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The Dark Tide Audiobook

The Dark Tide: The Iron Tower Trilogy, Book 1

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Tuck Underbank is a Warrow -- think a hobbit with shoes and "large jewel-like eyes" -- living in the peaceful Boskydells. When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King's aid. But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark (sounds bad, doesn't it?) is spreading over the land, and Tuck soon finds that the "dark tide" is going to swamp them all.

Despite the fact that they're tiny and temperamental, the Warrows get included in the military forces. But the High King doesn't have enough warriors to hold off the horde of slobbering monsters who are coming to attack. And the battle goes horribly wrong, separating the friends from one another and possibly dooming them all.

©1985 Dennis L. McKiernan; (P)2009 Books In Motion

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    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-04-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 10-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy..."

    Let's get to it - Short and sweet.

    If you like the Lord of the Rings, but want to avoid the detailed monologues, descriptive family histories, and tedious and long world descriptions found in the Lord of the Rings, this series may be for you.

    Here's the problem. This can't be more of a carbon copy of the formula used in The Lord of the Rings - An unlikely hero, a ragtag group to bring about an almost impossible task, a dark enemy of pure evil to get in the way, along with various races mixed up in the war. Only this tiny hero and his team can possibly overcome the impending doom that threatens to swallow the world.

    Sound familiar?

    Of course it does, but here's where my interest lies: It's a well-written carbon copy without the trapping of an epic trilogy. Think lighter, more casual listening for the simple fun of it. Most people do NOT make it through the Lord of the Rings because of that very reason - It's HEAVY reading. Will you re-listen to this yearly like you might with LotR? Definitely NO. You will however, consider revisiting it once in a very blue moon.

    It's written well, and consistently well, at that. BUT...remember, Lord of the Rings it is NOT. Lower your literary expectations for just a little while, loosen your tie, and have a little fun with this enjoyable first book in the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    T. Osminer 11-24-09
    T. Osminer 11-24-09 Member Since 2015
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    "I like McKiernan, but Beierle is distracting"

    I read these books when I was a teenager (back when I actually had time to read printed books for fun), and I was excited to "re-read" them now. Unfortunately, the narrator's delivery is patchy. I really enjoy the way he portrays the characters, giving each a distinctive tenor, but his narration style for the descriptive parts of the text drones. It is very reminiscent of Paul Harvey. I find myself zoning out for long sections of the book unless one of the characters is talking...even during battle scenes. When I tune back in, I keep expecting to hear him say "and now you know...the REST of the story."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Saline, MI, United States 04-07-11
    Joshua Saline, MI, United States 04-07-11
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    "Middle Earth done right"

    Does the Dark Tower trilogy steal from LOTR? Absolutely. Is Dragondoom inspired by the Hobbit? Undoubtedly. However, McKiernan writes a story that improves upon every idea put forth by Tolkien. Look, Tolkien is famous for being first. Unfortunately, that's about all you can say for his writing. He was a linguist, not an author or a story teller which is probably why his writing is so terribly dry, boring, and needlessly descriptive. McKiernan's stories are well fleshed out and stirring. If you can't get past the similarities to Tolkien, then pick up Voyage of the Fox Rider or Eye of the Hunter. (or from Audible, the Silver Call duology) Two EXCELLENT McKiernan books that are entirely original. If you're like me and you can't stand reading Tolkien's textbooks...pick up the Iron Tower..and enjoy the story the way it could have been...better!

    As for the audio version of the Iron Tower. Once I got used to his narration, I thoroughly enjoyed Bierle's style. Only problem I had was Patrel's voice (being the smallest of the Warrow's) was the deepest..which grated on me. Otherwise I loved all three audiobooks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Mililani, HI, USA 06-12-09
    Carolyn Mililani, HI, USA 06-12-09
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    "Welcome To Mithgar!"

    I've only heard 1 hour of this book so far and it is wonderful! I have read all of Dennis McKiernan's books, and they only get better with every new book!

