action/drama so if you're looking for deep philosophical musings or poetry you might want to look elsewhere, but if you're looking for non-stop fun this is a good one.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 05-28-15
    G. Parish 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great new book in the series"

    This is the second book and the series and it deepens the readers understanding of the world as well as exploring all of the characters in it. The narrator keeps up his attempt to provide a unique voice for each character and does well overall, though some of the accents are more noticeable than others. Overall a great new addition to the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 08-08-13
    Mike Naka 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "truly excellent continuation of the story"
    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he is truly outstanding! the best overall narrator i've heard to date! he brings the characters to life!


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    first things first...after the conclusion of hard magic, i wasn't sure if larry correia could create a villan as powerful or as dreaded as the chairman, but i'm here to tell you that larry successfully crafts another lethal villain with the temerity to directly confront and challenge the grimnoir knights head on!

    the events that transpired in hard magic have made the public even more wary of actives. magical opposition groups are organizing, and the gov't is proposing laws that require actives to register themselves. a secretive, new gov't agency is given a blank check to "deal with" the active problem.

    enter agent crowe. crowe's mandate is to retrieve a particular grimnoir knight at any cost. crowe is merciless and relentless. he will go to any length to capture his prize, and the grimnoir knights quickly discover he won't stop. his strange and mysterious powers manage to frighten the grimnoir knights. i found crowe to be a worthy villain. he reminded me of agent smith from the 1st matrix movie- crafty, creepy, frightening powerful, relentless.

    new characters are introduced, and their backstories are just as intriguing as our original cast. correia easily weaves the new characters into the overarching plot. there is a surprising addition to the grimnoir knights, and his/her inclusion (i won't tell) further fills out the story.

    i hesitate to say more b/c i don't want to rob you of discovering a truly rewarding story. spellbound is an excellent continuation of the story and definitely worthy of your time.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    JG Atlanta, GA United States 05-03-12
    JG Atlanta, GA United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrific followup...can't wait for more."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend it. It's a very original story with lots of fascinating characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters of Jake and Faye...the most well-developed and complex characters. Good amount of humor thrown into each of their personalities.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job of giving each character his/her own unique voice. One thing I noticed between this book and the previous one ("Hard Magic") was that several of the character voices changed. Jane and Lance both changed significantly from an eastern european accent for Jane and a sort of midwestern accent for Lance in the first book to a midwestern accent for Jane and a country drawl for Lance in this book.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rainiac 02-28-12
    Rainiac 02-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great magic action story."

    I would listen to this twice, the story is solid, first you know where you are who the players are in this post WWI saga about magic woven into the early 20th century. The writer creates a good visualization of the magic as its being used and takes you into a phone call with a dead villian and our hero Nate Sullivan, since the story is so good to that point I just went along with it, the writer earned it. I also don't usually like high violence action for long, but his action was awesome, a lightning bolt fight with such intensity that it ends the dust bowl of the 1930's. Listen to this book it must be done. I listened to the 1st book before this one and I highly recommend it too. The dark story, lightens up just at the right times with characters that don't take themselves too seriously even in a serious situation. The ending sets up the next book in the series which I will be buying as soon as it appears.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the first book."
    If you could sum up Spellbound in three words, what would they be?

    Action, action, action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    The final fight against the rogue agent in D.C.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Everything. this guy is one of the best narrarators I've heard.


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

    The scene when one of the Grim Noir gives his life to end the dust bowl in Oklahoma was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this better than the first in the series which is pretty rare. I'd advise getting all three books in the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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