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Obsidian Son

The Temple Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Marcio Catalano
Series: Temple Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Summary

It's been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good.

Nate Temple's all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate's smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend.

Nate's choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he's going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry.

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will love the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.

©2012 Shayne Silvers (P)2017 Shayne Silvers

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interesting start

if you can get past the first few chapters, and allow the narrator to get into a flow, It does improve. the narrator becomes less annoying and develops a rhythm. The story is OK, it's no Harry Dresden but there is potential. As long as the main protagonist doesn't turn into a self centered ego centric prat. I'll give the 2nd book a go and hope for the best.

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Good be so good but...

Great concept, good story ruined by simplistic writing and a main character that's hard to like. Sorry really did try to enjoy.

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  • DARREN
  • BIRMINGHAM, W Midlands
  • 09-07-19

not impressed<br />

The mistake I probably made was that I'd already read the iron druid chronicles before this - so my standards were pretty high. This falls far short. The characters are so one dimensional it's a joke. Apparently, no women exist that are not sexually attracted to the main character. every woman is strikingly beautiful This was particularly annoying as it almost felt like it was written by a horny teenager that has no real experience with women. Running purely of emotions, testosterone and fantasy.
After experiencing the proud alpha male werewolf named 'Gunner' in the iron druid series, I was pleasantly surprised to see what seemed to be the same character transplanted into this storyline. it took about 5 minutes to realise this was a completely different werewolf with the same name. 'Gunner' must be a common name amongst werewolves lol. This 'Gunner' apparently was just an FBI henchmen/ chauffeur/ submissive friend who runs around after the main character. Weak in comparison to the 'Gunner' I know. Something didn't sit right with this gunners alpha not even being a werewolf.
I also wish they would take the time to hire a female narrator for the female characters. it may work fine in other audiobooks but it was an annoyance for me which had me gritting my teeth.
I won't waste my time going into the female characters. There is a theme that seems to run throughout all of them. no matter how independent, how strong - they all are attracted to the main character and become teenagers with a crush at some point in the book.
The story was decent and that's the only reason I made it to the end. Im curious about how the main characters powers develop, where the story goes after this. unfortunately, I'm not curious enough to put myself through the torture of enduring these lame characters again.

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Dreadful

The main character is a slimy arrogant rich kid with 2d emotions who describes women as meals! The other characters are like barely there cardboard cutouts, the plot was irritatingly predictable and the guy reading was dreadful putting pauses in all the wrong places.

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Not for me

Interesting but a rather tedious and immature central character.ruined it for me.I prefer a bit of empathy for the hero.

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Amazing

Very entertaining , magic through out the story , with urban fantasy of incorporating myths and legends in everyday modern life .

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Great spur of the moment choice!

Where does Obsidian Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best Urban Fantasy novels I have come across, engaging characters, good story plot and nice twists, deffinately in fo rthe long haul on this series!

What did you like best about this story?

Good character development and I could see good scope for growth and range

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Certainly was and I did!

Any additional comments?

Great start, second book already purchased

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enjoyable listen

enjoyed this book and will be listening to the next in the series. not the greatest pieces of literature ever written, but extremely good fun. a modern day supernatural geek fest.

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Good first try.

Terry Pratchett did not get Disk world right in his first book. I think the books was very good, but hopefully the next few will be even better than this one. I am not sure about the narrator. some of the voices are rubbish. I will try the next book.

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loved it

love this book. now love the audiobook. it's good to have a voice to the character. also a good story told well. would recommend

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  • PB
  • 26-09-17

Good story, distracting narration

Any additional comments?

The story itself is good. I enjoyed the bits of humor peppered throughout a fairly interesting story. The narrator needs a bit of work, though. A number of times throughout the books he pauses mid-sentence as if it is the end of the sentence putting a slight upward lilt. It's like he got to the end of the line of the page he was reading and didn't realize the sentence continued on the next line. It's distracting, and it happens more than once.

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  • Ann
  • 07-07-17

Don't Bother

Sophomoric effort that desperately needs an editor. The reader is worse: pronunciation errors, poor choices for voices. Maybe if I read it it would be tolerable, but listening was just too painful. Cannot finish.

