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Elseerian, book one: The assassination of heroes was once a warning...for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. With hundreds of thousands dead, the races stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors in its wake. As the centuries passed, the holocaust faded into myth and legend. With the tale forgotten, the renewed signs go unheeded. Only a supreme warrior can stave off the inevitable, a warrior named Elseerian. For the killings have already begun....

The Gathering, book two: Born of darkness, the ultimate army has been unleashed. The only hope lies in destroying the source - before all life is extinguished. Fate has chosen Elseerian for the impossible feat, but as he embarks on the harrowing journey the invasion must be delayed. With time as their only weapon against extinction, the elves issue a desperate call...for every race to ally. Facing annihilation, many will realize that survival lies in unity, courage sleeps in ordinary citizens, and average people can turn the tide of war. The Gathering has begun.

Seven Days, book three: Forced to ally, the world has gathered against the endless night. Numbering over a million souls, they are the survivors of nations. They have armed themselves with weapons and magic and defend the strongest fortress ever built. Led by a supreme strategic mind, the races have organized into battalions, designed unique tactics, and fortified their position beyond any conceivable need. But now their foe is at their gates, and to a man they cling to the same hope - to survive until Elseerian can defeat the source. The best they can last is seven days....

©2013 Ben Hale (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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so predictable it was a bore to listen to

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not having such bland characters. I really cant stress just how average this was.

Has The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3 put you off other books in this genre?

Not the genre but i will never listen to anything by this author again that for sure.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Wasn't too bad really

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

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Should be a YA book. The story is so generic and bland. Kids will love it though because they don't have to think hard and its obvious from the start that the good side will win and how.

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100% worth the listen

riviting and entertaining, very much worth the listen. So far my favourite among others like mistborn emperors blade and the like.

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Best fantasy series since LOTR.

Amazing.
usually I do things while listening to a audiobook but I was totally absorbed in this series that I was a statue for 20+ hours.

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Lumineia Omnibus

Everything got put on hold while listening to this story, I became swept up in the unfolding events and all the characters trials. such an epic 7 days.

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A great listen

Would you listen to The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3 again? Why?

yes it was a great book with everything you require in a fantasy, magic, elves, trolls, fighting

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3?

cant decided

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Epic

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Generic Fantasy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I found this book quite dull and boring. The characters unremarkable and quickly forgettable. While it has some interesting scenes, on the whole I found it quite meh.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Hale again?

Yes

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The beginning was good until the main character left on his journey.

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  • Ryan
  • 30-10-2015

Should have been classed as Teen Fantasy.

The Trilogy wasn't a bad listen but it was a bit too simple for my taste. I do wish that books such as these would be listed under the teen fantasy category rather than epic fantasy.

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  • Shane
  • 04-08-2015

Great Story for Young Teens

If you could sum up The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3 in three words, what would they be?

Great Teen Story

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Hale before, how does this one compare?

No

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Great as always!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

This book was a good story, but the interactions and character development are simple yet they work for the series. The book I believe would be a good read for teens because the battles while interesting have an innocent nature (limited blood, no brutality, etc.) that removes that adult/real-life feel to them. Good guys wear white and bad guys wear black. :)

Also, the people in the book fall easily to the paths of good or evil with no conflict, concerns or inner turmoil about their decisions.So again, good teen read or in my case a new author to try while I waited for the next edition to some of the titles I am curently following.

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  • Buyerofthings
  • 15-10-2015

Omg! So freaking boring!

I wanted to care about the characters, but my goodness. I have to be honest. I couldn't make it through the whole series. I tried multiple times though, listening and re-listening to see if I was crazy but nope..... This was some of the most boring fantasy I've ever given my time too

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  • Virate190
  • 30-09-2015

Don't waste your credit

This book was awful. The main character is an overpowered trope and ultimate Mary Sue, the world is a single unending cliché built from a game of dnd, and the entire story is an overused adventure romp that reeks of naivety. The performance was good, but the book was so terrible it barely helped. I can't believe I wasted my credit on this garbage.

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  • Pam F
  • 30-06-2015

Mediocre LotR, Eragon, etc. copy

Simple story. Simple characters. Entertaining, but not worth a second listen. Glad I got them for a single credit.

What was missing were the subtle details within scenes, that bring stories to life.

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  • Julianne
  • 23-06-2015

straight out of dungeons and dragons

I'm sorry but I almost put this book down after a few hours. The conflicts are always extremely simple, the main character is overpowered, and everything is destiny, but nothing about this is done in a clever way. It was like listening to a dungeons and dragons adventure in text, played by 15 year olds. My friend and I began to listen to this just for laughs. I mean seriously, the language is called "common". The main character is only skilled at fighting and had no other skills, that's his one "flaw", it's as if all of his skill points were converted to feats, right out of D&D. The adventuring party is literally pushed from one quest to another and consists of a fighter, a ranger, a magic user, a rogue, a barbarian at one point, and one elf and one human side character fighter types. there was a little bit of creativity with the lore and the dark army, but honestly stuff I've heard before. The narrator also doesn't have almost any variance between voices for anyone, and the slight differences there are sometimes lapse if one character is speaking for a while. everything is just way too simple in this book. I'm sure it's great for a 15 year old, but it is not complex in the slightest for an adult reader who enjoys epic fantasy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2015

Long winded sappy D&D session.

