• Akarnae

  • The Medoran Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Lynette Noni
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,065 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With just one step, 16-year-old Alex Jennings' world changes - literally.  

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.   

Desperate to return home, she learns that only Professor Marselle can help her...but he's missing. While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora's boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can't ignore her fear that something unexpected...something sinister...is looming.   

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex's shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race's survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?  

Will Alex risk her entire world - and maybe even her life - to save Medora?

©2015 Lynette Noni (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Akarnae: The Medoran Chronicles, Book 1

This book had its ups and downs. It was well-written, but the plot and character development just weren't thick enough. I did finish reading it and I might read the second book, but there are some things I couldn't get around.

The magical school gave me a lot of questions:
1. The technology is modern and everything is explained by science, but at the same time they use torches and most of the school seems to be medieval. I disliked the names for the devices they used a lot. It just clashed with the whole vibe for me, and trying to forcefully call magical things scientific didn't leave a great taste.
2. They explain their technology as scientific but they do not have an IT-person who can fix the problems with the machines. Instead, the teachers have to fix the issues.
3. What is the purpose of the school? What do they do once they finish? The subject taught are very... old-school and specific. I cannot see how they contribute to their advanced world.
4. The school is for the gifted youth, but there are almost no security measures for the students not to do unwanted things. The teachers cannot see through their gifts and have no power to stop them. It's fortunate that the students seem to be good for the most part, but this could be a serious hazard.

About the characters:
1. Everyone is either really handsome or stereotypical.
2. The characters don't really have a goal. The whole plot happens to Alex, she makes little choices herself. It is only in the last 80%-90% where she makes some sort of decisions.
3. Alex's best friends do not seem like actual people because they always go in a pair. I would have liked to have some character development for them separately. Additionally, the friends do not have much of an impact on Alex's outcome. They seem to just be important for her to make a decision to stay in the school.
4. The friends also only use their gift twice during the book. I would have liked them to someone be intertwined to the climax.
5. Alex almost dies two times at the library and she decides to go back because she is bored. I just don't see this happening.
6. The teachers are not adults enough. They know that there is a threat to Alex and the whole world, and instead they scramble around, cover up the problem, and rely on Alex being "gifted" and dealing with the problem herself. I believe that she should have been included into the issue more, even if not given all information, but at least prepared for what could happen (other than the classes).

Concerning the plot:
Almost nothing happens in the book to sway or move Alex. Even if something happens it feels like it gets swept under the rug, and kind of "oh, well this happened, I guess I'll go on with my life".
The climax was just weak. There was some information shared but it didn't feel meaningful. Alex didn't use almost anything she had learned at the school; her friends that she had spent the most of the book with, didn't contribute to the climax; the world is supposed to be very advanced, but no adult came to the rescue.

All in all, the writing was good. It was entertaining to read when something actually happened, but some of these things just annoyed me so much that I couldn't enjoy the book. I might consider reading the second one because hopefully the plot will be better there.

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The best story of its kind. A perfect fantasy.

I was referred to this story by another fan of a similar premissed book series. I am grateful, because for as far as I have read this story is perfect in all the ways the other is not. No twisted and unbelievable projections on human sexuality, no unnecessary crude language, and no assumption that all evil antagonists have to be entirely uncivil and at least partly insane. This story suggests that we can experience the fantastical along with it's risks without abandoning our limited yet full of purpose world. This story is so much more true about humanity and possibility than any reader might normally expect.

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Performance is a grave disservice

Good story, great creativity & imagination. Performer used child voices & giddiness instead of teenager-appropriate voices. It greatly distracted from the story.

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Awesome Story

This book is engaging and well written. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Interesting concepts

Seems to be copying Harry Potter series, however I enjoyed it! It is worth listening to.

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Compelling and refreshing fantasy

While not extraordinary in world building, this is surprisingly well done in character development and storyline. Refreshing in avoidance of typical fantasy lit cliches and juvenile writing. Delivers an honestly feminine viewpoint in a good fantasy / sci-fi story.

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I like this book

its good I'm not the biggest fan of the protagonist sometimes but definitely entertaining.

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Fabulous to listen to

I’ve read all the books and thoroughly enjoyed Lynette Noni’s adventure. Listening to Akarnae was wonderful. Letting the story wash over me from the beginning was a whole new delight. I can’t wait to listen to book two.

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very good YA read.

I truly enjoyed this book. I believe it is set for the YA reader bit I still enjoyed it. interesting storyline and good character building. Ready to see where the story leads.

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How did this get 5 stars??

