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The Seven Songs of Merlin Audiobook

The Seven Songs of Merlin: The Lost Years of Merlin, Book Two

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Publisher's Summary

Young Merlin has brought new hope to Fincayra, the enchanted isle that lies between earth and sky. Having finally freed it from the terrible Blight, Merlin and the forest girl Rhia set out to heal the land using the magical Flowering Harp. But Fincayra remains in great danger still, and the first victim of the renewed tide of evil is Merlin's own mother.

Merlin's sole hope of saving his mother's life is to master the Seven Songs of Wisdom passed down from the greatest wizard Fincayra has ever known, Merlin's grandfather, Tuatha. Only then can he voyage to the Otherworld of the spirits and obtain the precious Elixir of Dagda. Yet to do that, he must first succeed where even Tuatha failed, by defeating Balor, the ogre whose merest glance means death. Even more difficult, Merlin must discover the secret of seeing not with his eyes, but with his heart.

Don't miss the rest of the Lost Years of Merlin saga.

©1997 Thomas Archibald Barron; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Spellbinding...readers will relish not only the action and the well-crafted setting but also Merlin's growth from a callow youth to a wiser, more caring wizard-in-training." (Booklist)
"Merlin is a combination of pride, bravery, and recklessness, qualities narrator Kevin Isola conveys in every nuance of his voice....A fine performance." (AudioFile)

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    Fiona Jallings 06-04-17

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    "A Book for 12 Year Olds"

    I loved this book when I was young, but listening to it now.... I found the main character to be insufferably whiny and arrogant, and stupid. It was a 180 from his character in the first book. That boy wouldn't have made these foolish choices, and it felt like he was dumbed down in the service of the plot. Also, the "comic relief" was neither comic nor relief. It felt like we were supposed to laugh at his expense, and that made me feel uncomfortable. Merlin spent much of the story humiliating and teasing the guy. It was a bit mean-spirited, so I found myself unable to enjoy it.

    One thing I liked was Rhea's character, and that she didn't end up being a love interest. That was a nice break from the otherwise clichéd story. I was young when I first read it, and the clichés didn't bother me then. Now, I'm too experienced to not wince when I see them.

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    Jon Greenfield 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Story and the Narrator are AMAZING!"

    I know that a few of the other reviewers are not fans of Kevin Isola's performance, but I thought he was fantastic. He breathed life into this story that the previous narrator did not in the first book. The story itself is rich with wonder, emotion, and humor. I have owned this series for many years, and have read it many times over. I love T.A. Barron's ability to weave a story. I have loved these and his other books since childhood, and will far into old age.

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    Kevin 01-05-16
    Kevin 01-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!!"

    I've loved these books since the first time I read them. I was worried after reading some reviews concerning the narrator's performance, but I was quite happy with it, overall. He's no Jim Dale or Stephen Fry, but very good in his own rights.

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    "The man that reads these books is amazing."
    Where does The Seven Songs of Merlin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wonderful, I close my eyes and I'm there. I'm thinking these were written for younger folk, but I'm 74 and love them. Merlin is a snotty boy of 13 which is very believable. And Reea is a more mature thoughtful 13. Just like real life. ;) I have trouble with reading for long periods of time, so love to just sit and listen, Just love the Lost Years of Merlin series.<br/>


    What other book might you compare The Seven Songs of Merlin to and why?

    Herry Potter, but not the first one. I love Herry Potter too. Like these just as much.<br/>


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Merlin finds out that getting what you want isn't always good. When he brought his mother to him.


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

    O my yes, both.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like fantasy you will love these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Furrer 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bring back the old reader"

    Can you speak any more breathlessly? The story is amazing of course but a breathless manner of speaking does not suit every single character. Sorry, it rendered the story far far less enjoyable.

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    earthmama Virginia 06-27-17
    earthmama Virginia 06-27-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Our favorite adventure"

    We have listened to this several times through over the years. It is our favorite adventure. The characters come to life. The message is beautiful.

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    Ben Groenendyk 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "disappointment"

    Merlin was portrayed is nothing more than a whiny brat. the narrator made everyone seemed way too breathy and was just horrendous to listen to.

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    Jeff Utah 03-17-17
    Jeff Utah 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, awful presentation"

    The story is really a great one! So not a waste of a listen....However the presentation was atrocious. The narrator utterly ruined several characters including one of the favorites. Why he decided to make the one character sound like he had Down syndrome I do not know, but it was too much for my liking. Hopefully they'll redo this and replace it with the narrator from the first story.

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    Josh 01-10-17
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    "Fantastic series. Not fantastic narration..."

    I love this series and definitely recommend listening to it. The narrator is kind of annoying though.

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    Dennis 12-08-16
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    "great but grating"

    i loved this series growing up and decided to revisit the books as audio. i still love the story, as i think it has value for older fantasy lovers as well as a young audience, but the voice acting was really over the top. most of it is fine but the very first scene had so many loud, or scratchy, or painfully draw-out buts of dialogue that i almost ditched it from the start. i worked thru the beginning and it got more normalized but i do wish the narrator would chill out!

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