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The Lightning-Struck Heart

De : TJ Klune
Lu par : Michael Lesley
Série : Tales from Verania, Volume 1
Durée : 19 h et 49 min
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Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.

Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the king's wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

When Sam's 14, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.

At 15, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle - Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.

Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the king sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.

Or, so he thinks.

©2015 TJ Klune (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Rain
  • 23/12/2015

Absolutely brilliant

I cannot say enough about this book. First, a warning; it's not for everyone. It is devastatingly funny, but the humor is sometimes crude. For me, it was quite amazing. I was constantly laughing and rewinding to my favorite parts. In over 19 hours, I never once felt like it was slow or boring. I'm doing my best to write a spoiler-free review, so it will not do the book justice.

I'm not one for warm and fuzzy relationships, nor relationships that are too easy or too anguishing. The interactions between Sam and Ryan make this relationship my favorite of all books I have ever read or listened to.

Every character was fleshed out, unique, and worked flawlessly in this story. I cared about each character, laughed at all the bad guys, and was never confused about what was going on. The details were plentiful without being too much.

The performance was phenomenal. The narrator's voices were very different, so I knew who exactly was speaking, and each matched the character perfectly. There was emotion in every word. It was not just a narration; it was a masterful performance full of emotion, laughter, and passion.

I would happily listen to anything this author and narrator ever created. I hope there is a sequel, that it comes soon, and that it has the same narrator. I will listen to this over and over again. It was more than worth the credit.

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  • Shannon Dee
  • 30/12/2015

Best audiobook of 2015!

What made the experience of listening to The Lightning-Struck Heart the most enjoyable?

The narrator seemed to truly understand and enjoy the content so it was so much fun to listen to!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lightning-Struck Heart?

I can't even pick one! I love TJ's writing and wordplay and it was so well done by the narrator that the entire thing just tickled me!

Which scene was your favorite?

Again, not sure I could pick one but the opening scene really gets you into the style and humor of the story

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

I REALLY REALLY tried!

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  • Kevin Smith
  • 28/01/2016

Like a Sassy Gay Princess Bride

Would you listen to The Lightning-Struck Heart again? Why?

Yes! Just pure entertainment, It's wonderfully funny, yet has it's balance in the achingly familiar longing for what you dream (but don't think you can have). It is an adventure tale that is both filled with excitement of perilous situations and the great delight of the just plain wacky ones.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lightning-Struck Heart?

There really are too many great moments to pick just one. What stands out is the sheer abundance of little moments. A line here and there, or the description of a scene or situation in the voice of the main protagonist and storyteller.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many scenes that I could think of, but then immediately think of others that could also be considered as a favorite. While not a scene, the relationship between the three friends (Sam, Tiggy The 1/2 Giant, and Gary The Hornless Unicorn) is so well done and complex it makes every scene between them eligible for the title of favorite.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is extremely funny, and I found myself laughing out loud many, many times. But underneath the goofy situations, and sassy dialogue, is the ache of life not being like your dreams, or even easy. Characters that seem shallow and one-dimensional can open up for a moment and show their own aching heart.

Any additional comments?

A lot of "gay" fiction centers in the theme of not being accepted, by yourself or by society. It is refreshing that in this book being gay is thought of as just as valid as being straight, and not treated as anything but just another way of being.

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  • Belen
  • 13/12/2015

There aren't enough stars for this...

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The Lightning-Struck Heart or, as it was originally titled, Unicorn Star F**ker, is a fantastic story of love, friendship, longing, loss, and hope.

Is this funny? Yes. Yes, it is. It's hilarious. Straight up - I was obnoxiously laughing so hard and so loud for so long that I actually began to feel sorry for the people around me. Sorry they were being subjected to my overt hilarity and sorry they were not reading this magnificent and wondrous book so they too could laugh uproariously.

Does this book make your heart ache? In part. Yes, it will, a little. What can be more sad than wanting someone so desperately, but knowing you can't have him?

"...I’m sorry I made an oath. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do. And I’m sorry that I can’t break it. But you have to believe me that it’s always been you. I promise. I promise." His voice cracked and my hands shook. "I promise, because when I look upon these stars, there is nothing I wish for more than you."

Is this just an OTT Fairy-tale on crack? No. No, it's not. Or, well, it's not only that. There are so many nuances to this. It has humor, heartache, and, most importantly, lessons to be learned about life, love and sometimes letting the things you love go even at the expense of your own heart and soul.

And, oh, the characters!

Wizard Apprentice Sam Haversford aka "Sam of Wilds" is maddening, fantastic and wonderful in all his blurty over-the-top goodness.

Sir Ryan Foxheart, is dashing and wonderful and...an asshole. But not an irredeemable asshole. Which is good.

