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The Magic of Recluce Audiobook

The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

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Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

When Lerris is sent into intensive training for his quest, it soon becomes clear that he has a natural talent for magic. And he will need magic in the lands beyond, where the power of the Chaos Wizards reigns unchecked. Though it goes against all of his instincts, Lerris must learn to use his powers in an orderly way before his wanderjahr, or fall prey to Chaos.

©1992 L. E. Modesitt (P)2013 Tantor

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    Jason 06-08-14
    Jason 06-08-14
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    "Narrator character voices annoyed me."
    Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    I think this would have been a good story. I gave it three stars only because I didn't finish it. Some of the character voices and sound effects annoyed me to much to finish it. I would try this title again with a different narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca longmont, colorado, United States 03-06-14
    rebecca longmont, colorado, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Get rid of the sound effects."
    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    The story line was new and interesting. The constant Swish, whirr POP! Slam! were off putting and interfered with the flow of the story. They were too loud, and just seemed dumb. Just say there was a loud Slam as the door swung shut, lose the sound effects.


    What other book might you compare The Magic of Recluce to and why?

    The endover novels. Because I can't think of any other I have read that are similar.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    There weren't any.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


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    Kenneth Jamaica, NY, United States 02-26-14
    Kenneth Jamaica, NY, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Annoying Sound effects!!!!"
    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    The story line- It has potential...in the hands of a more capable writer it could be a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    The vocal sound effects drove me up the wall!!!!

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    marilyn Kentucky. NSW Australia 02-14-14
    marilyn Kentucky. NSW Australia 02-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Drop the sound effects and animal impressions"

    I was enjoying this book until the narrator started doing all the sound effects, totally spoilt it for me.
    Will need to consider the rest of the series if the sound effects continue.

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    Dennis Dallas, TX 02-03-14
    Dennis Dallas, TX 02-03-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story, but..."
    Would you try another book from L. E. Modesitt Jr. and/or Kirby Heyborne?

    This book had a good story line, but I may have enjoyed it more by reading it.

    The author, for some reason, inserted sound effects into the script, therefore the reader tried to make the sounds.Really weird. You will hear the clopping of the horse, the swish of the reins, the splatter of the rain, etc. This was, to me, quite annoying. I could have skimmed over the sounds if I had been reading it.


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    Curtis 01-12-14
    Curtis 01-12-14
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    "True Modesitt"
    What made the experience of listening to The Magic of Recluce the most enjoyable?

    Modesitt has a way of filling in the every day items that add another level of depth to his stories. As an example, everyone has to eat, including Modesitt's characters, and you get to know what each character likes and doesn't like. Just like normal people, they complain! The main character is often driven but he/she always has to deal with daily minutia and THAT is what adds color to the characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magic of Recluce?

    I don't know if I have a most memorable moment in the first book of Recluce. Probably one of the things I like the best though is the main character's use of his profession; woodworking. While Modesitt is entertaining you with a good story, he is also teaching the reader something about woodworking. An early pioneer of edutainment?


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am always amazed at how a good narrator can remember all the characters of a book and give each one his or her own voice and inflection. Kirby does a good job of portraying all the characters even the female voices. Most importantly, there are no quirks to Kirby's narration that detract from the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed many of Modesitt's books including the Imager series, both Spellsinger series (text only), and Haze. I was very pleased to see another series of his become available on Audible. His website is well maintained and a good source of information on his books and he often posts and answers questions in his forum. L.E. Modesitt Jr. is an excellent author. If you haven't already, dive into the depths of his imagination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 08-03-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 08-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A First Exceptional Work In This Fantasy Series!"

    If you follow my reviews, you already KNOW I focus my reviews primarily on scifi and fantasy works. I began building my library of favorite books when I was twelve, for God's sake. And my audiobook library? Let's just say that I have a one terabyte server dedicated to my current and future audiobooks, and it's about 35% full. Do the math. That's either awesome or very, very weird, depending on your viewpoint. Boil all this down, and it says one thing:

    Once you find a great scifi or fantasy read, especially a series, you have to have it, and you want to keep it.

