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Marin's Codex

Ancient Dreams, Book 4
Narrated by: Sarah Beth Goer
Series: Ancient Dreams, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

This is a prequel to the Ancient Dreams trilogy, but is best read after the other volumes. 

Some mysteries are shrouded by both time and wars long since past. One of these mysteries revolves around the discovery of the true nature of magic, and the High Mage who ushered in a new era of understanding. Her name was Marin, and her life's work was consumed in the writing of her research.  

This is Marin's story, and that of her only student, Emonael, as they completed her research. They faced many trials together, and grew to respect one another as few have ever understood, even as others sought to silence the threat she posed to their power.  

This volume also contains a novella, Into the Eternal Wood, a story about Sistina Constella of the Kingdom of Everium.

©2018 Benjamin Paul Medrano (P)2018 Benjamin Paul Medrano

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  • Isaac
  • 12-04-18

Surprisingly Awesome!!

My expectations weren't high coming into this book. The narrator changed and in a way, we, the readers of Book 1-3, would know the general storyline of this book. What we don't know is how Medrano will write it.

And it was much better than anticipated. I expected a "building" type of plot, which it was. It was building/developing Medrano's magic system. But there is a lot more, a lot of bonding and character background.

As for Goer, it works. Book 1-3 is a dark fantasy so the other narrator was great for that. This is not and Goer's more cheery voice is amazing and fits the book well.

I actually shed tears.

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  • Selene
  • 17-04-18

Great!

This is definetly your best book in the series. I loved the little personal moments that didn't show up as much in the other books.

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  • Everett L. Ball III
  • 26-03-18

GREAT BOOK

What made the experience of listening to Marin's Codex the most enjoyable?

Book was well written; but also well narrated!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marin by far because she was going to do it her way or no way at all.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Beth Goer – was your favorite?

I really can't answer this. Sarah did a great job on all of the characters. I wish she would have done the original trilogy.

Any additional comments?

Great job by Benjamin Medrano again; so far I have read all of the books he has put out and all of them have been very good.

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  • Aaron Cag
  • 29-03-18

Thank you for your hard work.

loved the series and the narrator. I look forward to listen/reading more of your work.

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  • DC.
  • 26-11-19

So Boring.

The book had all the right elements but was extremely boring. I did not like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-19

Wow.

This book was truly astounding. After listening to the series before this one, it truly does open eyes to some questions and gives nods for things that happen in the previous books. The thing that truly had me crying and loving this book entirely was the relationship between Marin and Emonael, the two feel so genuine and my heart aches to see them reunited. I felt immersed in the world Benjamin created and am so glad he's made the effort into making them audiobooks. I'll be listening to this again soon. Sarah Beth Goer did a fantastic job with this, even if I was more familiar with Gabriella.

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  • Beth Bloom
  • 22-07-19

love this author's work

I loved this book series and please keep up the great work. you are awsome.

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  • Darkside Hero
  • 30-05-19

great prequel

An excellent entry into the series that lacks many of the plot faults found in other prequels.
The side story is nice as well and answers a plot detail that was reveled in the 3rd book. I hope we continue to to follow Marin on her journey in this awesome world of magic.

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  • Jennifer R. Reaves
  • 01-02-19

Sad but hopeful

After readingthe trilogy this book follows up nicely being a prequel stroy yet having to read it after reading the trilogy made it all the better. the Codex story was excellent getting insight into Marin and knowing what she becomes and who she becomes was quite entertaining yet sad as a story came to a close. my only complaint is some of the conversations and all of the books are a little drawn out as there is too much information in the actual conversation. sometimes the actual conversation flow could be a bit better with a sentence being a bit shorter or maybe some of the descriptors being changed up slightly.at times there are just some parts of the conversation that are a little unnecessary as they could be wrapped up with two or three words rather than being spoken out as they are. other than that is a very enjoyable story and I'm planning to read it all again real soon.

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  • Chris
  • 23-07-18

Gabriela your missed !

While I did enjoy the story, it had the feel of a different writer from 1, 2, and 3.
On its own in position 4, it is a lame attempt to include all the after thoughts and cuttings that should've been in book 1 making it a good story but displaced.