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The Sword and the Dragon, Revised Audiobook

The Sword and the Dragon, Revised: The Wardstone Trilogy, Book 1

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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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    Amazon Customer 04-30-17
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    "Could be a great story but the narration sucks"

    Good lord, could the narrator be any more monotone. Was he doped up cough syrup or just not into reading out loud? Either way what could have been a great story was made unlistenable by his lackluster and God awful read aloud abilities. Really need a refund button for craptastic money wasters like this.... Don't bother I'd go zero stars if possible.

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    Johan Durham, NC, United States 03-19-17
    Johan Durham, NC, United States 03-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "couldn't get past ch. 6"

    The performance for the characters is fine, but describing what happens when its not a character speaking, is awful.

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    Russell David Phillips 03-12-17 Member Since 2015

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    "I seriously thought about deafening myself."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I honestly want a feature so I can flag this narrator so I get a big flashing warning in case I accidentally try and buy a book he narrates.


    If you’ve listened to books by M. R. Mathias before, how does this one compare?

    I have no experience with M.R. Mathias but the Kindle book had great reviews and from what I heard of the beginning the story and characters sounded interesting but I was literally climbing the wall because of the narrator. I plan on reading the Kindle version directly.


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

    No. Never. It's like he's just reading each sentence without knowing what the sentence means. Every sentence ends with the last word being drawn out and spoken with a strange inflection. EVERY....SINGLE... SENTENCE!


    Did The Sword and the Dragon, Revised inspire you to do anything?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Keith 03-11-17
    Keith 03-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "bad narration"

    great storey but the worst narration of any audio novel I have ever listened too.

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    Eric United States 11-09-16
    Eric United States 11-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Is this serious?"

    I have over 250 titles in my library. The story seemed to be fine what parts I heard. However,I just can't get past the narrator. He is slow and monotone and 23 hours of listening to him would be unbearable. I would review ths differently othewise. Audible has spoiled me with exceptional narrators.

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    Michael G. Strazzeri 10-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to The Sword and the Dragon, Revised again? Why?

    Yes, I truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be listening to the second one. The narrator is a little difficult to get used to but he grows on you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sword and the Dragon, Revised?

    There were many memorable moments


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator has great voices for the characters. Anytime a character isn't speaking, the narration is a bit odd. It sounds sing songy and can be distracting at times.


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    Joseph Wong 08-29-16
    Joseph Wong 08-29-16
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    "Terrible narrator"

    About as exciting as a Chem lecture. The authors inflection or lack thereof made for very hard listening.

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    Texas15 06-22-16
    Texas15 06-22-16
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    "Performance should be zero stars."

    This book should not be for sale. Quality control should have caught this before consumers had a chance to buy it.

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    Amazon Customer 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent story, but distracting narration."

    The narrator's tendancy to draw out the last syllable of a sentence for words that didn't end with a stop consonant was very distracting - even more so than the general monotone of the overall narration. However, he did a decent job of creating distinctive voices for the various characters without any of problems of the general narrative. I later discovered that if I sped up his narration slightly, I could get past the his distractions and get lost in the story.

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    TXJerry 12-12-15
    TXJerry 12-12-15
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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.
    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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