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  • Mother of Learning, Book 1
  • Written by: nobody103, Domagoj Kurmaic
  • Narrated by: Jack Voraces
  • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Mother of Learning Arc 1

Written by: nobody103,Domagoj Kurmaic
Narrated by: Jack Voraces
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Publisher's Summary

Zorian Kazinski has all the time in the world to get stronger, and he plans on taking full advantage of it.

A teenage mage of humble birth and slightly above-average skill, Zorian is attending his third year of education at Cyoria's magical academy. A driven and quiet young man, he is consumed by a desire to ensure his own future and free himself of the influence of his family, resenting the Kazinskis for favoring his brothers over him. Consequently, Zorian has no time for pointless distractions, much less other people's problems.

As it happens, though, time is something he is about to get plenty of.

On the eve of Cyoria's annual summer festival, Zorian is murdered, then abruptly brought back to the beginning of the month, just before he was about to take the train to school. Finding himself trapped in a time loop with no clear end or exit, he will have to look both within and without to unravel the mystery set before him. He does have to unravel it, too, because the loop clearly wasn’t made for his sake, and in a world of magic even a time traveler isn't safe from those who wish him ill.

Fortunately for Zorian, repetition is the mother of learning….

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One of the best time travel series

One of the best magical time travel story ever read. It's a mega novel but it will not get bored even a little.

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awesome

a bit repetitive but very unique and diffrent concept👍🏻 can't wait for the second part

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  • Burnt Taco Meat
  • 02-01-22

This narrator

This narration is awful. Everyone sounds like a 40year old cigarette smoker or a annoying pitched child. This story is probably great but the narrator is not it Cheif

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  • David
  • 21-12-21

Fantastic Start

This book is my favorite time loop storyline. I'm glad they had Jack Voraces continue his work on this as well. Great start to a fantastic series. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book!

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  • Erica and Matt
  • 28-12-21

Excellent story, good male voices, bad female voices

The story was fantastic.

On the con side, I went from turning the volume down to fast forwarding the mc’s sister. He really should not voice female characters. Recommend bringing on a female to help with their voices for the second book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-21

Great tale, rough narration

Exceptional story in a very well-developed world! The narrator does a fine job in general, but female voices are performed jarringly with snobbish and whiny tones. Strongly recommend a different narrator (at least for female voices).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-22

Horrible female voices

Was about 30 seconds in before I returned the book. the voice actor just can't do female voices.
Guess I'll be reading this one.

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  • LJG
  • 01-02-22

Couldn’t stand it

I don’t know why this is so highly rated, I couldn’t get into it. Insufferable characters and the narration sounds like nails in a chalkboard

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  • Tammy Wagonis
  • 23-12-21

Groundhog day meets Harry Potter

Think the headline is pretty apt. Main character goes through one of the best character arcs I've experienced.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-01-22

has the narrator ever heard people speak?

I have read this story twice on Royalroad and looked forward to supporting the author through this new format. I couldn't listen past the first two chapters. Over pronunciation, weird pauses, adding random drama to a normal sentences. on top of these issues, the female voices are terrible.
This story is a fun fantasy time loop. I hope this gets rerecorded, but until then I reccomend everyone to just buy the book.

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  • L. Veal
  • 22-12-21

Momma's boy goes to mage school

A thoughtful time loop story set in a Fantasy world. Was sad to have it end. Waiting on the next installment !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-21

Easy listen

Easy to follow along with while driving on just lounging about would recommend! Story telling was nice to listen while relaxing or do activity's

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  • Pau
  • 23-12-21

Can't get into the narrator, although it gets bett

Why do all characters either scream or seem to be constipated? Plus all those weird accents...I don't get it, why do it? it ges better as the book progresses though

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  • Texnik
  • 27-02-22

A long one

A few things to keep in mind about this story.

1. This first audiobook doesn't end with the kind of closure you might expect from a book. Some might call it a cliffhanger, but to be fair it's just a good story taking its time to tell the story properly.

2. The narration is very.. idiosyncratic. He's talented, but it took me a few hours to get used to the cringy dialogue, childlike tone and excess of odd Scottish/Irish accents. I honestly thought I'd quit, but I'm glad I didn't.

At first, the story feels like it lacks substance, and the sentences are overly convoluted, but it gets a lot better. The time-loop repetition is quite well done and gives you many angles to look at the main character's situation. If you like seeing things from different perspectives (despite it being written from only one PoV), this is your book.

3. The main character grows. And there's depth to that growth. And the story doesn't fixate on his idiosyncrasies for very long. His angst goes away quickly enough.

4. It's good and very well paced. I hated it when I started it, but now that it's over I feel an odd sense of satisfaction despite the story being nowhere near done or tied up. Definitely one I'll check again later. (Later edit: now that I've completed the whole written story, I am so very sad it couldn't go on for longer. It was beautifully done and one of my favourite fantasy stories)

5. The setup is quite unique. The main character is more of a sidelines guy because of his personality. Analytical and exceptionally cautious. He doesn't make stupid mistakes.

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  • laura
  • 25-12-21

One Of My Favorites!

I love this story, I've read it multiple times and still find new things to like.

Having the option to enjoy this in audio format is an absolute delight, and I may or may not have binged the whole thing in a couple of days.

The narration is top notch, and I love the character voices.

If you like the premise of this story I highly recommend giving this a listen!

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  • David
  • 23-12-21

Amazing story, iffy narration

I love this story. I’ve read it at least ten times. Perhaps thats why the narration puts me off so much. The author has a good voice that he uses for narrative text and the main character.

However, he uses a variety of silly sounding accents for each character that almost all feel a bit fake and out of place to me. Most characters are a variation of welsh, irish, scottish, or an odd sounding chinese. More subtle voice variations would have worked a lot better.