    You become possessive. Obsessive. You find yourself talking about it, both live and online. Don't lie. You've done it, and confession's good for the soul. Especially when it comes to this first audiobook, and the subsequent books, in the Recluce series by Modesitt,

    I began reading this series when it first appeared, and thought back then, "This is awesome, and it's going to make a great audiobook." When this finally DID arrive, I was wonderfully pulled back into Modesitt's rich, detailed magical world.

    So, let's get to the real reason you should get into this audio series, outside of my saying, "It's good!"

    You liked the rich magical system of Jordan's "Wheel Of Time" series? Good. Take that, and refine it just a bit, and add Terry Brook's descriptive fantasy writing. Hmmm. Better. Now let's throw in Saberhagen's strong world-building. Nice. Let's not forget a dash of Butcher's solid character interaction. Perfect.

    The Recluce series begins this way, and although it starts out the gate just a bit slow, it truly sets into place a great premise and storyline that makes for a great listen, and definitely more than once. Modesitt's unique take on the fantasy genre is a welcome change to a fair number of fantasy writers who take tired plots and lame magic systems and crank out tome after boring tome of forgettable efforts. Or lack of effort. Modesitt has created a series that you'll listen to, talk about, write about, and as I said earlier, you'll listen to again. I already have. That's why it took so long to do this review.

    The book's just that darn good.

    Modesitt has created, in this first of the series, a WONDERFUL listen that pulls you in, sets you on its path, and creates a unique fantasy world you'll not want to end.

    Thankfully, it doesn't have to - The second in the series is already available here at Audible, and I already have it. And yes, it's equally as good!

    And on a final note, Modesitt's "Imager" series is already here at Audible, eight audiobooks strong, and yes, I'll be writing a review on them, as well. The man can write.

    So, this is a keeper. It's on a shelf in my library, and now, it's a great listen on my audio server. It's going to STAY there.

    Enjoy.

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    Coral 07-04-13
    Coral 07-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fine Story; Ok Narration"

    My Mom is a huge Modesitt fan and owns and has read almost all of his works. Therefore it helped a lot when she told this isn't the first series in Recluce world. It did explain why the opening 4 hours nobody is really explaining anything. If unlike Lerris you hold on and think for yourself some it does start to clear up. If you have heard the Imager books then the first Imager set of 3 explain stuff which isn't re-explained in the Scholar but Scholar shows you different rules. Same problem here without the advantage of just buying the other books.

    Background:
    Neither Order or Chaos is inherent good or evil. In the 13 or 14th books some are set on each side. The black staff Lerris is issued is the mark of low level learner Order Mage.
    Black = Order (later explain the absence of light)
    White = Choas (mix of all light and therefore not orded)
    Recluse wasn't always the prudish place depicted.

    It's a story of a young man growing up. Apparently in the series written before this one was about the founding of the island of Recluce a few hundred years prev. and therefore the rather dull first couple of hours are a contract between society that the reader last saw and what it became. I'm ensured the effect was very good. Finally (~4hr) Lerris get off Recluce and things pick up as the meat of the story get going.

    My problem with Kirby is rather simple: he can't do an onomatopoeia and not jar me out of the story. Modesitt work at exciting moments seems full of Howlling, Naaaing of the horses etc. I don't believe Kirb Heyborne is a bad reader just not one who should ever try to make howling wind sounds.

    I REALLY hope that Tor release the rest of the Recluce books.

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    Gr 12-25-15
    Gr 12-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic fantasy series"

    I have read and enjoyed the Modesitt's Imager series and decided to try his earlier books. A classic fantasy series, the Magic of Recluse contains mystical powers and a quest. The book contains a good range of characters and Modesitt builds a new world where black and white battle as good and evil. The hero is likable and the story is interesting. Only after listening to the book and starting the second in the series, did I discover that this is the first book in this series but is the next to last in the story line. As other reviewers have stated, the sound effects in the audible version are truly annoying. I think if the book would have rated this book with 4 stars, but for those sound effects. As is, it is a good three stars. Worth a credit, and I have purchased the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 01-15-15
    G. Parish 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Start Here"

    This is the first in the series of the Recluce novels and it is a solid introduction to the series as a whole while engaging you thoroughly in the story telling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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