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Embers at Galdrilene Audiobook

Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

*** Finalist in the Readers Favorite Reviews and Book Award Contest***

"A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future."

The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.

Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons' call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they've been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong. With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call. But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more...

©2012 Audra Trosper (P)2013 Audra Trosper

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    Mags16 28/11/2013
    Mags16 28/11/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "difficult listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes with a warning about the narrator. Incorrect emphasis on words and irritating and unnecessary pauses detract from the story which is a pity.


    Would you recommend Embers at Galdrilene to your friends? Why or why not?

    As above


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arfan Ali West Midlands, United Kingdom 25/11/2013
    Arfan Ali West Midlands, United Kingdom 25/11/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping new saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very few of my friends read books of this genre, that being said I would still recommend this to them. The premise of this story shares similarities with the inheritance cycle, but the characters the world in which this is set sets it apart from eragon. I like the diversity of the characters, they all have stories of their own to tell. However I think it would've been better to have a smaller core of characters to work on. I really liked the way the magicians had their powers split between the elements, this was also refected in the dragons.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Embers at Galdrilene?

    When rylin, emallya's dragon emerges from the lake is a good moment.


    Have you listened to any of Valerie Gilbert’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No too long for that


    Any additional comments?

    The dragons deserve more of the spotlight, I want to know what they are thinking.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary White 07/12/2013
    Rosemary White 07/12/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Magic & dragons, possibly."

    I feel very sorry for A.D.Trosper for whoever chose Valerie Gilbert as the narrator, did a major disservice to the author. Her style is appalling. She puts strange and unnatural emphases on words and has an odd cadence that in the end distorts the meaning of the sentence and makes the detail difficult to absorb. Its a real shame because there's probably a good story there somewhere but as I can't stand to listen to Valerie, I shall never know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 03/12/2013
    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 03/12/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Very much a diluted Anne McCaffery"

    It has dragons, a plot and if this author has not read a great deal of Anne and Todd McCaffery work I would be surprised.
    It is okay you can put it down and go back later without losing your place. If you are a fan of Anne and Todd this book is not to that standard it is white bread rather than warm scones.
    It was okay I will not return it but I will not buy the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ashley Fontainne
    Malvern, AR
    23/01/14
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    "A Magical Journey"
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    Get ready to lose yourself inside the enchanted world of Galdrilene, full of magic, dragons and engaging characters.

    I am not a lover of fantasy books, however, this audio version captivated me from the minute I began to listen. The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing to life all the characters and describes the make-believe world in such a fashion that you can’t help but find yourself immersed inside the story.

    A land full of people of who for the last 500 hundred years, have been taught lies about their world, handed down from the ruling powers, bent on keeping the knowledge of magic and dragons hidden. Magic is forbidden and punishable by death and the fear of going insane if magic is used or cultivated by a user is drilled into the minds of the masses.

    But six people from various regions cannot quell the hum that pounds in their heads. A pull to head east gnaws at them though none of them understand why or where it comes from. It isn’t until the appearance of a strange woman who offers each of them a chance to journey with her that they will all understand what calls to them, and why.

    Full of vivid descriptions and enjoyable dialogue, this book by A.D. Trosper will appeal to lovers of fantasy as well as those who normally don’t read (or listen) to this particular genre. I found myself eager to be in the car listening to the magical tale unfold.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    Citrus Heights, CA, United States
    16/05/14
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    "Fantastic Writing and Story Telling!"

    WOW...just let me say it again....WOW!!! I love dragon stories, but this one, is just AWESOME. The characters are so fleshed out and introduced with such an attention to detail that I never once got lost. Each one was unique and their abilities was so well suited to their personalities.The story is slowly built up; had me holding my breath at what was coming and it did not disappoint. You get to see the story from the POV of the characters and the dragons, it is so intricately woven that you don't even realize what is happening.
    Of course there is Evil and you even get to see the story from their POV as well, which was very different, normally the Evil is just that mindlessly evil, not this time, its Evil, very Evil and can easily suck you in.
    Even though the ending was more than satisfactory, ( the battle) you know there is more to come. I believe this is a trilogy.

    Totally worth a credit. I am downloading the second book now!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • marm
    16/03/16
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    "It made me weary. Too much description"
    What would have made Embers at Galdrilene better?

    Cut out all the extraneous descriptions of clothes, rooms, movements. Or maybe it's for teenagers, I don't know. I had to stop listening.


    What was most disappointing about A. D. Trosper’s story?

    It seems most of the story is describing the surroundings, clothes they wear, etc. Get on with the story!!!


    What does Valerie Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bordom


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, just get on with it!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Wirtz
    Ithaca, NY United States
    23/06/14
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    "OK"

    I had a hard time with the narrator. The story is good, but I don't think it was well told.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    Marion, KS, United States
    04/07/14
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    "Great storyline, but..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to anyone who is not a grammarian. The author really needs to learn how to use adverbs correctLY. It hurts my soul to know that such a creative storyteller is unaware of basic grammar (or doesn't care).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    I would not recommend this narrator!!! Ironically, the passages where she uses an accent are smoother than the narrative passages in American English. It took a dozen chapters before I thought I could get through to the end. Portions are so stilted, that is sounds robotic (as another reader said, Siri would be better). And her pronunciation is odd - for example - she says "ruin" as "rune" and "ruined" like "runed."


    Was Embers at Galdrilene worth the listening time?

    I was painting a room most of the time, so my hands were too messy to turn it off, which is probably why I made it to the end. However, the story itself, minus the flaws of the grammar and narration, was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel bad about slamming the narrator, but I spent money on this!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    AUSTIN, TX, United States
    27/11/13
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    "Like listening to Siri read a book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage girls


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. D. Trosper again?

    No. Too simple. The characters have no depth and just go along with life altering paths without any questions.


    What didn’t you like about Valerie Gilbert’s performance?

    Sounded like they recorded sentences in no order and then pieced then together.


    What character would you cut from Embers at Galdrilene?

    Loki. Why bring the kid? Makes no sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish the book. When you can't even listen to it on the way home then you need to return it.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bob Nelson
    07/07/14
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    "Worst reader I have ever heard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know what the story is worth. I stopped listening after a half-hour. That beginning was standard "dragonlore". Neither wonderful nor awful. But the performance was so catastrophic that I will never know.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. D. Trosper before, how does this one compare?

    It was the first. And last.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO !!!


    What character would you cut from Embers at Galdrilene?

    The reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John
    ARLINGTON, TX, United States
    26/11/13
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    "Ok for the right people."
    What was most disappointing about A. D. Trosper’s story?

    The world crate in the story was to black and white for my. No real shades of gray, and because of this I could not get into the story.


    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Justin
    07/06/16
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    "great story"

    really enjoyed this book. the narator read surprisingly slow, so listened to it on 1.15 times normal speed. other than that no complaints at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kimetha
    24/02/16
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    "Sorry"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Love fantasy ... I just could not finish this book!


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. D. Trosper again?

    Maybe


    What three words best describe Valerie Gilbert’s performance?

    Not my favorite


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Embers at Galdrilene?

    Can't say because I didn't like the book


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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