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Dragon Age: The Calling Audiobook

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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    Ulysese 01-21-11
    Ulysese 01-21-11 Member Since 2008

    estore maven

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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!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 09-09-10
    Joshua 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)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Florist 10-23-14
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    "Great background leading into Dragon Age Origins"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it tells yet another great background to Marics rise in power and the struggles he goes through as a King. It also has an excellent background story for the Darkspawn.


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

    The accent. When playing the game, characters speak in a light British accent. So that's what I expected when listening to the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, The book made be laugh and sigh at some moments. Duncan is hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a lot more story behind it. it takes place in a few weeks/months apposed to a few years for The Stolen Throne. There are very important aspects of the book that relate to understanding some things within the games. The Epilogue was amazing, it was a wonderful yet sad ending to a great story! The legacy lives on.

    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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    Kristyn 01-23-16
    Kristyn 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dip in the middle"

    I genuinely love this Dragon Age prequel novel, and its predecessor, but listeners should be advised that this book can be extremely boring. I love the characters and the plot, and Stephen Hoye does a great job bringing the characters to life, but the middle part of this book felt like an uphill slog. Once you get through it the book goes right back to being enjoyable, but unless you're a die hard fan, you might be tempted not to stick with it.

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    Kyrie Hardy Isbell 12-02-15
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    "A good read if you follow the games."

    Some of the story line seemed long and drawn out but the bombshell in the epilogue makes it all worth it.

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    Douglas 09-23-15
    Douglas 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye-core is the name of my new metal band"

    An excellent vocal performance doesn't set this one above any of the hundred other video game novels. Gaider uses a lot of tropes and out-of-place figures of speech to deliver the same experience as Salvatore, Nylund, and others. Of course, if that's what you're looking for than this might be worth a listen.

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    Rovente 06-10-15
    Rovente 06-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read."

    Anyone who enjoys the Dragon Age games will enjoy this. It also is a pretty solid Fantasy novel.

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    Joseph T. Costa 04-22-15
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    "Great"

    Great story. Immerses you in the world of a grey warden. Duncan is quite the character in his youth. Send to have lost his devilish sarcastic humor in his old age though (Origins fans know what I mean). The him and Vivienne thing took me by surprise. The Architect is quite a character. Had me fooled for a bit.

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    Mary 04-16-14
    Mary 04-16-14 Member Since 2014
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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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