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The Naming

The First Book of Pellinor
Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

©2010 Alison Croggon (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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absolutely enchanting

I fell in love with this story 7 years ago the first time I picked it up in print. I found the story enchanting but because I couldn't pronounce some of the words, found it difficult to finish. I never thought I'd be one for audio books but this narrator was perfect and her pronunciation enchanting. I am now on to the next book in the series.

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Detailed story that holds your attention.

Would you listen to The Naming again? Why?

Not sure if I would reread this book. Maybe. Will know better once I read all the books in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Naming?

Likely the rescue near the start of the heroine of the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure if it was a scene as much as the richness and depth of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again not really one moment.

Any additional comments?

If you like rich character and world development this is one of those books that draws you in. I enjoyed the book quite a bit and will read further.

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Perfect introduction to an exciting magical world

Where does The Naming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Naming ranks right up near the top of my list of favorites! The reader does a fabulous job of engaging the listener and the story captivates you from the very beginning.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Naming?

The most memorable moment for me is the first introduction to Cadvan in the milking barn where Maerad realizes she can see what others can not yet is nonplussed as to why. It really seems to mark the true beginning of the adventure.

Which character – as performed by Eloise Oxer – was your favorite?

Jeez please do NOT ask me to pick a favorite! Eloise Oxer is an amazing story teller and does such a wonderful job that you are simply invited into the world of Pellinor and you hardly realize you are not there yourself!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a series of moments that particularly moved me in this first story of Pellinor. The first was the first meeting with Maerad and Cadvan and their tacit connection from the start, then later when Maerad senses the need to go into the plains and finds Hem. Finally the moment of realization when she discovers that Hem is Cai, her long lost brother and age understands that deep feeling of connection she has felt from their first meeting. It is simply a beautiful connection that is portrayed seamlessly and wonderfully done by the writer Alison Croggon.

Any additional comments?

This is as simply as I can put it, a wonderful epic saga that will be worth the reading and it will enrich the reader for every second he or she spends lost in the wonderful world of Pellinor!

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It feels good and bad, just like life

This world is certainly am interesting one. I love the fantasy of this kind of world and I appreciate that the hardships are very difficult. Such is our life too. Maerad is a force to be reckoned with

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Beautiful classic adventure fantasy!

This is the first book in The Books of Pellinor series, which is a four book series. I absolutely loved this book. It is such a great epic fantasy adventure with a very classic feel to it. I loved the world with the Bards and the classic light vs dark themes here. I definitely plan on continuing with this series!

Maerad is a slave living in an unforgiving settlement who has been taught to sing and play and is very talented at these musical arts. Then one day she discovers Cadvan in the stable and he offers to help her escape slavery. However, as a result Maerad learns her true identity and ends up embroiled in the politics and dangers associated with the great Bards of Lirigon.

I listened to this on audiobook and it was well done. I didn’t like Maerad’s speaking voice, it sounded pinched...but we don’t actually hear Maerad talk a ton since most of the narration is in her head. Aside from that I enjoyed listening to this on audiobook.

This book had such a wonderful classic adventure fantasy feel to it. I enjoyed the complex characters, they are all well done (even the side characters). I also really enjoyed the adventure and all the battles and danger our characters have to fight through. The world-building is amazing and I loved the history of the Bards and the light vs dark theme to the story.

Overall this was an amazing adventure fantasy and I look forward to continuing the series. I would recommend to those who enjoy epic adventure fantasy and detailed world-building.

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My favorite book!

I've always loved this book ever since I 1st read it. I'm lucky to of found it again on audio. It is my favorite book of all time.

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A great adventure!

Incredible narration and so enjoyable to listen to! A wild fast paced story with adventure. Easily has become a favorite!

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Epically fantastic!

An epic in fantastic story written in a traditional style for Lord of the Rings fans that is easy to understand. Full of epic wonders and engaging story and characters. I remember reading this the first time years ago and I loved it. Now hearing it as an audiobook reminded me of how much I still love it.

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the narrator truly brought life to the story!

I read this many years ago. but I had a very strong remembrance of the main characters. I also had a very strong imagination in pulling pictures for my mind when reading the story. However, the narrator really put a new light into how I view the places and people and events happened in the story. I think if she weren't as involved as she was, I would not have such a strong urge to listen all over again in mediately. A very well done job.

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Wonderful epic fantasy worth rereadind

The whole thing was perfect. The characters, plot, exposition, story telling, reader, balance, etc.
I was immersed into the story. I’ve listened to this series over and over again and it’s high quality does not fade.
As an aspiring author, I plan to study this.