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Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1 | [Robert Evert]

Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1

Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?
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Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

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    r. 09-20-13
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    "Excellent story."

    Love the characters. Had to rename my cats, Filth, Pond Scum, Crazy Bastard and Turd. The narration is excellent as well. The story put me in mind of the audible versions of Joe Abercrombie's work. I am looking forward to the second book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Windermere, FL, United States 07-06-13
    Stephen Windermere, FL, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very interesting story and well presented. It has many twists and turns if not a tad dark in story line. However, good and interesting listen!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scout Ravenna, OH, United States 12-23-13
    Scout Ravenna, OH, United States 12-23-13
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    "A terrific story"
    If you could sum up Riddle in Stone in three words, what would they be?

    This isn't a book I would normally listen to -- but I'm really glad I did. It was an entertaining and an overall great story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. McCormick Texas 03-01-14
    M. McCormick Texas 03-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderfully enjoyable easy read!"
    Where does Riddle in Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the category of easy reads it is #1. By easy read I mean it does not get bogged down with political strife, intrigue and messy relationships. I also enjoy reading the heavier novels (Abercrombie 's First Law trilogy and the books that followed, Martin's Game of Thrones series until he pulled a Jordan. Martin will probably pass away of old age before he finishes it).


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

    Theatre. He provides wonderful voices for the characters that fit the personality the writer has presented them. He also brings the non-character-speaking words to life. If this were a movie and the scene was heart-pounding-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, Cooper's inflection as he reads the scene intensifies and you can feel the excitement. This is were a movie would have intense background music intensifying to the climax of the scene. He does this as well with reading disappointment, fear, etc.
    He does all of this without overpowering the text or the story. This is the first book I have listened to with his narration and I dare to say "Sorry Michael Page, you are my number two favorite narrator now." *hugs*


    Any additional comments?

    I have often seen the question something like 'Is this a book you would have wanted to listened to in one setting?' The answer to that question, had they asked it, would be a resounding YES!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 11-20-13
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Adventure!"

    I loved the characters and enjoyed the story for the most part. My 4 stars is because of the continuing darker and more horrible events that happen throughout the book. I don't enjoy the feeling of despair and always like to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Edmund was a unique and fascinating hero.

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    nadene camanche, IA, United States 09-27-13
    nadene camanche, IA, United States 09-27-13
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    "Fat nerdy and stutering is the new sexy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes absolutely fun listen, if you like Butcher, Routhfuss, and Sanderson you will like this book. simply, it's a fun read


    What other book might you compare Riddle in Stone to and why?

    with a main character that stutters a lot I honestly don't know? Different concept but The Rook is close it is also another great read.


    Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

    The stuttering Edmund. But all were great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A stuttering fat man is one of my new favorite hero's.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 08-27-13
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"

    I took a chance on this book and I'm glad I did. Perfect story & perfect narrator!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Salt Lake 06-25-13
    Amazon Customer Salt Lake 06-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "T-t-t-today junior!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Occasionally the main character can be exasperating but overall a wonderful book and fantastic narration.

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    RJ 10-21-14
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    "Loved this book! Refreshing take on fantasy genre"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Riddle in Stone to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Only listened to the audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Riddle in Stone?

    Three come to mind immediately. Ed in the bar, being chased out by the storyteller. Could really feel his pain. Meeting the goblins, Kravel and Gurting. LOL. Who would have thought bad guys could be so cruel and funny. Honestly. They're brilliant. Probably the best characters I've ever come across. And then the ending...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting Kravel and Gurting in the tower. I still have to chuckle. "What? Behind his tears?" LOL.


    Any additional comments?

    What makes this book so special is that it's character, Ed, isn't this muscled guy who is good looking and everything. He's just this ordinary guy who is incredibly flawed, but in a way I can relate to. He is torn by constant self-doubt, but tries to do the right thing. And in the end...it's hard to explain without giving things away. He isn't exactly a "hero", not in the typical sense, but he's different. He's the friend every girl wants to date, but never gets out of the friendzone. Touching and unique. I HIGHLY recommend it!

