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Rise of the Ranger

The Echoes Saga, Book 1
Lu par : Steven Brand
Série : The Echoes Saga, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 12 min

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The Echoes of Fate, a Prophecy Uttered Unto the World a Thousand Years Ago, Cannot Be Denied....

Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, building on the ruins left by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the truth of things, a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennium - elves are superior. They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical realm in a way that man could never grasp. Illian should belong to them. 

Unaware of the shadow that looms in the east, the six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied, and clawing at each other's gates for more power.

This isn't just war set to ravage the land, but a slaughter - the world of man cannot hope to survive.

Thrown into the heart of this war is a man known by many names; an Outlander of the wilds, an assassin, a ranger. Asher was born a thousand years ago, to a life he doesn't remember. Forty years of brutal training and killing for money has beaten the earliest years of his life away, leaving his ties to the oldest of evils a mystery to all....

Rise of The Ranger Launches an Unmissable Epic Fantasy Series.

©2018 Podium Publishing; 2017 Philip C. Quaintrell

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  • ronnito
  • 21/03/2020

Narration lowered my sperm count

I tried. There are other great books I struggled through with this narrator. But, I just can't anymore.

I bet this is a great book. Too bad the publisher decided to bury this author in obscurity by choosing this narrator. It's not Steven Brand's fault - It's the people who chose him. I can only guess he's married to some mucky-mucks daughter or son. Same way Einstein explained you shouldn't judge a fish by how well it climbs a tree - I hold Steven harmless in this proliferation of 'less than mediocrity'. Until he no longer has a way to make a living murdering great books, he will never be forced to find a path where he can truly shine.

I represent all audible listeners - for the love of the business and listeners - DO BETTER!!!

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  • Ali
  • 24/03/2018

Worth it

I loved the story. The writing is great. The only issue I had was with the narration. I could not tell which character was talking. In a conversation between two people, you can normally tell who it is because the narrator will usually have different voices for the characters but with this, it’s the same voice, and it becomes hard telling who is saying what.

Apart from that, good book worth listening to.

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  • Anthony
  • 06/03/2018

Great Story

The story is woven to keep the reader engaged and entertained. I am going to purchase the next book in the series .

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  • Reading 4 Fun
  • 05/01/2019

One of my new favorite books (not for teens)

Echoes of Fate, a book series by Philip C. Quaintrell, is a very engrossing story. At first I wasn’t sure I would like it because the story follows many different lead characters, all with weird sounding names. I didn’t think I would be able to follow the many different story lines. However, it was not long before the stories intertwined, making it easier and much more enjoyable to follow.

My favorite aspect about this story is the path for redemption that two of the characters – Asher, the main character, and Galanor – are on. Each of these characters has had a tumultuous past. Whereas Asher has already turned from his old life as an assassin when you first meet him, Galanor is conflicted between duty, which calls him to perform unsavory actions, and his desire to be a good person. While you get to see Galanor in the before-and-after stages of his path to redemption, you meet Asher after he has turned away from the life of an assassin. However, trusting and friendship are two things foreign to Asher, and it is fun to watch his relationship with the characters develop as he struggles to live life as a better person while carrying the guilt of his past life.

Due to the content of this series, I would say it is rated R. There is intermittent use of the F-word and some fairly graphic violence (at least by my standards). However, it is the scenes in which the Darkakin torture/rape the queen of the elves that is primarily responsible for my rating the book as R. It is hard to describe these scenes; they are not graphic but there is enough description and allusions to what is going on that it is bothersome. While this did not stop me from reading the book (as you can easily skip those scenes), it does make me hesitant to recommend it to anyone but a mature audience.

Note: I continued reading the book despite the scenes with the Darkakin because I am enjoying (I’m on the last book) the path to redemption of Asher and Galanor. I also enjoy the internal struggle of the other characters who, after experiencing horrendous torture or loss, fight to retain their virtues and moral beliefs. The characters in this book experience very real, human emotions. You see them struggle to be the people they want to be despite the torture they’ve experienced or the losses they have endured. For that reason alone, the book is worth reading as you see that no matter how horrible life can get, you should always strive to be the better person, even if you don’t always succeed.

P.S. I will be adding this to my favorite books for adults.

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  • Christina t
  • 05/04/2018

Hfofate to say it, but read the book instead

I think I liked this. But, I should have taken heed of other's reviews. Steven Brand has the perfect voice for this story, but 2/3 of the content was lost on me! Could not tell who was saying what. The story changed to a different POV, and 3 minutes would have gone by before I understood this. I think this could have been "one of the greats", but I was way too confused about whom was speaking, where they were, and could barely keep track of the main storyline!
I think it could've been easier to follow had a companion guide been given. Having said this, I am willing to give the next book a try. And, I do hope Mr Brand will narrarate. Maybe the book will have the kinks worked out!?,

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  • N. Langereis
  • 14/05/2018

A nice story, but not a fan of the narrator

The difficulty with a mosaic story set in a fantasy world is often the pace of introduction of new characters, locations and names of items. Here we see/hear such a story. It is incredibly difficult to follow in the beginning, but even later on in the story. I found it very hard to get my bearings and understand the narrative. This is in part due to the narrator, as he almost uses no inflections and/or change in pitch between characters. The voice itself is deep and pleasant to listen too, but often I lose who is talking. Next to this I think the story is nice, but the world itself is quite 1 dimensional and lacks the diversity and depth you might expect from a fully newly crafted world. I will give the author and narrator another try in the second part, but my expectations are low.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16/03/2018

kicking myself for not listening to it earlier

I love the entire concept, forever intriguing and immersive looking forward to the next in the series

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  • JRock
  • 25/02/2018

Loved it!

Great story well written. I love listening to Steven Brand. I can’t wait for the next book to come out on Audible I hope they keep the same narrator.

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  • Satisfied buyer
  • 16/04/2020

Had potential

The story repeats and often seems to lose its way.The ending almost feels thrown together to just finish the story.Has some great characters just lacking direction throughout.

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  • Demon Mango
  • 14/03/2020

Fantastic story, lackluster narration

The story is great. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but never changes it for the many and varied characters. Most professional narrators are so good at subtle changes between characters that you don't have to pay much attention to who it said is speaking. This one, you have to pay close attention at every single dialogue because every man and woman sounds exactly the same. It's a blasphemy to have such a wonderful book turned into a confused jumble by a narrator who should only be narrating nonfiction.

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  • M. Einwich
  • 01/12/2019

Nope on the narrator.

The most annoying part was the pauses between sentences frequently being too short. Either he edited those parts together and completly misjudged the timing or he didnt see the period, but it was horrible for immersion.
The narrator also frequently misread words. I should have counted how many times "Princess Reyna" suddenly turned into "Prince Reyna". I'm not sure how that can happen unless the narrator himself isn't following the story.
Personally I'm a fan of different voices for different characters, at the very least slight accents, but sadly this narrator reads every character pretty much the same, which makes his overall terrible sense for reading pace even worse.
Had I read some of the audible.com reviews that also mention how hard this narrator makes it to follow along in the story I would have stayed away from the audiobook from the beginning.

I use whispersync quite alot, about 10 audiobooks in the last month alone, but this was the worst performance I can remember. At this point I wish Nick Podehl could narrate every audiobook.
Even though the book itself has quite the slow start, once you plowed through it, is rather interesting. Probably going to read most of the rest of the series instead.