I only managed to finish it because the reader was good and I have long boring hours to kill at work. The story was episodes of a D&D game mixed with lame attempts of romance and sentiment. whole story could have been told in and hour rather than the 30 something I just endured.

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  • augustp42
  • 15-06-2015

Excellent narration for a mediocre story

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Derek Perkins's narration made this book series for me. The story is essentially every cliche fantasy action sequence brought to text. Though the author has skill in characterization and world building this book reads more like a novel about fighting a bad natural disaster than a tale of good versus evil. Plot holes and weak characters abound and make the loss of truly beautiful characters feel flat and static. In my opinion the author watched to many movies about sword fighting and didn't read enough of the fantasy greats to make his action scenes feel less like they came from a kung-fu movie.

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  • S. Hayes
  • 11-08-2015

Another Tolkien Duplicate

Would you try another book from Ben Hale and/or Derek Perkins?

No. This book followed your typical, foam-top, Tolkien wanna-be formula with a few spots of originality. I didn't think a book could move so slow with minimal character definition.

What could Ben Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Better character definition and an original plot line.

What didn’t you like about Derek Perkins’s performance?

His voice differentiated the characters well. Probably would do well with some solid reading material.

What character would you cut from The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3?

May was not needed. Too many surprise characters. It was like the author was making them up as he went along.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure this book will be a wonderful read for many people. It just wasn't sophisticated enough for my expectations.

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  • MB
  • 13-12-2020

Good series!!

I quite loved this series. One of the best parts was the fact I got it in an omnibus, and could do the entire 30 plus hours in almost one setting. Maybe that fact made it a but heavy on the drama and tragedy, but all in all this was very enjoyable and I can easily recommend this to everybody.
Get it, I’m sure you would like it too

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  • Lulu
  • 27-10-2015

Intriguing, Inspiring, Edgy, Mesmerising

A great storyline with such a believable array of characters and worlds/lands. The storyline for each important character and the various important events is well developed. There's a lot of action, mystery and some romance. The thing I enjoyed most though was the strategic planning and the details of the strategic elements of the main battle - even though this is something most females would not find interesting, it is this aspect of the book that is most intriguing and intellectually stimulating. None of the heroes nor heroines in this story go unscathed and their characters and strengths are stretched and tested beyond unfathomable limits that leaves the reader in a cyclical array of intense emotions. The story may have been slow and dragging in a few places but such can be taken as a respite following or before heart-wrenching action. I like it most that you get to buy and read the trilogy at once, as an omnibus. I wish most SciFi books provided this option!

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  • MyLadyGinge
  • 08-02-2016

Hang off every word

Brilliant and captivating book Derek Perkins is perfect as always. wonderful story teller great voice.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-04-2017

awesome

gripping great characters the story full of action pure pleasure sad its finished to be honest

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  • will baker
  • 11-12-2015

wonderful

brilliantly writen excellently read an amazing trilogy excitement from start to finish definitely recommend to lovers of the magical realms.

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  • Nicholas McColgan
  • 19-11-2015

Should have been rated age 15 and under

What disappointed you about The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3?

After reading the synopsis and listening to the sample, I was expecting an exciting, fast paced and gritty action novel. What I got was a slow and tedious teenagers fantasy. The characters are totally unbelievable and lack any depth whatsoever. The story is very slow and predictable, leaving me totally uninterested in what might happen next.
Part of the problem springs from the fact that the main characters are, to my understanding, meant to be adults having trained for many years to become martial masters however they talk like young children. This isn't helped by the narrator reading the leading characters parts like he was reading a nursery rhyme. I'm not sure these trained warriors would be talking in baby voices!

Has The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3 put you off other books in this genre?

No, not really. I just need to find a well written one.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.
I should also explain that I gave up listening after chapter 16 out of over 100.
Life is just too short and thank God for Audibles refund guarantee.

Any additional comments?

Really, don't waste your money or credits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2018

amazing

Fantastic books and will listen again and again like you watch a favourite film. A breath of fresh air to have a narrator that doesn't grind on you. Derek Perkins should narrate more audio books.


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  • Graham G.
  • 21-02-2017

Great story...

Great story and Derek Perkins gives a strong and colourful narration as always. Recommended. a

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  • K
  • 10-10-2015

Dreadful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Another author writing a different story.

What will your next listen be?

Anything to wash the sound of this dreadful narrative from my bleeding ears.

Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Derek Perkins must have been desperate to have sacrificed his pride to maintain his considerable talent to read this drivel.

What character would you cut from The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3?

I'd gladly have edited the whole thing by chucking the drafts offered by Ben Hale in the bin.

Any additional comments?

The cover and, frankly, dubious review ratings are misleading. This is perhaps only a book for VERY young readers but as a teacher I still wouldn't recommend it even then. The story is so completely plot driven that is sounds like a primary school narrative and the direct speech is dull and repetitive. Characterisation is ponderous and authorial perspective is poorly controlled. How has this book got such a high rating?

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  • Samwel
  • 26-11-2020

slow start, then hook, line and sinker!

The build up in book 1 is very character building, there is a few bits that were expanded that didn't need it. However by book 2 I just wanted to keep listening, this also followed into book 3. Story was good I felt a bit let down with the character voices, they were somewhat washed out and lacked passion.

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  • Keith Dudley
  • 02-08-2020

love this world

this is the second time I've listened and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. amazing world and creation. well done.

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