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After hundreds of years without a true king, the desert land of Nezza is in danger of falling under the rule of a ruthless lord advised by an evil wizard with dark intentions. A desperate cry for help brings Alexander Taylor to this perilous land and sets events in motion that will require him to rescue an old friend from and impenetrable dungeon.

Once in Nezza, Alex meets a new band of adventurers and joins them in their quest to find young Prince Rallian - the man destined to become the rightful king of Nezza. In their path lies a deadly sand monster, a wise and insightful oracle, a massive army of illusions, and a host of lords and leaders ready to fight for - and against - the king of their land. But a dark shadow threatens Alex's every step. And in Nezza, a land where magic is feared and wizards are held in suspicion, Alex will have to be more wise and cunning than ever before if he and his friends are to succeed - or even survive.

©2013 Mark L. Forman (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

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"An epic fantasy series." ( Library Journal)

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  • William
  • Alexandria, Vatican City State (Holy See)
  • 01-18-17

Need this one reread

After listening to the first two books I could not get into this one as well the narrator was not a good pick for this if they could not get back the person who did the first two. Felt like the narrator rushed the telling of the story

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I was disappointed.

What did you like best about Sands of Nezza? What did you like least?

The best part is the excitement of the book. The worst part is that Alex seems to be a hundred years old. His progression from the last book to this one was too abrupt. He seemed to grow in wisdom, maturity, skill, and experience almost overnight. It was hard reconciling this Alex with the Alex from the previous books. The narration is the worst part. The voice is too old sounding for a supposed older teenager. It gave the whole book a 'blah' feel.

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

Absolutely. It may just be the narration that made the characters seem strange.

What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

I didn't like it at all. Sorry! I don't like saying that. His voice was too mature. Alex seemed like an old man. There were other characters where he didn't seem to get a voice down. For example, one man sounded Scottish, the next time, it's not quite the same. In all honesty, the narration turned me off completely. After the first 3 books had a different man, who also took a little getting used to, to change the voice now, at book 4, was not good. He's also very flat sounding. The overriding emotional tone of Alex and others was vague disdain. It's hard to explain though. There wasn't enough feeling. You can hear excitement, happiness, disappointment, interest, annoyance, etc. in people's voices. A lot of that seemed to be missing from this reading.

Do you think Sands of Nezza needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Of course. I'd love to hear more Adventurer stories.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • michael
  • Western Australia
  • 11-13-13

wish EB Stevens did it

I listened to the first 3 books in 1 week and fell in love and when i saw that book 4 was out i jumped at it not releasing they changed narrators, it was weird at the start but got use to it. The story was good, a nice ending to the series or a good book to follow on from they can go anyway they want.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Batesville, IN, United States
  • 11-04-13

Good Story but took a while to get use to Bray

What made the experience of listening to Sands of Nezza the most enjoyable?

The story was well put together. Forman is a great writer and I would probably read anything he put out there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sands of Nezza?

Alex coming into being a true wizard and earning respect everywhere he goes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Serpent in the desert

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

Yes

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New Narrator Alert! - Listen to it Anyway

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

R.C Bray was good, but the change was not. Please go back to E.B. Stevens for the next book. The one thing I did like about Bray is that he didn't make Alex sound SO unsure of EVERYTHING that came out of his mouth like Stevens did. Bring back Stevens, but give Alex some confidence. That said, the writing and story were still very well done.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Should have kept the same narrator!

Would you try another book from M. L. Forman and/or R. C. Bray?

This book was the fourth in the series by M. L. Forman. I listened to them all back-to-back. The first three were read by a fantastic narrator, but I was so disappointed in the narration of this book that I almost did not want to listen to it after the first couple chapters. The story itself was good, but lacked something of the excitement from the first three. That very well may have been to the dryness of the narrator, though.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the progression of Alex's character in becoming a stronger wizard, and his mentoring of Tom.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The reading was dry and lacked much for inflection. Many of the voices sounded alike. It was hard to feel involved in the story, and I felt like I was forcing myself to listen, because I wanted to see how Alex moved through his fourth adventure.

Was Sands of Nezza worth the listening time?

The story is worth reading, but I would say that the narrator makes the story not worth the time listening.

Any additional comments?

If M.L. Forman has more of this series, or will be writing more, I hope the producers go back to the original narrator, who was awesome.

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Great Series but

Great series, great characters and very good at encouraging good character and values in the reader. I just wish it would have been possible to keep the same narrator for the whole series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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different ready WHYYYYYYYY

good story but had a hard time when they change reader why must they do that

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Change of Narrater

What did you like best about this story?

The adventures of Alex Tucker and how he is coping with his new found skills. The adventures were wonderfully written. Fairies, troll, etc.

Any additional comments?

I was so disappointed in the change of narrator. If I was more aware of the change in narrator voices I would have not bought the last book. The other three in the series would've been sufficient. Usually I like to listen to series books and this is the first one that I was very disappointed. I got to chapter 3 and didn't listen to the rest.
I won't make that mistake again. I will check the narrator.

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  • Renée
  • Edmonton, Alberta Canada
  • 05-05-18

It just gets worse and worse

Good story but why not make up an original plot line it's like rewriting all these good stories into a piece of junk strictly entertaining terrible narratorand who gives their main character that much power and he is way too humble like you can be humble and like all that stuff too. But he's not human his titles are wizard dragon slayer Dragon warrior he has an infants the ball sword he is part elf he is part Dorf is part human is part dragon he is related to all the royal family is in a land and it gets ridiculous and he defeated every bad guy no matter what no matter how small the bad guy no matter how unimportant it's always him every time you can't get around it

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  • Sparky89
  • 04-26-15

Good story

I enjoyed the story, but the change of narrator threw me, and took a while to get used to. His style was quite different to the previous narrator.