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Download Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The long-awaited brand new novel in the best-selling Valdemar series.

In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13-year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anki | 2/17/2014

    " I was very excited to see that Mercedes Lackey would be returning to Valdemar, and this book did not disappoint. Fun characters, adventure, and a world I've grown to love and enjoy visiting. My only real frustration is that I read the book so quickly, so now I have no new Valdemar reading until the next book comes out (well, there's that short story anthology that comes out soon; that should be interesting). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Maiello | 2/12/2014

    " Different! Dallen alone shows differences by revealing a lot about the world as it is which companions don't usually do. there's also a lot of unanswered questions like why dallen doesn't like highborns? it wasn't the most impressive book she written but still wroth reading so i give it average rating "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/10/2014

    " i had become a bit disillusioned with this series, but i enjoyed this book almost as much as "Arrows of the Queen" which i loved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/22/2014

    " A Valdemar story set at the time of the founding of the Collegium. All of Lackey's signature plot elements and a great story in the engrossing world of Valdemar. First in a series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Attica Musings | 1/22/2014

    " Loved it. Loved Mags... intrigued by the whole direction and spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, but at the time I read it I was reading a lot of Valdemar books, and did not see it as exceptional. I read the next 2 in the series some years later, and in retrospect, think that the story of Mags and Dallen is one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margotd | 1/15/2014

    " Oh, Mercedes Lackey. I've read this book before. I liked it a lot better when it was Talia's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Flynn | 12/31/2013

    " Fairly good read. But the ending was a big disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Mason | 12/20/2013

    " Like an old friend. Valdemar books were among the first fantasy books I ever read. I enjoyed another Valdemar book. Not quite the detail I remember in the older ones, but still a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brycen | 12/4/2013

    " This book is back to the normal high quality that the older books of this series showed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/1/2013

    " Good book, but the ending needed some work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/26/2013

    " I will just always love Valdemar. The end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 11/3/2013

    " I was rather excited to return to Valdemar again. While this is the comfort junkfood of fantasy I still love it and eagerly await the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tani | 10/20/2013

    " Formulaic, but a formula I've always enjoyed, so I can't hold it against it that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lola | 5/4/2013

    " Another book to further flesh out Valdemar. A nic quick read with interesting characters, the first in a trilogy so the story picks up speed as it approaches the end and leaves you wanting to know where the events will take the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 2/23/2013

    " Really liked this start of a trilogy but curious to see where she takes this. Reminds me of the Last Herald Mage books, with a less angsty protag, which is a bit of a departure for her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/29/2012

    " I love this book. I reread it from time to time. I agree with those who call Mercedes Lackey the comfort food of fantasy. I revel in her books when I need a pick-me-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 9/7/2012

    " This was not my favorite book by Mercedes Lackey, but I still enjoyed it very much! I always love reading about the Heralds of Valdemar and can't wait to read the next book in her new series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spazfungus | 8/31/2012

    " Like Brian Jacques' books, if you've read one, you've read them all. But returning to the kingdom of Valdemar is still a pleasant way to pass time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie Garnett | 3/4/2012

    " Started out great, but fizzled at the end. Couldn't wait for it to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamra Darland | 2/7/2012

    " another Great book by Mercedes lackey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riana Elizabeth | 12/30/2011

    " Entertaining, but story just felt like an obvious set up for the following book, as if it had been written a longer book and then lazily cut to make two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 10/24/2011

    " Well-told entry in the ongoing Valdemar series and one that takes place very early in that world's history. A realistically naive young hero and interesting, if not break-takingly paced, plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sqyire21 | 5/20/2011

    " An excellent addition to the Valdemar series. I found the book entertaining and moving. I can't wait for the next one of this series, as the ending leaves little doubt there must be a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 5/4/2011

    " Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite author. Love revisiting her world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 4/27/2011

    " Same old, same old. Amusing enough that I will probably read the rest of the series. Lackey sure can crank them out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/10/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but then usually I like anything by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deyara | 3/10/2011

    " Enjoyable read. Ill-treated orphan gets chosen and his life gets turned around and he saves the world is a bit overdone, but the characters are great so its forgivable. Been ages since I read any Mercedes Lackey and quite liked this. May have to look out some of her other work I have missed... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 12/29/2010

    " An interesting book. For all that Lackey seems to have decided on a pretty firm formula for her Valdemar books, she always manages to keep her new Heralds interesting and the story fresh. I can't wait for the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/27/2010

    " Decent Lackey fair. Nothing astounding, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesse | 12/15/2010

    " a little boring and formulaic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karrama | 12/9/2010

    " I didn't really love this book, and will probably read it again just because I like the idea of a world where the companions keep the judge juries and executioners honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/9/2010

    " a satisfying continuation of the valdemar series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 12/5/2010

    " I'm 'reading' this on audio.

    It seems a little slow, but I'm enjoying the creation of this new world. "

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About the Author
Author Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fan­tasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.