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Dawn of Wonder

The Wakening, Book 1
Série : The Wakening, Volume 1
Durée : 29 h et 30 min
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When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself.

But this is only the beginning of his discoveries. Something is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the rising threat of hostile nations. Fearful travelers whisper of an ancient power breathing over Thirna, changing it, waking it. In the very heart of these stirrings, Aedan encounters that which defies belief, leaving him speechless with terror - and wonder.

©2015 Jonathan Renshaw (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Morro Schreiber
  • 13/08/2019

So, DUDE, where's the next book?

It's been, like, YEARS...how about a sequel to this CLIFFHANGER ENDING?

Not to give any spoilers, but HELLO? Is the author even still alive?

Yeah, I know he lives to go out in the woods and figure out how to make every item from twigs and tree sap before he permits it to exist in his written world, but enough autogratification already!

We don't actually care THAT MUCH about the EXACT process (using nothing but a pocket knife and a rock) for extracting the juice of the indigo plant and turning it into colorant so that Aedan can hand-dye the flax-linen tabard (the making of which the author just spent thirty pages describing, before rewriting it from scratch 19 times) so he can blend in with the also-indigo-garbed Lekrau slavers or whatever. It's NOT THAT IMPORTANT TO THE STORY, people!!

Hey: Mr. Renshaw! Do you want to write books or don't you? Your erstwhile fans are all feeling a little annoyed, the degree to which depends on how soon after its publication they each read "Dawn of Wonder" in the first place.

It's time for Wonder to get on along to AFTERNOON already!

As ALWAYS, Tim Gerard Reynolds kills it! He is one of the best. Even he can't make a bad book good, though, so the poor guy has had to read some real dogs. Dawn of Wonder is not one of those dogs; it's a great book, but COME ON ALREADY. Don't start what you can't finish, and for pity's sake DON'T LET PERFECTION STAND IN COMPLETION'S WAY! Believe it or not, we the people will not NOTICE if you have forgotten a comma or split one little infinitive in a 700-page doorstop!!

Sheesh.

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  • Bonnie Bess Wood
  • 04/04/2016

less than what I expected

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

An epic fantasy would have been great. Instead it was about dysfunctional childhood and adolescents in school.

Has Dawn of Wonder turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love the genre that the book claims to be.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Reynolds is excellent.

What character would you cut from Dawn of Wonder?

Aiden

Any additional comments?

The book is well written. The story simply isn't what it is advertised to be, starting with the cover art. I bought it because the first page of reviews was so consistently excellent. Later I looked farther and learned that the reviews are not really chronological, but rather with the better ones on the first page. Good sales technique, but iffy reliability. Perhaps when my review is "processed" it will vanish. But that at least will mean someone read it and perhaps Audible will improve this part of the service. Everything else about Audible is certainly first class.

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  • rex
  • 11/03/2020

DON'T BUY IT

Excellent book. Great narration. Loved it all the way to the end. But that is the problem. I have been waiting for four years for book two and still nothing the stoty leaves you hanging with no real ending. WHAT HAPPENED?

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  • Gabriel
  • 04/08/2018

If I were 13 years old, I might have liked it.

Out of hundreds of books in my library, very few need a review. This one does.
1. No Magic in this book, until the protagonist jumps off a wall in the last 2 minutes of the audiobook.
2. 10% of the novel is a poorly accomplished psycho-analasys of a psysicaly abused boy.
3. Adults are 2 dimensional, looking like poorly constructed theater props.
4. Due to no final resolution of any kind, the book feels like the first part of a larger novel.
5. Only a 13 years old boy will belive that a 13 years old character, has the strength and endurance of a 12 hours a day 2 years long boot-camp, and 6 more to come. Why not Paris Island for toddlers?
6. The only fantastic thing about this novel, is the large number of positive reviews.
7. Half the book can be easily removed without changing the story one bit.
8. Because of the fluency of the writing, and some good passages and dialogues, I belive the writer can do much better in the future.
9. The narrator was almost perfect.

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  • Mbot
  • 01/04/2017

Not Enjoyable

I don't understand the good reviews. I returned this book after several hours of listening because it had mostly just been a series of uncomfortable accounts of the protagonist being beaten by his father and abused in various ways.