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    SCOTT Baltimore MD 07-25-14
    SCOTT Baltimore MD 07-25-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Long live Librarian/Adventurers"
    Where does Riddle in Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Undeniably engaging. Irrefutably endearing. I realize that this story is a dark fantasy but I couldn't help but find Riddle in Stone to be infused with a hobbit-esque charm that drew me in and enveloped me in it's world. I've plodded through too many fantasy novels of late with their stilted dialogue, gratuitous magic and cutout characters to not appreciate a novel like this one. I particularly enjoyed the inner dialogue of the protagonist,Edmund. Through it the author successfully shows us how Edmund's choices, day by day, help him to become the person he has always dreamed he could be. Like Bilbo before him, Edmund must decide whether to set his foot outside his comfortable home, not knowing where the road will lead. As the Greek philosopher Herodotus said: It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. Edmund's boldness may not be noble and it may not be much to begin with. But it's a start. And good for him taking that first step. And good for all those, like Edmund, who shrug off cowardly listlessness. And good for everyone who enters into Edmund's world. They won't be disappointed.


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    "Dark fantasy"

    Found this by accident on Audible and I'm very glad I did. Edmund is not even a typical anti-hero (they are still inclined to have something going for them). He is fat, middle aged, stammers and is a librarian!
    Having been totally humiliated one night, he spots a poster from the King promising that whoever brings back a particular relic, will become Lord of the Northern Lands. Amongst his books he has a diary from the lord who owned the relic, and so his travels begin.
    He meets up with all kinds of bad guys, Trolls and particularly unpleasant Goblins - beautifully spoken by Fleet Cooper. It is very bloody, there are some terrible scenes of torture, but at times it is also very funny. Edmund's arguments with himself are entertaining.
    There are some loose ends which promise a sequel, so that is something to look forward to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
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    7/26/13
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    "Dark Fantasy...Wonderful..."

    An unusual hero, totally believable whose decision to leave his village has a domino effect of devastating consequences.
    There's a wonderful mix of of goblins, trolls and elves with a definitive dark undertone having a flavour of the Brother Grimm Fairy Tales of old, I loved it.
    I was standing by Edmund all the way, even though he tended to argue with himself before making a decision it was like his old self arguing with the emerging new Edmund.
    Relished the cacophony of individual characters I especially enjoying the nefarious Goblins and the realm they lived in.
    A wonderful début, can't wait till the next instalment, on my automatic reading list..
    A must for fantasy fans who like it dark and epic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Faversham, United Kingdom
    10/20/14
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    "Gripping yarn with an unusual hero"

    I am really loving this series about a "fat, stuttering librarian" who turns out to be so much more. I find Fleet Cooper's pronunciation very odd on occasion 'pawlm' and 'cawlm' for palm and calm. This is an accent that I have not encountered before and it distracts me a bit but I am getting used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadina
    London, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Rather enjoyable first book"

    Not a bad beginning to a new series. The book is longer than average and at some point the story dragged on a bit. Also, the meaning of the riddle in stone was a bit anticlimactic, I must say. Well, perhaps not the meaning itself, but the was the message was coded. This could have been done in a bit more clever way. Also, clearly the author struggled a bit to create suspense in the action, but all in all was enjoyable, so you should definitely give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    YEOVIL, United Kingdom
    9/11/13
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    "I was sorry to get to the end"

    A good story beautifully narrated, can't wait for the sequel, a must listen to for those of us that like magic, goblins and really nasty baddies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    7/31/13
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    "Riddle in Stone - Robert Evert's first novel"

    An excellent read for the authors first novel. A gritty fantasy novel with strong characters and a good story line. The books starts a little slow but becomes a book you can't put down. Give it a go you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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