Ravenwood: A Preview

Ravenwood Cover ArtWe’re on track for a Podiobooks release tomorrow, but I wanted to give people a sneak peak at what you’re in for.

Ravenwood: Episode 1

Music by: Ivan Chew – MyRightBrain.wordpress.com

Thanks for the music, Ivan. It works really well with the theme of the story I think.

44 Responses to “Ravenwood: A Preview”

  1. 1

    Sounds great, buddy! The narration quality is fantastic! You’ve got the touch, brother. I’m really looking forward to hearing this bad-boy as it progresses.


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    Jeanette Marsh

    Another great tale from Nathan! I’ll be subscribing 😀

  3. 3

    Sounds really good, Nate! Welcome to the fantasy side of spec fic. 😉

  4. 4

    Nathan, great start to your new series and world… your craft and production values are improving with each story. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to more of Tanyth Fairport.

  5. 5

    A great start to another story Nathan. I’ll be looking forward to future chapters. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  6. 6

    Nate! What a great way to start the New Year. Thanks once again for some wonderful storytelling!

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    Thanks for the sneak peek, Nathan! I can’t wait to listen to it today.

  8. 8

    What a splendid story! I’ve listened to the 5 episodes today and thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I’m looking forward to finding out how the tale unfolds. Thank you so very much.

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    WoW another great listen If it wasn’t a different universe I’d swear she was Ish’s Granma. Can’t wait to see how it unfolds(Though I am waiting for a shoe to drop)

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    It does have a nice fit, Nathan! Thanks for choosing the track. I’m glad it’s used in a tasteful production like yours.

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    Anita Lewis

    Just listened to the first episode. Great start on the story and main character! Nate, you really have a way with words that adds to a story. As I listened I wondered how it would be to read it myself. I wondered if it was your reading it that makes it so rich or if it is actually the wording itself. I guess it is both. Needless to say, I’m subscribed at podiobooks.com!

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    Mary Laura

    Have listened to all your podcasted stories at least once each so far. I love the fantasy genre and can’t wait to hear more.
    You have a truly fine touch with a story, and I so appreciate your telling. Thank you so much gor sharing your worlds with us.

  13. 13

    I am really liking the story. Do you know how many episodes long it will be?

  14. 14

    Yes. 16 episodes.

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    I’m definitely loving the story. I really appreciate the richness of description. It was in the middle of the second episode that I really began to get involved. I don’t know why exactly. Probably something related to characterization. Then when I went back and relistened to episode 1 I enjoyed it even more.

    One resonance with Clipper: occasionally when Tanith says something in a kind of droll, dignified, but playful tone, I’ll think, ‘Cookie!’. They’re two very different people, but it’s fun to imagine that they might amuse one another if they could meet.

    What a kick-*ss protagonist she is. I like her very much.

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    I just love what you do Nathan. Rich worlds, great story, good peoples personnages… Oh, and not to forget, a great narration, with just a point of “desinvolture” as we say in french. Out of all the audiobooks I listened on podiobook, your work really stand out. Your stories make me feel good, not all mingled inside as with other stories.

    I listened to all of em 2 times and just started Ravenwood. Again, I have to find the will to stop the player sometimes…

    I really hope you get all of the books published. I can’t wait to buy the paperback copies of each.

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    I try so hard when you put out a new book to carefully manage my listening, to prolong the glee. But, sadly, I have not the will. Is the fact that I’m on episode 13 and I keep refreshing my RSS feed at podiobooks.com a sign that I have a bit of a problem?

    Seriously, though, I’m rapidly growing as fond of Tanyth and Ravenwood as I am of Ishmael, et al. Your “twist” on the more typical fantasy setting is both familiar and refreshing, and of course your characters are people I would like to know. Grats on the newest successful book!

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    Nathan, love your books and am anxiously awaiting the rest of Ravenwood! Also, just want to say how much I enjoy your narration!

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    I have just finished Ravenwood and I LOVED IT! I hated to hear it end! I hope you continue to write “from Lammas Wood.”

    Your narration is AWESOME!

    Keep up the great writing!

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    Alan Harbert

    I just finished listening to the final episode. What a wonderful story. Exquisite! Thank you, Nathan, for another great one!

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    Leila Burrell-Davis

    I’ve just spent two weeks with an acute back problem mainly lying flat. I couldn’t comfortably read and wouldn’t have known what to do with myself without Nathan’s excellent audiobooks. I re-listened to the ‘Share’ series and then discovered Ravenwood. What a treat! Thank you, Nathan, your reading of the books is first class.

    I’m delighted to hear you’ve got a print publisher at last. I do hope your books will be available in the UK.

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    Terrific book! It left me with several sleepless nights because I just couldn’t turn it off!! The characters of Tanyth and her villagers is so interesting. The book is so well written and narrated. (I even went to the local library to see if you had anything else in print!!) This is one book that I will definitely listen to again and again. More Ravenwood and Tanyth Please!!

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    They will 🙂

    And I’m glad I could help.

  24. 24

    My hubby and I just finished listening. We truly enjoyed it. Still pondering the last 2 chapters as they seem to serve to link her more.

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    I just finished listening to this book. I really enjoyed it. I want to know what happens next! Great reading. Will we find out what happens to the people of Ravenwood after the end of this book?

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    yes. the beginning of book 2 will have some closure.

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    I jest loved ravenwood its one of the best books to come out podiobooks in a long time.All of your books are entertaining and better than the last one.thanks.

