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The Beating of His Wings | [Paul Hoffman]

The Beating of His Wings

Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco. Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in the world.
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Beating of his Wings, the third and final installment in the epic narrative from Paul Hoffman. Read by the actor Sean Barrett.

Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco.

Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in the world.

But Thomas Cale is weak. His soul is dying. As his body is wracked with convulsions he knows that the final judgment will not wait for a sick boy. As the day of reckoning draws close, Cale's sense of vengeance leads him back to the heart of darkness - the Sanctuary - and to confront the person he hates most in the world. Finally Cale must recognise that he is the incarnation of God's rage and decide if he will stand against the Sanctuary of the Redeemers and use his unique skill of laying waste to all things. The fate of mankind rests on Cale's decision.

©2013 Paul Hoffman (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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    Jason Drapers, UT, United States 09-03-13
    Jason Drapers, UT, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow Hoffman, what the?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wish he would have stuck to the same writing style that made the first 2 so great.


    What was most disappointing about Paul Hoffman’s story?

    If I didn't know better I would swear Hoffman contracted this book out. It doesn't even read the same, and I am not talking about the narration. Did Paul take some new writing class and decide to show off some new moves. If so please take a couple steps back. Concentrate on telling a clever story, not cleverly writing a boring one.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I have seen the such an absolute collapse to what would have been a great fantasy series since the great debacle of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy. It follows the same pattern: First book; absolutely outstanding. Second book; Pretty good, not as great as the first but still great. Third Book: Absolute nonsense.
    OK so this wasn't as bad as Hobb's 3rd book, I mean I didn't want to vomit after I read it. But still I was so looking forward to the end of this Trilogy and this just missed the mark. I am really just left confused and disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica SAN JOSE, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Jessica SAN JOSE, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beginning came out of left field"
    What disappointed you about The Beating of His Wings?

    It seemed like the author did not stay true to the style and tone of the first two books in the series. And it took forever to get into the story, the beginning came out of left field.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to The White Queen series by Phillip Gregory.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Barrett?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beating of His Wings?

    Cut the beginning, if they wanted to do something like that they should've tied it into the other two books. I won't go into detail because I do not want to give it away if anyone wants to read it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Elizabeth
    Smethwick, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    8/28/13
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    "Sadly disappointed after the wait"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I had waited months for the 3rd book in The Left Hand Of God trilogy. When I could I pre ordered it. I couldn't wait to see what happened to Thomas Cale and how he would resolve matters. But i have to say, that I think that the author Paul Hoffman must have run out of ideas at the end. I really enjoy these sort of fantasies and I sincerely hope that I won't get the same sort of disappointment from George R R Martin and Patrick Rothfuss next year when they release their epics. You have to wait so long for the next part. Maybe I'll try reading htis again, but I really lost interest half way through.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It hasn't


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The first 2 books showed amazing imagination, but fell down drastically in the 3rd.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing at all. Sean Barrett made a mediocre book just readable. Top marks to him. He has great talent.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I will give this book one more try, but with probably return it for something better

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    9/1/13
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    "satisfying sequel"

    Listened to this one in 2 sittings which is a good sign! Was very happy with the story overall and also that there is definitely scope to continue the story if the Author decides to re visit this world. I very much hope he will do - there is the line is the book "but that is another story" and I very much hope it is.I suppose if anything a bit darker that the previous, somehow that does not make it an unhappy story there are laughs and lighter moments particularly between Vague Henri and Cale. I am probably now going to go back and listen to book 1 again and keep my fingers crossed that Paul Hoffman comes back to this world - or possibly even visits the strange world where the rubbish tips of paradise are found?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Derby, United Kingdom
    8/23/13
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    "Exceptional series perfectly performed."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beating of His Wings to be better than the print version?

    I have listened to the Audio version of the whole series and Sean Barrett's narration is spot on. It takes some getting used to, but perfectly suits the dark, dry style of the book. I haven't read it in print, but I can safely say that this performance would beat my own interpretation of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beating of His Wings?

    Thomas's encounter with Kitty the Hare was tense and brutal. The final encounter with Bosco was harrowing, but the only way that is could have ended. Kliste finally turning his horse around was beautiful.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    Vague Enrie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For me this is a bit too dark for one sitting, but I finished it in three days which is extremely fast for me given the amount of free time I have for reading/listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really unusual series. Darker and more brutal even than Joe Abercrombie's books. Thomas is the ultimate anti-hero (said before but never so true) - damaged goods would be an understatement and he struggles with his past, his destiny, his abilities (or lack of) and the storm of emotions that have built through the first two installments. I can understand some of the comments regarding the ending, but for me it's the only way it could have gone and I'm pleased that Paul Hoffman stuck to his guns and didn't go for the easy, miraculous recovery and happy ever after. This is not a happy ever after series, but there are glimpses of hope and light for some which a nice sense of balance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    1/12/14
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    "Satisfying ending..."

