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Summoner

Written by: Eric Vall
Narrated by: Joshua Story
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Gryff never knew he was the most powerful summoner in the world until a rogue monster attacked his village.

Now, he's been recruited into the top magical academy, beautiful women are breaking down his dorm-room door, and the headmaster has big, big plans for him. Instead of summoners being maligned by society, Gryff is in a position to make them revered and honored.

There's just one problem: The most powerful fire mage in the academy wants to protect the status quo and will do anything to stop him.

This novel has harem elements.

©2018 Eric Vall (P)2019 Eric Vall

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Couldn’t get past the perspective.

I did not finish this book.
The narrator’s character voices are great, and they do a good job of the dialogue but their narration of the story from the point of view of the main character was all over the place and kept finding myself focused on the strange pauses, emphasis’s, and inflections in places that didn’t make any sense. After every sentence I found myself waiting for the sentence to continue because... it just might!
I can’t speak on the story since in didn’t get past the start, but I’ve seen it recommended lots so I’m sure it’s fine.

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good narration weak story

the narrator did a great job with the voices and pacing. but the story is weak and extremely cliche. the female characters are all standard types like tsundere, prankster/clown and over sexed teacher. the backstories for the support characters are spoon fed as every character bears there souls when asked rather then natural progression thru interaction.

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good

Was a good story and narrator the narrator was top notch. left with wanting more.

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  • Darren Silvers
  • 2019-01-21

story not very good

the story was really everywhere. it was too short and I had a hard time with the main character hooking up so much without. gaining any kind of attachment to any girl.

the character seemed too powerful and didn't struggle. anything he didn't know or needed was handed to him. overall I was bored.

the readers of the audio did a great job overall but they also had a bad script to work through.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • David Riemer
  • 2019-01-23

Not my kind of book.

I lost interest about half way though this book and stopped. This books main character has his good moments but the book as a whole dragged it down. Summoners are one of a few kinds of magically capable people in this world. Summoners to this point surprisingly have yet to realize the obvious combination combat capabilities of the summoned monsters. I mean after so many decades you can't be serious. A town gets attacked by monsters, the main character displayes his revolutionary monster combo tecnique, and is snapped up by a convenient head master flying past in an air ship. The book ambles on and I was just not impressed. Summoners makes me think really hard about pokemon and how this author must have gotten their inspiration for the magic class from them. Also so many of these monsters were made for the purpose of being used in combinations or in menial labor I mean cement trolls? Really? They excrete fast hardening cement. The only thing that could save this book in my eyes were the romance scene as promised by the summary. This too let me down as the romance was just DTF. No romance about it. Then you have the scenes themselves which were depressingly short and lacking in detail. Narrator tried to save it but this is just a book that didn't need to be made into an audio book.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • The Anime Adict
  • 2019-02-08

How was this even published?

I like to think I'm a rather forgiving reader, especially for a genre that I typically enjoy such as the harem fantasy genre and its various subs. But after listening through the first 35 minutes, 25 of which was exposition or getting told how someone was feeling. I can deal with that usually because I'm used to it. However, the first clincher was when the MC saves a village, because you know risking your life for complete strangers is just the right thing to do no other reason, just using his brains in no spectacular way to defeat a big bad. Breathe, then immediately afterwards the great high best wizard ever person shows up to tell the MC, that he is the special, TWICE. The scene was literally "Oh wow you did nothing that anyone else with just an ounce of intelligence could have also managed but you're the special! You're the chosen one! Why because I said so! By the way you're coming to my magic school because Hogwarts!" Then the MC awakens the next morning to have pretty girl who he has apparently slept with be all lovey and amazed because he's the special.

At this point I put the book down, I can only handle so much as I am not a masochist. Maybe it gets better past the first hour, but given the book is only 7.5 hours long I doubt it. It had promise, with a hint of a non-traditional none whiny hero, an interesting magic system and an attractive cover, but it just falls short. Well so much for my "it has a sequel so it can't be horrible rule." I'll be returning this book and going to listen to see if William D. Arand, Michel Scott Earl, C.J Cepriono, Prax Venter, Harmon Cooper or someone that actually knows how to write a good story never mind a good harem.

Lastly the narrator did pretty good given the brain numbing junk they were given to read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles S.
  • 2019-01-08

Be prepared for repeats

Over all the book is good the editing on the audio needs work multiple times a phrase will be repeated. It dose break the Immersion a bit but dose not ruin the book

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben
  • 2019-03-01

it's a cringefest

I have to give points to the reader, here really put gusto into polishing this turd.

Summoner is set in an interesting world, with airships, castles, and people of many kinds. it is beset by portals that open from the shadow world to spew out evil monsters to invade the world. Our hero the summoner is an unknowing prodigy that uses the amazing power of teamwork to be the best summoner ever, and invited to the magical academy where our adventure is set.

The prose is melodramatic, describing everything they encounter, every woman he meets, and every spell, action, and characterization as grandiosely as possible. Brace yourself for Dragon Ball Z style powercreep and battles that despite scale and grandure lack any real stakes.

the dialogue is often cringey, and stilted, though not irredeemably so.

It's a fine enough piece of escapist fiction, but in terms of writing, it's only a few steps above fan fiction.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Cory
  • 2019-01-13

skipping records destroy story

but overall I've only given two Stars the reason for that is the editor of this story has made it so it's like a skipping record that continually but hits a certain spot skips repeats skips repeats this is so bad I'm returning it but I'm doing so under a protest that the author should be paid by the editor for how horribly they've mango the story by their doing this practice of skipping and repeating sentences

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • 2019-02-12

performance is worth the listen alone

this book was very enjoyable, it read like a harem anime and I really liked it. I was completely blown away by the audio version of the book it really went above and beyond

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Johnson
  • 2019-01-21

Enjoyable.

I enjoyed this book. The narrator muddled voices here and there and occasionally mistimed the cadence of some dialogue but I still look forward to the next installment

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • trevor
  • 2019-01-11

omg

so great, I've been patiently waiting for this to come to audible and now I wait for his next books

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Denmark Millan
  • 2019-03-18

Great Story

The story & main character made me enjoy this book, it felt like something from an anime & I rather liked that.