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The Warded Man Audiobook
The Warded Man
Written by: 
Peter V. Brett
Narrated by: 
Pete Bradbury
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The Warded Man Audiobook

The Warded Man

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Publisher's Summary

Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)

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    Hassan 11-07-14
    Hassan 11-07-14 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Should Have Read It Long Time Ago"

    I had this book for months, but kept on postponing it.. Its really good.. Not as jaw dropping as other big epic books like the wheel of time... but it is a good series...

    I think that this series could have been one of those long series with several books to build the characters and the story plot... i'm not saying it was fast in this book, but it could have been longer with more characters and plots..... There were so many chapters were the author jumped for few years...

    The Warded Man is based in a world were demons exist and attack humans every single night. People defend themselves by using wards and hide.... A boy grows up hating how everyone hides and no one attack those demons...

    In general, I have enjoyed reading this book, and the character build up was good... its ending was very well and made me jump and purchase the 2nd book and read it already.

    enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Cleburne, TX, United States 02-08-14
    James Cleburne, TX, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dullllllll..."

    Either you like this sort of book or you don't. It's not horror. It's more like fantasy, but the cheesy kind you'd find in a bad video game. There is no suspense or mystery, only predictable and boring "character development". Except that the characters don't develop. Their roles are made immediately clear, so the long, plodding experiences they have as they age feel like filler. The plotting is as slow and linear as the writing is bland. Peter Bradbury sounds grave and bored throughout, and has to work too hard to try to breathe life into the material. Maybe the series gets better, but i barely made it through this one.

    Unless you're into cliched characters who fight hordes of mindless, droning monsters, you could do much better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lanfear 08-07-13
    Lanfear 08-07-13 Member Since 2015

    A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!

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    "Far Above Average"

    I almost passed this book over while reading some of the reviews. I read statements like "boring" and "nothing new." I decided to give it a try anyway I am very glad that I did!

    This is everything that I want from an Epic Fantasy book! The characters are multi-dimensional and relatable. I cared about what happened to them. The setting was rich and descriptive. The magic system is unique and interesting. I was drawn in from the start and found myself sitting in the car long after I pulled into the driveway because I didn't want to stop listening.

    It's not filled with complexity like ASOIAF or the Wheel of Time but that's not to say this book is simple or childish. It's not as dark as The First Law Series but it's not rainbows and sunshine either. It's good fantasy. If you love a good book that draws you into it's world then I highly recommend The Warded Man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 04-11-13
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "From out of the blue, I find the warded man."
    If you could sum up The Warded Man in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Well written, Priceless


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Arlin and the journey he has to take to become the warded man. I was so sorry to hear this book end. First thing I did was to see if there were more. Luckily there are two more whooohoooo! I love how well this is written, and how ever day it is. I can't wait to hear the other two.


    What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of keeping the characters seperate. I found that his narration didn't impede the story. He did a great job!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Warded Man and why?

    They are all really memorable. You really start to invest in them and by so doing into the story. You can't do that with a one dimensional characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth getting and listenting to. It will grab and keep your attention. You find yourself caring about the chacters and what they are going through. Definatly worth trying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 11-14-11
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I loved this book."

    I was searching for a new book to listen to when The Warded Man popped up as a recommendation while looking at another book. I had never heard of Peter V. Brett or the book itself. The description of the book sounded exciting, so I gave it a try.

    At first I thought I had made a mistake. The story starts out with the life of a young boy who lives in a town tortured by demons who come at night. The story starts out a little slow, and I wasn't sure I had made a good choice. Just as I was thinking I had made a mistake, the story began pull me in. The boy goes through many tribulations on his way to becoming the hero of the story, and as the book goes on, and other charterers enter the picture, The Warded Man grew to be one of my favorite books.

    Considering I didn't expect much from a book I had never heard of, what a great surprise it was to find such a gem. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2016
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    "slow start but stick with it"

    ill be honest, the first hour listening i was ready to give up, but i stuck with it and it was the best choice ive ever made

    after the character get flushed out of there daily lives it really becomes very interesting,

    if you like books with very good character development then you should def get this

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sparrow United States 10-23-10
    Sparrow United States 10-23-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Book is enjoyable, but ending predictable."

