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Publisher's Summary

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.

Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!

All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.

Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?

Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.

©2010 Michael R. Mathias Jr (P)2012 Michael Robb Mathias Jr

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Good story, AWFULL narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't think of anyone that would want to listen for hours to a monotone speaker that drags out the last word of every sentence or phrase.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the story was pretty good. Not sure because my mind kept drifting off.<br/>If I saw this series in a bookstore, I might buy the books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Monotone. Always dragged out the last word of each statement. Very, Very poor attempt at changing voices for each character.

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

Disappointment

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there are computerized voices better

there are computerized voices better than this reader. he speeds through sentences and drags out the last word.

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Love the story but not the narration

What did you love best about The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

The story and characters. They are really good, as is the plot. I usually stay away from dragon fantasy but this one is not the same.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is truly terrible. He's ok when applying voices to 'other' characters but his general narrative is terrible. He's monotone and every sentence ends in an upswing in his pitch, almost like he's asking a question or leading into something else. It's kind of hard to describe but anyone who has listened to this knows where i'm going.... It actually ruins the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

please...

Any additional comments?

You'd get a lot more listens if you re-recorded it with a new narrator.

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  • laura
  • Florence, AL, United States
  • 08-19-15

This book is confused.

The story is not bad, but the storytelling should either be an adult story, written for adults, or a YA book. The writing is too juvenile for adults to really enjoy, but the story has adult parts I wouldn't want youngsters to read. The narration for the first 18 chapters is horrendous! At chapter 18 it seems like a different person reading. I will not bother with the rest of the series, it did not hold my interest enough to care what happens in the next books.

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Unbearable

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

I was unable to listen to the first chapter of the novel because of the narrator, he put all the wrong inflections in all the wrong places in the sentences, and was completely monotone. It was unbearable. Worst of all I won't be able to listen to the other 2books in the series until I get around to "reading" book 1 now, cause I refuse to jump around in a series. And if the same narrator is on the others I won't be able to listen to them either.

What could M. R. Mathias have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Used a different narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Dorman?

Alexander Edward Trefethen would have been a good choice as narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

Unable to get past first couple paragraphs to find out about any scenes.

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Too Bad I Could Not Enjoy the Book

Would you try another book from M. R. Mathias and/or Chris Dorman?

I haven't been able to listen to this book because the readers' monotone voice sets my teeth on edge. I honestly couldn't stomach to listen to him. I think I might like to read the book instead. <br/>

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mystery or Sci Fi, not sure still hunting.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made the book unbearable. I didn't make it past the first few chapters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

No clue

Any additional comments?

I see the same person reads the series and I'm opting out.

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After 240 books ,this is my first negative review.

The narrator is trying way to hard to make every moment of the book sound like an epic adventure. You get used to him over dramatization after a while, but the entirety of the book was poorly written & extremely predictable.

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the narrator is mind numbing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I dont know if the story is good or not, I just cant get past this narrator. He speaks with a monotone that is mind numbingly boring.<br/>If it had a snippit of audio from this book on the order page I would have never bought it!!!

Would you be willing to try another book from M. R. Mathias? Why or why not?

only as long as it is another narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Dorman’s performances?

No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

dissappointed over the lousy narration

Any additional comments?

use a different narrator!

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Bad Listen

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

A good narrator would help 100%. He's so bad I didn't make it through the first chapter.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. R. Mathias again?

Yes, with someone else doing reading.

Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Dorman’s performances?

No way. He should never narrate another book.

What character would you cut from The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

Couldn't read past the first chapter.

Any additional comments?

Get a good narrator. He lost my reading the rest of the series too.

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Horrible Narration!!

What would have made The Sword and the Dragon, Revised better?

New narrator.

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

I was starting to get interested in the story, but I just couldn't get over the narration. I will have to read the book instead.

What didn’t you like about Chris Dorman’s performance?

I could not finish listening to this book. The narrator literally made me sick to my stomach. It was just something about the tone of his voice and how he dragged out the last word of every single sentennnnccceeee..<br/>

Any additional comments?

Try out the sample audio before you download! Play it a few times in a row. It won't get any better than that!