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  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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By: Dawn Chapman
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
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Kendro, King of the Aonise, can do nothing to prevent their sun from collapsing, consuming their home planet, Letháo, in a single fiery blast. Running out of time and options, he evacuates the entire population, setting off into the unknown galaxy in four crowded ships. Under constant danger from their ancient enemy, the Zefron, treasonous dissent seeps into his inner circle. Threatened inside and out, Kendro struggles with whom to trust, until a mysterious vision finally brings hope to the distraught king. A new home awaits the Aonise - if Kendro can only unite them long enough to survive the journey.

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A great start of a sci fi series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought this was a fantastic start of a sci fi series. The story is fast paced and a delightful blend of action and intrigue. The author does a great job of world/character building. The narrator, too, did a great job on bringing the book to life. I will definitely look for more in this series.

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A great read / listen

Dawn Chapman has created a fully formed world and for a few short hours you can inhabit it with her. Greg Tremblay's performance is exceptional and he brings her creation to life in a way that insinuates itself into your brain. Highly recommended!

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  • Striker
  • 24-10-17

Very Good. Sci-fi with a Bit of Fantasy.

This was a good book that managed to mix science fiction in with a little fantasy in a way that worked. It is hard to blend the two genres well, but I thought the author did quite a good job. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to listening to more from this author.

The narrator was good here as well. Looking forward to listening to him again.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 16-06-17

prejudges are not specific to the human race

Lethao, home planet of the Aonise is under imminent destruction. Their sun is dying and will soon collapse. Kendro, their King, organizes a total evacuation in four large ships. But they have two problems: the Aonise do not have a destination, and they will have to escape and fight the Zefron, their mortal enemies. Sadly these are not the only troubles Kendro will find, since there is some rivalry among the four big houses, and some of them will attempt to assassinate him. Maybe, and just maybe, Taliri will bring some hope to the Aonise and their King.

I had my eye on this book for a very long time, since I follow Dawn Chapman on Facebook, so it has been an honor to be able to review this audiobook. I have to say that I am absolutely impressed, not only with Chapman’s writing skills, but also with her capability for world building and creating well developed characters.

This is a very dense book, with several subplots which add depth to the main story. We are progressively introduced to the characters, helping the listener to remember and associate names to personalities, ranks and jobs. In some cases they are referred by their surname and other times by their given name. This posed no issues for me since Chapman did a very good job in presenting each character and making them unique, and in a way this made them more real. Their conversations and relationships were fluid and felt real. I liked the fact that not all is black or white, and we witness an atypical relationship between two important characters in the book. I guess prejudges are not specific to the human race.

There is a great world building here. We learn about the Aonise society, their customs and part of their biology. I found very interesting and original the birth marks they have on their bodies and how they use their croex (energy) in a way that would seem almost magical to us. Their way of bonding was something unique that added another dimension to the story.

The Aonise have their own language, and we get a glimse of it here. There are some words which are repeated several times, like ‘water’, incorporating the Aonise word to the text in a seamleass way. The chapter titles appear in both Aonise and English, which really shows a great amount of work behind this book.

Greg Tremblay’s narration and style was perfect for this book. He used a neutral accent for the narration and a different accent for the Aonise, making it more credible. Tremblay also gave different voices to the characters, so that it was always clear who was talking. He also transmitted well the characters emotions and succeeded in having the listener immersed in the story. The only issue I found with the audio production was a little noise at the end of a paragraph.

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There is a continuation to this book called ‘The Secret King: First Contact’, in which the Aonise arrive to their destination. I am really looking forward to an audio version of this book. I love the Anoise world, and I hope Dawn Chapman will have more Aonise adventures for us.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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  • Matthew
  • 22-07-16

Just did not grab me..

What did you like best about The Secret King: Lethao? What did you like least?

Nothing really grabbed at me, there was a lot of action but no substance. I did not connect or relate to any characters. I read other review and there was a mention of Battle Star Galactica but it did nothing for me.. never watched the show.

Could you see The Secret King: Lethao being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe... Battle Star Galactica.. ?

