The Spirit Ring

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (311 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In an alternate Renaissance Italy where the church regulates magic and licenses magicians, fiery Fiametta Beneforte wants to be more than her goldsmith-mage father's unpaid apprentice. But when the Duchy of Montefoglia is laid under military and magical siege, she unexpectedly must join with Thur Ochs, a young Swiss miner and foundryman, to tap their skills in both metalwork and necromancy to rescue her father's soul and combat an evil sorcerer.

©2019 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Well written Supernatural-Fantasy

This book is closest to Bujold’s World of the Five Gods books in that they include spirits and magic, but it’s definitely a complete stand alone. Fiametta has been an unofficial apprentice to her father, Master Beneforte, a goldsmith, sculptor, and Mage; until the Duke of Montefoglia, his patron, is murdered by the evil Lord Umberto Ferrante. Thur has left behind the mines of Bruinwald, Switzerland to become an apprentice, but finds out Master Beneforte has been killed. Separately and together, Fiametta and Thur help stop Ferrante and his evil Mage-Secretary Vitelli. High Quality writing and narrating, but Low Quality production. Unfortunately, my copy of the audiobook was flawed - it had several sections that were repeated, the last of which was Chapter XVIII, which repeats after 44:13. Hopefully Audible will get this corrected. The story itself gets a definite recommend.

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Vorkosigan Narrator

The narrator is the same one for the Vorkosigan series. And with the same intonation and mannerisms, not changed a whit for this series. This made it very hard to concentrate on the story because I kept expecting Miles to lurk around the next word.

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Narrator is Horrible

Still struggling to get through this book but it extremely difficult to stay interested with this narrator. He reads like an evil wizard in a really bad fantasy movie.

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Good but there are 2 spots that the story repeats

Good but there are 2 spots that the story repeats. The recording is flawed in that places in the storyline repeat and each is longer than a few minutes. The second is in the last hour of the audiobook. I wish I could have given a better overall rating.

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Pretty decent story overall

I felt the story overall was decent. I enjoyed the characters. The narrator pronounced one characters name differently throughout the book so i was unsure what that characters name actually was. Also the part where the woman fed the kobolds towards the end was a little too much for me.

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Narrator is not for everyone

Not bad one-time read story with rather basic characters and some great scenes (a flaming moving bronze statue was good) but from my personal point of view and voice perception, it would have done better narrated by somebody else. I can do nothing about it - to me Gardner's voice sounds like a scratchy, querulous and pompous voice of a very old man. Quite unpleasant, actually and the reason I usually do not buy books by this narrator (prizes, winnings and laudations notwithstanding.) I believe somebody with a more soft and down-to-earth manner would have been better for this one.

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A nice original story

I always enjoy a new and fresh story. This was different and very engaging. This was a perfect mix of the old and the new in concepts and delivery.

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Good Story, weird formating

Loved the story! Truly very immersive, and nothing about the characters felt wrong, or too unexpected. Renaissance timeframe, for those who are looking for something outside the norm. And the narrator was really good too-a very smooth voice, and easy to listen to, once you're in the groove. The only strange thing was the audio formatting. When I listened to it, it would repeat a chapter after I'd finished listening to that particular chapter, instead of moving on to the next chapter. it wasn't all chapters either-but it was several of them in a row.

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Great story

A great story and performance but the chapters that are listed as an hour long are actually 1/3 material that was already performed within the same chapter.

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Love it!

Love it, repeated 2 times in 3 parts, otherwise great, wonderful, brilliant great narrative. Again love it

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  • 07-21-19

Grover is wonderful

I quite liked the original reader of this book, but was so excited to hear that a new version was coming out with Grover Gardner narrating. It's fabulous. I've always liked the Spirit Ring, but with Grover reading it lifts it from a good book to a really great book. More similar to the Chalion books than the Vorkosiverse, though actually standing alone in its own little universe.