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Publisher's Summary

When 16-year-old Jack forgets to take his medicine one morning, he soon learns what the medicine is really for. It's a suppressant for his magical powers....He's a Warrior Heir. He soon finds out that his parents were waiting for his wizard to come and begin his training for a tournament to the death before they revealed the truth to him. If Jack wants to make it, he's going to need the help of friends - both magic and normal - and to learn to use his warrior powers and believe in himself.

©2007 Cinda Williams Chima (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    2 out of 5 stars

decent book; bad reader

I like the story, but I'm not a fan of the reading here. It's not a woman reading in my edition, so I don't know who this guy is named 'Suzanne'. The reader has but one tone: assertive. Women speak assertively. Lovers speak assertively. Cafeteria ladies serve assertively. Humorous lines are delivered humorlessly but- you guessed it- assertively. I agree with the other reader; you're probably better off reading on your own.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Sara
  • Windsor, SC, USA
  • 10-28-08

Better if you read yourself

I enjoyed the book itself, but highly disliked the production of it. The editing is horrible. I sat down and read it and enjoyed it alot more. Don't waste your time listening to this one.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lenin
  • American Canyon, CA, United States
  • 12-01-09

Annoying Narrator

An annoying narrator that intermittently makes a swallowing sound that's very distracting. I have to endure the whole audiobook listening to this sound. Better off reading.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Do yourself a favor and SKIP THIS audio book

I read the entire Heir trilogy written by Cinda Williams Chima &, even though it is a young adult series, I found it to be entertaining & engaging. This is a refreshing break from all of the vampire novels dominating the genre. What you have here are wizards but you'll not find a clone of Harry Potter. The character development, world building & plot pacing were so well done that this is one of those series that you'll delight in reading.

While I believe the book rates a solid 4, the narration drops the rating to a one. Sadly I didn't heed the warnings of the other reviewers. Suzanne Toren is credited as the narrator but the reader is a male. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this narration was the WORST ever. Dull monotone, beyond annoying LOUD swallowing and distracting sucking in of air throughout! I want the reader's name only because I will NEVER listen to another narrated by him.

Because of the narrator, I strongly suggest you pass on this title.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Can't stand the breathing and mouth noises

Not to mention his strange afeminite way of speaking. Over doing pronunciation. Smacking lips, swallowing noises, desperate breaths in before continuing. Disappointed Can't do any more and he is the narrator through the ENTIRE series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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It is great

I loved the story. The story captured me and had me wishing for more. The narrator did poor in places: long pauses, audiable swallowing and the like. over all great book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Pretty Entertaining

I liked it for the most part. Some parts of the story were a little too obvious, but that was kind of expected.

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    5 out of 5 stars

One of my favorite books

I first read it going into high school. Years later and it is still one of my favorite books and series. Swords and Wizards still exist and are still fighting a war in secret from the rest of the world set in modern times. If that is as interesting to you as it is to me you will likely enjoy the book. Jack the main character knows nothing about the war or wizards he is just an ordinary high school student, except he isn't and after a rapid chain of events the small town life he grew up with where everyone knows everything about everyone gets turned upside down and he finds no one is who he thought they were and everyone seems to have their own agenda and plans for Jack..

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

barely finished

had to turn it off when I couldn't stand listening to the narrator swallowing loudly or swishing saliva around. first time I've come across this issue.

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the story is gripping and interesting!

the book is different from other fantasies. the writing is designed more for a younger audience, but I still enjoyed into my adult years.