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Bound

An Alex Verus Novel
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus, Book 8
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

Alex Verus can see the future. But he never thought he'd see this day. Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he's agreed to work for his old master once more.

Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again. And this time he won't let go so easily.

©2016 Benedict Jacka (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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fabulous new installment with a few irritations

As usual I was on the edge of my seat with Alex's latest tale. Gildart Jackson has been a stellar narrator but I've a few niggles - bad enough to change Helicowan's accent in a previous book (both he and Landis originally sounded like Sean Connery) but he was a minor character. why did Morden's have to change though? Something also up with Arachne's voice. It's become more sinister and slightly lower and also more mechanical rather than her usual clipped enunciation. I know it sounds minor but Gildart's made these people alive to me! it's disconcerting.

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Excellent story, shame about the voices!

This, as the previous books is an excellent story. It leaves us desperate fir the next instalment. However, at one point I had to check that it was the same narrator- mostly it sounded like him, but certain characters now had very different voices and I'm not sure I understand why. Did the producer change, did no one listen to previous recordings to check?
BUT, I would still recommend the series and this book, just hoping that it's back on track next time. It's disconcerting when every time Arachne spoke I expected her to say "Now is the winter of our discontent ........" in that voice.

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Good baddies & bad goodies

Jacka must be doing something right as with each new book I vow to take my time and read/listen slowly but then I always end up doing a weekend binge!

Plus points: Morden has a bigger role; time is passing and everyone's allowed to be a bit more grownup; darker (altho there is a moment at the end that is pure Scooby Doo); Good and Bad are blending to grey.
Meh points: Arachne's voice has developed a harsh Chinese accent; Rachel is still an undeveloped character; must there always be pages and pages of a big gun battle? Yawn.

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Another episode in a good series.

It was good but this felt like an average episode in a good series. It didn't feel like enough of a complete story to me. I want more. The characters all moved on but it feels like they have been positioned for more interesting stories to come. I hope they have - looking forward to the next instalment already.

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A really good series

loved this installment of the series. I was unsure how it would turn out but the end started the next book just right.

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Best of the series so far

I've enjoyed the series of Alex Versus books but must say this one was a compelling tale.

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a few changes jarr but overall good

the story was as ever brilliant.... only a few logical leaps. a few changes to the way some characters spoke was weird - mainly morden who sounds too close to a sterotypical businessman rather than the way gildert originally portrayed him. beyond that all very good!

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another great book

the story continues. I love this series. It is very well written, super plots, good dialog. The action is brilliantly described.

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8th in the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka

This is the 8th in the Alec Verus series by Benedict Jacka.

Alex has been blackmailed into becoming an aide for Mordon, a dark mage, and at the beck and call of his old Master, Richard.

He and his friends fight for their lives and for the safety of Council.

I would recommend this book, but it would help to have read some of the previous ones!

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One of the best!

Love the narrator and love this series. Definitely one of the best in the UF genre.

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  • Mom to 2
  • 04-05-17

I love this series!

What did you love best about Bound?

Great characters, fun and interesting stories. Fabulous narrator! Benedict Jacka cannot write them fast enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

Best series ever!!

Never have I enjoyed a book this much. The naration is out of this world. It's one of those books you wish would never end. I really really loved snd enjoyed it.

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  • Anand
  • 01-06-18

engaging

it has tense moments and makes an engaging experience. the way he used small details in previous entries to make sense of what happens to Alex is impressive.Overall well done.

he could have explored relationships in a better way. Also the way he handles characters is inconsistent. sonder and caldera who I thought would get more space were relegated to NPC levels. even Luna to an extent.
Despite , will still look forward to next one

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  • Darren Kelk
  • 18-03-18

A set up from the beginning

A lot happened to Alex in Bound and a lot threads were left blowing in the wind. Alex finds out that sitting on the fence and not making a choice comes with a price and that price may not be his to pay.

He continues to be a self centred bastard playing the game as if he has no one who needs him and no one he needs.

This book sets up for the next one in the series, don’t get me wrong it is worth it but you will want to get the one to find out what happens...

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  • KingOddz
  • 22-05-17

Good story but narrator was average!

Good story whoever the narrator was not that good. try getting Michael Kramer next time.

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