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The Ocean Road

Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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When the magical WoodRock is stolen from the Land of Elyk, a wizard must find six volunteers to go with him on a dangerous journey to the Land of Nodnarb in the hope of retrieving the stone before something evil can take over the world. Along the way, these adventurers will face many obstacles, as well as their own mistrust of one another. 

On the Ocean Road, teens will be forced to become adults as they battle goblins, wicked trolls, and the fiercest creature of them all - the Gothmur.

©2012 Prairie Moon Publications (P)2019 Sonny Collins

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A Fantastic Adventure!

Buckle up as you set off on an adventure that keeps you flying high above the clouds! You will learn about the importance of friendship, sacrifice and trust. And that, above all else, love is the key to conquering evil! Loved every minute of it! Excellently written and superbly narrated!

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A Fanciful Adventure

I am always in awe of an author who can create different types of characters. Sonny Collins did that. The villain and the elwyn were particularly unique. And I appreciated the narrator giving additional details as needed when the story was beginning. The world building was creative as well, although it could have benefitted from a stronger back story. I love jumping directly into the action when a story starts, but I need the back story eventually.

The story idea felt similar to one of my favorite books, The Two Princesses of Bamarre. And I always like the idea of a journey and characters who give of themselves sacrificially for their friends. It was a fun read. And I hope that as Sonny continues writing, his stories will stay interesting and develop more depth in the telling.

I received a free audiobook from the narrator and have reviewed it freely.

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great story line

When the magical WoodRock is stolen from the Land of Elyk, a wizard must find six volunteers to go with him on a dangerous journey to the Land of Nodnarb
well written byBy: Sonny Collins
Narrated by the amazing Andrew McDermott

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really enjoyed it

loved the story kept you gripped.
narrator was great lovely voice changed for each character

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  • Jenn
  • 19-06-19

Good concept; overly simplistic writing

I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for my unbiased review.

Ever wonder how an abridged Lord of the Rings or Name of the Wind would read? Something like this book. The author's biography at the end of the book stated that he thinks of himself as more of a storyteller than a writer, and I can see how that applies to this book. It's an interesting fantasy story on a grand scale condensed down so that there's no emotional resonance or nuance. The author shows instead of tells and that robs the reader of any sense of discovery. There is no nuance to the characters, leaving them flat characters more at home in a fairytale.

Andrew McDermott's narration saved this for me. He does a pretty good job considering the state of his raw material. I'd listen to more books narrated by McDermott just to hear his dulcet Irish tones.

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  • shedevilreads
  • 26-04-19

The Ocean Road

The Ocean Road by Sonny Collins is a fantasy story about six volunteers who go on a dangerous journey in the hope of retrieving the magical WoodRock that was stolen to save the world from evil that I listened to on audio narrated by Andrew McDermott. Andrew did an amazing job narrating. I really enjoyed his accent and the voices he used for the multiple characters. This book is outside my usual reading genre but I received a free copy for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading future work done by Sonny.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 26-11-19

Enjoyable fantasy

The Ocean Road, my first read/listen from author Sonny Collins. Well-written & enjoyable fantasy, I found it very enjoyable. Andrew McDermott’s narration made the 3-hour 30-minute tale pass quickly. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I definitely need to get more by this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • xenduro
  • 11-10-19

went to quick. kept me interested the whole time

nice group of travlers and different story.liked it . some good twists also. i'll get the next vol.

i did get a free copy.

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  • H. Bane
  • 01-10-19

Good story

I enjoyed listening to this story. This story is different from my usual genre but I really enjoyed. The narrator did a great job on the different voices. The storyline kept me interested and is well written. I enjoyed the characters and following them on their adventure. The author did a great job on pulling you into the story. I highly recommend. (I received this audible book free and am leaving a voluntary honest review)

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  • Rae Cuda
  • 11-08-19

Spellbinding

Loved the story and the narrator's accent / ability to change voices enhanced the story!

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  • Anne C Davies
  • 03-08-19

Magical Quest

A magical quest packed with adventure and fun. I was gifted with an Audible oopy and fully enjoyed this novella. The narrator's magical voice pulls you into the story and brings a smile to your face. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

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  • michael martins
  • 23-07-19

Decent Fantasy short story

The Ocean Road is a fairly good short fantasy novel. It doesn't really stand out and the story is fairly simplistic without a whole lot of character or world building. The story is a journey to retrieve the magical wood rock that was stolen by an evil creature. The wizard and five others must journey on the ocean road to try and retrieve it within a set amount of time or else the world will never be the same.

The narration by Andrew Mcdermott is pretty good and I like his Irish accent but the production isn't great and sometimes the performance seemed rushed.

Overall it is a fun little story, a bit simplistic and more like a folk tale than a full novel.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-19

Wrong medium

This was an interesting tale that I was requested to review, it made for an interesting albeit underwhelming read. I found myself enjoying the Irish narration without which I may have had trouble finishing the listen in a timely manner. The bit about the author at the end really cleared up some of the questions pulling at the back of my head, Sonny is a story teller not strictly a novelist and that isn’t a mark against this story I found myself imagining this as a campfire story told dramatically or as an old 70s-80s cheesy meandering fantasy film and I do feel it’s simplicity would have better justice done in those forms.
Overall I appreciate what the author was going for and my favorite aspects of the characters and the story was that the main character was a writer which is not common and sorely needed in more stories; and that the main antagonist was a less conventional creature. I do recommend this book but only passively as it isn’t as gripping as some.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 15-07-19

Shockingly AMAZING!

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

The Ocean Road by Sonny Collins is a fantasy story about saving the world from a great evil. A group of villagers and their local wizard set out to retrieve the mystical Woodrock from the monster Gothmur, who wants to rule the world. The Woodrock is apparently required to be in a specific location, otherwise, the world will be destroyed.

The characters were great, and the narrator was PERFECT for this book.