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Publisher's Summary

Enter a new world or return to see old friends in four Powder Mage Universe novellas featuring Erika, Tamas, Adamat, Taniel, Ka-poel, and Ben Styke.

©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2016 Brian McClellan

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Great story almost ruined by the reading

I almost never write a review even though I have almost 100 audio books read in my library. But I had to give some feedback here. I fell in love with the powder mage series and this new author is amazing ( I met him at a recent book symposium and have loved each of the books he has written)... however this series of Novella's is almost ruined by the choice of the reader. Julie Hoverson overacts the reading, kind of like you read to your small children the story of little red riding hood...but the killer for me is that she didn't even take the time to learn the characters names. I kid you not, of the 5 main characters she mispronounces 3 (consistently). It is very very hard to listen to the story though the overacting and the name mess up. Kind of like talking with someone who gets your name wrong each time, hard to take them serious. Or picture if in the empire strikes back Luke became luck, and darth vador has became darth Veador.

I hope Brian McClellan gets to have some say in who does his reading going forward, I look forward to his next book and do not want to have to cringe every time a name is spoken.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great prequels, horrible narrator

Great supplementary tales for anyone who enjoys the powdermage series. However, the narration was often cringeworthy.

Bring back Rodska.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Dennis
  • United States
  • 09-19-17

Good stories, great setting, off-putting narrator

I rarely give any credence to Audible reviewers who complain about narration -- it's usually so subjective -- I often find that I don't mind, or even like, narrators that others complain about. But not in this case.

Here the narration really does negatively impact the listener's enjoyment of the book, especially if they're already familiar with the Powder Mage series, which, if they're reading these novellas, they almost certainly are.

I cannot imagine how someone would come onto an existing book series and not check the established pronunciation of the strange names and terms. It seems to me that, if you're a pro, that's part of the gig. Even if, as an experienced narrator, you might feel something should be pronounced differently, what does it matter? It's the listener's experience that's important here, not yours. And what about the producer of the audio sessions? Aren't they supposed to be watching out for this sort of thing? (I imagine them sitting in the engineering booth with their feet up on the console, reading the paper, and not paying any attention.)

This is no minor thing in an audiobook, especially for a story set in a fictional land with fictional towns and countries and filled with characters who have strange, non-standard names. If the names of places and people are pronounced differently it's hard to tell that they're talking about the same places and people from previous books.

Ok enough about that. Now, on to a few words about the stories.

They're great. It's a lot of fun to visit the characters from the novels earlier in their careers. If there's a downside here it's only that they're so short. But, they're novellas, so one cannot really complain about their brevity.

If you're a fan of McClellan's Powder Mage novels then you'll like these stories. Just be prepared for weird pronunciation and you should be fine.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Stories, Not So Great Narration

The title really says it all. Although I'm sure the narrator is good in some things her voice didn't really work for me in this. I would much have preferred the same narrator who performed the other Powder Mage books.

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good backs story, poor narration

I can't tell if the writing was subpart from the Powder Mage trilogy, or if the narrator just cannot compete with Christian Rodska outstanding performance.

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Narrator is terrible

Every time she spoke, it was like my fingernails were being pulled out of my skin whole. Her voice acting was absolutely terrible and she continually missed pronounced the names from the original narrator of the book. Which was super annoying. This was almost worth returning the book because of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Car-Poole

my only negative comment about this otherwise exceptional book is the mis-pronunciation of a characters name. at least when compared with the other books by this author

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Update NEEDS to happen

I am typically not one to write reviews, but I do read them before I ever make a purchase. I admit that I held off for quite a while on making this purchase because a lot of my fellow reviewers did not like the narrator. I finally gave in and made the purchase because I LOVE these books so much. I admit I am quite disappointed and feel the narrator was not the right choice for books/collection. Just the simple fact that Tamas was not pronounced correctly was very troubling, let alone that the pronunciation of the name was done at minimum three different ways. I caught myself thinking more than once who was Thomas? Audible you really should listen to your customers and make an updated version of this collection using Christian Rodska. The story was fantastic, the narration for the book was not.

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Fantastic story. Uninspired narrator

This is a collection of fantastic stories that enhance the powdermage universe. The shameful thing is that Julie (the narrator) falls flat. Her performance is uninspiring and she neglected to do her homework. She didn’t follow up with the writer to understand pronunciation nor did she listen to how the trilogy is narrated. This leads to conflict in narrations and what’s worse is mispronunciations in names. It’s frustrating that Brian did not go with Christian rodska. Christian shapes the characters, brings them to life, and enhances the story Julie definitely does not.

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  • Sam
  • Hamilton ON
  • 08-29-18

Excellent Set of Stories!

This was my introduction to the Powder Mage series. It came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. I loved the premise of the Powder Mages. The characters were engaging and I look forward to reading more about them. The stories take place before the main books but they stand alone well. I can’t wait to learn more about this World. i enjoyed the excellent narration by Julie Hoverson.

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  • Ross
  • 08-27-17

Only Book I've ever returned.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different Narrator.

Would you be willing to try another book from Brian McClellan? Why or why not?

Yes all his other books are fantastic and well narrated.

How could the performance have been better?

In every way, her range was awful, her continuity and timing well off and her voice is terrible and nasal.

What character would you cut from The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1?

None

Any additional comments?

WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU CHANGE NARRATORS AND IF YOU HAD TO WHY SOMEBODY SO DREADFUL?? RUINED THE BOOK>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sean
  • 06-24-17

more,more,more

Am lovin' stories from the powder mage world,great characters and there's room for plenty more,Julie was good but have to say Christian Rodska does it better.

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  • Robin300378
  • 11-10-16

Top notch Brian McClellan

This is the second of his Novella complilations that I have listened to and I think the format is great. Nice neat stories, filling in the gaps in the novels.

They are typically well written and give some life to the myths of Tamas and Taniel.

I was not as keen on the narrator as with the narrator of the novels(the name escapes me) which was disappointing as I didn't think the novel narrator was particulrly good either.

These books deserve a Rupert Degas or Colin Mace for my money as they are really good

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  • Harri Hughes
  • 12-28-16

Not what I had in mind

Whilst the storyline was fairly entertaining the narration was very off putting. Not to mention that this is not the main series of books that I intended to read.

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  • Jonathan Crane
  • 06-19-17

well wroth it if you are a fan

been a fan since the first book and this really fills in some of the interesting stuff that is kind of glossed over in the first and second series. if you enjoyed the books pick it up