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Download Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One (Unabridged) Audiobook, by D. M. Cornish
3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. M. Cornish Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN:
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Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 1/29/2014

    " yuck, school book club book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Taylor | 1/26/2014

    " I read this a couple of years ago, and I really enjoyed it. It is about an orphan who is apprenticed to be a lamp lighter, but on his way there discovers he may have a talent for monster fighting. I thought this was a really good book, and a fun story boys from 10 on up would like. I started the second book but somehow it got lost in the many books I get tangled in. I need to try it again because I know it will be a fun continuation of the foundling's adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae H | 12/17/2013

    " I liked this book. It was a freebie book I got this past July at San Diego Comic-con. Interesting characters, original world... just really cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy victoria | 12/10/2013

    " it was really good but ended rather suddenly, diffrent to read though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 12/7/2013

    " This book is phenomenal. The writing is deep and perhaps ridiculously detailed. The characters are fresh and fascinating. And most interestingly, at the center of the series, the lore is extraordinarily detailed. The creation of this fictional world was a massive undertaking, and its author had began to create far before he ever started writing about it through the eyes of the protagonist, the young boy Rossamund, in a cohesive story. Rossamund grows up in an orphanage, with no real known parents. He is bullied and made fun of for his love of reading and lack of athletic ability. These are all typical themes in books and such a summary would appear to set up for a dull cookie-cutter coming of age fantasy Harry Potter repeat. But this is not the case. Rossamund's tale weaves and spins through drastic and fascinating cultures and places, and he meets a variety of bizarre people along the way. This book is very steampunk. If this is a genre of interest for you, I would highly suggest it. Much of the battle is this book is based on odd chemicals. There are ships run by animal organs. Not only is Cornish a talented writer, but also an illustrator. This book is filled with sketches of characters and places, all of which greatly enhance the experience and add to the oddity and uniqueness of the book. At the back of the book is a massive appendix, for Cornish's own made-up terms, jobs, and weapons, a massive amount of information, the likes of which I haven't seen since the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeeshan | 12/6/2013

    " Awesome book. loved the story... however some of the parts seemed hurried. looking forward to read the remaining books of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 12/5/2013

    " I really disliked this book, I think this is mainly because I was young when I read it, and I hadn't had read a large range of books, but nevertheless the book was extremely hard to understand and there were too many different things you had to know to keep up with it all. Very confusing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Nembhard | 12/3/2013

    " It is a really good read. I recommend this for people of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ema | 11/29/2013

    " Starts off a bit slow, very long winded. Not that into it yet.... I hope it gets better as it progresses or I'll just return it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Abernathy | 11/27/2013

    " Young Adult fantasy/horror, with plenty of violence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deana | 11/17/2013

    " The illustrations are wonderfully done, this would have made an excellent graphic novel. The author/ illustrator clearly spent a great deal of time world building. It is extraordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Keyes | 11/12/2013

    " If you like Harry Potter, give this a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorrie | 5/15/2013

    " It was tolerable, though the diction was a bit overblown, if you ask me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 3/15/2013

    " Monster Blood Tattoo creates an interesting world that still suffers a bit from "first-book" syndrome: not enough happens in this first installment! However, it's great to see such an original fantastic realm--home to monsters that are more of the under the bed variety than dragons and elves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/5/2012

    " wonderful narrator! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/4/2012

    " Recommended to me by a local YA editor and bookseller. Story of Rossamund Bookchild, an orphan struggling to reach his new post as a lamplighter through a world lousy with monsters and monster-fighters. The level of detail devoted to the creatures, occupations, objects, and lexicon is delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 7/26/2012

    " Pitched more at the younger crowd, nevertheless I enjoyed the story and will continue on with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/11/2012

    " Formulaic but fun kid's adventure story. Well imagined alternate universe. complete with maps & dictionary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 CharlieBell515 | 10/25/2011

    " I wasn't a big fan of this book, just ask Kelly Cotton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam B. | 6/8/2011

    " I'm very interested to see where this series goes. It's a cool world with complex, believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 4/30/2011

    " First in a remarkable new series set in the "half continent". While in some ways this reads very much like juvenile fiction, the world-making is remarkably complex and the story pulls you in. A real page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KJ | 4/25/2011

    " A fun fantasy read for insomnia nights but Cornish way overexplains the world s/he's created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/6/2011

    " I thought it was great i liked it more for the world that the author created than for the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/6/2011

    " it was okay. Not as much action as the cover would make you believe. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, and I love those types of books best. But, it was a well written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/24/2011

    " I liked this book because it had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. The story ended suddenly with lots of pages left. When I checked the extra pages, I realized the author had put in a dictionary of the new words in her book. That probably would have been helpful as I was reading the story... "

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