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The Diamond Throne Audiobook

The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.

Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.

©1989 David Eddings; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)

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    lrjanzen 11-15-13
    lrjanzen 11-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Fantasy. Not overly deep, but a fun read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Diamond Throne to be better than the print version?

    Not this performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Diamond Throne?

    None really


    Would you be willing to try another one of Greg Abby’s performances?

    NO! There ws a older audio version that was better. Not great but a lot better. Odd pronunciations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but the story was good.


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    Meredith 07-08-13
    Meredith 07-08-13
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    "A little hard for me to get into at first"

    I'm going to just cut to the chase and review the whole Elenium rather than just this first book. I read the books in print several times before listening to this audiobook and I had very specific ideas of how I wanted this series to be done and this fell short of that hope. It took me a long time in the book to get over the way that certain names were pronounced and I wasn't too thrilled with the narrator's female voices. I did think that the narrator did a decent job for the most part though once I got over that. I like the story overall, it is a solid epic fantasy series full of magic, gods, knights, and thieves and the characters are lovable if brutal and violent at times. They tend towards banter which I always enjoy. Once I got into the series I was captured by it and I did like the narrator for the Elenium far more than the narrator for the Tamuli.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Lit 04-22-13
    Drew Lit 04-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Eddings as always, not narrator."
    What did you like best about The Diamond Throne? What did you like least?

    It's Eddings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sparhawk


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He just simply lacked the skill of a narrator. Didn't have the voice.


    Did The Diamond Throne inspire you to do anything?

    Narrator did, to write this review and I'm not even done.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a different narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mario Austin, TX, United States 03-26-13
    Mario Austin, TX, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013

    Fan of fantasy and science fiction. I started reading Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Tolkien in middle school and became hooked on the genre.

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    "Potentially ok story ruined by poor narration"

    This is my first David Eddings book. Unfortunately, I don't think I can objectively critique the story because the narrator's accent and voice acting practically ruined the book for me. The performance was a bit over the top, and the voices didn't seem to match the characters at all. For example, I didn't expect a Pandion knight to sound like a 21st century cool dude.

    Maybe Mr. Abbey is not a terrible reader, and for a different type of book he would have been ok. But for a fantasy novel with a medieval setting it was a very poor match. After listening to the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, with its excellent narrator, I expected something better than this.

    If you are really interested in this series, I definitely recommend passing on the audiobook and getting the print version instead.

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    Brian 12-09-12
    Brian 12-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, narration got in the way."

    I've been a fan of these books for years, they've become old friends.

    When listening to familiar titles, you expect your take on the story and the narration not to match perfectly. In this case, the narration was so far off it got in the way of the story.

    It's far enough off to me that I know I'll never listen to them again. I'd much rather sit down a read the stories myself.

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    Jeffrey United States 11-28-12
    Jeffrey United States 11-28-12
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    "Great Book...Bad Reader"

    David Eddings is one of my favorite authors and I was excited to finally get to sit back and listen to story be read to me...and then I heard the narrator. Even though it has been many years since I read the series the story easily comes back to me but unfortunately it is at the cost of having to wade through one of the worst readers to which I have listened. Mr. Abby comes off as over acting in almost all situations in a melodramatic way that makes me cringe repeatedly. Unfortunately my love for the story will force me to buy the rest of the series and I can only hope that Mr. Abby has picked up some drama classes in between recordings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 06-08-12
    Sarah 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration too slow"
    What would have made The Diamond Throne better?

    A different narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Greg Abby?

    Susan Erikson. Renee Raudman. Anyone with more life in their voice. I actually did not listen to all of it. I had to turn it off, it was painful. I feel mean saying that as he obviously would give it his best shot, but I would recommend he increase his tempo, and put more light and shade into his voice, so his voice waxes and wanes with vibrancy and intensity along the lines of the story.


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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 06-05-12
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 06-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a complete book"

    This is supposed to be book one of a series, but the reality is it's a very slow, tedious, painful build-up to nothing. It sounds like the start of an interesting story but it goes way too slowly and then abruptly ends with no resolution, no plot tie up, and very minor stage-setting for the next book. It's like someone took a decent book, ripped it in half at random, and the fluffed up the first half back to book length.

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    Christine United States 03-25-12
    Christine United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book and great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I loved the story and the narration


    What other book might you compare The Diamond Throne to and why?

    Unsure


    Which character – as performed by Greg Abby – was your favorite?

    Ulath


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

    In several places I laughed out loud


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the whole series and I was disappointed to find out that Greg Abby has not narrated any other books.

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    Lorri A Karn 08-23-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator made it a hard listen"

    Narrator was terrible. I found myself mocking the narrator instead of listening to the story. I am not sure if this was the entire problem though. I felt like the story progress was slow and didn't keep my interest. I liked the storyline of the Belariad and Malloreon triolgies better.

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