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Transformation Audiobook

Transformation: Rai-Kirah, Book 1

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Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for 16 years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden's power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate. With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone. But from the moment he is sold to the arrogant, careless Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire, Seyonne's uneasy peace begins to crumble. And when he discovers a demon lurking in the Derzhi court, he must find hope and strength in a most unlikely place....

©2000 Carol Berg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Sharon OK, United States 09-25-13
    Sharon OK, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Seriously Excellent"

    I love finding books by authors I have not previously read that come highly recommended and still manage to blow me a way. This one hits on all accounts. I cannot believe that I had not heard of Carol Berg before. I won't give anything of the plot away, but writing is excellent, it is long, but not over done or slow in places. And the story drags you in right from the beginning, I could not stop listening. I highly recommend it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas E. Noll 05-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very, Very Engaging"

    This story unfolds, folds back, circles, returns, and surprises. At times, it seems to drag as the protagonist suffers interminably in so many different ways. However, as we learn who he is and what he has done, we appreciate the weaving. The reading is good, but not great. The story bogs down here and there, but is still very engaging and entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LOVE it 11-04-15
    LOVE it 11-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Rai-Kirah is Excellent"

    Carol Berg has written one of the best novels I have had the pleasure to read in 2015. The selected narrator added just the right touch. Two thumbs up for him and five for Carol Berg. Everyone who enjoys reading must read.

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    Cass 03-15-16
    Cass 03-15-16
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    "Wonderful Story, Wonderfully Written"

    I absolutely LOVED this book.It might be my favorite book ever. I could barely bring myself to stop listening even though I wanted to spread it out and make it last for as long as possible. The writing is excellent and evocative, the characters multi-dimensional and so enjoyable, and the story held my attention from beginning to end!

    I feel as if someone looked into my mind, found all the kinds of things I love, and put them into this book. If you like the hurt/comfort genre, if you like whump, if you like stories about deep and unexpected friendships, peril, angst, and characters you can't help falling in love with, then I am sure you will adore this book as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stardrifter 11-13-17
    Stardrifter 11-13-17
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    "Really great listen!"

    I’ve had this one in my library for a long while. It was recommended to me by someone on reddit with the caveat that you should absolutely not let its cover deter you from reading it, and I ended up finding it on audible for a not-ridiculous amount of money (thanks whispersync!) and couldn’t resist.

    It was an interesting and quite amazing listen. Seyonne is a slave, recently purchased by the prince of the Derzhi. He is of a race that was pretty much overthrown sixteen years previously and he has been a slave ever since, but he was once a Warden, known for their ability to fight demons. He finds that there is a demon hiding in the court of Prince Aleksander, and when the prince himself starts suffering from maladies that demons are known to cause, Seyonne takes a risk to himself and tells the prince what’s happening. Then he finds out that the prince has within him, something special. Something he’s sworn to protect. And they become… friends, of a sort.

    I really liked this one. I don’t think I was expecting to latch onto it quite as easily as I did. Most audiobooks take at least an hour to get into, but this one caught my attention right from the beginning. I ordered the following two audiobooks in the series before I was even halfway through this one.

    We get the story from Seyonne’s point of view, which is often heart wrenching, especially at first, because the Derzhi are not at all nice to their slaves. He is routinely beaten and half-starved and so on. It was a really interesting view to see this story unfold though, and I really enjoyed it. It was well written, and the story unfolds in an interesting way. There’s not a great deal of action in the beginning, but the story gets where it is going. It gets there quite well! There are quite a few transformations in this book, so it has quite an appropriate title.

    The narrator, Kevin Stillwell did a great job. I like the sound of his voice, and so I think he gave Seyonne a good voice for his story. There were accents peppered throughout, and he did them well, but there are little things here that make this one special. For instance, when Seyonne is reading Aleksander a letter, the cadence that he gives him sounds like a student reciting something from a book. Little things like that really immersed me in this book.

    It was great! Can't wait to see what happens next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hlambase 09-07-17
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    "I reallly really enjoyed this book!"

    This book is the first I have read in a while that is not only cleverly written with great dialogue, a good pace and lots of intrigue. What I loved the most about it was I had no idea where the book was going but I enjoyed the process of finding out where the story was leading. It's a great piece of storytelling. Purchase it it won't regret it!

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    MoveMeIntoBooks 09-04-17
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    If you could sum up Transformation in three words, what would they be?

    Dynamic, political and magical


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intimate friendship that develops.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A fight scene at the end. Don't want to give too much away.


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

    I remember feeling very anxious for the characters.


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    Bowen Colorado Springs, CO 01-28-17
    Bowen Colorado Springs, CO 01-28-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Engaging and satisfying on every level"

    The story is rich, with the unique twist of making us care about an abusive slave owner (or at least, care what happens to him). By creating a protagonist that is a slave, stripped of magical powers, yet HAS to come to the defense of his master who is threatened by demons, Carol Berg has set up near impossible scenario for the reader to identify with. And yet, she pulls it off magnificently. From the outset I was hooked into the struggles of the main character who despises his childish bully of a master, yet sees in the man a glimmer of greatness that must be protected from the evil ministrations of demons bent on overthrowing the empire (we think). Kevin Stillwell's narration is spot on, capturing the defeated, resolute disposition of our hero and the vast sweeps of emotions and behavior seen in his owner, the prince.

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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-10-17
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-10-17
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    "EXCELLENT. WELL WRITTEN AND PERFORMED"

    Very enjoyable. I like the both protagonists, Seyonne and Prince Aleksander. Very strong characters. I like the voice give to Seyonne. He comes across as a man who has gone through a lot and yet kept his calm and confidence to help the prince despite obstacles. Prince Aleksander changing from an arrogant, outspoken man to become a more caring and maturing into an an excellent future emperor. His friendship with Seyonne is wonderful as he grows to trust him and to work together to confront their enemies. A worthy series. Well performed by Keven Stillwell.

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