    With Thomas Cale, things were always going to turn out bloody and bleak. No surprises there, then!

    I was drawn in completely by the first book, left feeling short-changed by the second book, but I'm back on-side with this last in the series. Cale disappoints in some ways, with his immaturity - almost as if he has a sense of entitlement... The banter between the boys is still good, and the witty quips are back.

    The ending is completely unexpected.... Was I satisfied? I pondered this for a while; yes I was. How else could it have ended? I couldn't have thought up a preferable alternative, and "boy gets the girl" would have just been too weak for this story.

    (Still slightly irritated by the author's indulgence at the end regarding publications etc - but as not part of the story, I just simply pressed stop...)

    Same narrator, and same standard - so if you liked the first two's story telling, then you'll be satisfied with this one too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enquiring Mind
    United Kingdom
    11/16/13
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    "Cries out to be made into a film"

    I read all three parts before commenting so as to see the story through to the end. Okay, the trilogy is not "great literature", but it is a story which draws you in and keeps you there. There are patches which are too drawn out and sometimes the story takes it's time to get where it is going, but it is so worth the effort. Thomas Cale will stay with me for a long time, and I'll come back and listen to these again. The burning question for me is - when will producers wake up to this trilogy and make films of them. These books are a far better source material than many poorer stories which have been made into films costing mega-bucks. Finally a word about the narration. 10 out 10 for Sean Barratt. He captured all the characters well without being over the top in his characterisations, but most of all he totally nailed Thomas Cale's personality. I hope Hoffman will tempted to write a follow-on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    NEWRY, United Kingdom
    9/6/13
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    "Long awaited and worth it!"
    If you could sum up The Beating of His Wings in three words, what would they be?

    creative modern fantasy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fallibility of Cale creates an excellent base for building a story upon. With strong characters and good depth of planning in the tale. I loved all three book and regularly reflect on the characters long after the tale has finished.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Sean Barrett drew you into the story with his measured, authoritative and compelling delivery. an excellent choice for this tale.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When Hell haunts mankind, who will stand and fight!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book in the series and by the time of the second book i had already decided that this author would be in my top ten for many years to come. This book didn't scream at me the way the first two did but it closed the story in a believable way. I can usually measure to what extent a story has gotten under my skin by the sense of loss i feel when a characters story ends. I am still mourning for Cale and co and hope he will be resurrected in a new story. Paul Hoffman and Joe Abercrombie have made fantasy appealing to me again, relying less on magic etc, and instead building great characters you can have a great journey with. Cant wait for his next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Bönen, Germany
    6/18/14
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    "Why the Junk at the start and end?"
    Where does The Beating of His Wings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Having thoroughly LOVED the previous 2 books of this Seires this one was a MUST! After-all, whats the point of starting a series and not seeing it through to its conclusion?


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Of the MANY Narators I've listened to Sean Barrett is THE BEST! The emotion, Variety and contrast in voices/characters he is able to bring to life is remarkable!


    Any additional comments?

    I feel if there is anything I would have changed in THIS book, it wasn't the case in the previous two, it would have to be the REMOVAL of the JUNK that precceds and ends the 'book'.

    It was absolutely useless, un-neccessary and IMHO waste of the Author and Narators / listeners time. It starts by telling you about some or other 'conflict' between people not concerned with the story and then at the end INSISTS on boring you to tears about the same RUBBISH. There is REALLY no rhymn nor reason to ANYONE listening to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RubyShoes
    Berkshire
    5/2/14
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    "Great Trilogy"

    I don't do spoilers or plot summaries so all I will tell you is that I really enjoyed all 3 books in this trilogy the subject is familiar but turned upside down and inside out :)

    Sean Barrett is an excellent narrator and in these books (as he always does) he puts the flesh onto the bones of the characters.

    If you like fantasy with an edge as opposed to unicorns and castles then this is certainly well worth a read... I mean listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "what kind of end was that?!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beating of His Wings to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print version


    Would you recommend The Beating of His Wings to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes, but only if you are prepared for a slightly disappointing end


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    its got many great bits


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

    when Vague Henry died ;-(


    Any additional comments?

    the trilogy is fantastic, if not quite dark, but the last 20mins are just a let down after so much great work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up The Beating of His Wings in three words, what would they be?

    tradgic, emotional, exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kale, lead role. Amazing story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but its so long you would probably keel over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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