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  • Joe
  • 21/03/2016

Instant Favorite

I can't say enough about this book! Before I even got halfway through this book I knew it would be one of my favorites. The thing that glues me to this book most is the character development. I felt emotionally attached to the main character Aedan, I found myself screaming out loud in some situations routing him on. Jonathan Renshaw has a natural ability to set up tension in a scene. One key thing that I really like is the fact that the character development feels very realistic and natural. It doesn't seem forced or stiff if that makes any sense. People react to situations as you could imagine they would in reality which is something I look for in a book. Some authors like to use coincidence far too much, to the point where it takes you out of the immersion. And some authors like to take the character to a knifes edge and then some miraculous event saves the day. Which is OK sometimes... That certainly doesn't always happen in this book. Sometimes the characters in this book have to go through some really rough things not always being saved at the last minute.
Jonathan Renshaw REALLY did allot of research for this book and you can tell. He goes into detail about the making of weapons and fighting techniques etc. I very much enjoyed these parts of the book. You can very much tell that the author was a school teacher before becoming an author and likely a very good one.
Another thing which stood out about this book is the solid morality which goes against so many adult fantasy books that are popular right now. Too many authors these days feel as though in order to make the world feel more real and the characters more believable you have to add questionable morality harsh language and obscene over the top sexual situations. This book proves that this is not the case. In fact, this is a book I will be reading with my children when they are a little older as there are allot of life lessons and virtues I want to teach them which I find scattered throughout this book.
In summary, this book is a must read for anyone who likes fantasy. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. One more thing of note Tim Gerard Reynolds did a spectacular job of bringing this story to life! What an amazing performance!

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  • U. Jakob
  • 31/03/2016

Best book this year

Where does Dawn of Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks among the top, not the top 10 but very high. I saw influences from many of the great writers of fantasy and the author managed to bring out the best in fantasy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peashoot (or how it is spelled), solid character with quick retorts.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have and he is among the best. His performance in this was very good but the reason I don't give top grades is that I felt that the editing was sub par to his other works. Constantly the new sentences changed in volume and you noted that the author had taken a break. The flow was interrupted.

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

No, it was to long for that. A lot of smaller adventures over several story years made the main story a bit weak to hold interest for one sitting but no less important as character build is one of the most important bits to a great story.

Any additional comments?

Strongly recommend this story and look forward to the next. Readers should note that this story is a bit slower than other in the same genre but I felt that was refreshing.

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  • Heather
  • 16/10/2016

This is such a great book!!!

Just listened to it again, I've been waiting almost three years for the second...ugh but if Johnathan gives us another amazing story, I can be patient, it's just hard lol.
Love, adore, crave these characters!!! I was getting sad at chapter 34 knowing it was half way through.
This book is so awesome, I know I'll listen again before the second book comes out!!!
The narrator does a wonderful job, I wouldn't want anyone else, he's so good!!! I already have 5 books that he narrates and I'm getting more for sure!!!

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  • CrookedSoul
  • 17/02/2016

Renshaw will go down as one of the greats!

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Okay, this is truly something special! The writing is absolutely beautiful - a few steps above even the better modern novels in this genre. The amount of detail is superb - not overly drawn out, but wonderfully intricate.

The plot has a lot of depth/dynamics, and doesn't fall into the usual routines so many modern Fantasy novels are guilty of.

The characters are so easy to engage with, and most definitely NOT two dimensional and obvious - there is lots of depth/range in this department.

Perhaps the best part is that it's fresh. It follows in the footsteps of the greats, such as Tolkien and Jordan, but is easily distinguishable from them - and even manages to be distinct from the modern greats, such as Sanderson and Rothfuss.

If he keeps this up, Renshaw will easily be remembered as one of the greats of the genre.

And as always, Tim Gerard Reynolds brings an absolutely brilliant delivery, making it all the more amazing. SO glad this got properly matched with a narrator equal to the material!

Absolutely superb!!

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  • Andrew Mackey
  • 22/04/2016

Next?

This is one of those stories that should have notation "sequel not ready" and a note to the author to write fast and stay safe!

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  • Fillilie
  • 13/12/2016

Wirklich gelungen

Wer dieses Hörbuch kauft macht ziemlich sicher keinen Fehler. Die Charaktere haben Tiefe ohne dabei künstlich zu wirken aber auch ohne unnatürliche Abgründe. Der Autor kennt sich offensichtlich mit allem worüber er schreibt (Outdoorsurvival, alte Kulturen, Ingenieurskunst, Selbstverteidigung und Kampfkunst, menschl. Verhalten uvm.) gut genug aus um die Geschichte glaubwürdig darzustellen. Und irgendwas macht die kleinen Geschichten innerhalb des Hauptplots einfach schön und unterhaltsam Unterm Strich eine wirklich gute Geschichte deren größtes Manko darin liegt, das Buch 2 und 3 noch nicht geschrieben wurden.