The sidekick characters are utterly sublime! (Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, Tiggy, the half-giant, Sam's parents, Morgan and Randall the wizards, Kevin the dragon, Mama, Sam's fairy drag mother, the King, Pete, the guard...gods I could go on and on...) They all steal spotlight every time they appear on page again and again.

I *literally* loved every single minute of this.

If you are a fan of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Top Gun, and The Princess Bride - then you will love this book. You will want to have this book's babies.

If you are a fan of T.J. Klune's, and love his characters Derrick "Bear" McKenna (BOATK), Paul Auster (TMIR), and Sandy Stewart (TMIR) - then you will love this book. You will beg for more ( by the way, T.J....MORE PLEASE!!! ) Literally.

Never fear, dear readers! You get an HEA, but it's also left open for more adventures. And, oh, how I want them. I literally want them so much. Literally.

Michael Lesley takes this funny, makes your heart ache, cracktastic fairy tale and maked it infinitely relatable to anyone who loves humor, sarcasm, sassiness, and even sadness.

This is fantastic in all senses of the word. Run, do not walk, to buy this audio!

HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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  • C. T.
  • 24/12/2015

The Go Word Is "Sam"

I love "Tell Me It's Real," but "The Lightning-Struck Heart" just took loooove to a whole other level! With best friends like Gary the hornless, gay unicorn (aka the perversion queen) and Tiggy the half-giant (who smashes and hugs with his whole heart), resigned and reluctant mentors like Morgan and Randall (respectively), a caring king and a butthole of a prince, a frustrating and sometimes stalker-y love interest (Ryan) this great book needs only one more ingredient (besides overly sexual dragons and fairy kings, though it has that, too) to make this book not just pretty awesome, but a vision of pure awesomeness almost too beautiful to put down EVER (okay, maybe that's a bit much...sort of): Sam of Wilds! With his kind heart, sassy mouth, bad sex puns and even worse jokes (love Wassa's name), and the fact that EVERYTHING wants to have sex with him, especially in front of Ryan, he makes a fabulous and fun and downright lovable main character.

And to Michael Lesley: you make this book and these characters really come alive. No other narrator that I've heard could do a more amazing job for these books and queens of sass than you!

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  • Tina
  • 13/12/2015

Awesome!

This book was exactly what i needed, I love this book I was laughing my ass off it was awesome, the narrator was great. This audiobook is Hilariously funny and enjoyable wow so must fun thanks TJ Klune and Michael Lesley for making my day. ( Warning DO NOT listen to this book outside you home because people will think you are losing your mind or high). I highly recommend it 5 star.

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  • Donald
  • 08/04/2016

Beyond the stars...

I have always enjoyed TJ Klune's work but this story has got to be one of the best that I have listened to since I began listening to audiobooks. The author's wit and writing style had me experiencing every emotion that one could possibly consider. They dynamic between Sam, Garry, and Tiggy was just awesome and the love between Sam and Ryan could be felt (physically) through the words. Adding to the majesty of the words is the excellent narrative abilities of Michael Lesley. Each character was brought to life with the differing vocals assigned to each. What an amazing talent he is! Exceptional is not nearly a strong enough adjective to describe the awesomeness of this book!!!

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  • Jeffrey
  • 16/01/2016

EPIC Romantic Comedy

Just read the prior reviews. Nobody does not like this read, nobody including me. What a triumph. I laughed, I cried, I signed and moaned. 19 hours was not nearly enough. I want more of all the characters. Michael Lesley's narration was top shelf perfection. Standing ovation, encore!!

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  • Riva
  • 16/01/2016

Epic and Magnificent!!

Epic and Magnificent!!! That is how I would describe this wonderful book and performance. For have not doubt, Mr. Lesley does NOT read this book; he performs it in a way that you "experience" this book. The combination of TJ Klune's imaginative, funny and poignant fantasy adventure and Micheal Lesley's amazing performance is the stuff of dreams. The story of Sam and Ryan and their marvelous Scooby gang of friends and family had me grinning from start to finish. At 19 hours you would think it would drag, but it didn't. And that is primarily due to TJ Klune's wonderful writing. He makes these characters so endearing that you can't help but get swept up in their lives. Of course there is the usual warning about listening in public. You will laugh out loud and get strange looks and wide berths. But it is so worth a little public shaming. The ending seemed to infer they may be more adventures to follow. I really, really hope there are.

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  • rbeltene
  • 22/12/2015

Awesome!!

TJ Klune's characters danced across the pages of The Lightning-Struck Heart with magic and fire and life. And I loved it. Michael Lesley's narration was perfect, freeing Sam, Gary, Tiggy, Ryan and all the others to romp around inside my car, making me laugh out loud and occasionally giving me Wookie Cry Face on my way to and from work. Thank you, TJ and Michael!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/12/2015

Super!

