"To those that see the sky and can not fly, I feel this wind for them."
An otherworldly friendship is forged under stress and fear. Wyatt, a recently unemployed camper, is looking for an escape from responsibilities. Thunder Born is a wind esper looking to escape from those who want to murder him. Together they start something surpassing both of them.
©2015 James Livingood (P)2015 James Livingood
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"Unique take on a new world of magic"
Wind espers. Cool magical idea. Fire spirits, wind spirits and more. Whistling swords and a hero named marshmallow. How can you go wrong. Whimsical and weird but quite interesting. Well written and well narrated look forward to rest of the series. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
"An Enjoyable Short Story That Needed To Be Longer"
After having read/listened to the quirky short story, “Vampire Caving,” by Mr. Livingood, I thought I’d give “Summer Sword” a try. I’m definitely glad I did. “Summer Sword” was a fun read/listen. It offers us wind espers, fire and wind spirits, an unemployed camper, a whistling sword and an unlikely friendship. There’s a lot to like in this short story, but there is not enough story offered to the reader/listener. It was just too short. I wish Mr. Livingood had provided book one and two in one book. Without having read/listened to book two, I feel it would have been much more satisfying. Narrator Jack Nolan has a good voice and does a good job with the material. My only criticism with him is that he seemed to be in a rush. His natural speaking speed was just a touch too fast for me. It wasn’t a deal breaker by any means, but the short story’s listening time was less than one hour. If it had been a novel length story I think it would have started to bother me.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
"Where is this series going?"
Thunder Born is a new-born wind spirit. Some of his "friends" tried to kill him, though I don't understand why. He escaped and met Wyatt, who is camping in the woods trying to decide what to do next after losing his job. They talk and become friends of a sort.
Given the material (or lack thereof) I think the narrator did a creditable job. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough meat to this story. There's a preview of part two, Winter Bell, at the end of this audio book, but it fails to tempt me to continue with the tale.
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review."
"The promise is strong with this one"
I warn you: listen to this and you'll want to know more!
This is an origin story. At the beginning of it a wind esper is attacked by others of his kind. Wishing to find less harmful company, he begins chatting with Wyatt, a freshly jobless guy camping in the woods. Things happen and they bond... a bit more than they expected.
Now Wyatt talks with a burning pyre and calls it Thunder Born. He swings a sword around, tinkers with his living room rug and keeps laughing at job interviews. Would you hire him? Or would you read book two of this series to find out what exactly will he make of his career with a curious wind esper as a sidekick and a carpet as his ride?
James's writing is good. The set-up for the ending is done very well. Some bits are a tad repetitive (mentioning the 'real people pleaser', for instance) and could do with better descriptions (which we'll see in a longer book, I'm sure, since this is just a short story).
I liked how the narrator did dialogues in this story, but I'd love him to slow down overall, so I can differentiate between actions in the text better. No rush, man, I'll listen to this story and your nice voice for hours.
All in all, this is a great read with a great promise. It has characters and quirky bits that I love already. I'm really eager to see what adventures will James Livingood imagine for our friend Wyatt!
Bring it on, Mr. Livingood, bring it on!
"Fun short story."
This is a fun short story about a man named Wyatt who just lost his job, Who, while camping, is approached by a diminished air spirit named Thunder Born. They start to converse and form a friendship. Duing a forest fire, when Wyatt is dying in a river running from the fire, the air spirit gives him air, filtered throught the water, which somehow transfers some of the air powers to him, allowing him to use the air spirits power, to see and hear air spirits. First in a series, it has a good solid foundation, with a couple of fun characters in Wyatt and Thunder Born. It is age appropriate for any age, and is really a nice whimsical fantasy tale.
Jack Nolan does a really good job narrating, bringing the characters to life.
I was given a copy of this book by the author, narrator or publisher free of charge in return for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.
Good story. I liked the characters and the world the author built.
The narrator did a good job of bring life to the story and characters.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."
"Very Short Story"
The narrator was excellent. He kept me listening until the end. I did not like the story until I listened to the part of book 2 that was included. That is when the story started to make some sense. This was not your usual story. Perhaps after I read book 2 I will understabd the story.
I was given this book via audiobook boom for an honest review.
"Sweet story about a young man and a spirit"
Summer Sword is a short story about Wyatt, a young man recently unemployed who goes camping and meets an "air vesper" or a spirit. The story is sweet and waxes philosophically at times on life.
I have listened to several books by James Livingood and find them enjoyably sweet and earnest.
I enjoyed JAck Nolan's narrration. His voice was clear and he did a good job differentiating the voices.
Summer Sword was enjpoyable.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Great story about listening to nature!"
Summer Sword - Birth of Djinn Magic by James Livingood is a story about a unique friendship that develops between a wind "spirit" named Thunder Born and regular guy named Wyatt. Wyatt is kindhearted soul who planned a fabulous camping trip for his friends, but soon finds himself unemployed and alone. Just when you think Wyatt is losing his spirit due to all the catastrophes that befall him during his camping trip, his friendship and bond with Thunder Born rejuvenates him and makes him whole again. For such a short story, Summer Sword contains several thought provoking insights if one only looks beneath the surface -or should I say, looks high in the sky and listens to the wind?
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Jack Noland. He has an easygoing voice that made Wyatt come to life. He was very believable and had great intonation and pace. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, which I received for free in exchange for an honest review.
Excellent audio narration of a unique and imaginative fantasy based on a sentient being who resides in the wind and can communicate with humans. Great opening that peaks your interest. The only reason I'm giving it four stars is because it's incredibly short . I will definitely read, or rather, listen, to any continuation of this short story!!!
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