Full disclosure: I didn’t finish this book. I honestly didn’t get much past chapter 3 or 4. I like the premise. I did not like the main character. She was whiny and snarky. I also didn’t care the for narrator at all. She over-enunciated things and made everything sound so halting. It was very distracting! I’ve listened to some very good narrators lately and this was such a let-down.
Maybe the plot would have thickened if I had stayed with it, but I just couldn’t endure any more.

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  • Yvonne Kuivenhoven
  • 01-27-19

Love

Definitely one of my favourite books. I'm here for those friendships. I found the narrator a bit slow but that was easily fixed with the speed option. Also a little disappointed that it was narrated by an American and not an Australian.

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  • jessica allsopp
  • 10-11-21

Only made it to chapter 3…

Really interesting premise but I really could not get on with the narrator. Seems overly dramatic, artificial and exaggerated and was really jarring. I’ll probably look at getting the book to read instead.

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  • Redon Natacha
  • 09-07-22

Weak start to a good series

Quite juvenile humour and storytelling with quite one-dimentionql characters in this first book, which improves in the following books of the series. The world created is great, just mostly weak on the characters throughout.

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  • Kirstie R.
  • 09-02-22

So I've read the while series now

And can honestly say i liked it. it builds in each book and things don't turn around till the very end. But if you're into other worldly young people antics this is a good listen

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  • Scotty
  • 08-31-22

Amazing

This is is in the same sort of line as harry potter just the kids are older well worth the credit and the 13 odd hours to listen it

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  • Mrs. M. Freeman
  • 07-14-22

Great story I was rivited

A great tale, For the 1st few chapters I thought it was going to be philosopher's stone copy. But I got really drawn in, the character development was good and I now want to read the next in the series.

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  • Mrs Sara Turner
  • 06-17-22

real page turner

Great story about friendship, can't wait to listen to the next thrilling part. ***

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  • xBethyboox
  • 05-27-22

Loved it!!!

Didn’t think I’d like it, really thought I’d find it a bit cheesy or too about school experiences which were the worst times of my own life but I loved the adorable characters and I can’t wait to read the next one! :)

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  • Zilly Zipf
  • 04-29-22

Loved the Reader but the Story is meh

Just another Teenager Book and sort of predictable… Not the worst or I wouldn’t have finished it but Not the Beat either!

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  • Rachel Poulson
  • 04-27-22

awesome start to a series

imagine Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter with its own unique twist. Tge character development has been great and the story line has sssoooo much potential. my one issue is all the characters sound pretty much the same from the voice actor which makes following the story a little hard and differentiating the sub characters. I've given it 5 stars anyway as the book ka so great and it's just a little pet peave of mine. cannot wait to listen to the next

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  • William
  • 02-09-19

Fun!

Narnia meets Harry Potter? That is the feeling I get from this. Well written, exciting YA fiction. Even for older people. I'm 30 and still enjoyed it.

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  • Josh
  • 01-08-19

Fun listen, motivated to hear sequel.

Cute high-school fantasy Story, enjoyable protagonist, writing elevated by an engaging narrator easily distinguishing characters.

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  • Belinda
  • 11-05-19

Enjoyable story - if a little predictable

I came to this book after listening to “ The Wise Man’s Fears”.

It’s probably not a fair transition as it’s was performed by Rupert Degas - who is a simply amazing performer/narrator.

So it meant that this performance felt a little flat and one dimensional to start with & I nearly gave up on it.

However, once I became used to this narrator’s style - I looked forward to listening to it & would definitely continue with the series.

The story can at times be a little predictable, however I enjoyed the world that was presented & the characters within it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-20

Best book ever!

Akarnae is an amazing book! It catches your attention the whole time while Alex and her friends have adventures. You never feel like you have been let down by a chapter because the author keeps you hooked! It is one of the best books I have ever read and I hope you will read it to!

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  • Chelsea J
  • 02-04-22

did not finish

was free and still feel like I paid too much. ridiculous and boring plot, read this story arc 100 times

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-20

I love it

I read this series first in hard copy an dthen wanted to hear the story again so I brought the audio books, I love this story its well thought out and if you stick with it I garentee you'll love it.

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  • Shivram
  • 06-25-20

awesome!

this book is completely fantastic, i was hooked from the first moment, i totally recommend it to anyone over 11 years and who likes fantasy, adventure. the narrator was great but took a little getting used to, the way she says jennings like 'jennins' it just sounded weird. apart from that the plot was great and so were the character, i definitely recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-19

best book ever

loved it, cannnot wait to hear the rest of the books. everyone should read this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-22

A very immersive and articulated story

The story was very intriguing and the narrator was very good with character impressions.

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  • Kerrie
  • 09-22-22

Really entertaining!

I found this to be just as entertaining as Harry potter (which Is one of my all time favourites) and starting at 16 brings the YA aspect to the series! totally recommend this book

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