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Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse Audiobook

Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse

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Publisher's Summary

In a land of forbidden magic, a mysterious cave holds both riches and danger for three adventurers who discover a mighty treasure and a terrible secret.

A short fantasy tale set in the world of Erana - the world of The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles.

©2014 A.L Butcher (P)2015 A.L Butcher

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    durara1 30/10/2015
    durara1 30/10/2015
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    "A fantasy tale of human nature's greed."
    Where does Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am quite new to audiobooks, but the story lent itself well as a listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the warning of greed in the story could translate to any era, I think that the historical setting gave it a darker slant. It is a very descriptive story, making it easier to picture the people and the events taking place.


    What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

    Rob Goll's performance brought the descriptive narrative to life, subtly highlighting changes in pace and very much enhanced the experience.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be careful what you wish for.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my usual genre, but now that I have been introduced to it, I would definitely recommend it to others. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marina 11/10/2015
    Marina 11/10/2015
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    "Rich fantasy tale with the perfect narrator voice"
    Any additional comments?

    The characters, the dialogues and the imagery of the tale truly come to life with the voice of Rob Goll.
    A very pleasant first audiobook experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 04/09/2015
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    "A great story, brilliantly written and narrated."
    What made the experience of listening to Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse the most enjoyable?

    The imagery created by the description of the place and the dialogue between the characters. All very realistic and true to this genre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse?

    The main fight scene with the realistic description of death and destruction.


    What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

    Brilliantly narrated. Clear and well paced bringing all the emotion and excitement of the tale to life.


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 18/06/2015
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    "For me, a new author and a new genre..."

    Not being a reader of magical, mysterious, fantasy tales, I started listening with a degree of scepticism...I needn't have, as Alexandra Butcher's Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse, narrated by Rob Goll, caught my imagination and immediately pulled me into a very different world. The strong writing and crafted narration about an unfamiliar place and strange characters, soon became familiar and of concern...what was going to happen and how would those involved fare?
    Then themes became apparent that exist closer to home and in the present day...fear, lust, betrayal, ignorance and how tragedy repeats itself from one generation to the next.

    Rob Goll's tone is rich and powerful yet at the same time understated, giving the story voice without overwhelming it.

    I intend to listed to more by this talented author and her well chosen story teller...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Convoke
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    15/03/15
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    "The Warrior's Curse: your ticket to adult fantasy"
    What did you love best about Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse?

    I have long loved Alexandra Butcher's Erana Tales: they are smart, sometimes sexy, and always transcend the everyday. The new "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" shows us Butcher at full power, teamed with exactly the right narrator for her tale, one Rob Goll. Through their efforts, Erana's world of elves and prejudice and love and human foible becomes so real you can reach out and touch it.


    What other book might you compare Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse to and why?

    I'm not sure this book has a comparison to anything done today. Those who loved Tolkien will love this, but the action is much closer to hand, more visceral, not only a tale of war and love but of eroticism: everything you treasured about Lord of the Rings and nothing you didn't like. Those who loved Canticle for Leibowitz will also love The Warrior's Curse, by reason of its arch social commentary and fully realized world view. If you like your fantasy laced with thoughtful allegories that lay bare the human condition, yet never are preachy, you'll want to own this book -- both the audiobook and the ebook; having both ebook and audiobook enhances each. I got both: the audiobook companion to the e-book, and now I can switch back and forth from reading to listening without missing a beat or a word.


    What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

    Rob Goll brings to the audiobook of The Warrior's Curse an elegant, perfectly executed style, a great relief after too many hyper-active comic-book readings. Goll always delivers the story, never makes the story merely a commercial for himself. He sounds exactly the way the narrator for a fantasy of such refined taste SHOULD sound. Give a listen, and you'll want to hear more. He delivers story with easy and grace, always applying just the right amount of emphasis to lines and phrases to make me forget everything else. Bravo, Mr. Goll!


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

    I did, but I can't. So I had the joy of pleasures deferred until I finished listening. My husband is listening to Goll read Butcher now, and then I'll listen again. If you ARE able to gobble up an entire audiobook in one sitting, I recommend this one highly: it keeps you immersed until the very last word.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this. Butcher's world is truly a world that readers from new adults to the most experienced will want to revisit time and again. In a time of such blunted sensibilities and crass blood thirst, it's a joy to find a story that gives you every story value in proper proportion, narrated by a voice you'll never forget.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jess
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    26/09/15
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    "Lively and Engaging Fantasy - Brilliantly narrated"

    In The Warrior's Curse, a lively and interesting tale is woven with the help of Rob Goll's rich, perfectly nuanced, and well-paced narration. A good narrator sets the tone for an Audiobook and should sweep you into the story from the get-go. This novella, with its descriptive imagery, compelling plot and distinctive characters doesn't disappoint. I spent a satisfying hour caught up in the myths of Erana and enjoyed each minute of the adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lauree
    16/09/15
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    "gritty magic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will be recommending this to friends I know will enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story moved somewhere beyond traditional myths without leaving that wonder behind.


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

    Rob Goll used his vocal talents to draw me into this tale. He seemed true to the magic and respected the story.


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

    I listened to this story in one sitting...actually I have listened to it several times and felt the story differently each time. That is one of the marks of a good story in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to other tales by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poppy Stevens
    22/03/15
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    "Compelling read"
    Would you listen to Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse again? Why?

    It is the first Alexandra Butcher's book I read. I enjoyed this spooky 'story within a story' that takes you on a journey with lots of trouble ahead and a final surprising turn.


    What other book might you compare Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse to and why?

    It's a powerful, classic tale with subtle touches of Beowulf but an original story. I enjoy a variety of genres, including fantasy so yes!, I will be reading/listening to about Ms. Butcher's monsters, magic and myths with gusto in the future.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Goll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Definitively one feels the books could not possibly have been read by anybody else. Rob Goll's melodic reading is a fitting combination of voice and style. Butcher's characters play to Goll's strengths, and he uses various tones in dialogue. His distinctive voice confidently guides listeners through the story.

    I've listened to all of Mr. Goll's work and everytime he surprises me with his originality, dramatising unusual characters with clarity and deliver natural-sounding dialogue.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Alexandra Butcher shows us how decisions taken in the past can become the beast that comes around to destroy those in the present.


    Any additional comments?

    Team Butcher-Goll creates an atmosphere that draws the listener into this compelling tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff
    10/05/16
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    "Great story and well-narrarated"

    Great fantasy short, well-written and performed. Very strong narrarator. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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