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  • Gods and Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Gods and Warriors, the first in Michelle Paver’s breath-taking new adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age. Read by the actor Toby Stephens. From a time of myths and ancient magic will come the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, tales of gods and warriors - and the rise of a hero? His sister is missing. His dog has been killed. High in the Greek mountains, Hylas is running for his life. The mysterious black warriors want Hylas dead.

    Georgia Burns says: "Why Should the Kids Have All the Fun?"
    "Why Should the Kids Have All the Fun?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gods and Warriors the most enjoyable?

    Written with adolescents in mind, I came to this recording for the always rewarding voice of Toby Stephens. But I was soon drawn into the magical ancient world of the Greek Isles and the surrounding tribal nations. How refreshing to find, along with the strong young runaway boy, a brave, resourceful girl fully realized and not just an afterthought. Stephens did a masterful job of getting the many voices just right. This can be a fatal flaw if the narrator's rendition of that soft, higher register girl squeaks rather than speaks. Oh and the distinctive personalities of thinking animals. I loved being part of a dolphin pod for a while. The other pleasure was in the delivery of the action itself. Not once did I detect a condescending note. But no amount of vocal mastery could overcome what could have been a ho-hum adventure tale. Paver's writing was graphic, exciting, suspenseful and satisfying. I look forward with pleasure to more in this series.


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