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Melting Stones

Narrated by: Grace Kelly
Series: Circle Reforged, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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This audiobook original will please the author's legions of fans. The new Circle of Magic fantasy features Grace Kelly as Evvy, an apprentice stone mage. She is able to suspend her physical self and explore the depths of the earth, sensing and, at times, influencing the course of nature. With her mentor, Rosethorn, and the powerful Luvo, she is challenged to solve the mysterious withering of an island whose plants and waters are dying. While the production has some over-the-top sound effects, Kelly delivers a strong performance, and the Full Cast voices align well with their characters. Listeners will especially enjoy the author's participation.

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Evvy, the fierce young stone mage introduced in Street Magic, has accompanied her guardian, Rosethorn, on a mission to study a mysterious plant die-off. With the help of Luvo, who is the living heart of a mountain, Evvy discovers the real source of the threat, which is far greater than anyone had imagined. Preventing a natural disaster may cost Evvy her life. Even more frightening, doing so may require her to melt her own heart of stone...and to open herself to human contact. Written by Tamora Pierce specifically for the voices of Full Cast Audio, Melting Stones is an unprecedented publishing event: the first time a major novel from a best-selling author has made its debut on audio a full year ahead of the print version!
©2007 Tamora Pierce (P)2007 Full Cast Audio.

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Trapped in a loop

The story began with lots of promise, as Tamora Pierce has always been an excellent author for young adults and older. However, this book turns out to be something of a disappointment as the same events seem to happen over, and over, and over so that I kept inwardly groaning a "Not again..." to myself as I listened.

The full cast style is charming, though I did find the voice of the main character/narrator somewhat grating. The sound effects and music could have been better. I felt like I was watching anime with those cheesy brief tunes before and after commercial breaks. All in all, not one of Pierce's better books. Stick to Lioness Rampant and subsequent novels in that world if you want a good read.

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Excellent book

This story was brought to life by the fantastic readers involved. Especially Grace Kelly.
This is a lighter story then the last one I listened to 'Battle Mage' and quite funny in places. Still it tells a serious story about volcanos and learning to love and care again.

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  • Julia
  • 16-11-07

Great story, great performance

This book converted me to audio books! I have read Tamora Pierce for 22 years now, and was impatiently awaiting her next book. When Melting Stones was released as an audio book, I decided to listen rather than waiting for the hard copy. I'm glad I did.

The story is about Evvy, a character introduced in "Street Magic." She is a fourteen year old stone mage. She gets dragged along on a trip to investigate why the water and plants on an island are suddenly dying. She has no interest in this, because her magic is with rocks. But she quickly gets involved, when it turns out her magic is the most important of the three mages' on the trip.

The narration is excellent, and having different actors read each part truly brings the book to life. Even though the characters don't sound the same way they did in my head, it was delightful to be able to close my eyes and enter the world of a book, even while on the subway or washing dishes.

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  • Holly Helscher
  • 11-07-10

Excellent

This is the first book I have read by Tamora Pierce. When I purchase audiobooks, I usually throw in a few young adult titles so that I know what I'm recommending to my grandchildren. I thought this book was engaging and the full audio cast presentation was outstanding. Evvy and Master Louvo, "Fuss pot" and Rosethorn take their magical skills to an island to determine what is killing the plants. From there we learn the problem and are involved in the magical solution. For an audience aged 12-14, this book is delightful, especially for fans of fantasy. But it is equally enjoyable for the adult if one is willing is suspend the belief system. I like that a female saves the day, so this book would be particularly interesting to girls. And one learns something about rocks and volcanoes along the way. After this reading, I immediately went to my local bookstore to purchase it for a young teen who I know loves to read. I was shocked to learn that it is still only available in hardback and they were all sold out. So she'll have to wait. Nicely done and nicely read.

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  • Got My Book
  • 19-09-08

Not her best work

First of all let me say that I am a fan of Tamora Pierce and own the audio versions of 9 of her books. I am also a big fan of Full Cast Audio and have purchased many of their books by other authors as well. That said, I have never bothered to listen to this one a second time.

Although Full Cast Audio did a wonderful job, the story just didn't grab me. I found many of the elements to be less interesting versions of things she had already done in other books. I also didn't find Evvy to be a very enjoyable protagonist.

But I know that everyone's tastes are different. If you are a big fan of Tamora Pierce, I'd recommend reading the print version first, to see if this is something you like, before spending your credit.

All in all, I'd much rather listen to any of the original Circle of Magic books or to Street Magic (the first story of Rosethorn, Briar, and Evvy and a great book) instead.

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  • Kim
  • 16-12-07

Wonderful!

I downloaded this audiobook as an avid reader of Pierce's many series. I had never listened to an audiobook before but I am certainly in awe of the way that I was drawn in and simply could not stop listening. With Evvy and Rosethorn returning for the audiobook and small mentions of the other characters readers may remember littered throughout, the audiobook also introduced many new and lovable characters.

I recommend this audiobook to anyone familiar with Tamora Pierce's work and also anyone unfamiliar, as one can easily pick up what is happening and get the gist of the unique universe that Pierce has created. This really is a lively, active, and thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

I believe that children, young adults, and adults alike (as I am myself) would find this just as fantastic as I did. Particularly loveable was the snarky but kind Rosethorn, the wise Luvo. The adventure of Evvy was exciting and it was great to see her develop from immaturity to a young woman willing to take on responsibility. I have now fallen in love with Evvy just as I did the original four 'Circle' members of The Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens.

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  • THoward
  • 04-03-09

Excellent presentation!

The narration and full cast were fantastic! I loved this part of this audibook. The tale did not pull me in though. I have read from others that this is not the best Tamora Pierce tale. It was my first experience with this author and I'm not ready to start another book from her. If the story were more captivating, then I would jump in a buy more audiobooks, but this one just seemed to lack the highs and lows of intensity that make great stories. I'll probably try a different Tamora novel in a few months, just not now. I will certainly look again for Full Cast Audio presentations, this part of the tale was excellent, a 5 star performance.

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  • KtMARIE
  • 01-04-20

Performance fantastic, story, far downhill from previous entries

Evy talks like an 8 year old, so I was surprised to find out that she was supposed to be 14.

Between 3 powerful mages, including evy, it took almost half the book to figure out that it was a volcano...

For some reason she decided to change the nature of magic to give magma and islands and the sea sentience, something that Daja certainly would’ve dealt with at least during her book.

Overall, nothing changes in the character, ambient magic is super easy to use, totally omnipotent, and what do you mean you haven’t heard of luvo?

I probably won’t listen to battle magic, as it sounds like it’s more of the same

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  • Christina Lowry
  • 15-03-20

Not Tamora Pierce's Best...

Voice cast seemed a poor fit. For example the main narrator made the character seem whiny/four years younger.
The story also felt less engaging than usual. Much of Pierce's work that I loved in middle school still hold up as an adult --this one not so much. Very juvenile tone and weak characters.

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  • Julie
  • 13-06-19

Earth science mixed with drama

the geologist in me loved all the rocks, crystals, and volcanic lingo as the action of the story centered on a volcanic island with seismic episodes daily. the dialogue is good with a big variety of characters. A wildly imaginative plot uses lots of magic.

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  • Corinne
  • 25-09-17

I don't like this full cast set up

The full cast audio is jaring to listen to. Each new narrator is startling and doesnt fit the previous speaker. Its not for me at all.

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  • Lloyd
  • 17-02-17

I love this book and read/listen to it again.

I have read all the books written by Tamora Pierce so far and have enjoyed every single one of them.