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Publisher's Summary

Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup. Declared a rogue, Eddie teams up with short-tempered witch Molly Metcalf to find out why he's been betrayed.
©2007 by Simon R. Green (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Green sustains a good spy thriller's breakneck action with lots of magic, strange creatures, and even some character growth and romance." ( Booklist)

What members say

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Loren
  • Wichita Falls, TX, United States
  • 04-30-08

entertaining

A funny and amusing satire of James Bond and The Avengers, etc. to include special gadgets; the matriarch (mother); Q; fancy sports cars; and imaginative villains. The narrator has a slightly bored, ho-hum quality that perfectly fits the "been there and done that attitude" of Eddie when he describes his fantastic exploits, family, and abilities. To anyone else it would be fantastic - but to Eddie it is just life as usual and nothing out of the ordinary. During the action sequences the narrator picks up the pace and sounds excited, alarmed, surprised, etc. The women's voices are not perfection, but I was never in doubt as to who was speaking and I did not find it irritating.

The book was a great "listen" and I enjoyed it very much. It would be great to have a sequel and find out how Eddie handles the family. If you are looking for a fun book that will make you laugh and feel good when evil is outsmarted, this would be the one.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • iMo
  • Philly
  • 06-05-08

Good Exciting Book

I was a little hesitant when I first started listening because it drops you right in the middle of what's going on but it turned out to be a great scifi/fantasy book with the revenge aspect that everyone loves. I like it so much that I just got the follow-up book Daemons Are Forever which picks up at the end of this one.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Little more than decent

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

The concept behind the story was interesting and I wanted to like it, but it just didn't grab me.The episodic nature of the chapters wasn't for my tastes. Something would come up at the beginning of a chapter (usually a dangerous person or weapon who had never been mentioned before), it would be built up to be this huge obstacle that would be impossible to overcome, and by the end of the chapter it had been defeated with hardly any trouble. There was no real sense of danger because it became formulaic to the point of being humorous, an issue that could have been solved if any of those dangerous people/things had been mentioned at all before the chapter in which they were defeated.

It also had a very boring & predictable view of good & evil. There were too many characters who started to appear like they might have some depth, only to suddenly turn around with a "Nope, sorry, here's something cliche and SUPER evil!" The love story also felt much more juvenile than the rest of the story

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stuart Blinder?

Just about anyone. The author's voice didn't match Edwin's attitude at all, and many of his voices were painful (the majority of his female voices in particular were downright awful.) He also had very harsh "s" sounds that made half the characters sound like snakes. I think Alexis Denisof would have had a much better voice for this character.

Was The Man with the Golden Torc worth the listening time?

I would say no. If someone was interested, I'd recommend the book first.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Ypsilanti, MI, United States
  • 03-15-12

Great Fun

great for fantasy & 007 fans. The narrator is ok, but his female voices and southern accent are appalling. Thankfully he only narrates the 1st two books. Really looking forward to the rest of the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Shari
  • Salem, OR, United States
  • 08-04-08

Great fun!

A little Harry Potter, a little Artemis Fowle, mixed with some Stephen King and entirely original! I really enjoyed this book and the sequel. It's fantasy and sci-fi for adults and great fun. I liked the reader very much. I loved his rendition of Eddie Drood, and all the characters' voices were unique. I admit, I'm a sucker for this genre. Nevertheless, I found it funny, exciting, and extremely well written. I was hooked from beginning to end.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 10-09-13

Urban fantasy James Bond

What made the experience of listening to The Man with the Golden Torc the most enjoyable?

The author has an incredible way with coming up with fascinating concepts for his characters. They are all unique and interesting if not fully developed.

What did you like best about this story?

The action was great and the characters are extremely memorable.

What three words best describe Stuart Blinder’s performance?

Over-the-top. His standard voice is fine, but his other voices are so over the top to the point of being cartoonish. Also, it can be hard to differentiate between certain characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not in this book

Any additional comments?

The one thing that kept it from being 5 stars is what I call Green syndrome (for the author). If you've read his oyther books you know he writes great but tends to drone on and on about how awesome things or characters are over and over again ad nauseum. It can really get annoying, if you can look past that it is a great book, but be warned it gets pretty thick.

Also, the narrator does an acceptable job but nothing to write home about.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 12-22-14

If you can stay awake

I have the impression that the story is good and unique, but the narrator is soooo laborious that it is hard to tell. The narrator emphasizes every word and is incredibly slowwww.

The third book had a different narrator and it is much more enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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hang in there

Any additional comments?

It took a while for me to get used to the narrator's voice. I started and stopped listening to this book several times. However, at some point it clicked and I really enjoyed listening to this book. I previously read the hardback version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Great story, Poor Narrator

This story and title are obviously Ian Flemming tongue in cheek Bond stories. The story was entertaining but the person who voiced the characters had poor inflection and a horrible character repertoire. His female character voices absolutely turned my stomach and at times I was close to putting the book down. His sultry voice sounded like someone gargling rocks (The female voices) and the men came off very static and boring. I am not one to typically write ill of people, but the Narrator did a major dis-service to this book.

The book on it's own merit would have earned a 4 star rating. Please listen to the sample before buying.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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One of the worst readers I've ever heard

This is a great story - funny, entertaining and biting. Unfortunately Stuart Blinder has no ability to do any female voices. All the female voices young and old tend to sound either like they're "ghost" voices or Dan Akroyd imitating Julia Child. Compared with the reader for the Nightside series who is great Stuart suffers even more by comparison. I enjoyed reading it more than listening to Blinder.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven paxton
  • 07-29-17

great book. loved listening to. app easy to use 5*


everything thing work great, the download was fast. only slight problem narrator voice could have been a little better but was still great

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  • Nick
  • 12-15-15

ups and downs

thought the story was alright. it seemed a bit inconsistent, and perhaps tried to put too many ideas into a chapter - introducing new foes, and of species not common across fantasy lore, was a bit much

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Harryetty
  • 07-23-15

Enjoyable new series with nods to the Nightside

Would you listen to The Man with the Golden Torc again? Why?

Probably, I like to listen when I run and get through a lot of books that way. I like to reread/relisten.

What other book might you compare The Man with the Golden Torc to, and why?

There are many similarities to Simon R Green's other series, The Nightside, and like those books it take a theme, Bond-esque in this case, PI-noir for the Nightside books, and twists it to add a supernatural and Other universe to exist in. There are plenty of references and in jokes recognisable to any fantasy/scifi fan drawn from books and other sources, new and old.

What does Stuart Blinder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A fantastic dry London accent brings the character to life

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

Love the writing, kept me guessing as the tension built.

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  • benjamin J Fry
  • 07-19-17

I actually liked this better than nightside...

...and I love me some nightside, this series is brilliant. it's like 007 meets nightside.