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Path of The Calm

Saga of The Wolf, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Bruce
Series: Saga of the Wolf, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Summary

The young world of Onneron has known peace for years. But now unease has spread across the land as disagreements between factions threaten each other's way of life.

The Brothers of the Onneron College dedicate themselves to higher learning and to mastering Paths of magic. They wish to remain independent, but the Onneron Church feels threatened by their ability to heal and vies to take control of their order. Treace, bullied and belittled, is unaware of the plan his deceased father has for him. A mentor sets him upon a path to join the prestigious college. Even if he is accepted, the tides of change are coming.

To Treace it's not about where we end up - it's the Paths we take to get there that matter.

Path of the Calm is the first book in the epic Saga of the Wolf series that follows Treace as he grows into a young man. It explores the bonds of friendship, deception, life lessons, love, swordplay, and magic.

©2015 Kris A. Hiatt (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Shockingly Bad!

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

I am a fan of this genre, both in print and on audible, but now I'm starting to feel that I have listened to everything of quality that is available. Joe Abercrombie ( utterly brilliant charactersiation) Brandon Sanderson ( plots and concepts always leave me wondering where he gets his ideas from) Anthony Ryan, Brent Weeks. Brian Staveley, and of course George RR Martin, are all so far above this offering that Kriss Hiatt doesn't deserve to be in the same genre/class to be honest.


This book is appallingly written. "He wished that he will be able to ..." Tenses are often muddled and vocabulary is just wrong. "We'll displace with the pleasantries..." Painful to listen to I'm afraid.
The narrator sounds as if he is reading to a class of 5 year olds, although, given the material he is working with that is probably not his fault entirely. The plot, such as it is, is thin, predictable, and flat. Characters are mostly 2-dimesional.
I made it to chapter 13, but I will be returning it now. How did it even get published? Waste of a credit.

What could Kris A. Hiatt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Improve his vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Take a writing course to learn the basics of plot and characterisation.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Bruce?

Steven Pacey is my favourite narrator, closely followed by Joe Jameson, but I wouldn't insult either of them by asking them to narrate this.

What character would you cut from Path of The Calm?

All of them! Start again.

Any additional comments?

Very very bad on every level.

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Good, just a small issue...

my only issue was that the reader had a slightly strange pace when he spoke and often paused at moments when I felt there shouldn't have been one. This was irritating at first but I got used to it by about chapter 7.

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waiting eagerly for book two

loved it and wished it lasted longer. hopefully book two will be made available as audio soon.

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I love this book!!

I find it really hard to find a book and a narrator that's any good but I have to say this is the best book I've listened to in ages and I listen to ALOT! It's a bit rusty in the first 5-6 chapters but it gets better and better as it goes on. Well worth a listen and I can't wait for the next edition! Well done Tim Bruce :)

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brilliant story brilliant narrating

couldn't stop listening. fantastic introduction to the collection. i will recommend to everyone. brilliant!! !!

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  • Sartorm
  • 07-10-16

Solid

needs editing a stronger character development but not bad, good story line. great effort for 1st time writer. I will finish the series.

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  • Cody Britton
  • 14-06-16

Ughhh

Flawless, "genius" protagonist who is great at everything he does. Typical pure evil antagonists. Many of the decisions made by the main and supporting characters seem unreasonable and only serve to force the story in the direction intended by the author. Many of the reactions and decisions are naive at best and just outright unbelievable at times. On multiple occasions, you'll be able to foresee (well in advance) what the terribly shallow, evil antagonists have planned, but our "genius" hero and his friends are completely blindsided. This was painful to finish.

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  • reader
  • 22-08-18

A lot of listening for nothing

Listen for hours just to realize nothing was happening. They get drunk a lot and do nothing.

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  • Hal
  • 08-06-16

You've read this book many times before

Extreme wish fulfillment where the protagonist is the smartest, most noble, most talented at literally everything, with no flaws to speak of.

Poor world building that makes the whole thing feel very small.

Defent enough performance.

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  • Julia Merriam
  • 09-04-18

Characters lack depth and story is very pedantic

Completely unrealistic things happen, like physically impossible, a boy so small he's mistaken for an 8 yr old becomes a master Smith at age 12, um no. Also characters are shallow and lack the extra bits that make them realistic. Very dissatisfied and got too bored to even finish.

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  • Mark C.
  • 15-02-18

Weak

This is a frustrating book in so many ways. It has the bones of a decent story but falls short in many ways. I'm actually kind of surprised the book was even published.
I'll tell you my top three annoyances with the book.
A good adventure needs compelling villains. The antagonists were all one dimensional mustache twiddling sketches.
The author continually tries to do male, buddy-banter and he's really not good at it.
Our hero is supposed brilliant but he is completely inept at reading people and has no idea of strategy. For example he takes his friend into the middle of an enemy land during a war. They don't set a watch, do no scouting, and don't employ stealth. What could possibly go wrong?

The narrator was good an that was the only reason I didn't return the book.

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  • Sandra Thomas
  • 14-03-17

It took a little bit of time to get into the storyline I like the begetting though better than the

The preparation for the next book was done very nicely. I enjoyed how are you mixed magic and power together and how the conflict continues between God and man

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  • Sam R.
  • 13-04-16

Fantastic book and great beginning to a series!

If you could sum up Path of The Calm in three words, what would they be?

Magic. Epic. Creative.

What did you like best about this story?

Treace is a strong lead character and I am eager to see what he becomes. I love the dynamics of magic, the college and church. The author had a fantastic idea for a series and I am happy he was able to share it with us!

What about Tim Bruce’s performance did you like?

Fantastic performance. Loved the accent, it really brought the story to life.

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

Definitely! There are not enough hours in the day!

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait for the second audiobook in this series.

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  • Victory
  • 08-01-20

I DIDN'T GET WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT

Author took time to build the story and then just stopped there it felt like. At the end I failed to see or understand what was going on. The narrator however was worse. He literally narrates as if he got forced to do so or far worse he does a great job depicting the main character as a miserable and one in depression.

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  • HULK
  • 14-06-19

Disappointing

I was hopeful when I began this book, but almost immediately the main character Trace was a let down. A prodigy is hard to relate to and the author did a subpar job relating that character (a child when we meet him) to the reader.
Many events in this story are either successful or a failure due to plot holes and story convenience. The climactic moment in the story is one of these events.
Character motivation, especially for the villians is hard to understand, in most cases coming from nowhere.
Dialogue was stilted. Its main use was info dumping and reexplaining character thoughts.

In rare moments I thought the characters came to life and the plot had finally picked up, but it was short lived.

I dont think this book was helped much by narration either. Too many of the characters sounded alike. Main characters unless specifically called out by a dialogue stage could be hard to tell apart. Most of the 'good guys' sounded a like. The same with the 'bad guys'. (Yes it is that easy to tell who will be good and bad).

I wouldnt recommended this book.