    This is one of those books you would love if you were just starting to read or listen to the fantasy genre. It will introduce you to the fairly standard format creating an alternate reality which is believable to ours but has elements which are supernatural. For me, however, I found it somewhat canned and predictable.
    There were a few things, however, which I did like quite a lot. I liked the author's attention to developing his characters and some did surprise you with quirks or strenghts. I also appreciated the rich detail of humankind's battle with evil. In fact, the best part of this book was the battles between humans and the different types of demons.Sometimes I found myself holding my breath and cheering when the good won.These were pleasantly graphic and fun. Finally, the landscapes were well developed and written.
    However, this story doesn't get more stars because the characters acted just like you expected and had little twists or surprises. The ending as well was predictable and somewhat disappointing. I do believe there is a sequel to this one as well.
    So, if you're a Brett fan, you'll find this somewhat pleasing. If you're new to fantasies, I believe you'll truly like this book. For the rest of us, I think you'll find this passable but lacking.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Gilbert, AZ, USA 02-09-10
    Jason Gilbert, AZ, USA 02-09-10
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    "Mixed Results"

    Brett creates a compelling world and characters that kept me listening intently. The narrator is fantastic, conveying the gritty text with the perfect balance of intensity without going over the top. At times the story felt a little choppy and underdeveloped, but the creativity and strength of the overall story line made up for it. I was disappointed in Brett's heavy and pervasive reliance on sexuality to supply dialogue for the characters and use of sexual violence for character development.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chrallin19 01-14-10
    Chrallin19 01-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprised"

    I bought this book with little in the way of expectations, but soon found myself looking forward to my drive to work which is when I listen. Narrator was great in my opinion, looking forward to the sequel. Great character development and the author has a way of making you feel like you are there. Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor 02-20-14
    Trevor 02-20-14
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    "Great Potential, Poor Delivery"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought the premise for the story had great potential, and I really liked how the magic system allowed for anyone to become adept, as opposed to other series where magic is limited to a select few. For the most part I enjoyed the story, up until near the end, when it just seemed like the author was stretching a little too much with some of the characters for me.

    The part (non-spoiler) that killed it for me was when Rojar and Leesha traveled back to her village and what ensued when they got there. To me it seemed that the last scene was mostly just so that we could see how strong/powerful Arlen had become since we last met him in the desert, when that could have easily been achieved in a more believable manner that didn't stretch things to much for a rational person. To see specific parts that really bugged me, see below the **SPOILER** caption.

    Plus, I personally don't like books that have sex scenes in them. I mean, I get that in order for the worlds the author builds to be real that people have to have sex, but I'd rather read/listen to a book that just references the fact that it happened. But that's just a personal preference, and because I've read several reviews for the third book that say there is a lot of sex scenes, and because of the poor ending, I have no plans to move to the other books in the series.



    ***SPOILER***



    Specifically, I couldn't believe that Leesha, after being raped by three guys, would throw herself at Arlen just a few days later. It felt too much like he was the bad boy, who had a shady past but was good at heart, and Leesha was the girl that could see past all his walls he built around this heart, despite his best efforts... which is essentially the plot of every teen book these days. Was it really necessary for her to throw herself at him and to suddenly desire his babies after a few days, and after he staunch stance of waiting to be married before she had sex? Couldn't he have developed their relationship, maybe just a little more than the two of them traveling together for a few days? And how did Rojar not hear all the screaming that Leesha was apparently doing when the demon attacked her and Arlen when they were having sex?

    THEN, when they reach Leesha's village, instead of, oh I don't know, strengthening the wards of the church, or some other structure in the village, everyone thinks the best course of action is for the village people to fight the demons. Right. Because instead of strengthening the wards, and caring for those who were injured and are sick, going out and having half of the village's already dwindled population die was the smartest choice. I know hindsight is 20/20, but clearly they had a lot of time to prepare during the day, so they could have just as easily carved wards into the church to fix the smudged painted wards. It just seemed like everyone lost half their brain cells when they were lamenting about the smudged wards, when its been clearly demonstrated throughout the book that you can CARVE wards too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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