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Shadowmarch: Shadowmarch, Volume I | [Tad Williams]

Shadowmarch: Shadowmarch, Volume I

For generations the misty Shadowline has marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lost northern lands that are the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. But now that boundary line is moving outward, threatening to engulf the northernmost land in which humans still live - the kingdom of Southmarch.
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For generations the misty Shadowline has marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lost northern lands that are the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. But now that boundary line is moving outward, threatening to engulf the northernmost land in which humans still live - the kingdom of Southmarch.

For centuries, the Eddon family has ruled in ancient, forbidding Southmarch Castle, guarding the border against the Qar's return, but now this powerful royal line has been dealt a devastating blow. The monarch, King Olin, is being held captive in a distant land, and it falls to his inexperienced heirs to lead their people in a time of growing danger and dread.

It is on the two youngest Eddons that the heaviest burdens fall. The twins Barrick and Briony, who in such evil times have only each other, may lose even that bond as darkness closes over them. As the Qar’s power reaches out across their land, will Southmarch Castle, the only home they’ve ever known, become in fact what it has long been called - Shadowmarch?

©2006 Tad Williams (P)2010 Brilliance Audio

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    Lars Trondheim, Norway 03-29-11
    Lars Trondheim, Norway 03-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Disliked narrator"

    Having non-native English skills, it is important for me (at least until I have more listening training) that the narrator reads clearly. To me, tha narrator mumbles, making me have to concentrate a lot just to understand the words. The story itself more or less escapes me.

    As for the story, I found the similarity between the shadow line and the boundary in Goodkind's Sword of Truth a bit unsettling. I'm also uncertain of whether I find the characters to my liking.

    In any case, due to the narrator I stopped listening before the 2 hour mark. I still may read it though.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-09-10
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-09-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "pass the chocolates..."

    Will the princess' maidenhead be put up for auction? Will the brave black foreigner be betrayed regardless of heroic actions? What about the lame prince who SEEs everything? or... Guess what. It's another soap opera with fantasy trappings. Or, forgive me ....I only gave it 5 hours and gave up. I am SO tired of the lame purporting of "real" people (the kind you can find on any TV station)... you know the "real" kind who are not sterotypical AT ALL...and who dress up the fantasy background.

    Anyway. If you like this kind of thing...then you will be REAL HAPPY as it is well written. Not my particuplar cup o' tea however. I pass.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Stu Watson Utah.USA 06-05-13
    Stu Watson Utah.USA 06-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadowmarch the most enjoyable?

    A very complex and imaginative Fantasy world!

    Dick Hill narration was nothing less than brilliant. Especially considering the very large cast of characters. I understand the criticism of the "tone" he used for Briony. I'm sure both he and the audio series Dir. had input into how she was voiced. Yes, it comes across as whiny in many spots...but I believe that this is as intended. Briony is an adolescent girl. As much as experience and setting may have conditioned her, her entire world has come apart in under a year. With the tragedies that transpire in this first book, I feel a bit of hopelessness and despair is warranted, especially given her age.

    There is much of "setting the stage" here in the first book. Quite a bit of character exposition and development. Which I felt was fine and needed given the multiple storylines that are progressing and the alien cultures and history in which they reside.

    I went in to this thinking it was the beginning of a fairly lengthy Fantasy story, where there is a bit of action and intrigue, this is not the equivalent of an "action film" , it is a story, with a cast of characters that draw you in and whom you begin to know and care about.

    I felt it was a fantastic beginning to what "m feeling is going to be a grand and epic adventure.

    Downloading the Second Book right now!

    Best Regards and Good Listening,

    S. E. Watson


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the various story-lines and the characters and setting.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.

    I felt he did an amazing job!


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

    A few surprises and twists...as well as moments of interest, happiness and sadness are found here.


    Any additional comments?

    A very enjoyable journey into a new and complex Fantasy world..come on in, the water's fine! ;)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna Canada 03-12-13
    Shawna Canada 03-12-13
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    "So so very slow."
    Would you be willing to try another book from Tad Williams? Why or why not?

    I really like Tad Williams. I enjoyed Tailchasers Song so I tohught I would try another of his books. It will be a while before I try another. I just could not get into this story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was slow and boring. I suspect that with a better narrarator I may have enjoyed this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 07-30-12
    Ryan 07-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't finish..."
    What disappointed you about Shadowmarch?

    I stopped after 5-6 hrs following yet another mid-dialog explanation of the history of the thoughts of the speaker or surroundings, and yet another seemingly trivial detail explained in depth for 10 minutes apparently only for the sake of taking up space in the whole.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This is not one of Dick Hill's best performances, but I like his work in general.


    Any additional comments?

    This series might get better but I couldn't finish the first one as an audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 05-30-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not very Impressive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think the story never took hold for me.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Dick Hill did everything he could do but the story had to much going on.


    Any additional comments?

    In the beginning, the different places and events made me confused and I just never could recover. I made it to about half way before I finally stopped the book in frustration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candis Simi Valley, CA, United States 04-03-12
    Candis Simi Valley, CA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh... yawn"

    I love fantasy novels. I blew threw Robert Jordan's WoT series in 4 months beginning to end and about the same for George R R Martin's Game of Thrones series.

    Maybe my standard is too high but Shadowmarch was just so difficult and frustratingly slow (imagine honey on ice). I listened to a few hours and wasn't less than enthralled and left me rankled that I used up a perfectly good credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karlo Canada 02-08-12
    Karlo Canada 02-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Unremarkable!"

    I gave this book a try even though I read many reviews before I bought the whole series. The first book had no direction and I found it hard to follow the story. The last 2 - 3 hours showed some promise. In short I regret getting this series. I will be very careful in the future before getting an entire series at one time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Grampian, PA, United States 01-30-12
    aaron Grampian, PA, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like whiney characters and a story that just drags on and never gets started. This book is for you! Couldn't make it to the second part of the book. Every time it would seem to pick up it would change to the other characters and the boredom would start agian. Sorry but it was a waste of a credit. Not even going to keep it as a back up.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anthony millersville, MD, United States 01-24-13
    anthony millersville, MD, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone in prison or stranded on a desert island. You know. People with nothing to do and nothing else to read.


    What was most disappointing about Tad Williams’s story?

    The whole story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    I like dicks voice even know its not a theatrical reading


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at wasting a credit. Disappointment at audible carrying tad Williams tripe.


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped subscribing because of this material

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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