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A Thunder of War

(The Avalon Chronicles, Book 3)
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Series: The Avalon Chronicles, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

There’s thunder on the horizon, and the lightning of war is about to strike.

After years of struggle, Layla Cassidy has finally mastered the dark powers that threatened to control her and turned them to good. She’s ready to fight, but the next battle will be her greatest test yet.

The forces of Avalon are growing ever stronger, reinforcing their dominance with almighty displays of brutality. When Abaddon comes close to crushing Layla and her friends, it’s clear that the thunder of war is about to give way to lightning - and that they have no chance of surviving it alone.

The final battle against Abaddon is drawing closer. Now Layla and her friends must fight for themselves - and the future of the world. To win, they will need every power and ally they can muster. But even with all their strength, will it be enough to stand against the impending doom?

©2018 Steve McHugh. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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great story but bad narration

Outstanding story.
Amazing writing.....with an awesome end that got me excited......
Major downside is the terrible narration.
Unfortunately this narrator has limited voices and those she does are incredibly similar to others in the story.
biggest downside and an insult to the writing is her lack of correct pronunciation of the characters who's names are NOT just part of this writers work but many are well known and simply pronounced wrong.

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Amazing series. Not so good narrator!

I initially struggled to get into the Avalon Chronicles, being a huge Nate Garrett (Aka Hellequin from Steve McHugh's amazing Hellequin series). It was strange reading from a female POV and I did struggle to relate to Layla who initially irritated me no end with her see saw whinging and wonder woman acts! I now believe this was Steve McHugh's intention to show her growth. The series isn't as easy to read as the Hellequin series and did take me a bit of effort to stick with it but wow am I glad I did. I was literally jumping up and down with excitement, laughing, crying and a full gamut of emotions. I feel strung out now after finishing this last book! I think I need a lie down now lol!

The only thing to say is that I resorted to the kindle edition in the end. I think the narrator was a poor choice for this book. One of the main male characters Modred sounded like the narrator had taken a hit of helium before speaking his part. It wasn't always certain who was actually talking as some of the character's voices sound very similar but the main thing that caused me a huge amount of annoyance and ultimately why I changed to the written copy was the narrator's pronunciation of some of the character's names. Abadden I've heard pronounced as ah-ba-don in the Hellequin series was pronounced ah-bad-en. Cerberus was pronounced as kerr-bear-us with a hard K as in 'care' rather than a soft S as in 'ceramic'. Sometimes it is difficult to get used to another narrator's pronunciation and their vocalizations of characters when you have been used to a different narrator. I think to keep the continuity going the same narrator that did the last few books of the Hellequin series would have been so much better. I've never written badly about a narrator before as I can only imagine it's a long and arduous task to narrate a book but on this occasion it seriously interfered with the enjoyment of the book!

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EPIC I LOVED it sad it ended

LOVED MORDRID IN A BOAT WITH HEL
LOVED the whole book and Remi is awesome

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fantastic end to the series

Fantastic end to this series. can't wait for the next book. Steve once again creates great characters you can get behind.

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absolutely brilliant

What a fantastic book could not stop listening, need need the next one. Layla has grown into an awesome charecter

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excellent seroes

I cannot wait for the next series to be released! between this and the hellequin chronicles I have been hooked!

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Slow Burner

Loved this in the end I felt it was a slow burner but picked up about a qtr of the way looking forward for the next book but more so for Nate and the Hellequin Chronicles

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Good

loved the story it just felt that who ever edited the narrative was half a sleep as sometimes the voices for some of the characters sounded the same apart from that can't wait for the next book

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Fabulous!

Once again Mr. McHugh has written a fabulous book . Gripping from the first page to the last. With the best Epilogue. Cannot wait for the next series to start and a return to my favourite characters, and the final battles with Avalon. Thank you!

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great end to am awesome series

loved it. Steve McHugh delivers once again! can't recommend his books enough, great action and humour

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  • J. Rockett
  • 23-01-19

Great trilogy ending!

Brilliant way to end a phenomenal trilogy. The voice work is amazing and fits each character nicely.

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  • Rebirth
  • 19-01-19

loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is the best story reading that I've heard in a very long time... love you Steve for your magic!!!!!

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  • Amanda G
  • 18-12-18

Great Series

Love this series, so ready for the next book. This was a great story in an awesome series. The ending was perfect, can't wait to see Nate back in action.

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  • Antoinette
  • 26-11-18

Loved it

Once again it was a great book I love😍 these books of Steve and can't wait for the new📙. Thank you Steve couldn't stopped listening.

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  • Andrea
  • 26-11-18

Better than I expected.

I truly appreciate how all of the characters were brought together. I REALLY love the cliffhangers on a few stories. It gives me hope that the stories will continue for Nate, Laliah and the new Shadow Elf (Tarryan/if it's misspelled, my apologies). Arthur his followers need to be stopped.

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  • Jerritt young
  • 25-11-18

another great book

I have read all the books leading up to this one. it didn't disappoint me. I enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to the next one.

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  • James
  • 11-11-18

I really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book and hope Lalyas journey continues. she has turned out to be a great character.

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  • Stacy R.
  • 26-02-20

I love Steve McHugh but...

This audiobook was just okay. I got bored with the fight scenes there wasn't much of a plot and I can't believe I'm saying this but I only finished it because I'm looking forward to the next Nate Garrett book and I didn't want to miss any of the back story for that.

I was so distracted by the way the narrator voiced Mordred it made my brain hurt. it was like she had no idea who the character was. and why do so many of her male characters have high voices with snooty accents? like her male characters have higher voices than most of her female characters. I dealt with it with Remy but Mordred was awful.

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  • N. Wilson
  • 20-02-20

Amazing

Another incredible addition to the series we've come to charish. I can't wait for what's to come next.

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  • Casey
  • 10-02-20

ugh

The narrator kept mispronounced the names of characters and creatures, it was really annoying. This didn't feel like Steve McHughs writing, the story was weak.