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Kelvin of Rud
1 : Dragon's Gold

by Piers Anthony and Robert E. Margroff
Mar 1, 2013
7 Hours
6
978-1-59950-920-4
Ages 13+
The Prophecy: A Roundear there Shall Surely be; Born to be Strong, Raised to be Free; Fighting Dragons in his Youth; Leading Armies, Nothing Loth; Ridding his Country of a Sore; Joining Two, then uniting Four; Until from Seven there be One; Only then will his Task be Done. When Kelvin was a child, his mother read to him from the Book of Prophecy and he asked what the poem meant. Now he was about to learn. The Kingdom of Rud languishes under the heel of a usurper; an evil sorcerer has taken the throne in the name of his wicked daughter. Even deep in the forest, away from all power, the people tremble and await the day of prophecy's fulfillment. It cannot come too soon: Charlain and her children are soon to lose their home to the tax collector. But Kelvin and Jon have other plans. they have found a dragon's territory, where scales of purest gold, shed by the dragon, lie free on the ground for anyone with courage, or innocence, to take. And the words of Mouvar the prophet echo across Rud.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Ken Jackson
Starring Dylan Lynch, Michael John Casey, David Harris, Joel Santner, Margie Tompros, Colleen Delany, Michael Glenn, Thomas Penny, Steven Carpenter, David Coyne, Elizabeth Jernigan, Alyssa Wilmoth, Nanette Savard, Katy Carcuff, James Lewis, Tim Getman, Eric Messner, Thomas Keegan, Daniel Sontagg, Terence Aselford, Patrick Bussink, Drew Kopas, Nick DePinto, Chirstopher Graybill, Bradley Smith, Gary Telles and Kimberly Gilbert
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Johann Dettweiler
Dialogue Editors Brian Rogers and Thomas Hogan
Sound Designers Brian Rogers and Thomas Hogan
Original Theme Music Thomas Hogan
Additional Original Music Matt Webb and Dan Sondak
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Too much... by Levictus (Posted on 3/28/2014)
Too much going on...could have done without the alternate worlds idea. Story tries too hard, very imaginative though.
Not a bad story by Eric (Posted on 10/10/2013)
Another good production by GA. Whoever is doing the narration on this one (Ken Jackson?) is my fave of the GA narrators.

All of the voice acting is great as per usual. The GA staff have really honed their skills.

The story itself is quite good. I can't say that Piers Anthony is the best writer stylistically. But, he does come up with some interesting plots. The man is certainly one of the most prolific fantasy writers ever. I think I must have read 10 of the Xanth series, and about the same of the Incarnations of Immortality before getting weary of rehashed plot lines. But then, all series writers have this demon to deal with. Cranking out books by the dozens, you must find yourself rewriting plots and descriptions once in a while.

All in all KoR was very entertaining. I look forward to check out the next in the series. Hopefully, Piers will prove me wrong and surprise me a bit with the writing. He usually has at least a new twist on the premise.
Dragon's Gold by Natalie (Posted on 9/24/2013)
Bought this one while hunting for the story titles I seek, and was not disappointed in finding out this was very much entertaining. I will be looking for the others to continue this saga.
Review by Armand (Posted on 8/19/2013)
Wow! Piers Anthony can tell a great story! I love most of his stuff. I ordered the rest of the series after listening to this first one. I was really on the edge of my seat

a few times but it all seemed to work out somehow in strange ways. An excellent title and GA does an outstanding job again. If there was any single flaw it was I had some

small trouble understanding some of the echo effects of people speaking, but managed to get it. Excellent overall!
Review by Barney McCasland (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Dragon's Gold was even better than I thought it would be! GA has always accomplished amazing things with their productions, but they've really kicked it up a few notches in the past year. Kelvin of Rud promises to be another of their outstanding series, and I'm ready for Book 2: Serpent's Silver. It would be awesome if they could produce Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality as well. So if you're a true fan...of Graphic Audio...of Piers Anthony...of fantasy...give this a try!
Review by robert hir (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I wasn't sure what Kelvin of Rud was even going to be about, about as close to fantasy as I've purchased previously from GA was Templar Chronicles, but the preview was good, and the main character appeared to be voiced by David Coyne (the voice of Ted Rockson, from Doomsday Warrior my favorite GA title), so I gave it a try (was trying to burn time till Civil War came out).

It was really good. The premise is a bit strange as the title isn't "pure fantasy" (I don't do spoilers in my reviews) but it worked in the end.

The narrator was really good (though it took me a while to stop feeling like it was story time in Chen's Dojo deep inside Century City, from the Doomsday Warrior series, where I'm familiar with the narrator from playing Al Chen), and the individual characters were all really good (though Kelvins sisters accent was really way stronger than any other character in the stories, and could be toned down a little).

The beginning of the story had me mad at the sister, who it seems just can't take her brothers advice no matter what, but she grows on you as the story progresses.

About my only problem with the story (nothing on Graphic Audio's part) was that the pacing of it isn't like most other Fantasy stories, where you have some dilemma, it's resolved, another, up, down, problem resolution... In Kelvin of Rud, it seems no one can catch a break, and it isn't till the end that everything is ultimately wrapped up.

Overall I'd suggest it to friends, and will be getting the next Kelvin and one after that, and it's definitely worth a listen.
Review by Jamee Reed (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Although I've never heard of the storyline it was as always....a stellar GA production that kept me entertained from beginning to end. Keep up the incredible work!

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