• Arena of Souls: A Brock Stone Adventure

  • Brock Stone Adventures, Book 1
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

1931 - Brock Stone returns from places unknown to claim an inheritance and unravel a mystery his grandfather left behind. Stone and his companions set off on an action-packed adventure where enemies lurk in the shadows and the past comes to life. Mysteries, thrills, monsters, and more in David Wood's classic-style adventure, Arena of Souls. Fans of Indiana Jones and Doc Savage will love Brock Stone!

©2014 David Wood (P)2015 Gryphonwood Press

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Indiana Jones meets Dirk Pitt

Solid action/adventure with suspense and plot twists. Evidence of research rivalling Cussler. Clear, believable characters. A perfect initial volume of what promises to be an engaging series. Audio performer has pleasing voice quality and narrative and vocals flow well. Enjoyed tremendously and will certainly proceed as adventures continue.

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Arena of Souls Bk 1

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This book was an adventure written like it was from another era.Brock has a puzzle to solve,left by a deceased relative.He and his sidekicks tackle dinosaurs,cave men,etc.Will they survive and solve the puzzle?Read it to find out!
James Conlan was an excellent narrator for this project.
I was gifted a copy through Audioblast for an honest review.

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1930's action adventure

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

Yes, it was an action packed story that is good for ages 10+. There was mystery, adventure and no bad language.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wish it would have been longer. I would like to learn a little more about Brock and Trinity's relationship.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed Brock and Trinity's motorcycle chase with the bad guys. Nice details about the ride thru 1930's Washington DC.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

While I didn't have any extreme reactions to the book, I did have moments of concern for all of the main characters. I wanted to see what would going to happen next.

Any additional comments?

Arena of Souls is the first in the Brock Stone adventure series. Brock Stone is an action adventure hero in the vein of Indiana Jones. Set in the 1930's, this story is a great beginning to the series.

After his grandfather dies, Brock is left with a mystery to solve. With his friends Alex, Trinity and Moses, Brock goes on the hunt for an island. Confronted with danger at each turn, we are along on this wild ride!

Mr. Conlan's narration of this book is great. He was able to give each character their own unique voice. His pacing was good and he kept me drawn into the story. I will have to look for more of his work.

I can't wait to see what happens next in this series!

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A good adventure

This is a great adventure along the lines of what I would expect. The end turn an unexpected supernatural turn but it was still enjoyable.

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  • DK
  • 04-04-15

Mis-Categorized? Should Be Young Adult?? *Review

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?


When I read the description for this book it sounded like an exciting thriller-comparable to Indiana Jones. A man inherits from his grandfather and the 'storyline' – according to the summary - of adventure and all that goes with it.

I'm not sure, but maybe this is a young adult book. It certainly had that feel to me as I was listening. It sounded like the old book series "choose your own adventure" in which you would read along and then at the end of the chapter you had a choice between which way to go and the ultimate ending. You could read it again and decide other paths, with different alternatives, choose the direction and have an alternate ending.

It wasn't really what I expected based on the summary.

James Conlan is great and does a wonderful job in telling the story. I was not distracted as a male narrator speaking the female character. That is something that happens too often - but this performance was very good.

Notes: Nothing to warn about here

Creditworthy/$: This would be a no for me on both accounts. It is relatively short – four hours. If you are interested in this style book, or for a Young Adult, I would recommend buying it out right as it is less expensive than using a credit.

*I was given this book in exchange for my thoughts, feelings and review.*

Thank you for reading my review, if you found it helpful please select yes immediately below this text. Thank you.

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Great story and performance

Action packed but suitable for ages 12 and up. Great narrator, he brought it to life

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Pulp adventure with a slightly modern attitude

Brock Stone is, for lack of a better term, Doc Savage written by a modern author. The style is very similar to the Doc novels, but infused with a more modern world view. One of his companions is a black man. The racism of the time (the 1930's) is placed front and center and met with a refreshingly modern destain by all of the main characters. Then, unfortunately, it's written away as "well that's the way things are. Nothing to be done about it". I understand that digging in on that subject would have detoured the story quite a bit, but perhaps they can do or say more in future volumes.

Also from the modern take, we have an overarching threat that reads like something from Lovecraft or perhaps Ancient Aliens. It's only introduced here, so it's a bit vague yet.

Brock himself is a virtual copy of Doc Savage with unique capabilities that no one else can match.

All that said, the story is fast paced and a great deal of fun. I will be following Brock Stone through as many adventures as I can. Recommended.

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Really disappointed

It takes all my will power to finish this has the novel felt stupid and annoying. The longest issue I had was the audio sounds has I listen they didn't tune there equipment correctly has there was a background noise that toke out the immersion of the story. The problems I had with the story was setting the novel like a pulp novel was a neat idea but you just made seem to forced has tried to hard to give under development of scientific or rational ideas to things instead you used old novel logic with non of the current generation of authors usage of explaining something from a chacthers POV but instead you wrote to bluntly that felt the chacthers where just going threw the motions threw out the story. The outer issue I had was keep changing of enemies that I didn't really care for dialog has they only existed to movevthe plot along at those times. All this lead to the story being a hugh flop in my opinion.

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loved it

One love the better audiobooks I've listened to.

James Conlin does an excellent job in his narration

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Entertaining, but definitely YA



Fast-paced fun but definitely meant for a young audience.

I’m 78 And certainly enjoy YAN even kids books but I like to know what I’m buying. Since I’ve been reading David Wood’s books for many years, I initially thought upon hearing the first few chapters, what on earth happened to him?!

Since I’m legally blind I rely on some sort of categorization when selecting an audiobook. This is often missing

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  • mangankillarney
  • 08-21-22

enjoyed

I enjoyed the narration of James Conlan

I proper old fashioned action backed thriller. Loved

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  • JBVC
  • 03-20-22

Okay

I've enjoyed a number of David Wood's other books, and especially the first couple of his Dane Maddock entries, so I was hoping for more like that. It had it's fun moments, but ultimately landed in the "okay" realm for me. And it wasn't that there was another poorly done about it. It just didn't grab me in the same way. Narration was solid.