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Bound: Bound, Book 1

Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Justine Eyre
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
3.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rowan Greenwood has everything she's supposed to want from life - a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that there's more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic that she's been forced to suppress since childhood. When Rowan unknowingly saves the life of one of her people's most feared enemies, that simple act of compassion rips her from her sheltered life and throws her into a world of magic that's more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Rowan might get everything she ever dreamed of - that is, if the one thing she's always wanted doesn't kill her first.

©2014 Kate Sparkes (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Visceral Love
  • 03-02-2015

Love the Story, Females Voice Not For me

Would you listen to Bound: Bound, Book 1 again? Why?

Great story, but the female's voice, is like listening to Violet from the incredibles, which while does a lot to establish character for me was distracting. But overall I loved it, and it's all personal preference!

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  • Shelle
  • 21-06-2019

Voice fry/no character development

I tried to ignore the negative reviews and bought this book anyway and even if I could get past the bad narrator’s (nothing personal but they just did not hit the nail on the head) voice fry and old English man accent, the book was subpar too. I know it must take lots of courage to do these things and I hate to criticize but the character development was null with sooo many holes in the story. I only finished it because I paid for it.

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  • Miri
  • 16-06-2019

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed this one. The narration was great, and I was sad to see there was no second volume!

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  • LyricalRain
  • 12-12-2018

I really enjoyed

Even though Aren acts like the cowardly Lion when it comes to his brother. I liked how his character progresses. Rowan has to go thru a lot and seems to have much more growing to do. overall I enjoyed the adventure but unfortunately the rest of the series is not available on audible.

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  • Anastasia
  • 15-07-2016

Awesome

This was the best book I have listened to in a long time!!!! Paul and Justine were awesome narrators!!!

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  • EGB86
  • 14-04-2015

Loved the story, hated the narrators

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Both narrators sounded too old for the parts and the female had a bad vocal fry that was distracting. Great story, though. Looking forward to the next two books.

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  • Raven
  • 12-08-2020

Horrible narration

The book itself is fine, but both narrators are hard to stomach. Both are very old sounding. Eyre has very intense vocal fry and is so croaky. Boehmer, whose normal voice is not grating at all, has a horribly offputting British accent that overpronouces very syllable of every word. The result is that the characters are hard to like just because they both sound incredibly annoying. The best parts of the narration is when Boehmer does Rowan's lines and Eyre does Aren's lines. I'm planning on returning this and just getting the kindle version.

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  • Marie
  • 05-06-2020

Pleasantly Surprised

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wouldn’t say that its perfect, but the world that Sparkes built was pretty interesting, and I thought the narrators did a pretty good job with parts. Paul Boehmer doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head for me, but its still not bad, just not my personal preference for the characters. I know some have said that both narrators sound “too old” but I think Justine Eyre sounds like a good age for the character and I like her reading a great deal, I mean... Rowan is supposed to be 28 after all, so... not really sure what that’s about. Looking forward to the subsequent books coming out so I can see if the series continues to progress and if we can see if some of the wholes are filled in, or, potentially, if the story just falls flat. Seriously hoping for the former bc I can see a lot of potential in this story.

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  • m.mcds
  • 23-04-2020

love it

loved the book, just wish the option to continue the series was on Audible. Audible leaves you hanging there.

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  • Kara
  • 19-04-2020

A great 1st book in a trilogy...

The characters are rich enough to have drawn me into this story. I look forward to learning where the author will take the rest of this tale. I wish audible had the other two books in the story. I am not sure I would have chosen to read this book if I realized the rest of the trilogy was unavailable. But part of me is glad I didn't know because I really did enjoy this book. It is hard to fully recommend it though, without knowing the way it will all play out.