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  • Heirs of Grace

  • By: Tim Pratt
  • Narrated by: Leslie Hull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Summary

Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.

Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his 20s and they hit it off right away - and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk...and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

More important, the junk in her new house is magical, she’s surrounded by monsters, and her life seems to be in mortal peril every time she ventures into a new room. As Bekah discovers more about her mysterious benefactor and the magical world he inhabited, she’s realizes that as tough and resourceful as she is, she might just be in over her head...

Heirs of Grace is a tale of family and magic, action and wonder, blending the strong heroine, cheeky humor, and dark fantasy that have become the hallmarks of Tim Pratt’s writing.

©2014 Tim Pratt (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Good supernatural storyline

Not my usual audio book but I enjoyed it. felt like I wanted more. Which is a good sign I suppose.

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Felt like it should have been bigger

I really enjoyed the first half or so of this book. The main character was very likeable and determinedly pragmatic and her sidekick/love interest much the same but with all the interesting back story and secondary characters I was expecting a much more intense and finely tuned climax. It was entertaining and had so much more potential than the very blah ending we ended up with. It would have been fine for the first book in a series or as the first part of a much longer novel but as it stands it was surprisingly unsatisfying in the end. I also think a major plot point that would have added another layer to the back story and the character’s history was completely overlooked and was surprised that Becca didn’t voice her curiosity on the maternal half of her parentage more or *at all*. The narration was excellent and I really enjoyed the performance. Overall a nice way to spend a few hours but expect to come away with a simmering frustration if you expect something more than a ‘and then they all lived happily ever after’ when you’ve invested a good slice of time in such a promising and interesting beginning.

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Better than I expected

Never judge a book by its cover! Expecting a rather cheesy, superficial cozy story as a bit of light relief. This was actually a rather good story, with interesting characters whose decisions weren't totally head-smackingly dim. Nice.

What made it a stand-out for me was the excellent narration. Shame on me, but I don't always enjoy female narrators who just don't seem to have the vocal range for the characters. Anyhoo, this lady nailed it totally.

No follow-up yet that I can see. Hopefully I won't have to wait tooooo long.

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loved it

i really enjoyed this book it had a original story line and was funny and lighthearted

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An enjoyable trip into the world of magic

This book book delves into the world of magic and romance bringing tough family ties into the twists and turns of the storylines thoroughly enjoyable !

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  • Striker
  • 22-08-16

A Magical Masterpiece - Outstanding Audiobook

This was one of the better books that I have listened to in a very long time. I actually listened to it twice! The story was very well written, the characters were real and believable, the overall concept of the story was fascinating, and it was actually funny enough at some points to make me laugh out loud. Add to all of that a top-notch narration and you've got a true magical masterpiece!

Bekah is a recent Art School graduate and still figuring out what she wants to do with her life. She learns that her absent biological father has passed away leaving her his large house, vast property, and enough money that she will be able to take a year or two off. While she is skeptical about receiving such a gift from a man she has never met, she nevertheless drives the 11 hours to take possession of the property and make an effort at possibly becoming an artist. What she discovers is more than just a house, but a ramshackle mansion filled with seemingly random junk.

It only takes her a few days to realize that her father was more than just an average man... Many of the objects in his home, and even the home itself, have strange magical powers. Magic books, invisible cars, objects that heal, transporting mirrors, and bells of truth are only the beginning of what she discovers.

However, she was not the only child of Archibald Grace. She has other siblings that not only know a lot more about the family than she does, but have magical abilities of their own. Though some turn out to be allies, others show themselves to be enemies bent on inheriting their fathers powers before Bekah can...

This was not your average magical story. There was a true uniqueness here that I can only hope the author will someday turn into a series.

Narration for this book was absolutely top-notch. There were a surprising number of voices and characters that the narrator performed flawlessly with exactly the right voices and tones that added to the overall story.

You will not be disappointed with this book. I highly recommend!!