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von The Lightning-Struck Heart besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

Das Buch war ja schon sehr schräg und lustig, obwohl ich es beim Lesen teils überdreht fand aber die Hörbuchumsetzung ist einfach große Klasse. Es lebt.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Es ist halt eine lustige Liebes - und Freundschaftsgeschichte mit Fabelwesen und Happy End. Prima. Eine Geschichte zum Wohlfühlen. Auch wenn es mit der Liebe erstmal schwierig ist, hat Sam doch immer die volle Unterstützung seiner Freunde und Familie.

Wie hat Ihnen Michael Lesley als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Der Sprecher war super. Die vielen Persönlichkeiten, die er darstellen "musste", hat er alle lebendig und einzigartig gemacht. Ganz, ganz toll. Die coolste Stimme hatte Kevin, der Drache. Obwohl es ja 1:1 der gleiche Text ist, war ich mit dem Hörbuchende viel zufriedener als mit dem Buchende aus "meiner Lesersicht".

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Ja, am liebsten hätte ich es durchgehört. Bei 19 Stunden allerdings nicht schaffbar und schon gar nicht mit Familie im Hintergrund.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Wer auf eine lustige Geschichte mit schrägen Helden steht und sich an einer schwulen Liebesgeschichte nicht stört, kann sich nur köstlich amüsieren. Ja, ok, Englisch sollte man natürlich auch können.

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  • Owl
  • 10/11/2016

Absurd bis herzzerreißend

Sex und Flüche. Damit muss man auf jeden Fall zurechtkommen, wenn man dieses Buch hört/liest. Es wird sehr viel über Sex gesprochen und geflucht wie ein Seemann. Die Hauptcharaktere sind natürlich alle männlich und - soweit sie sexuell definiert sind - schwul. Und dieses Buch ist einfach sooooo absurd. Ich fand es großartig! Ein schwules Einhorn und ein Zauberlehrling, den jeder und alles flach legen will. Es war wirklich lustig. Aber an vielen Stellen auch einfach süß und herzzerreißend. Zwei Liebende, die nicht merken, wie sehr der andere einen will, und die aufgrund der Umstände nicht zusammen sein können. Das klingt erst einmal kitschig, aber man darf das Absurde nicht vergessen.

Leider fand ich den Schluss etwas langatmig. Aber das hat dem Hörvergnügen keinen Abbruch getan. Obwohl ich nach dem ersten Kapitel erst mal nicht mehr weiter hören wollte - mich hatte der Sprecher zu dem Zeitpunkt nicht überzeugt - habe ich doch sehr schnell begonnen, in jeder freien Minute das Hörbuch an zu machen.

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  • Black
  • 18/10/2016

Unglaublich gut!

Ich hatte zuerst das Buch gelesen bevor ich das Hörbuch gekauft habe, also wusste ich, dass die Story gut ist. Jedoch hatte ich bei Hörbüchern bisher immer Pech gehabt. Da ich noch nicht so gut englisch verstehe ( ich kann es sehr gut lesen) müsste ich den Sprecher auch wirklich verstehen können. Das war das erste Hörbuch, dass mir wirklich gefallen hat. Es kam nur selten vor, dass ich etwas akustisch nicht verstanden habe.

Deshalb fünf Sterne

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  • Benjamin Brinkmann
  • 13/04/2017

Hornless gay unicorn :-)

I couldn't stop listening. Funny story. Was a bit confused about the end, but found out that there will be a sequel... in June yay

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  • magratgarlick
  • 13/03/2017

Big Screen

Just listening to the story for the second time-still hilarious 🤣
I can't help but wish someone gutsy would turn it into a movie...😇

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  • Mick
  • 25/03/2019

so ducking fabulous: part I

I love Gary.

That hornless gay unicorn is a bitch with a sassy ass mouth.
love it.

  • Global
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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 21/11/2018

Fantastic!

Funny, heart-warming story about a quest, swarming with absurd yet loveable characters. There is a lot of hilarious sexual inuendo and swearing. Michael Lesley's reading is a truly outstanding performance.

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  • Tini
  • 08/09/2018

Simpy awesome!

God I love this story so much and the narrator is incredible! Go buy it!

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  • Miamaus
  • 26/02/2018

Einfach wunderbar

Alles, wirklich alles an dieser Geschichte / diesem Hörbuch hat mir gefallen. Nach fast 20 Stunden Hörfreude bin ich traurig, daß es schon vorbei ist

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  • Kat42
  • 03/08/2017

Wonderful!

OMG, TJ Klune really invents wonderful stories and creates awesome dialogoues! And Michael Lesley is not just reading, but really performing. It’s hilariously funny, sassy, romantic, sexy. Just magnificent. I loved all the puns, I never laughed so much while listening to a book. Or in one word: meep (you'll understand).