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Dragon Age: The Calling | [David Gaider]

Dragon Age: The Calling

After 200 years of exile, King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to finally return to Ferelden. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn.
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After 200 years of exile, King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to finally return to Ferelden. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn.

The Grey Wardens need Maric's help, and he reluctantly agrees to lead them into the passages he traveled through many years before, chasing after a deadly secret that will threaten to destroy not only the Grey Wardens - but also the kingdom above.

©2009 Electronic Arts, Inc. (P)2010 Tantor

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    Joshua Syracuse, UT, United States 09-09-10
    Joshua Syracuse, UT, United States 09-09-10
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    "Meh..."

    I've listened to both books and I have to say; honestly the first one was much better in many, many ways. The character development in this one is okay but the characters are just not that interesting in the least and it's very hard to care for them. Very predictable emotions and a lot of overused phrases kind of get annoying. The story drags horribly in the middle as the group travels. Some interesting surprises and twists that keep you interested but in the end it just did not come across as anything fantastic. The Narrator is great, however, and does a good job of trying to portray each character, even female voices (without too much force)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick United States 04-01-13
    Patrick United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good for fans of game"
    What did you like best about Dragon Age: The Calling? What did you like least?

    It's written by the lead writer for the Dragon Age series, so I liked that it explored that world. There were moments where it got too video-gamey - where it became too obvious that Gaider was trying to novelize gameplay elements.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As with Dragon Age Origins, there was WAY too much time spent in the Fade. Did we need to rescue EVERY character?


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good job of dramatizing the action and making it seem engaging and not goofy.


    Was Dragon Age: The Calling worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fun fantasy, well-written for a novelization, but I'm not sure it would appeal to people not invested in the story through the games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ulysese Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-21-11
    Ulysese Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Essential reading for fans of the game!"

    The novel is essential reading for those who have played Dragon Age and the expansion packs especially Awakening. The book completes many story elements which are not covered in the game.

    Great series!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald T White 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Worse than "Stolen Throne""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. I listened to this book immediately after Stolen Throne and the story is just so much weaker in this book. Stephen Hoye already has a strange British accent that makes words like "Forehead" sound mispronounced but this time it felt like he was sleeping through the performance, i.e....going through the motions. No real range making the characters sound different.


    What was most disappointing about David Gaider’s story?

    Maric is half the man he used to be, Duncan is a weirdly accented Gray Warden, and Maric happens to fall in love with another Elf? On top of all this, we have the main villain not really be the main villain.

    And again, these strong women presented in the story weep when in the arms of Maric. I find this odd and not in line with the characters created.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a new narrator for future DA books. He is tired.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dragon Age: The Calling?

    The kicking of the dog. WTF! I get it, Kel had a bond with his hound but why put us through the kicking of the dog? It was just so unnecessary.

    I would also cut out the love story with Maric and Fiona


    Any additional comments?

    Again, because I am DA fan, I still enjoyed the book but only because I need a DA fix now and can not wait until October!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Reno 04-16-14
    Mary Reno 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Huge Nerd for the Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a wonderful closure to the books, is also hints at the true origins of my favorite characters. This book definitely illustrates the events that made Duncan a stoic character in the game. When I first heard the book was about Duncan and Maric I was over the moon, but it soon became a story of how Duncan transforms from punk kid to Grey Warden leader. Maric's tale was intriguing as he transformed from a depressed figure head to a leader and king again. I didn't enjoy the love interests in the story, but I can understand where it came from, it just felt rushed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have always loved Maric and continue to do so. While I adore Duncan from the game series it became obvious very quickly that this was Duncan in his petulant child phase and I did not end up liking him as much as I thought I would.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like Stephen Hoye's voice, it can be soothing and calm, raspy and urgent. My only criticism would be the accents were wrong. Having played the game series I was accustomed to the established notion that Orleisians have a french sounding accent, Ravani sound Latin, and Fereldans sound British. In this book everyone was either with a cockney accent or they sounded like Maric who was established from the first book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 04-24-13
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Im sorry"

    Im sorry but after playing the game and hearing this man's voice for Dunken just doesn't work for me. Amazingly dull compared to the story of the game.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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