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Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1) Audiobook

Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1)

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The first great war of Ovira is over, and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen's dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade, as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year. But little does Basen know that his determination will put him at the center of a war even bloodier than the one he'd barely managed to avoid.

©2015 B.T. Narro (P)2015 B.T. Narro

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    Dean 26/09/2016
    Dean 26/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Not terrible, but terribly average."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The writing style seemed to me like it should be classed as a young adult, ignoring the adult themes of death and the seemingly endless lust of the characters.

    I found it really difficult to listen to the audio book because of the repetitiveness of benign explanations of simple things and complete lack of things important to the story.

    The characters were rather bland and typical of fantasy, especially the main character who was written to seem earnest and kind, but more often, to me at least, came across as arrogant and prideful in his attempt to better others - rather than himself.


    Would you be willing to try another book from B.T. Narro? Why or why not?

    I will not, i enjoyed the premise of the story and could handle a while the characters, but it seemed like so many other stories with over used characters that it could not hold my interest.

    The same story better written i would happily read or listen to again.


    What three words best describe Brad C. Wilcox’s voice?

    He pulled off the main character well i though, cocky and mildly arrogant with a touch of constant flirting.

    But his vocal inflections were so at odds with the story that at times i wasn't sure if someone was talking or he had gone back to the lack luster descriptions - which i put down to the author as much as a narrator for the poor structure of the sentences as much as the narrator missing important vocal ques and inflections.


    Was Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1) worth the listening time?

    Yes and no, I did enjoy the story in some parts of the book.

    I really liked the premise of the world and magic system in it as it is more unique than a lot of other fantasy books you will usually come across in nice small ways.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand completely that writing a book is difficult and takes a lot of time, patience and dedication, and I also do not want to take anything away from the author or narrator, but there are many other book better written and read out there to enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Cheri
    Waverly Hall, Ga.
    10/03/16
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    "Slow Start But Strong Finish!"

    I love a good fantasy story and after reading the Kin of Kings description, I was really interested in listening to the book, and was happy to be gifted a copy of the audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.

    I'll admit, in the beginning the story started off slow and almost lost me. It was part the story and part the narration. However, after a couple of hours, the story and narrator really took off! I remember thinking much the story did "180" and was glad I did not give up. The plot starting developing with unexpected twists, and the narrator really seemed to have nailed down the characters and was doing an awesome job.

    The plot and characters were developed and Basen was my favorite; however, there was another character who I really like because of their determination and hard work but they turned out to be bad person..... I did not see that coming. This story does end on a cliffhanger so I will be on the lookout for the next audiobook. I really want to know what happens next.

    Overall, I enjoyed the story and was glad I stuck with it. I would have really missed out on a good story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ammon Anderson
    Columbus, OH-USA
    1/08/17
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    "The story never let go..."
    If you could sum up Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1) in three words, what would they be?

    Unique Magical Suspense


    What does Brad C. Wilcox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brad Wilcox was an excellent narrator. I really enjoyed his subtle takes on the characters and the use of his voice to create suspense.


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

    I hated being interrupted while I was listening to this book. This book was fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    I was thoroughly surprised. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. But I found within a few paragraphs that I loved the characters, I loved the subtle back story and how professionally it was woven into the present. I enjoyed the character development they went though. And how stubborn the main character is.

    I REALLY enjoyed the magic system and the way he was exploring that as he learned and discovered new things (no spoilers:). And as the group of students gathered together it felt natural and added to the enjoyment.

    I am totally reading the next few books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    18/06/17
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    "The Storyline was Alright"

    While the story itself was alright... the Narration was poorly done with bad voices for each character. The story is a bit repetitive with it's stating of details, the story starts slow, and ends up being far too detailed with descriptions thus slowing the story down even more. Thankfully it does get better as the story continues! (Sadly not the Narration)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • steven
    1/07/16
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    "I loved every minute of it"

    it was a good story that captived me through the whole book with an ending that makes me want to read the second book as soon as possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kyla Hockman
    25/02/16
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    "Good Story"
    Would you listen to Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings Book 1) again? Why?

    I liked the way the characters were depicted it was exciting and well written. I really enjoyed this book and got it in exchange for a review of the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Powderly, KY, United States
    12/02/16
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    "Good start to the series"
    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    Pretty good story and good beginning to a series. Somewhat of a YA story, but still entertaining. The story kinda jumps right in and explains past characters as it needs to, which is a little strange, but the story still works. Will be listening to the second installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JKYates
    waverly, TN, United States
    1/09/17
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    "Great start of a story"
    What did you love best about Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1)?

