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The Ocean Road

Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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When the magical WoodRock is stolen from the Land of Elyk, a wizard must find six volunteers to go with him on a dangerous journey to the Land of Nodnarb in the hope of retrieving the stone before something evil can take over the world. Along the way, these adventurers will face many obstacles, as well as their own mistrust of one another. 

On the Ocean Road, teens will be forced to become adults as they battle goblins, wicked trolls, and the fiercest creature of them all - the Gothmur.

©2012 Prairie Moon Publications (P)2019 Sonny Collins

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  • Jenn
  • Gardnerville, NV United States
  • 06-19-19

Good concept; overly simplistic writing

I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for my unbiased review.

Ever wonder how an abridged Lord of the Rings or Name of the Wind would read? Something like this book. The author's biography at the end of the book stated that he thinks of himself as more of a storyteller than a writer, and I can see how that applies to this book. It's an interesting fantasy story on a grand scale condensed down so that there's no emotional resonance or nuance. The author shows instead of tells and that robs the reader of any sense of discovery. There is no nuance to the characters, leaving them flat characters more at home in a fairytale.

Andrew McDermott's narration saved this for me. He does a pretty good job considering the state of his raw material. I'd listen to more books narrated by McDermott just to hear his dulcet Irish tones.

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The Ocean Road

The Ocean Road by Sonny Collins is a fantasy story about six volunteers who go on a dangerous journey in the hope of retrieving the magical WoodRock that was stolen to save the world from evil that I listened to on audio narrated by Andrew McDermott. Andrew did an amazing job narrating. I really enjoyed his accent and the voices he used for the multiple characters. This book is outside my usual reading genre but I received a free copy for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading future work done by Sonny.

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Shockingly AMAZING!

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

The Ocean Road by Sonny Collins is a fantasy story about saving the world from a great evil. A group of villagers and their local wizard set out to retrieve the mystical Woodrock from the monster Gothmur, who wants to rule the world. The Woodrock is apparently required to be in a specific location, otherwise, the world will be destroyed.

The characters were great, and the narrator was PERFECT for this book.

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A Simple Folktale w/ an Irish Flavor

I received this book for free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

The Ocean Road is, at its heart, a simple folktale about why there's only one moon in the sky, why there are seasons, and why there's no unicorns left in the world. Long ago, there were 7 moons and 2 suns in the sky, goblins, fairies, and elves existed, and there was only one season, but trouble brewed as the corrupted Gothmur stole the WoodRock.

The setup is pretty simple: evil monster steals magic rock, good guys go on an adventure to get it back before the bad guy uses it to take over the world. The party characters are drawn pretty broadly: the wise wizard, the mischievous but ultimately well intentioned Elven / Elwin (a Changeling, basically). the salty sea captain, the noble warrior and his impulsive son, the quiet and introspective Keeper of the Words (our narrator), and the girl. The simplicity of the characters and outlandishness of some situations (trolls are defeated through magical song) may turn off those wanting a more complex story, but its acceptable when you thing of the story as a folktale. Its no Lord of the Rings, but its enjoyable enough if you adjust your expectations accordingly.

I have mixed feelings about the narrator. As an American, the accent took some getting used to; it gave the story an undeniable uniqueness and flavor, but it was sometimes difficult to make out what he was saying. He reads well (if occasionally conveying the wrong emotion when speaking as a character) , but maybe a bit too quickly; this was the first book I had to slow down to 0.75x to better understand it. I don't mean to insult the narrator; he was fine, but the accent may be too much of an obstacle for some. I can't remember the characters names, but I understood their roles in the story well enough.

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Nice

This book made me think of a fable.
It is a story of friendship, hope, love greed and heroism. It was really CHARMING.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Extremely mediocre fantasy with bad narration

The Ocean Road by Sonny Collins is fantasy story about saving the world from a great evil. A group of villagers and their local wizard set out to retrieve the mystical Woodrock from the monster Gothmur, who wants to rule the world. The Woodrock is apparently required to be in a specific location, otherwise the world will be destroyed.

The plot is extremely simplistic and cliché filled. We have the old wizard who is the only one who knows how to save the world. For some unexplained reason, the old wizard states that only a group of 6 people can save the world. Of course, they later change number, and the wizard also gives all the group members a free card to skip the quest shortly after they’ve started, because it is a dangerous quest. Why? I do not know, but it made no sense.
We have the main character who doesn’t want to go on a trip to save the world, but does it anyway just because. We have the monologue spouting enemy, who is evil just because he is evil. The standard ‘i like this girl but can’t get her but I get her anyway’ romance. Characters who says one thing, but does the opposite. And of course standard fantasy tropes all over the place in general.
I found the writing in general to be very mediocre. Characters were one dimensional and often had no believable sentiment behind their actions. And when you main character says “I have to stop here in order to tell you some information”, then you are breaking the fourth wall and it screams amateur writing. Especially when it happens multiple times! Most descriptions are show, and not tell, so the tale just doesn’t come across as very captivating.

I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Andrew McDermott. I assume the choice of narrator was deliberate, as he has a very strong irish (?) accent. Unfortunately, he was very hard to understand for someone not british, and on top of that he was extremely monotone and flat to listen to. The sound quality was good, but to me it was one of the worst narrators I’ve come across.

Overall I really have a hard time recommending this. If it was targeted at children, it might be acceptable, but as an adult oriented book, no. Just no.

I received this audiobook for free, in return for a review.

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-19

great story line

When the magical WoodRock is stolen from the Land of Elyk, a wizard must find six volunteers to go with him on a dangerous journey to the Land of Nodnarb
well written byBy: Sonny Collins
Narrated by the amazing Andrew McDermott

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-19

really enjoyed it

loved the story kept you gripped.
narrator was great lovely voice changed for each character