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Summary

With The Hound of Rowan, Henry H. Neff launches a scintillating series featuring ancient lore and a young boy thrust into a world of unimaginable possibility.

Max McDaniels is visiting an art museum with his dad when he spies a mysterious Celtic tapestry - and is soon visited by a Recruiter who wants to whisk Max away to the fantastical Rowan Academy.

©2007 Henry H. Neff (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Andrew
  • BirminghamUnited Kingdom
  • 04-08-09

Well worth getting

This book is a great read, it's very imaginative and the characters are very vivid. At times it is quite similar to Harry Potter - but I doubt that would be a problem for most people.
I would recommend this book to anyone as it is very well read and engaging.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story, narrator can't do accents

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator can't do accents. Admittedly I am british, which probably makes me more sensitive to mistakes than most, but his attempt at a british accent was awful (think Dick Van Dyke at times). It was bad enough that I couldn't concentrate on what he was saying any more. I liked the story well enough that I think I am going to buy the sequel but it will be on paper not as an audiobook.

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  • Graham
  • Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • 20-01-10

Disappointed

I was rather disappointed - I found it to be rather badly written and badly also read. The characters names made me cringe for some reason, maybe it was the accent which I found grated and made the story feel like it was being dragged along by the scruff of it's neck.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruy
  • 11-03-09

great story, with an annoying audio detail

Even tough I am only halfway through, I can already say that I enjoy this book a lot, the story flows well, and the plot line is very interesting. The main theme is magic, somehow akin to the Harry Potter world, but yet completely different. Recommended.

The only drawback that I have about this audio version is that at the end of each audio chapter there is a sound like a loud bang followed by 7 seconds of something like static or white noise hiss. Unnerving. This puts me off every time it happens, I have to remove my headphones and curse a couple of times before continuing.

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  • Benjamin
  • 16-05-13

Harry Potter ripoff? Well... not quite.

When I first began this series several years ago in print format I hadn't read the Harry Potter books. That was probably a good thing. Many people in these reviews have decried this book as nothing more than a Harry Potter ripoff. As far as this book goes, that is probably true and the similarities run pretty deep. But I'd argue that beginning with the next book the series takes a turn away from the Harry Potter plot line and begins to set itself up as a series in its own right. Stick with the series, the first book takes a little bit of effort, but the remaining books will amaze you.

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  • Sheila
  • 15-04-09

Holds its own

While the similarity to Hogwarts and Harry Potter is unavoidable, there are enough twists in the story for it to hold its own. Max seems grounded and his relationship with his dad is endearing. The blending of technology, espionage, and old magic makes for a refreshing change from typical wizardry explanations, and the history, art references, and mythology woven throughout educate as well as entertain. The ending begs and pleads for a sequel-- let's hope it comes soon.

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  • andrea
  • 25-06-12

great start to a series

I love to read YA fiction, as I have three boys at my house, with whom, I enjoy talking to about books. This one was a great listen. I listened with the boys, and we all enjoyed it and wanted to listen to more. The writing was enjoyable. The characters believable.

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  • Lynn
  • 04-01-19

Favorite Series

My whole family loves this series - kids ranging from 26 to 8... Mom and Dad enjoyed it too!

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  • Keith
  • 02-12-18

Amazing.

This is a really amazing story. This guy does an amazing job and I wish we could crowdfund the audiobook of The Red Winter, and get it read by the same lovely narrator!!!!!!!

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  • green7
  • 17-10-18

Wonderful!

Absolutely wonderful story. It will stay with me. For the life of me I do not understand why it’s not more popular. My only complaint is that the chapters are not actually within the constraints of the tracks. But that has nothing to do with how wonderful the story is.

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  • Christina M. Leake
  • 18-03-17

a good listen

good characters
the characters are unique
the reader does a wonderful job with the different voices
I am looking forward to the next book.

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  • Kilas
  • 18-06-16

Very Entertaining Children's Story

This was a very entertaining performance from the shelves of Audible kids. Adults would agree.

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  • Wendell Etiennewenz
  • 06-04-16

A Fun adventure

it's a good book that's full of an exciting world with great adventures capable of capturing your imagination.