    I think the story line was great. It started off quickly but gave enough information along the way to build a backstory


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the building of the characters in the story. I was not happy about the twist in the story. You never want the person you are cheering for to be the bad guy!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Basin and him qualifying at the run at warrior field


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

    close


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    I think overall the book was great. I think the narrator did a decent job but could really improve on the separation of voices. I listen to a lot of Tim Reynolds and love his ability to change his characters voices around. I believe the narrator has the ability to do this with more time. The story so far kept me interested and excited to keep listening.

    Overall good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shane
    25/08/17
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    "This was an excellent first book in the series. "
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think people who have just finished Harry Potter and want something similar yet completely original should give this book a try.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1)?

    Basen really reminds me of myself during my bachelor days. Each young lady he meets runs through his mind as a potential girlfriend. After twelve years of monogamy with a spotless record (thank you very much) I found it silly at first, but the more I thought of it, the more I realized that I was once in his shoes.


    Any additional comments?

    Basen’s uncle was King of a country called Cairo. He was also the bad guy who lost a war to the neighboring kingdom. Basen and his father were banished before the end of hostilities and started new lives on the bottom rung of society in a work camp. His only chance is to get accepted into the academy where Warriors, Psychics, Chemists, and Mages train for arm life.

    Narro has created a system of magic that is unique to me in my wanderings through the realms of fantasy. Well where have I been anyway? My most recent reads and reviews are on LARC-SicFi(dot)com/BookReviews. There is depth similar to what one expects from a genre giant like Brandon Sanderson. As if his magical system preindustrial world were not enough, Basen discovers there is more to manipulating Bastial and Sartious energy than people at the academy are aware of.

    I was given a free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.
    My copy was an audible audiobook. Narration was great! I’m not just saying that because I listen to a synthetic voice on an ereader when I don’t have audiobooks either. Young men, old men, and females all had distinct voices and traits. Narro and Wilcox made a great author and narrator team. My favorite was Stephen, who had a bothersome level of curiosity at all the wrong times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    25/08/17
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    "Slow starter"

    This was a real slow starter. I barely payed attention in the first few hours. It did finally hook me eventually though. The writing style needs work imo. Still I'll probably follow up with the series and see where it goes.

    Not a huge fan of the narrator. He was far to monotone for me. It was listenable however.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    20/08/17
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    "A fun journey "

    Kin of kings was an enjoyable listen through and took no time at all to get through. Despite being in the same setting as another series of books it isn't hard to fill in the gaps for context without long passages of exposition. It's a fun story of heroes and hardships with a very interesting magic system. Being fantasy there can be a love for details but nothing overwhelming.

    This book has some mature content and language in the older teen range but your tolerance may vary.

    Brad C. Wilcox does a good job as the narrator. I enjoyed his performance and his character voices fit and we're not jarring.

    So overall I would recommend this book for an easy listen.

    ***I received a free copy from the author, publisher or narrator at my request in exchange for an honest review***

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tony Bough
    30/01/16
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    "There is humour, action, tension and magic."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I like the story and the magic system is innovative so the story deviates nicely from the cookie cutter format. It does not shock you with sudden twists rather it flows well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Solid fantasy novel, and very quickly paced-you won't find any dawdling over meaningless details. It's also got good action and a nice pace to it.


    What does Brad C. Wilcox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoyed the narration. I think it sweeps you along and Brad has a nice voice.


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

    The setting of this book is strong and intriguing, and the characters are very interesting and I liked the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • dennis gilmartin
    5/12/16
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    "Good storyline but too short."

    I enjoyed the main character and the twist was good. Although I know it's part of a series it was still too short and I have downloaded the next book because I was not gripped

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A J Sparkes
    2/11/16
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    "Terrible narrator"

    The story appeared to have a good plot, but the narrator spoiled any kind of enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarra
    12/04/17
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    "terrible narrator"

    got a feeling this is a good series. but due to bland narrator I shall not be buying other books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anthony
    23/12/16
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a very enjoyable book with a intriguing plot line. The listen kept me in gauged throughout the whole book and left me wanting more. A really good ending didn't expect that. Think I will have to go and buy the next two in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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