A brutal warrior, Kratos is a slave to the gods of Olympus. Plagued by the nightmares of his past and yearning for freedom, the Ghost of Sparta would do anything to be free of his debt to the gods. He is on the verge of losing all hope when the gods give him one last task to end his servitude. He must destroy Ares, the god of war. But what chance does a mere mortal have against a god?
Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Chaos, guided by the goddess Athena, and driven by his own insatiable thirst for vengeance, Kratos seeks the only relic powerful enough to slay Ares---a quest that will take him deep into the mysterious temple borne by the Titan Cronos! From the black depths of Hades to the war-torn city of Athens to the lost desert beyond, God of War sheds a brutal new light on the best-selling video game and on the legend of Kratos.
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I have listened to this book multiple times and I have never even played the game! I love the narration by Stephen Hoye and the storyline itself. It is a wonderful light listen while going on about your day. I highly recommend it!!
I think both fans of the God of War series and people who have never played the game before will enjoy this book. It fleshes out the character of Kratos more fully. Although it does not stick strickly to the exact events of the game I think this is a point in it's favor, since most people who buy this book will be people who have also played the game they will most likely not just want to listen to a description of the events of the game.
As for the narration, I think that Stephen Hoye does a very good job. I only have a few small complaints that have to do with putting the wrong sort of emotion in Kratos' voice, but these instances are few and far between and all in all they don't really hinder the immersion.
I was very dubious about this book because the game shines in how awesome it made you feel playing it, it was never about story, it was about action and senseless graphic violence that can only be delivered through a video game, had I been in charge I would have never funded this book.
Kratos in the game has no character, he is just a raging ball of violence tearing through Greece killing everything in its way like a dozen chainsaw's stuck together in a form of a man, my biggest fear was that this book would try to paint an emotional side to Kratos and make him into some kind of a drama character.
But somehow, AMAZINGLY, Vardeman and Stover succeed in delivering the exact same awesome experience from the game series, reading the book I thought I was playing the entire game all over again, they manage to describe exactly how it feels watching Kratos battle through Aries's minions and Minotaurs, at one point in the book I found myself tapping an invisible playstation controller in my pocket playing along a fight scene.
Yes this book is a retelling of the exact story from the first God of War game, it adds only a little bit of extra information but that in my opinion is the exact amount it should, the story of the first game is so awesome that it is definitely worth experiencing all over again.
I'm a HUGE fan of the games and this book does a decent job at portraying them. I found parts that weren't a part of the game to be interesting. I know the fighting is a huge part of the games, but in this book, I found it got annoying and dull. I'd give them another shot because of how they handled the story elements.
His performance was pretty good for the material he had to read. Just a shame that he didn't try to make the characters sound more like the game counterparts.
I'd actually like a followup because I can't always get around to play the games.
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