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Publisher's Summary

Songs of the Earth is the most compelling debut fantasy novel since Patrick Rothfuss first hit the shelves four years ago, with the stunning The Name of the Wind. Combining superb characterisation with an epic story, it is beautifully told and engaging from the very first word. Gair is under a death sentence. He can hear music - music with power - and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he's a witch, and he's going to be burnt at the stake. Even if he could escape, the Church Knights and their witch finder would be hot on his heels while his burgeoning power threatens to tear him apart from within. There is no hope… none except a secretive order, themselves persecuted almost to destruction. If Gair can escape, if he can master his own growing, dangerous abilities, if he can find the Guardians of the Veil, then maybe he will be safe. Or maybe he'll discover that his fight has only just begun.
©2011 Elspeth Cooper (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Eivind on 02-11-12

The beginning

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I got the strong feeling that this book is the first book of many (Wild Hunt Trilogy). If this friend was well versed in the fantasy genre with its one-book-a-year series, then sure. I would recommend it. It is well written first novel set in a setting of Witchcraft, Inquisitions and Crusades. It is very familiar, yet not something I have really encountered before in any fantasy novel.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elspeth Cooper? Why or why not?

Yes. I did enjoy it and when and if a second book in this trilogy comes out I will probably pick it up as well.

Any additional comments?

Just like the first book in many a series this book suffers somewhat from trying to prepare us for the series and the next books. I felt like the first 90% of the book was spent world-building and setting up possible plots for the

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peppermint on 02-13-12

Good start

Would you listen to Songs of the Earth again? Why?

Yes. The book started out very slow (and a bit boring) but it slowly got better and better as it progressed.

What did you like best about this story?

As the story developed I couldn't help starting to care about the different characters. How would they deal with the challenges they faced? Would they succeed? Would they at least survive? It kept me listening well into the night.

Any additional comments?

I do not agree with this being

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 04-10-13

Songs of The Earth

Having been taken in by the book's description in which it is compared to 'The Name of the Wind' I had expected a book of a similar, if not the same, caliber. Unfortunately, as I'm sure you can tell from my rating, I was sorely disappointed.

The characters are so bland and flat that a two dimensional shape would feel pangs of jealousy. Due to his lack of any depth the protagonist, Gair, is simply impossible to like. Not that you'll dislike him either; that would require him to have some sort of personality. He simply exists. While the motivations and feelings of other characters are delved into with slightly more success the descriptions ultimately fail to bring any of them to life.

The plot would be passable were concepts not taken almost directly, 'cookie cutter' style, from other fantasy titles and real history and then stitched awkwardly together. Perhaps I am being slightly too harsh and dismissive in that the plot of the book could have been acceptable had it not been poorly executed. That to me is the crux of the matter, I simply could not stand the trudging, simplistic style.

I am sure there are some out there who will love this book but it's simply not for me and I was exceptionally glad to see the end of it.

That all being said Allan Corduner, the narrator, did a fine job however not even his valiant attempt could save this audiobook for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 04-12-12

A Rich tapestry and engaging characters

I loved this book from the first few chapters. Well written with superb narration.
A thoroughly engaging read. Really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the parts.

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