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    A Lindsay

    As always, loved your book. I thought the music was a great fit and didn’t annoy me even though I powered through all of the episodes (nearly) continuously. In fact I’m off to see and hear what else that talented composer has available. Please write more in this world. Best of luck with Day Job, which sound fascinating.
    Thank you

  29. 29

    I love the new Ravenwood series. My only problem is I want more. I mean not just an episode I want books and books and more books. If I could I would travel to the future and bring back every book by Nathan Lowell, share them with the world and watch the whole world become a better place because of them. Thank you Nathan for being wonderful. When can I buy books in print? When will Owners Share come out? The music you have picked to go with your podio books always fits just right. Thank you for the fine detail work in producing wonderful listening and story telling.

  30. 30

    Thank you, Lucy.

    Quarter Share will be out in print in April (not long now!) and Owners Share is due in May. (probably the end of May, but May).

    Keep an eye on the feeds 🙂

  31. 31

    Dear Nathan,

    You just get better and better. I soaked this one up as quickly as work allowed, and now I’m longing for more. Tanyth is a wonderful character. The narration and audio quality are both excellent. And, as usual, I love your choice of music and careful, appropriate use of it. I’m so glad your books will appear in print version…I have a few friends who don’t “do” audiobooks who will love your work.

  32. 32

    An excellent book. The narration is terrific!!! Worth Listening to again and again.

  33. 33

    just finished it this morning 🙂 can’t wait for the next adventure! i hope she comes back to ravenwood after all travels are over and settles in with frank!

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    Nathan: Just finished Ravanwood yesterday on the treadmill. Gotta say I’m loving the setting/world you are building for your fantasy outlet. Like your Share series (with Ish) I found that I was sucked in and began relating to the characters fairly quickly… and couldn’t stop listening. Thanks for sharing your fantasy excursion with us… hope you take us on more Tanyth adventures… and looking forward to your next releases (especially Owner’s Share and the wrap of the official Share series)!

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    Thanks, Scott. There will, indeed, be more Tanyth. I’m looking forward to getting back into her world.

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    I listened avidly to Ravenwood and was wondering if there was somewhere I could purchase it in a tangible ‘book’ form?
    You would be brilliant if ever you had to do a blessing for anything! The world of Tanyth is wonderful and I look forward to more adventures – I wonder if she will make it to Gertie Pinecrest or not…! Thank you so much for sharing your vision for free, it is a wonderful gift! I’m excited for the return to Ravenwood, whenever it is!

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    It’ll be coming out from Ridan. There’s so much interest in it, we’re thinking of moving it up in the production queue.

    I’m looking forward to it, too. I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this book.

  38. 38

    I just finished the Ravenwood book which I downloaded from itunes/podiobooks and I wanted to say that I was so very pleased with your wonderful tale. You have captured perfectly the concept of the crone and brought her to life so vividly that I have trouble believing that you were socialized as a man! All of your characters are rich and well developed. I also very much enjoyed the descriptions of the simple everyday tasks such as baking bread, chopping wood and watching over the children. I, of course, was constantly reaching for my teapot throughout the listening! Thank you so much for sharing this book with us!

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    Mike Carlstrom

    Darn it Nathan! Now I don’t know if I’d rather be sailing the skies in a futuristic clipper ship, or living contented in Ravenwood working the clay quarry. Both these worlds are vivid and enticing.

    Great story, I too tried very hard to limit my consumption but ended up racing through the whole story in a weekend.

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    My mother, would you believe, recommended this to me. I thought I’d give it a go and I was very impressed.

    I normally find fiction written by men with female leads very tiresome, but this was excellent, and the narration spot on. Loved it so much I then subscribed to the Solar Clipper podcasts (not a normal genre for me) and find them equally gripping.

    Thanks for making such wonderful worlds.

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    Thanks Caroline.

    I normally find fiction written by men with female leads very tiresome as well, which is why I didn’t try it for a long, long time. A couple of my first readers challenged me to fold it into this NaNoWriMo challenge, and I’m glad I did. I really like Tanyth and can’t wait to find out what she gets up to next.

    Welcome to my worlds, Caroline, and I hope you continue to find good things to read here.

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    Laura H. Harris

    I truly enjoyed your audio book “Ravenwood!” The characters are very real and the daily happpenings in a small village seem so real. Your book is very entertaining and the musical scorees by Ivan Chew are beautiful and haunting in their tones! Love it! I will be listening to more of your works!

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    Almost finished listening on Podiobooks. Tanith is an inspiring protagonist. I love the world you’ve created and your reading is top notch. Thanks for putting this wonderful work out into the world.

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    Christal Knight

    I must say that in my 56 years not many books keep my attention. I get bored with most because they do not hold my interest, guess I’m an odd bird. My husband listened to a podcast of Ravenwood and keep at me to listen to it. He keep on until I gave in and let him download it to my phone. After a few days of his constant “have you started listening yet”, I gave in and turned it on. I’m so glad I did, what a lovely story. I love listening to it as I was putting around in my greenhouse. I think I’ve smile more listening to this story than I have in a year. I reminds me so much of my great-grandmother (in a way); she was a nurse, Dutch, moved to America, and married an Native Indian whose mother was a medicine woman, her mother-in-law taught her Indian medicine to use along with her modern medicine (modern for that time) and she traveled all over caring for people..
    It sadden me when the story came to an end. I so look forward to what I hope will be a long running series.
    BTW, the way the story was told was “PERFECT”, thank you. I’m finding the audio book work very well of me and my working, lovely stories like this one is a perfect seating in my greenhouse, surrounded by my plants and the woods outside. I am so looking forward to hearing more on Tanyth.
    Sincerely yours,