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The Witches of Eileanan

Narrated by: Elle Newlands
Series: The Witches of Eileanan, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

‘Twas a time when dragons left their lair and evil shadowed the land....

On the Day of Reckoning, the witches of Eileanan were outlawed - and violations of the new order were punishable by death. Eileanan’s Great Towers, once meccas of magic and learning, were left in ruins. And now, the entire land trembles in fear. 

Yet deep in the mountains, in the shadow of Dragonclaw, a young girl is being tutored in the old ways. Ignorant of her past, uncertain of her future, the foundling Isabeau will soon be forced down a dangerous path of prophecy, conspiracy, and magic. It is a world where dragons possess the key to ancient mysteries, where a lost prince will discover a strange and wondrous destiny, and where the ultimate battle between good and evil will be waged. 

A new Day of Reckoning is at hand....

©1998, 2019 Kate Forsyth (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Awesome read

This is one of my all time favourite series, I read them so long ago that I don't remember much that happened. So they have been on my reread list for a while now. I was so excited to see them come out as an audiobook but a bit worried about how it would read. It was even better then I could have hoped and I loved revisiting this world. Definitely will be buying all six books if/when they become available.

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Unexpected pronunciations but overall loved the audiobook

I was initially taken aback by the narrator- particularly the way she pronounced some of the words. That’s probably just because I don’t know the correct pronunciation though, having only ever come across these words and names written down.
But I’ve grown to love the narrator’s voice. I really enjoyed her portrayal of Brun! She does a good job distinguishing between the characters. I love this series and I’ve really enjoyed this audiobook. Already downloaded the next one!

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Note to the director/ narrator:

The word “timbre” is *ALWAYS* pronounced:

*Tam-ber*
Please note this, for this book, and for future reference!

It was mispronounced three times in this book, which, as you can imagine, is like nails down the blackboard. Especially when an author has chosen to use a particular word so many times!

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I’m so happy

I’m so excited! I’ve been waiting for this, it’s my favourite series and since having kids I haven’t had time to reread it, I really love Elles voice :) it suited the story very well

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Amazing read

I have read these books over and over since I was a teenager when I first discovered them, and I still love the story. Listening to it has given it a new depth and has made it so much easier to imagine it all. The narrator gives life to each character with their own unique tone. I can't wait to listen to the remain8ng books in this series.

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One of my all time favourite Epic Fantasy series

I have been a fan of this series for 20 years. I was so excited when I found out Audible was finally going to make it into an audiobook version. Kate Forsyth is a master story teller - intelligent, interesting multifaceted characters and story lines. Often with many strong and relatable female character(s) - which I love. No boring 'absolutely evil' or 'absolutely good' characters. I think this is her only epic fantasy series - I wish there were more. This story I think was well read by Elle Newlands - I enjoyed her Scottish accent, her pace and easily followed the changes from character to character. As an Aussie I am super proud to share this country with such an amazing author as Kate Forsyth. I can't recommend any of her works more highly. However, since my favourite genre is Epic Fantasy - this series is a keeper and this first book and this series is something I will personally listen to repeatedly for the rest of my life.

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Gaelic High Fantasy

I loved this as a teenager and have enjoyed listening to the story over again. It’s hard to be the narrator of an old favourite, and I thought the mispronounced Scots words were jarring, though the narration was otherwise fine.

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  • CrystalS1205
  • 21-11-2019

A Great Series

I have read the paperback version of this book more times than I can count and I have loved this series since I first discovered it. I was so excited to see it is finally coming out on audible. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and speaking in a clear voice. Although the accent is heavy, it is easily understood and really brings the characters different personalities to life. The voices used make it extremely easy to differentiate between each character. I highly recommend this book. If you love a story of magic and sci fi filled with great accents and a gripping story then this series is for you.

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  • desilou
  • 04-12-2019

Excellent!

The narrator did a beautiful job bring this wonderful tale to life! Although it took me a little bit of the book to adjust to the new universe & phrasing, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger I am excited that the second book is already available and it looks like the rest of the books are coming soon :)

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  • Am
  • 08-12-2019

Waited a long time for this series

I stumbled across this book in my campus bookstore when it was new and read the series several times over the years. I’ve waited and searched for this to be released on an audio version for years.

I knew the most important choice for this book would be the narrator. The accent would be critical.

Elle Newlands was a new narrator to me and did not disappoint!

I’m so happy to finally have this on Audible ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2019

Great Book and well Read

I enjoyed this book greatly, I have the hard copy version but I was nice hearing it the accent it should be. very well read, loved it.

it would have been nice if this book came out before the Pool of Two Moons though.

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  • Jamie
  • 29-11-2019

So Good

This book was so good I binged it in two days. Great story and start to a series. I had been in the biggest book slump I can remember before finding this book. Great fantasy story for those who like fantasy but can’t get into high fantasy novels. I can’t recommend the book enough. I have been a fan of Kate Forsyth since discovering her book Bitter Greens. Her books are full of imagination and great writing. She is indeed a story teller. I’m very happy that this is a series and have already purchased all the books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2019

Loves this

I've waited 20 years for this audiobook and was very pleased to hear it read properly with the accent. would definitely reccomend to friends.