• Blue Moon Rising

  • Forest Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (662 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself - a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch - and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood. Rupert did find a fiery dragon - and a beautiful princess to rescue. But the dragon turned out to be a better friend than anyone back at the castle, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get.

©1989 Simon R. Green (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Almost did not make it.

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I almost stopped listening to this book when within the first hour or so I was introduced to a knight, vampire, talking unicorn, witch, troll, demon, and a talking dragon.-I love the fantasy genre, but it needs to be a little believable. Nonetheless I stuck in there (I was on the road and could not download another book), once half of those characters were dropped the story was not that bad.

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Really?

I made it to the final four hours of this very long book with the hope that the glowing reviews would turn out to be right. Then I just couldn't stand it anymore. It's a simple-minded, Disney-like story involving a prince, princess, demons, and a dark forest. Oh, and a unicorn, a dragon, a mage, and goblins. They are all silly and the story plods. After the first couple hours, the characters do become slightly more complex, but that's only because they started out as one-dimensional cartoon figures. It might be a bit gory for 5-6 year olds, but otherwise it's at their level.

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A different side do Simon Green

Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Moon Rising to be better than the print version?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have read a few of his other series and thoroughly enjoyed them . This is a side of him I haven't seen. It is amusing while being dark. I laughed the entire way. An awesome story and I would recommend it to anyone.

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a pleasant surprise

I bought this book around Christmas time...the first time I have ever bought an audio book with money instead of the monthly subscription...I think I paid 3$ for it...I figured hey let's roll the dice and see what happens...

I have to say I was very happy with this book...I started during the holiday season and as soon as I heard the narrator say unicorn I turned it off and thought to myself, "I like fantasy, but I don't know If I could handle a book with unicorns " boy was I wrong.

I ran out of credits this week and decided to give it another shot...I finished this book in 2 days while at work...

the story is very good and the characters have individuality...and the narrator is one of the best out there... there is something magical about this book that I cannot put into words (if I could I would probably write books for a living instead of what I currently do)

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Sword of Truth series, the Ryria series, or even the Wheel of Time series

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Do your self a favor by this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Moon Rising to be better than the print version?

I would rather listen to the audible version the narrator is excellent he puts you right there

What did you like best about this story?

It has humor action and court intrigue

Which scene was your favorite?

Although I don't have one favorite scene I would say Rupert and his unicorn have some pretty cool banter they're pretty funny

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the way Ruppert cares about the towns people and people in general's nice to see a person in a royal position actually care about the little people

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Don't miss out on this book I guarantee you will like it and Audible is very cool if you don't like it they will give you your credit back but you won't want it back on this book it's great

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A bit thin for me

but I am a hard core fan of the Nightside. I know authors want to grow, to change their craft into an entirely different direction and, personally, I hate that. I earned my bread and supported a family as an artist so really, I do understand. But the Drood novels and now this new series... sorry - I just can't move on to the next book.

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Fun Characters

What did you like best about Blue Moon Rising? What did you like least?

Chracters best, violence least

What was most disappointing about Simon R. Green’s story?

Didn't flesh out areas where I wanted, instead bulked up on the gory fighting descriptions.Lots of politcial intrigues also, which is not why I read fantasy; I love the magic and there really wasn't much in this.

Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

The Unicorn

Did Blue Moon Rising inspire you to do anything?

Read up on reviews of the Hawk and Fisher series to see what they were.

Any additional comments?

Thought this might be a good match for me. Loved the beginning chapters, with ironic statements and humorous comments, then it suddenly turned into violent fights, complete with gory descriptions, so I kept pausing and wondering whether I should return it. I really liked a few of the main characters and their interactions, so continued to give it many chances to get better. As it got further in, it seemed like whole chapters were only fighting, and more fighting, blood spraying the air kind of stuff. Too much for me, but I worked my way through it and am glad I did, because there are some really fun characters in here that I’m glad I got to meet. I think this author is way too violent for my tastes, but you may like it.There are some really humorous parts, but not enough was interesting to me to want to, or be paid to, read anything else by this author.

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Fantastic!

The plot was very entertaining if a little predictable, and the reader did a great job with the various characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone just looking to enjoy a fun story.

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if you start this book just keep on listening

it took me a while to get into the book but all in all it was good. I had to get used to the very slite differences in inflection that the narrator gave each character but I did enjoy the grace of his reading style.

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one of my all-time favorites

EXCELLENT. if you are new to Rupert and Julia, welcome and enjoy the Lethal Weapon of fantasy adventure books. Lots of tongue in cheek comedy, excellent Side characters, and almost Cartoon level fights. It's fun. If you're looking for grim and dark; this ain't it. Like an Indiana Jones romp, you know from the outset the good guys are going to win, but that's okay.
Theyre legends.

Blue Moon Rising is one of my all-time favorite books. I picked it up on a whim when it was first released and I've been rereading it ever since.

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  • janette
  • 04-12-20

Stilted delivery spoils fantasy.

This is a fairly well designed, tongue in cheek story of the fantasy kingdom younger son genre but I felt it was spoiled by the narrator’s breathy emphasis of nearly every phrase. Punctuation is written in for a reason and extra pauses in a long sentence change the meaning completely as well as losing the ability to properly accentuate passages of real excitement. I will not be listening to the series for this reason.

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  • Jim R.
  • 11-02-21

Wonderful book, woeful narrator

This is a witty, action packed book which introduces us to a new fantasy world which the author comes back to in later books.

It's a shame therefore that Green's wonderful creation has been all but destroyed by John Keating's woeful narration.

Keating's inflection and character accent choices make this painful to endure, if not completely unlistenable. I've had to take a break from this less than a third of the way in, choosing another book in my library instead. Now I don't know if I can force myself to go back to this atrocity.

What annoys me even more is that I bought three extra credits in order to get this and the next two books in the series - both of which are also read by Keating. I feel like I've wasted my money.

I'd suggest, if you like Green's work, listening to the full cast versions by GraphicAudio rather than these abominations.

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  • Kirsty Mackay
  • 10-22-20

Blue Moon Rising ONE of the BEST Books Ever

Simon R Green , his dry ready wit abounding in this wonderfillied book.A classic of Science Fantasy . One can never fail to LOVE his book's but this is one of my personal favourites of all his Amazing books.

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  • Anon
  • 02-01-20

one of my favourite stores

love this book, it is un-put-downable, well worth a listen. really enjoyable performance from John Keating as well

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  • Caroline
  • 04-04-17

Still a very good book!

I loved this book when I read it when I was 14, so was happy to see it as an audiobook. Pleased to say, I still love it. Definitely worth a listen!

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  • Alex
  • 12-01-16

oddly paced

I didn't like the narrator at all.
the book was overly long in places while skipping detail elsewhere.