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Book of the Night

The Black Musketeers
Narrated by: Will Ropp
Series: The Black Musketeers, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this thrilling adventure by bestselling author Oliver Pötzsch, thirteen-year-old Lukas has been trained as a swordsman by his father, a nobleman who was once a famed Musketeer. When the threat of war and accusations of witchcraft spread across the land, Lukas's life is forever changed. He flees his home and vows to find his missing sister.

Surviving as an outcast, Lukas encounters thieves and mercenaries, a strange astrologer, and a master swordsman. He also meets three other fencers - Giovanni, Paulus, and Jerome. Each brings a special talent to their team that leads them to the Black Musketeers, the best fighters in the army. But living with the black-armored Musketeers is nothing like they imagined. In his quest to find his sister, Lukas learns of a legendary book that holds powerful magic. As he fights to keep the Book of the Night out of the hands of his greatest enemy, Lukas discovers the secrets of his own family and what it really means to be a Musketeer.

©2015 Oliver Pötzsch. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 by Lee Chadeayne.

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  • Leslie
  • 03-11-2016

good story

as always this other keeps me bound to his stories from the first pages and has done it again on this book. I look forward to Oliver's books at every release

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  • Lana Lee Plum
  • 22-04-2017

The power of books.

Story of a 13 year old noble mans son who had to grow up fast when his father was killed by the Swedish invaders. His mother and sister we taken by the soldiers. This began his journey to find his sister in medieval Europe. His life changed when he became acquainted with the Black Musquateers

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  • Lauren
  • 14-03-2019

Narration great for children

I chose not to listen to more than a handful of chapters due to the timbre and intonation of the narrator. I’m assuming he is either very new (unlikely for a well-known author’s book) or was reading for young children. The narration has the predictable, over-emphasized tone of a kindly librarian reading a Winnie the Pooh book. Perhaps the story was good, but it is likely intended for much younger audiences.

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  • Stephanie
  • 12-03-2019

Really liked this book

Overall I really liked this book. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the pace. My one caveat was that I listened to the Audible and the narrator was just a tad too quick and I could hear him take his breaths. Not sure if this was just him or the production. I still give it 5 stars as I was immersed in the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-2018

disappointed

I am not sure the author knew what kind of book he was writing. The first part was about the main character developin swordr and fighting skills. The second half introduced zombie type characters that couldn't be killed and magic spells. Too unbelievably.

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  • Sapphire
  • 04-10-2018

Spellbinding!

The author does not cease to amaze!! I love hearing about the past of the cities that were familiar to me in my childhood. But to hear of them in a different light is wonderful entertaining. I love the creation of German Musketeers intertwined with old English and other European folklore. I look forward to the next book!

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  • Anna J. Johnson
  • 18-08-2018

Good read

Enjoyed the book. But seemed targeted for the teen reader. Not sorry to experienced it however. Just expect a light read. I guess I should say "listen" rather than read😊

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  • Joyce
  • 13-08-2018

Oops

Like I am known to do occasionally, I read book 2 in the series before book 1, but it didn't take away from either of them. As one of the characters said at the end "and what would Merlin have thought about this?"

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  • Ichiji
  • 28-07-2017

Unimaginative story with unprofessional narrator

This is an uninspiring YA historical novel. Unfortunately, it also has an uninspiring YA narrator. The combination makes me recommend against this book. I suppose this narrator was chosen because he sounds young. When I listen to audiobooks, I am continually awed by the talents of narrators. But this one sounded like just an average person. He had the unfortunate sloppy diction common to millennials -- which is grating to any listener who actually appreciates the English language. That kind of contemporary vocal style works OK for conversation, but not for a professional narrator. He pronounced a bunch of words incorrectly. (At least, half way through, he started pronouncing "impudent" correctly -- too bad the manuscript uses that adjective so much.) Even if that happened, shouldn't the director notice it and do a re-take? Also, he would say lines like [whispered] "yes... he screamed." It was almost like he didn't review the book before reading it aloud. I got through to the end, but just barely.

The magic in the story is unimaginative, and doesn't invite the listener to suspend disbelief. The "four musketeer" characters are cardboard. The scenes with the child gang were disjointed from the rest of the story and should have been edited out of the original manuscript.

I have liked works from this author before, but from now on I will stay away from his YA material.

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  • Hugh Hubble
  • 19-05-2017

Lots of Action!

Would you consider the audio edition of Book of the Night to be better than the print version?

Almost, but not quite.

What did you like best about this story?

The development and of the youngsters.

Which character – as performed by Will Ropp – was your favorite?

The young girl

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A War Without Purpose Is still A War

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2019

Thouroughly enjoyed

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. in fact finished it in three days. Cant wait for the second book