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The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1 Audiobook

The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1: Stories from the Powder Mage Universe

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Publisher's Summary

Enter a new world or return to see old friends in four Powder Mage Universe novellas featuring Erika, Tamas, Adamat, Taniel, Ka-poel, and Ben Styke.

©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2016 Brian McClellan

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    Ross 27/08/2017
    Ross 27/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Only Book I've ever returned."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different Narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brian McClellan? Why or why not?

    Yes all his other books are fantastic and well narrated.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In every way, her range was awful, her continuity and timing well off and her voice is terrible and nasal.


    What character would you cut from The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU CHANGE NARRATORS AND IF YOU HAD TO WHY SOMEBODY SO DREADFUL?? RUINED THE BOOK>

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 24/06/2017
    Sean 24/06/2017
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    "more,more,more"

    Am lovin' stories from the powder mage world,great characters and there's room for plenty more,Julie was good but have to say Christian Rodska does it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin300378 10/11/2016
    Robin300378 10/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Top notch Brian McClellan"

    This is the second of his Novella complilations that I have listened to and I think the format is great. Nice neat stories, filling in the gaps in the novels.

    They are typically well written and give some life to the myths of Tamas and Taniel.

    I was not as keen on the narrator as with the narrator of the novels(the name escapes me) which was disappointing as I didn't think the novel narrator was particulrly good either.

    These books deserve a Rupert Degas or Colin Mace for my money as they are really good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harri Hughes 28/12/2016
    Harri Hughes 28/12/2016
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    "Not what I had in mind"

    Whilst the storyline was fairly entertaining the narration was very off putting. Not to mention that this is not the main series of books that I intended to read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Harker
    19/04/17
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    "Great prequels, horrible narrator "

    Great supplementary tales for anyone who enjoys the powdermage series. However, the narration was often cringeworthy.

    Bring back Rodska.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brent
    08/05/17
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    "Great Stories, Not So Great Narration"

    The title really says it all. Although I'm sure the narrator is good in some things her voice didn't really work for me in this. I would much have preferred the same narrator who performed the other Powder Mage books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew McAtee
    06/04/17
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    "good backs story, poor narration"

    I can't tell if the writing was subpart from the Powder Mage trilogy, or if the narrator just cannot compete with Christian Rodska outstanding performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dennis
    United States
    19/09/17
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    "Good stories, great setting, off-putting narrator"

    I rarely give any credence to Audible reviewers who complain about narration -- it's usually so subjective -- I often find that I don't mind, or even like, narrators that others complain about. But not in this case.

    Here the narration really does negatively impact the listener's enjoyment of the book, especially if they're already familiar with the Powder Mage series, which, if they're reading these novellas, they almost certainly are.

    I cannot imagine how someone would come onto an existing book series and not check the established pronunciation of the strange names and terms. It seems to me that, if you're a pro, that's part of the gig. Even if, as an experienced narrator, you might feel something should be pronounced differently, what does it matter? It's the listener's experience that's important here, not yours. And what about the producer of the audio sessions? Aren't they supposed to be watching out for this sort of thing? (I imagine them sitting in the engineering booth with their feet up on the console, reading the paper, and not paying any attention.)

    This is no minor thing in an audiobook, especially for a story set in a fictional land with fictional towns and countries and filled with characters who have strange, non-standard names. If the names of places and people are pronounced differently it's hard to tell that they're talking about the same places and people from previous books.

    Ok enough about that. Now, on to a few words about the stories.

    They're great. It's a lot of fun to visit the characters from the novels earlier in their careers. If there's a downside here it's only that they're so short. But, they're novellas, so one cannot really complain about their brevity.

    If you're a fan of McClellan's Powder Mage novels then you'll like these stories. Just be prepared for weird pronunciation and you should be fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/07/17
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    "Good stories"

    Enjoyed the stories, they were a good addition to the main series and a good way to keep me busy between releases.
    Having a different narrator from the main series was a bit difficult at times, as many words were pronounced differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ginger Maghran
    12/07/17
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    "I loved the story's"

    I loved the most of story's, the murder at the kinnin hotel dragged at times but other wise the story's were great. I didn't like the person who narrated because all the names were pronounced differently

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marethyu
    Chicago
    19/06/17
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    "Good stories, terrible narrator"

    I'm sure it's difficult to narrate in a series that already has an established narrator, but boy was Julie Hoverson's performance subpar. She pronounced Tamas' name differently than the usual narrator. Perhaps her pronunciation was correct, but it was still distracting after three books to have a new pronunciation. Much worse than that was the accents she used. Tamas faces all sorts of issues for being a "commoner" but the voice she uses makes him sound like the worst stuck up lord or duke. Erica is basically the only person with a reasonable voice. I'm glad to see that the original narrator was brought back for subsequent recordings.

    The stories are interesting and give background, though it was hard to tell if the chronologies really all fit together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maziar Momeni
    08/06/17
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    "Enjoyed powder mage back stories."

    Enjoyed re-experiencing powder mage world. Narrator was good but threw me for a loop! Worth the time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua R. Lee
    07/01/17
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    "Reads slow"

    Play it on 1.25x, Julie Hoverson reads slow but does a good job otherwise. I wish names were pronounced the same as in the main trilogy but perhaps this is more aligned with the author since he's more involved here. These novellas as individual works are slightly better than any of the trilogy books. The setting is better than most and I hope Mr. McClellan continues writing within it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teri
    26/01/17
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    "Fun!"

    Missing a lot of the weight of the series but the knowledge of the future will do that. Still amazing and worth reading if you are a fan of the powder mage trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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