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  • A
  • 10-06-14

decent listen

Decent fantasy story, narrator has a few minor issues like making any male with a southern accent sound like he's 65 years old but overall wasn't bad. At least she narrates like a normal person talks and doesn't feel the need to precisely enunciate every single letter of every word like some do. It isn't great literature, but it's an interesting story that moves at a good pace, and that's all I was looking for. My biggest pet peeve is that the main character always referred to her love interest as a "boy," as in "the boy I like" or "the boy I kissed," even though they were both fully adult twenty-something college graduates instead of sixth graders. It just sounded childish. Maybe it was supposed to be her feminist answer to women her age being called "girls" by men; maybe it was some linguistic fad from recent years that I missed (I'm forty-something, not twenty-something). Either way, it was annoying, but not enough to ruin the book.

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  • L. Donley
  • 27-07-16

Enjoyable story, but...

This was an unexpectedly enjoyable book. Funny, suspenseful, clever. My only complaint is the overuse of the F-word. I'm not a prude, but it's not like this was some inner city gritty crime novel. It's set in the south for heavens sake! And we say things like "for heavens sake!"

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  • Shana
  • 27-05-14

Great book. A series would be enjoyable.

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

Sure. It was fun. Easy reading. Times you needed to be sharp to follow. Other times was pretty fun. *Definitely needs a note about the language though*. My 13 yr old would enjoy this very much but too many f bombs thrown around consistently.

What did you like best about this story?

The real personality of the main character. She made me smile throughout.

Have you listened to any of Leslie Hull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. This one was good though. Wasn't a distraction from the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

More than anyone bargained for.

Any additional comments?

Another fun read. Most of the time there was no gut clench as I got through the stressful spots. Was easy to root for the main character. & I loved her friends. The brother scene completely weirded me out though.

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  • Donna (Girl Who Reads)
  • 02-10-18

Really enjoyed it

This isn't my typical read, but I really enjoyed. I wish it was a series because I quite liked the characters.

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  • Kay D. Peddie
  • 21-07-16

Not What I Expected

What a trip! It's like a hidden puzzle, Clue game, with good and bad guys and a bit of snogging. The narration is spot on! Try it. I believe you'll love it.

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  • Jess
  • 21-02-15

Had a lot of promise, but fell flat for me.

I wasn't super impressed with this one. The premise of inheriting a magical house was pretty cool, but the characters felt pretty contrived to me. Becca was unbearably smug. The author had her use obscure words constantly so that the other characters could revel in her brilliance. I found that obnoxious. Honestly her character seemed like she was trying too hard to be edgy. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator either. Her southern accents were awful. Think of how Bill Compton says Sookie's name on Trueblood. And then imagine one of the main characters sounding like that every time he spoke. The last thing that really bothered me was that the narrator gave Becca's gay friend a stereotypically effeminate voice. Not all gay men talk that way. That was just offensive. The listeners could have picked up that he was gay from what the author wrote. No need to reinforce homophobic stereotypes. I don't think I'd listen to this narrator again.

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  • Tim Charlton
  • 29-09-17

Really enjoyed this book

This book is a bit like listening to a sitcom. Lots of serious situations not taken very serious, lots of punchlines and jokes. If you don't mind your storytelling done in that fashion you should really enjoy this one. The characters are likeable and dislikeable and it's an interesting take on magic.

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  • Amy
  • 01-07-14

Cute

Interesting story line, most of it was easy to follow, needed to re listen to a few parts to understand just what happened, but that was OK. I liked the people and I would read more about them. The sisters and trips were fun. I liked the solution to the problem at the end.

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  • Amy
  • 05-05-22

Hilarious Comfort Read

Heirs of Grace is a book that I stumbled across while browsing, and I am very happy to have found it. While the plot might seem like something out of a only-halfway-decent YA novel (female protagonist unexpectedly inherits an amazing fortune and magic and problems), the thing I like best about the book is that it takes all the inherent problems that the prospective halfway-decent-YA-novel would have and fixes them by having the protagonist deal with those problems in more or less the way that an intelligent adult would. Plus, the writing is hysterical; the sheer amount of sass and sarcasm that saturates the story caused me to break down in laughter at multiple points. Heirs of Grace has become one of my favorite books and it is one that I would happily recommend.

EDIT: Even after my fourth time rereading, I still love this book. Five out of five stars; would enthusiastically recommend.