    Bring on the rest of the series!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Danner 11-18-16
    Danner 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Tide to be better than the print version?

    Hello, my Name is Danner, Yes my mother named me after the Danner bramblethorn, Thats how i ended up finding this is she told me about where i got my name, then after i finished the first book and got kinda bored, more recently i found audible and said why not, finished the first book the day i got it and im flying though the second right now. I love the series and would recommend it to anyone willing to overlook the numerous similarity's is has to LOTR.


    What other book might you compare The Dark Tide to and why?

    LOTR


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

    Yeah not to spoil to much but people die, lots of em, and it gets to you, or at least it got to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it if you have the money for the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 09-21-16
    Jacob 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen, Exceptional Story"

    McKiernan has been my favorite author since I first read The Iron Tower Trilogy some time in '99. Cameron Beierle does a fantastic job in narration. each character is covered differently and their character seems to be taken into account with the voices he gives them. the story itself is well written. if you enjoy high fantasy in a world that has a feel of originally, The Iron Tower Trilogy is a fantastic pick.

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    Richard 05-26-16
    Richard 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Dark Tide"

    it was awesome!!! it has been years since I read the book. I loved it then and I still do

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    G. Parish 04-05-16
    G. Parish 04-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "LotR with heart"

    Imagine a Lord of the Rings style world where the characters, all of them, were relatable. This is the world McKiernan presents to the reader and it is a truly amazing experience. If you are looking for high Fantasy done right, check this book out.

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    J. McCarthy 04-30-15
    J. McCarthy 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great reworking of The Lord of the Rings"

    As long as you approach McKiernan's first two Mithgar series as reworkings or retellings of Tolkien's LotR saga, you'll be able to appreciate them for the rousing tales of heroism and adventure that they are. McKiernan is actually a first rate storyteller, and one who developed his own style and voice in later novels, but the Iron Tower Trilogy remains a beloved tale of epic fantasy for me.
    Cameron Beierle's narration was solid, which was something of a pleasant surprise because I had some issues with his narration of David Eddings' Belgariad novels.

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    Peter Camp Springs, Maryland, United States 04-12-15
    Peter Camp Springs, Maryland, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Light, Derivative, No Regrets"

    The Iron Tower Trilogy gets a lot of heat for ripping off The Lord of the Rings and it does!

    An Alliance of do-gooder men, elves, dwarves and 'wee folk' with no interior conflict - check. A massive rabble of short and tall abhuman brutes, massive trolls and evil swarthy humans led by a faceless sorcerer who never leaves his distant tower and happens to be the lackey of a greater evil - check. A band of heroes fleeing through a lost dwarven city stalked by the ancient evil that brought it down - check. The list goes on and on. The Iron Tower's effortless comparison to LotR is its greatest weakness yet here me out.

    I remember reading LotR and it was a heavy, boring read that I struggled to get through. The Iron Tower is a darker, more violent product of 1985. More truly a war story than a band of adventurers. While good and evil remain in glaring stark contrast here, the villains have a bit more variety in undead ghoul cavalry, instant sunlight death across the board and a sorcerous eternal night required to advance. The villains are more competent, maneuver and even win some battles.

    Imagine LotR where there is no Gandalf. The good guys LOSE at the Battle of Helms Deep. The Shire is sacked and brought to ruin and the 'wee folk' are not so laughably helpless as LotR but will quill you full of arrows without batting an eye. The good guys must triumph by physical might in forlorn struggle, some very patient prophecy and a few magic trinkets in the right place at the right time, good and bad, all set into motion long ago by competing Gods.

    And compliments to the Narrator, Cameron Beierle. An excellent reading with an impressive array of easily distinguished character voices. His performance is nearly flawless. Too, one must credit the world building lore of the setting in the races, their origins and related conflicts of old that are fully explored in spin off books outside this trilogy. A pity only Trek To Kraggen-Cor is here in Audible.

    I shall commit nerd heresy and declare that despite looting Tolkien's legacy, I enjoyed The Iron Tower and its spin offs far more than I did LotR.

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