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Dark Oak

The Dark Oak Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

Humanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side. Though he was a slave, he is branded a traitor and must earn the trust of new lords in order to return to his family, if they are still alive.... Now that their common enemy is dead, the nobles begin to forget old loyalties, and Queen Cathryn’s realm looks set to plunge into war once more. But there are older and more terrible powers dwelling within the forest, and when they are awakened, Morrick will decide who lives or dies.... 

An epic fantasy production enhanced by special effects. With music by Orchestralis, available at Orchestralis.net.

©2017 Alan O'Donoghue (P)2018 Alan O'Donoghue
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Absolutely loved it!

I'd read the book twice (in 3 months!) before I listened to this recording. I've been listening to it while walking to work, and it made my journey enjoyable!
The characters different voices and accents really give them depth and the sound effects give it so much atmosphere, that I could get lost in the forests or out at sea. Nigel Peever has done an incredible job, and I am looking forward very much to the sequel, in both book and audible format!

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Dark Oak

OMG!This was a wonderful book to listen to! The story itself was full of interesting characters and creatures of lore.The narration by Nigel Peever was exceptional!This man can do any voice you may need.The added sound effects made it really feel like you were there.I am looking forward to book 2.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Well narrated and unexpected plot

An unusual story that was initially difficult to get into but later very enjoyable. The plot twists in unexpected ways which keeps you listening. Nigel Peever's rich voice brought characters to life, even those not human.

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From Dark Oak a mighty story grows

An epic audio book which had me gripped from the outset and definitely didn't disappoint! I would highly recommend. It turned the fantasy genre on its head and it did it with style. I loved Nigel Peever's narration; he really made Sannox's characters come to life.

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A third copy and for good reason

Owning a hard copy and a kindle version of this book should say something of the enjoyment I've had from the start of this series. There's something special to be had from a book that you know is good and get to enjoy again and again. This is excellent fantasy, with wonder, political and social intrigue along with much that is unexpected indeed. I urge you to give this a listen, here and now.

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Exciting and compelling story.

An exciting and compelling story from a less than typical perspective. Look forward to the sequel

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Outstanding can't wait for the second one

Having read the printed version of this book and loved every page, the characters the world it's self and how they interact and shape it. I was keen to listen to a audio recording of it and I was not disappointed, Nigel lends a gravitas to Jacobs work that makes it come alive out of the pages even more and guides you through the story like an old friend.

Can't rate this highly enough.

Well done and keep it up.

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dark oak

Humanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side.
good book

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This is my second audio book by Jacob sannox 5 out of 5 I have a lot of narrated book by Nigel peever as all way his work is a100%

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Magnificent

Brilliant story, fantasy weaved with a touch of reality. How man will wreak havoc on the earth but in a great fantasy world, narrated wonderfully by Nigel Peever. An amazing variety of different voices and atmospheric music make this a delight to listen to.

Tracey Allan

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  • Shannon G
  • 18-01-19

Absolutely Fantastic!!

First let me say that you MUST be a fantasy fan for this book! Second, you HAVE to enjoy sound effects and music while listening to the narration. If either of these are not you cup of tea then don't waste your time. However, if you do enjoy both these things then you really should give this book a chance. This is an epic fantasy and I can't wait to hear the next installment! When the music started then the narration I was trying to place what it was reminding me of, then I read another review that said the Lord of the Rings and I had an "aha" moment. That is exactly what this reminded me of. The narration is absolutely superb! Nigel Peever is totally awesome and makes this excellent story to the next level. Due to his great narration, clear voice, nice cadence and very distinct voices (human and creature both), he truly elevates this story to fantastic! A must listen to those who enjoy an enhanced listening experience! I listened to this in only two sittings!

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

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 12-01-19

very good audiobook. would recommend it.

the author and narrator did an awesome story and background noises and narration. i did so enjoy this story. great twist and turns. unexpected ending. all great

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 11-01-19

Cool Story

This story starts off a little slow but then it picks up pace rapidly. The narrator immerses you into the tale flawlessly.

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  • DivaC
  • 10-01-19

Great listen

If you like Lord of the Rings and that line of fantasy books, you'll defiantly enjoy listening to this. It even comes with sound effects and a really good voice performer
who can really get you hooked by the first sentence and is exceptionally good. Shoot, he could probably be Sauron or Gandolf, if he wanted and no one would be the wiser.
So if you get the chance to listen, do so and enjoy.

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  • Michael Parker
  • 03-01-19

A fantastic journey!

I love fantasy novels, and this one was wonderful! It brings you into the world, with enough detail to let your imagination run. Not your typical fantasy story, new fresh ideas! The narration was excellent, I love full production audiobooks, and this one was well done. I look forward to the next book in the series, can’t wait to see where the story goes from here!!

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 15-06-20

Dark Oak review

A blast of a fantasy book with interesting characters and spectacular sound effects, and superb narration. It paves the way to read more from this writer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-20

Gripping!!

The story was a bit slow to get rolling but the plot just got more intricate and twisted ad you went and you were drawn further and further into the characters' lives.
The sound effects and the narrator's performance made this a truly epic tale and a fabulous listen! Bravo
Honest review given in exchange for a copy of the audiobook.

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  • michael martins
  • 30-01-20

Interesting Fantasy with great production value.

Dark Oak was a very interesting Fantasy novel with great narration and production value. There are sound effects and music throughout and lend an interesting aspect to the book without detracting from it or distracting the listener which often can happen when sound effects and music are added. The story begins at the end of what seems to have been an epic battle centuries in the making when a great evil is defeated. Of course every ending is just the beginning of something new and that generally doesn't go as smoothly as people would think. There are many characters and they all have interesting back stories and different goals. This story can be a bit depressing and dark at times and sometimes there just don't seem to be good answers to some very difficult problems.

The story also has an underlying theme of environmentalism/preservation and how humans really can't be trusted to live in harmony with nature or themselves and takes more than they need. The narration was done expertly by Nigel Peever and he adds a lot to the characters and has distinct voices for each. Overall I would definitely recommend the book and it really ends in an unexpected way that leaves you wanting to know what happens in future books in the series.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Tracie Poling
  • 15-11-19

Wow! Wow!

Wonderfully written and read! Full of unexpected tragedy and triumph. And the ending!!!! Wow!


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Thank you very much for the opportunity!

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  • Evan
  • 09-11-19

Compelling. A thought provoking title.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

There was A-LOT going on in this story. Well defined characters seeking out their personal ambitions with single minded aplomb. A world saturated with descriptive narrative that seems to beckon you forward into its lore. Some characters face struggles that lead to victory and completion... Others face trials and tribulations that lead to the loss of everything they hold dear. The story is given voice by a man that seemingly lends the entirety of his being into the telling. Honestly, Nigel Peever, EXCELLENT performance. I will be looking into other potential titles this man has narrated.

I have two gripes for this title. Only two. Number 1: Why is the soundtrack so overpowering?? A lesser narrator would have been strongly suppressed in some parts of the book. Number 2 is more in my own inability to understand the way the minds of certain characters work as they face certain events in the book. Their choices were surprising, their thought processes unexpected. It made me stop and ask "WHAT? WHY?!"... Oddly enough though, it drew me further into the narrative rather than disconnecting me from the story.

Should you find yourself in the mood for a good "Earthy" fantasy tale, I would highly recommend "Dark Oak".

Nigel Peever, Thank you sir for the life you breathed into your reading.
Jacob Sannox, Thank you for sharing your world with us. I know that I thoroughly enjoyed it.