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Chardelia Foss and the River of Fear

The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 1
Narrated by: Alicia Rose
Series: The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

"My fate may be a pool or a puddle, a sea or a soup, a rain-cloud or a river, a lake or a long bath. I am water. If you let me, I will carry you everywhere."

When Danny Canterbury begins his fourth year at St. Oliver Plunket’s all he wants is for fellow student Janna Chisely to notice him. But when sinister episodes shake the school, Danny finds himself at the center of a destructive plot. Can the enigmatic Chardelia Foss help him rescue the truth before it becomes too late?

Chardelia Foss and the River of Fear is a startling debut that marks the pain of first love within the often dark skies of school.

©2017 Dominic Jericho (P)2018 Dominic Jericho

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Good story didnt like Narration

I would say that I am veracious reader and listener and get through a few books/ Audio books a week. I have eclectic tastes which range from Jeffrey Archer to Stephen King, my main genres are Fantasy and Sci-fi.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

At the moment I am listening to more sci fi and fantasy with only a spattering of thrillers so please bear that in mind with this review.

Narration/performance – This has to be one of the most frustrating books I have listened to. The Narrators voice is fine however there is a constant humming noise at first I thought that this was my phone so also tried it on my laptop and my wife’s phone but with no joy. It meant listening to this for me annoying and I found it distracting.

So anyway onto the story. I started off by feeling that this was more a coming of age story than a thriller and I couldn’t decide if it was an adult book or if it was targeted towards mid – late teens. The vocabulary used is advanced and not an easy read. There are a lot of characters added quickly in this book and I found my self on a few occasions skipping back for clarification on certain elements. This book ends well and I felt contented there were several threads/ sub plots left unresolved but this is a series so I am sure that they will be developed in later books.

For me this would have been a 4 if it wasn’t for the narration It may not bother other people but for me it is a large part of the experience.

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  • Liam
  • Wexford, Ireland.
  • 02-05-19

Detention Gaunt.

I'd no fault whatsoever with the narrator except for the mispronunciation of "enveloped". The story is well told and delivers well, but there are a couple of glaring errors. I felt Chardelia should have appeared earlier in the book considering she was mentioned in the title. The reader/listener keeps asking themselves throughout about a third of the book who is this Danny character. The book also feels on the lengthy side and could be edited to a tighter degree.
When I was growing up, we had school stories like Jennings, William, and Billy Bunter but YA stories have come a long way since. Since those years we've also had the Harry Potter books, of course. The characterizations within the novel are excellent and there is an underlying tension within the story that works extremely effectively. The plot of the story seems a little unwieldy at times but overall things move along nicely. There are elements to the storyline I didn't particularly like, but equally there are things that make this Audio book an enthralling listen. The writer offered me a free code in exchange for an unbiased review and I hope I've given justice to his work which remains an outstanding piece and one I'm confident to recommend.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton
  • 20-04-19

Great storyline

A bit slow in the beginning but has a great storyline will be waiting for book 2

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Good book

This was a good day I couldn’t put it down till the end good story and I loved the narrated this was my 1st book by Dominic jericho it will not be my last

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A Book of Two Halves.

We are introduced to a cast of wonderful characters, students and teachers, in this novel set in the 4th year of a school. Our central character is discovering the politics and nuances of young love. The dialogue is very authentic and we empathise with the players. The writing style is ambitious with multiple references, allusions and threads, not always working but not detracting from the central thrust of the novel. Midway through a coming of age story it changes to a thriller with plot twists and turns leading to quite an adventure and exciting conclusion leaving the listener desiring more. The narration is excellent and adds to the enjoyment. The book would have benefitted from a little tighter editing but I'm being a little picky. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • jey cee
  • 07-05-19

Book 1

It took me sometime to follow the story but eventually I did and enjoyed listening up till the end of the story. Looking forward to listening the rest of the series

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  • Kandice C.
  • 31-05-19

Very good

This was a very good audiobook. It has a great combination of suspense, mystery, and murder. The narrator has done a great job of narrating and bringing each character out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-19

A bit confusing

The narration ruins this book for me. It sounds "boxy" and the voice doesn't work for me either. Everything seems whiny. I do think the male main character could have benefited from being read by a male voice, perhaps? I did not fully understand the universe the story was set in. I'm not sure if it is intended as fantasy or just a very unrealistic "real life". It is generally entertaining and is written in a very descriptive language. I do fear my dislike of the narration ruined the story a bit for me, perhaps I will try it in its written form later. I was given a copy of the audiobook by the narrator for an honest review (and I do feel a little bad for not adding more stars, but 3 stars = "pretty good" which is my opinion).

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  • Deedra
  • 03-05-19

Danny Canterbury bk 1

It took me awhile to get into this book.I ended up liking it.Narration by Alicia Rose was good. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • DivaC
  • 17-04-19

good

You enjoyed the narrators presentation and the way the story unfolded. And you enjoyed all the characters you meet. So when you get a chance to check out the audio version or the book, pick up a copy and enjoy

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  • Scott F Feighner
  • 15-04-19

Good story - less than adequate narration

A less than adequate narrator destroys the tone and flow of the story.

Dominic Jericho has written some good works, but the narration here sounds as if it were recorded in a large box. The slight reverb from the voice bouncing off the walls, coupled with a slight muffled an overdriven voice, creates an annoying listening experience.

The story told is very good though.

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  • Michael Parker
  • 26-03-19

Nicely done!

The story, in my opinion, starts a little slow and has lots of information early on that doesn’t seem important. But after you get past that, the story builds nicely. By the time I got to the end, I was fully invested and really enjoyed it. The author did a great job setting up the series with a strong first book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series to see how the story builds from here. The story would be great for teens and young adults. The narration is well done.


I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 21-03-19

good listening

the author and narrator puts you into a web of terrorist plots at an England school. three friends try to find out why three teachers have died. I enjoyed this audiobook . good read