Also its Kael, NOT Kyle xD.

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  • Jethro Rhys Wilkinson
  • 13-05-22

Narration ruins it

I had to stop listening halfway through the second chapter and return the book. The narrator's accents are terrible.

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  • Benjamin Hartmann
  • 08-03-22

Weird way to read a book

So after 1 hour I was so annoyed with the Reader I had to give it back. He reads like there are hundreds of Comma’s, so you got weird pauses everywhere….

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  • MadEnoughNoMore
  • 03-01-22

Terrible Narrator

Loved the book, which I read before listening to this. I'm so glad I did because I'd never have given it a chance.
The Irish accent given to one of the characters is unintelligible and the female voices are so high pitched at places to be that I couldn't make out what was being said.
I'd say give this a miss and read the book.

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  • jamie l scott
  • 02-01-22

Amazing

This book is awesome the story starts off a slow with a boy going to a school for mages but events suddenly take a turn for the worse and ends up being pulled into a time loop and starts to methodically improve his skills and figure out what’s going on and also improves as a person. Highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the rest of the story to be released the narrator also does an excellent job with great characterisations very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • WireBear
  • 31-12-21

One of my new favourite books. Highly recommend.

For a book heavily based on time looping, it keeped the story fresh and interesting. Narrator (Jack Voraces)did a fantastic job, he pulled off the comedy moments while also giving the characters depth. in the nature of the time loop i can imagine that it gets a tad...repetitive, but Jack narrated each section with care, i will be checking out other books he has narrated. If you like books that describe magic, its strengths and weaknesses as well as the protagonist developing there skills, i think you will like this book. Dominic writes really engaging characters and despite the dangers of time loop repetitiveness, he really makes each chapter a key piece in the story. I would definitely recommend this book, 5 🌟 i can't waith for the sequel.

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  • Dave
  • 19-12-22

Engaging, Now a Favourite

Really enjoyed the story.
Some reviews mention the narration… but I found it very listenable (try the sample).
And it’s great value for your credit.
I’m re-listening while I wait for Ark 4 due Jan23

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  • Chris
  • 27-12-21

Narration takes some getting used to

Pretty good. I always like a good time loop story. The narration, however, was absolutely insane and way over the top. I kept thinking, 'Wow, that's an interesting choice for a character voice, that's going to get annoying really quickly'. I couldn't help thinking how much more enjoyable this book would have been if they had gone with a different narrator.

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  • Penuser
  • 25-01-22

This was tough...bear with me...

This narrator is TERRIBLE. His accents are appalling and his pacing was really off.
I was going to ask for a credit and Not finish the tale. But then I read the other reviews and the common thread was "rubbish narrator, great story".
So I persevered. And they were right.

Give this story time to catch you and you will appreciate it. The story is That good!

Note to the author: invest in a better narrator. Luke Daniels or Nick Podehl etc. Your story is wonderful and it's being hurt by this guy and his constipated accents.

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  • Owen Smith
  • 04-01-22

Very enjoyable. If you’re on the fence I highly recommend getting this.

It took me a while to get in to the book as I had to get used to the narrator. But I enjoy time loop stories and this keep me interested the whole way through the entire 22 hours.
Kudos to the author for releasing this book for 22 hours as so many other authors are releasing books shorter than 10. So extra star for you. 🙂
Overall, I highly recommend this book it was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-23

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The narrator was bloody ridiculous, didn’t get through the whole book because I couldn’t stand his voice at all

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  • Alex T
  • 29-05-22

Great story but WOW the accents are bad

Time loops are a great fit for progression fantasy - the story is a lot of fun.

The series needs a new narrator though, or the narrator needs a vocal coach - the bad accents are simply painful to listen to, especially the ‘Scottish’ ones

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-22

I just can't take the voices with the slow start

slow start but was intrigued to see where the story was going.. but then his first lovers voice sounds like an Irish boy, sorry can't do it

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  • Belcher
  • 09-01-23

incredible ! Clever writing with overlapping events seeds that are laid early that don't fruit until later.

This book was awesome, I was so pleasantly surprised with the clever writing and the way plots were laid down to unfold later on. Bravo!

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  • Eleanor
  • 03-11-22

Harry Potter but in America

This is a great book and I'm really excited to read the rest of the series a highly recommend reading it It's a really interesting take on the magical world and it's completely unique from Harry Potter I just thought it was a funny reference

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  • Joshua Jones
  • 22-10-22

So worth it

Listened to the first audiobook, read the 2nd and 3rd online, and loved it so much I bought the 2nd and 3rd audiobook just to support the author and listen to it all over again.

Solid time-loop/magical progression fantasy story, where the mechanics of time travel are fundamental to the plot and explored to its full potential rather than just being a part of the setting. All of Zorians advancement feels earned rather than dropped into his lap. Most of the side characters feel like they eventually get fleshed out rather than just being one note.

The only warning I'd give is that at first Zorian is really irritating. He's arrogant and self-absorbed. Typical edgy/woke teenager who's realised society's a bit warped and feels like he's superior to the people around him because of it. This is by design. He matures slowly, but his growth as a person is a big part of what's so great about the story. Many of the side characters are the same; seeming unreasonable at first, but having their motivations and history unveiled over time to transition from one dimensional to complex. So yeah, don't be put off by how abrasive characters seem at first and you'll find they go from irritating, to intriguing, to compelling, and then suddenly it's 4am and the awareness that you totally shouldn't have spent all night listening to this is warring with that fact that you could totally buy the 2nd book right now.

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  • Mistique65
  • 14-10-22

Slow started, but get better.

The premis is good, but it takes a while to get going, but after that it's a good listen.