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  • the_destroyer_of_worlds
  • 23-04-18

Disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It's unsalvageable. I'm returning the audiobook, its sequel, and will not be listening to/reading the rest of the series. It was painful simply to finish the first book.

What was most disappointing about Shayne Silvers’s story?

The protagonist is excruciating, an undiluted incarnation of author wish fulfillment. Google Marty Stu for the trope details. The characters, as I hesitate to call them, are colorless and sycophantic, existing as best I can tell for no other purpose than to highlight how cool the author, I mean the protagonist, is in an urban-fantasy setting so derivative and banal it made me yearn for Twilight. The prose has neither visual nor emotional depth; the dialogue is almost entirely rote exposition, and the characters are nearly devoid of personality.

How could the performance have been better?

I felt it was less a performance than a recitation. You can actually hear the actor pause at the end of lines - in the middle of sentences and delivered dialogue. He could perhaps work on enriching and bringing in a little more baritone register, and might do well to ditch the voice impersonations entirely, as his impressions (especially of women) were nasal and off-putting. And a few semesters of drama coaching wouldn't be amiss.

What character would you cut from Obsidian Son?

Aside from a few labels: 'best friend' 'implausibly servile love interest #1' 'uninteresting antagonist B' 'principal villain who's lived millennia without developing a personality of any interest and for some reason has been feared for aeons despite lacking the resourcefulness to out think or overmaster a single cocky mortal with the life experience of a mayfly' - the characters are all interchangeable.

Any additional comments?

The author has published several books in this series. It's conceivable I'm judging a freshman novel too harshly, and that subsequent books will improve. I wish I could say I'm charitable enough to extend him the benefit of the doubt.

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  • Judy B
  • 24-11-17

meh.

very obvious the writer is trying to be like Jim Butcher, but not an awful book. I may try book two to see if there is improvement, Job's first few books weren't fantastic either!

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  • J. Randolph
  • 06-02-17

Fantastic Story, Okay Narrator

What a fantastic, action packed story! Very much like The Dresden Files. A fun world filled with wizards, werewolves and dragons.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. It was fast paced and had multiple storylines that weave in and out of each other well. It leaves the ending to allow for a, hopefully, long series of books, but closes up the story itself nicely without a massive cliffhanger. Which, personally, I prefer.

There is romance, but the story is not overwhelmed by it and it adds to the all over world building instead of just hanging out on the side.

My only suggestion would be that the author reign in his love of cleavage. If I have to read about this girl or that having a nice rack one more time I'm going to scream.

The narrator is okay. Not great, but not so bad I couldn't listen to him. He speaks much too fast and you have to slow him down a click on the audio player. He also has a horrible habit of pausing in the middle of a sentence. I get that there's probably a comma there but holy cow!

"He watched her run." "From the corner ." instead of "He watched her run from the corner."

It just doesn't flow well and can pull you out of a perfectly good moment. Otherwise, though, his use of voices was good and I could tell who was speaking all the time. Why Nate's Norse werewolf BFF sounds like a surfer dude from California I don't know but ...okay, I can live with it.

Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Richard Fleming
  • 24-05-19

Yuck!

The story is sophomoric and the narrator's smarmy tone grates on your nerves. Couldn't make it through the first 1/2 hour and returned the book. Thanks Audible 🙂

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  • Alan
  • 29-04-19

Five chapters

Is all I rrad. I will give it no more of my time. It is probably realistic in that real people with these abilities would most likely be arrogant juveniles like temple and his friends but I have no desire to spend more time with them

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  • Kindar
  • 26-04-19

shouldn't have bothered

A derivative main character who is more interested in going along with the plot than obeying his personality. I lasted a couple of hours then returned the audiobook.

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  • Cass Malis
  • 09-04-19

Get a new Narrator.

I got to chapter 2, i thought he would get better but it sounds like that disjointed Google text to speech. The pacing is off, he breaks mid sentence and you can tell it's an edit point because words just dont fit. I'm going to have to finish reading it from here, the book description sounded really cool. I cant listen to this narrator though.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-03-19

Jim Butcher Wannabe

The whole thing was just awful. At first I thought it was being narrated by a computer. The main character is one dimensional and lacks depth. There's just no "hook" to the story. Dont waste your time on this one.

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