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The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jareds dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor, and he flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the courts master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard.
Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava Kaa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Gail Z. Martin.
©2007 Gail Z. Martin (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Ernie on 03-13-10

How do I put this...

Well, to be brief: DO NOT BUY THIS. I think most of the critiques of the narration are accurate. This guy's reading doesn't flow very well. The pauses are in all the wrong spots, and he emphasizes words in such a way that the meaning of the sentence is altered. If it weren't for his (American) accent, I'd assume he wasn't a native speaker. Not to mention he doesn't use the voice that the author describes. He'll use a strange high pitch voice when the author mentions the character is whispering. Odd. The whole thing is choppy at best.

That being said, I'm doubtful that even a superior narrator could do much for this story. It's INCREDIBLY one-dimensional; there's no depth here at all. I felt like I was watching some second rate TV show where the characters have to complete a series of inane quests in order to save the world (think 24, or better yet, the TV version of the Sword of Truth - and yes, the plot in that show IS bad).

Additionally, there's a lack of any glimpses into the character's psychology. Essentially we get a laundry list of the facts that compose the story; there's no internal struggle or personal burden that the characters have to get past. This contributes to a lack of connection with the characters, and ultimately results in the reader not caring who lives or dies in this world because he doesn't know anyone who "lives" there. Dunno if that resonates with anyone else.

I could go on, with other things I don't like, but I'll close with one last point: To be honest, I wouldn't really mind these mediocrities, if there was at least one redeeming factor out there somewhere. I mean, couldn't you have a cool system of magic, or a vivid world, or, or...SOMETHING??? Not here.

Go check out the Mistborn trilogy if you haven't. It's about 27.54 times better than this. Give or take.

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37 of 45 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By ValueNerd on 02-25-10

good story, decent narrator

Okay, I admit that this narration is not as wonderful as seen with huge series books like LoTR or Harry Potter, but I keep seeing very bad reviews of narration (as for this book) which, when I get into the book, are perfectly acceptable. I have to give the narration reviews a far worse review than the narrators themselves. My recommendation is: listen to the sample, if it doesn't really turn you off, ignore the narration comments. If I hadn't done that, I'd have missed some very good books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tailtrix on 01-11-16

Loved it

Engaging emotional at times. Love all the characters. Cant wait to read next one. Narrator gives each character more personality. I did really like this.

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2 out of 5 stars
By neil on 03-24-14

The most annoying naration ever

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

A different narator would have saved the book - he was awful wish I'd read it on my kindle

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summoner?

Good plot

Would you be willing to try another one of Gail Z. Martin and Peter Ganim ’s performances?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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