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Unsouled

Cradle, Volume 1
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Series: Cradle, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,243 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world. Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts of his clan. When faced with a looming fate he cannot ignore, he must rise beyond anything he's ever known...and forge his own Path.
©2016 Hidden Gnome Publishing (P)2018 Hidden Gnome Publishing

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He don’t need no stinkin’ badge

As a young boy all Lindon wanted was a badge. It was a rite of passage for all the youth in his village. The badge symbolized one’s ability and, more importantly, one’s worth to the clan.
Sadly, we soon learn that young Lindon doesn’t get any badge at all, he is “Unsouled. “ It is a brand Lindon will be forced to wear his entire youth, ridiculed and shamed by other members of his village; but Lindon refuses to accept his fate. With force of will, and sheer cunning, he is determined to overcome his shortcomings.
Through the first four books we learn just how small Lindon’s world really is, a mere cradle in the vastness of the universe, and he soon discovers that there are other possible destinies that await him if he has the courage to pursue them; possibilities that will test his tenacity but also will allow him to grow beyond his wildest imagination.
“Unsouled” is an exciting start to a really epic series and a great entertaining experience. I am looking forward to the next release.

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Excited for the next one!

What a great listen! Narration and story were superb. There's constant action and intriguing mechanics to explore. This is going on my relisten list!

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Fantastic.

My new "Red Rising". So happy I picked this up, and off to spend some credits on the rest of the series!

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If you’ve found yourself on this page, buy this book

If you are even remotely interested in this books, title, description, or even cover art then buy this book!

I was in your shoes not too long ago, pondering which fantasy series to invest myself in next, and let me tell you, Cradle delivers! Without going into spoilers, let me just say that Will Wights world building has given the series emotional weight, while the characters have given the series heart. Masterfully written, superbly paced, and best of all entertaining to read.

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you are going to want the series.

Be careful when picking up this book, it's a 55 hour or so listen (you will want to listen to all the books) that you won't want to put down. If you enjoy the stakes getting higher, I recommend it highly.

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Surprising Shining Star

I hadn't heard about this book but listened to it on a reccomendation from the end of Andrew Rowe's On The Shoulders of Titans. I am blown away. This must be up in my top 3 ongoing fantasy series right with Stormlight Archive and Arcane Ascension. I am quite excited to read more!

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Fantastic origin

I read a lot of manga/Manhua (don’t judge me). And this has a strong theme from some of my favorite stories. So excited to see a story like this on audible to give one of my favorite plot types a refreshing twist.

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simply amazing!!!

thoroughly enjoyed it now onto the service and 3rd books, narrator was awesome as well.

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Very cool

Loved this book. Large fantasy fan but the road this one takes is refreshing. Just when you think you've got the general arc of the storyline pegged, the scope and sheer scale of the true shape of the world is mind bending. 5/5 recommended

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Exceptional Story, entertaining performance

Let me start by saying I can't recommend this story/series strongly enough.

Great, fast paced story and a very good performance. I've read the story multiple times and purchased the audio book as soon as it was available. As of the time I am writing this I'm only a couple of hours into the audio book but I am pleasantly surprised with the performance.

This is the first time I have heard this narrator and he does an excellent job with character voices and uses the appropriate amount of emphasis at the appropriate time. So far there have been no awkward pauses, heavy breathing into the microphone etc. The reason I gave the performance 4 stars instead of 5 is because there were times when I thought I was listening to Casey Kasem. Not a big deal, just me being critical of a new (to me) narrator.

After listening to the entire audio book I changed my performance rating to 5 stars. Travis really does an outstanding job of building character profiles. On top of that his performance blends into the story vs becoming a focus of the story. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Richard
  • 09-24-18

What an Amazing universe!!!

I can't wait for the rest to be released!!!

Recommended by a friend, I was skeptical going in, but after the first few chapters I couldn't wait to lean more about this universe.

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  • Ali Saleh
  • 05-26-19

Awesome, highly bingeable

Awesome, most binge worthy audiobook i listened to in a long while. i don't know how i never heard of it before

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-19

Superb job

Good story. Im enjoyed. But performance isn't good enough. The narrator has monotone voice, it's upset (

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  • 11-13-18

Fun

Excellent read this not sure I enjoyed the narrator. Read the rest instead but it's an excellent funny story

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  • Matthew
  • 04-12-19

An unbelievably underrated series

The main character, Linden, is born 'unsouled'. But the heights he is reaching towards are unimaginable.

A story where the main character is in constant danger. No matter how strong he gets, there's always somebody stronger. But he goes so far.

Brilliant world building, very well fleshed out magic system and a fast moving plot. During this book, your eyes will be opened, and then you'll be devouring the rest of the series before you know it.

This is a series that only gets better and better. The characters Linden meets are excellent and the series really begins to shine once it gets going.

Don't pass on this one, you won't regret picking it up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

once i started i couldnt stop!!

This book is an amazing beginning to a series that I have already listened to twice!!!
its' the series that keeps getting better and better.

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction and "coming of age" genres.

Wight has created an intricate world of magic and growth. We view the world from a number different perspectives that gives the reader the opportunity to understand things from a higher level.