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The Renegades

Bard from Barliona, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
Series: The Bard from Barliona, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Barliona is back! Old world, new heroes!   

What would happen if a professional rock musician joined a virtual MMO in search of inspiration among its game world? What would happen if she decided to play as a biota bard, a brand-new race of humanoid flora as well as a new class? 

Whatever would happen, it would surely be fun....

©2018 Eugenia Dmitrieva and Vasily Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2018 by Boris Smirnov (P)2018 Tantor

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Slow start to series

It feels like a very slow start with a rushed ending to me. Going to need to relisten to The Way of the Shaman to remember what was going on. I understand why I kept seeing unfavorable reviews for this book. If you haven’t read and liked Way of the Shaman don’t bother with this one. I think this is just an intro to this new spinoff from that series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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So disappointed...

I love the Way of the Shaman series. I think I've listened to it at least 4 times.

Which is why I was so disappointed with this book. There is no charterer development, it ends abruptly, and without any kind of Act III.

I think I am being vague enough, however SPOILER ALERT: 'Something that involved none of us happened somewhere else, so let's talk about writing a song! - THE END' (Really, that's IT!)

Such a wonderful premise, but very poorly executed.

The narrator is OK. The voice is too high pitch at 3.5, however it's tolerable at 3x.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Name changes?

She keeps saying Jaranika not Garanika. When she said melon for Mayen I was very upset and when she miss pronounce their names it through all amersion out the window. Other than that the book is really good.

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Good Story, but bad name pronunciation

If you are going to have a spinoff series with a different narrator you should have the sound editor check to make sure that the main characters names from the main series arent butchered. *Face Plant*

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Why was it so confusing and boring?

The story constantly jumps fro game to reality. A bleak and boring realty! With dialogues out of the blue such as: “do you like fish?” “I don’t know, I will have to try” - no lead up to this nor did it mean anything!
The game-side is innovative... but boring. The full book plays in a tree!!! When something finally happens... it’s jumped over!
The end promises some improvements in the next book.
Wish I had not read it. Far behind the way of the shaman.

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ending

cliff hangers needed another hour to finish out the story. over all a well written story

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Ehh

My only real complaint is that the narrator changed pronunciation of several things. But over all a good listen

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Great story but audio did not do it justice

So I have no issue with the narrator, she did well at the voice acting but for a story about music where the main character is a musician and then becomes a bard they could at least have some music. I felt it was very lacking.

If you put album 1 I expect at least background music if not a song.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Fail

Love your writing, setting, and stories Vasily... but Andrea has a ways to go in her ability to breathe any life in the tale. Her voice is pleasant enough... so maybe with coaching and practice....
Anyway... I could only get through a few hours before I had to abandon the book. I was disappointed as I really was interested in the story.

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Just ok

Don’t like to question creative inspiration of author, but why not include a few characters from the Way of The Shaman in its spinoff? Like how about the lizard cobol?

Anyway, the story is ok and the narrator is ok, but it hardly seems like Barliona at all.

I read this book mainly so I could read Book 2, which is supposed to have more info on Mahan & Anastaria.

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  • Guney
  • 04-05-19

A good barliona story with a bad performance.

Story is very good if you like the barliona universe, a little more real and down to earth than our lucky Shaman's story.

The performance was so bad that it prevented me from enjoying the story from time to time. Hearing all the names pronounced wrong and every character sounding like a cranky old lady.


Still def worth a credit if you like the writer and his imagination.