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  • Sylvia
  • 04/06/2016

Awesome start!

Didnt expect much andonly pucked this up because I like the narrator. Was very pleasantly surprised by the scale of the world, the strong plot from beginning to end and the variety of characters. It felt like more than one book, so much stuff happened, so many years passed for the main character and you could really feel his developement. Cant wait for the next book!

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  • Silke Liedke
  • 12/02/2017

Sehr zu empfehlen

Ein tolles und fesselndes Hörbuch! Warte schon auf Teil zwei. Ich liebe seinen Sinn für Humor.

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  • Johnny Abatti
  • 08/11/2019

Refreshing first book of this series!

All in all its nicely written and the narrator is pleasant. Some characters lack a bit depth in my opinion, but thats maybe just me.
Waiting for the second book.

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  • Bel
  • 04/04/2017

Wonderful

Usually, I subtract one star if a story isn’t finished, and this absolutely needs a sequel, but it was such a great story that I deviate from my own rule.

It’s a powerful story about all sorts of things, and although there is a war in the making, something else seems to be happening, too, as the title says.

We don’t know what it is, but it could be something grand, not disastrous.
It’s one of the rare fantasy novels where no magic is involved, and none is needed.
What is needed is training, perseverance, and skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Aedan’s education, his struggles, his weaknesses, and his strengths — and at times I could have shaken him — then again, his friends were there to help him do the right things.
Aedan is a strategic mastermind, but has to learn that theory and practice are very different.

I love the idea that the education doesn’t just comprise weapon skills, but all other aspects, too, be they boring or not.
I like the idea of getting to know not only different languages, but cultures and traditions, too. This should be mandatory for every school, imo, maybe then there wouldn’t be so much war and hatred in this world, most of which is based on ignorance.
Aedan has to overcome his hatred and prejudices in order to learn about his enemies, and I hope I won’t have to wait for a whole year or longer to find out how he’ll cope.

Tim Gerard Reynolds does another perfect job at narrating this story. When listening to him, I’m really deep into the story and out of this world.
He was the perfect choice for the book, and I hope he’ll be commissioned to narrate any sequel.

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  • Anne
  • 26/02/2017

A Fun Read!

There's no huge worldbuilding, no complicated plot, but the words are beautiful and the story brings so much fun!

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  • Hooded Crow
  • 05/02/2017

Promising beginning of a series

This is great book to listen too. Tim Gerald Reynolds is an excellent reader and makes it a pleasure. As for the story it isn't perfect. The general theme of a special boy get against the odds into an extraordinary school is common by now. There are also some tropes that make the plot very predictable at times. But the world appears vast and carefully created so it never really bothered me. I can't claim perfect knowledge but the mystery the listeners gets a glimpse at seem unique to me. For a first book a mixture of familiarity and originality can be wise decision. So I still reserve my judgement on this part. What on the other hand truly stands out is the care and depth of the characters, none lack dimensions and all are show some balance. The main character is also well balanced in his challenges small and big. This is one is of particular importance because nothing bores me faster as an untouchable main character that eases through epic threats to the realm. Here it seems relatable and important whether real danger or fantastic explorations of a child.
The second strange is exactly that, in his style the author manages to intertwine childhood wonder and grim reality to one story, where neither is at odds or overplayed. So I can only recommended this book, and hope the author delivers on his promise. And fast. Who is so cruel to hook readers, write such an open ending and than take ages to deliver?

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  • Dr. Philip Thost
  • 20/12/2016

Awesome!

A great entertaining story with everything one might wish for: interesting and twisted plot, vivid characters and the right (small) amount of "magic". Also a wonderful listening experience, thanks to the superb narrator.

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  • Draconia
  • 19/12/2016

nice story.

character's actions don't always make sense to me therefore only 4 stars. still looking forward to the next part.

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  • Thorsten W.
  • 07/09/2016

Nette Geschichte

Toll gelesene Geschichte, die leider von der Grundstruktur nicht viel neues bringt. Ja viele Einfälle sind toll, aber ein Junge vom Land bekommt die Chance auf einer Elite-Schule... Nun kommt mir zu sehr bekannt vor.
Grundsätzlich eine spannende und vor allem gut gelesene Story.
Werde mir trotzdem die weiteren Folgen anhören.