• Taming the Elements

  • The Elwin Escari Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: David Ekrut
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A young man, Elwin, seeks to become an elementalist. But with war looming and an accident that could cost him his freedom, Elwin finds himself fleeing for his life and evading the Guardians of Life. The Guardians think Elwin guilty of the most grievous of crimes, and as he trains the gifts of his bloodline, he will discover a secret from long in his past.

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Wonderful journey!

This is an excellent book full of adventure, misadventure. It is full of hard decisions and heartache and yet there is still hope for the hero. What I enjoy most is it's a great story in a semi fictional world that resembles ours so closely that you aren't confused or lost by it. The magic is simple yet intriguing enough to keep you curious as to what more the hero can do. This is a fantastic start to an epic journey full of friendship, loyalty and the ever present good versus evil though those lines are very thin and crisscrosses, it just adds a deeper element to this tale. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. If I were reading it id say I couldn't put it down. As it stands, I've listened to it as often as I possibly could! You won't regret adding this to your library.

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well worth listening through to the end

This is a delightful fantasy book involving magic, sacrifice, war, and deep friendships.   Elwin Escari and his friend, Fifer, best friends tend to find themselves in trouble.  The day the army arrived to recruit boys to the war effort was no different.

Elwin always wanted to be an elementalist and Fifer wanted to be a soldier.   Their wishes are granted and off they go but not before Elwin comes into his power and accidentally kills another.   Elwin is the Son of Bane – an evil man seeking to awaken the dragons and bring about death and destruction in his search for power.

It is through the efforts of Jasmine and her daughter Zara to teach Elwin to control his power and Fifer to keep Elwin safe.   Secrets that have been kept for years begin to unravel.

David Ekrut, author, does an excellent job of building a world where magic, adventure and action walk hand in hand.  His development of characters is well done and complete.  As one listens to the audiobook, one can visualize the growth of each character.  One cannot help but gasp as Elwin comes into each of his powers or when Fifer battles the black savants.  Listeners come to feel the pain as younger children are used as pawns to further the growth of evil.

Ekrut’s writing style is smooth, full and easy to follow.  It is a long audiobook but one well worth listening through to the end.   The action is captivating and engrossing.  One cannot put the audiobook down.

Chris MacDonnell’s performance is strong and clear.  His voice reflects the energy and action going on in the book; he captures and holds the attention of the listener.  He becomes each character in the book and helps bring the book to life.  MacDonnell is an excellent narrator!

I was not looking forward to hearing this 19+ hour book but once I began it, I could not put it down!

There were no issues whatsoever with production of this audiobook – everything was clear and concise.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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A Wonderful Story and a Wonderful Storyteller

I'm often reluctant to choose a title from a previously unread author since the chances of finding not merely a diamond in the rough but a expertly facet jewel is fairly rare. While the fantastical aspects of this fantasy are not unlike what is found in many other novels of the same genre, what makes this one truly unique and rare is the way in which the author weaves his tale.

Many novels tend to unfold a story in pre-Copernicus fashion, where the events primary revolve around a primary protagonist with some interaction with supporting characters. Taming of the Elements still has a primary character but the author takes much care in providing a rich background to not only the secondary players but also the tertiary ones. Additionally, he moves the story through adventures that involve the secondary characters, separate from the primary protagonist. It really makes for a much more pleasurable reading (and in the case, listening) experience.

The story also has an ample amount of intrigue and several poignant moments which worked its own kind of dark magic which inhibited sleep on my part, not wanting to wait until a restful evening to renew this interesting tale.

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WoT lite. I'm tired of Young Adult Fiction.

It wants to be epic, but it's just tired. Uncomplicated Dark vs Light, Evil (which, as usual, is simply cardboard cutout "because we're Evil") vs Good. The Chosen One with A Pure Heart will save us.

It's... Ok. It might get more interesting - the author certainly mentions that there's more complicated story out there in the world somewhere. If you like Young Adult Fiction, and you read WoT and want to revisit some of those story ideas in an abbreviated way, then this book would be great for you.

I was turned off by the YAF aspects of the story and amused by the WoT echoes. Personally, this series isn't to my taste, but I recognize that it's decently written, faithfully narrated.

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The story line works and was interesting enough to hold my attention. The characters are a little flat, but that was not my primary issue with the book. The conflicts in the story are consistently "bad guys work behind the scenes to betray everyone, bad guys have overwhelming power...yet some characters for some reason can go toe-toe with no issues...large fight scene....good guys lose, but not quite"....and repeat. Its gets old in a book of this length.

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Got a real Wheel of Time vibe from this book.

Great narration, well told story. A little information overload at the start, but everything starts to fall into place. Usually 19 hours is a long book, but this book just flew by. Plenty of tropes, but they are all well executed and interesting. No particular expression is overused either which I was impressed by.

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Adventure and magic, love it!

Would you listen to Taming the Elements again? Why?

Most definitely! I always listen to the books I enjoy multiple times. This is an impressive story for a new author. I love the point of view writing style and the journey that the characters endure. A little slow at first but, develops into an exciting adventure. The characters draw you in and the magic system is interesting too. I was sad when the book ended. I want more!

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the way the characters grew in the story. I think this is different than most epic fantasy's I have read. I saw more internal growth of the characters than expected. And I enjoyed the way their relationships changed as they faced difficult situations. I enjoyed how some of the characters brought humor into the mix.

What about Chris MacDonnell’s performance did you like?

I liked his ability to shift from one character to another and the continuity of voice that able maintained for the different characters.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear more from these characters.

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Great Story!

What made the experience of listening to Taming the Elements the most enjoyable?

Narrator was awesome!

What does Chris MacDonnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the characters to life and makes you feel a part of the world David Ekrut has created.

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good story cant wait for more

i really enjoyed this story. cant wait for more to come good luck and have fun

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surprisingly enjoyable

despite borrowing heavily from other series, especially WoT, I found this to bee an entertaining listen.

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