Any additional comments?

There was no connection for me to the book. Even the different names of all the characters was so foreign to me that I was not even paying attention anymore. Maybe if I have watched Battle Star Galactica it would have made more sense.This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Kerry's Corner
  • 27-12-16

EPIC, Emotional, Exciting.

WOWZA! NO... FREAKIN' WOWZA!
A nail-biter from the first, I quickly became emotionally invested in the characters. Intrigue, secrets (hard to do when emotions are literally written on your arm) and mystery. Prophecy. Politics. And a planet destroyed by a star going nova. Such a wonderfully complex plot.
The narrator did a fantastic job. I loved the unusual accents the characters had.

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 25-09-16

Battlestar Gallactica meets Game of Thrones!

Dawn Chapman has struck gold with this book. It takes the very best of sci fi, a worldwide evacuation in a small fleet due to invasion by an implacable foe, and adds the political elements and intrigues of a kingdom with multiple noble houses. Add to this a King who who is mentally connected with all his subjects, and you have sci fi of epic proportions. With enemies without and withing, the King of Lethao, Kendro, must see his people safely to a new world, all while surviving the plots to bring him down. With a fast paced plot, lots of action and some outstanding characters that you can really get into, this is a book for any sci fi fan looking for a new series.
Greg Trembley's narration is spot on, giving each character a voice all their own, and moving the story along at a consistent pace. I for one can't wait to see where the story goes in the next book.

I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the Author in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.

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  • Reg
  • 28-07-16

Richly Drawn New Universe

Dawn Chapman has conceived of a detailed, intricate society with characters that are intense and compelling. Kendro must save his people from a dying sun, an enemy bent on destroying them for apparently no reason at all, and from enemies within his own royal house. In the middle of it all, he has to find the energy and alliances to save his son and hold his number one together as well.

Aonise who seem on the king's side to begin with turn out to be enemies and others who appear sinister turn out to be friends. In the middle of it all are complex family relationships with familial struggles to work out. This is a story science fiction story fans will be able to sink their teeth into. I, for one, will be on the lookout for the next book in the series to see if Kendro can overcome all the obstacles placed before him and find the courage to face his greatest enemy and save his family and people.

Greg Tremblay does an excellent job bringing this universe to life. Each character has a distinct voice that he accomplishes through surprisingly subtle variations. I enjoyed the story much more because of his ability to consistently pronounce all of the exotic words used to create the people and language used to create the Aonise culture and society.

I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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  • MANI
  • 14-06-16

Lethao

What did you like best about this story?

It was good for a sci-fi type of book. like Star Trek I had a hard time at first getting into the book. but I enjoyed it. as I listened along It's a perfect story if you are into this genre.

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  • C.T.
  • 21-04-17

A very 70s action science fiction romp

Psychic powers, monarchs, plots, ancient rivalries, and fleeing from a doomed world. This is an excellent novel with a great narration. It's a bit slow at the beginning but I have to say it picks up by the midpoint and never lets up. It reminds me a lot of the old Battlestar Galactica problem (the 70s version, not the 2000s one) but with better plotting. I definitely recommend this to people who want a big and epic sci-fi drama in space.

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  • Audio Audits
  • 14-02-17

Didn't Pull Me In

I liked the idea of this audiobook and love Greg Tremblay as a narrator, so I was disappointed the story never caught on with me. I found the characters and names difficult to follow and while some parts of the story were exciting, it just didn't move quickly enough for me and I found myself losing interest.

The writing is well done, it just feels like this 12-hour audiobook could have been tightened up and edited down to 9 hours and then the pacing of this Sci-Fi story would have been perfect to me.

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  • Rapsoulish
  • 18-01-17

Great space odyssey

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

Yeah I would, especially if he likes Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica aso. I liked the intricate magic which the author created and the voice of the narrator worked good with this sci fi.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret King: Lethao?

The moment Kendra showed his fatherly love to his child.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

His voice kept me going, I listened to his narrating in one go, missed a night of sleep but was well worth it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment where Octav lost his bond and soulmate.

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