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The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1 | [David Eddings]

The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

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.
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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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    Christine United States 03-25-12
    Christine United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri A Karn 08-23-11 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Marlborough, MA, United States 08-24-10
    Bill Marlborough, MA, United States 08-24-10
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    "OK Book. Great Listen"

    I am a big fan of Terry Brooks, so a friend mentioned that I should try David Eddings. I like his books, I would not say that I love them. However, Greg Abby is a GREAT reader. I wish he did more reading.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Etna, NH, United States 02-04-09
    Daniel Etna, NH, United States 02-04-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Not good"

    The plot, characters, and dialog are all written as if this were a children's book (ages 10 to 12) and I was going to pass it on to my daughters, but the whore-houses, pederastics, and incestual relationships prevent that. The dialog is so banal as to be painful and the narrator exacerbates this trait.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-11-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Tough Talking. do nothings"

    This is my third and last Eddings book.

    We almost need a new Fantasy sub genre. Books should be listed as "All Talk, but do Nothing Books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MW Durham, NC United States 01-25-13
    MW Durham, NC United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "meh"

    This book is awkward and childish, reminiscent of say, the old He-Man cartoon. Maybe I'm just spoiled by living in a post-"Game of Thrones" and "The Wire" world but this just feels SOOOO thin. Characters are flat and one-dimensional, and many are annoyingly smug. There is never any tension, all of the villains are limp, powerless, incompetents who never seem to be even a vague threat. All of the female characters are either grandmotherly or whores. The story floats along from location to location without any real meaning, culminating in a 3rd grade "You'll pay for this!" taunt exchange between the hero and the only potentially decent villain. In particular near the end the lisping old man and random woman who rips her shirt open for no reason were PAINFUL to listen to.

    The locations are about as vivid as a middle school set design - oh look, it's a "Medieval Castle" and over here it's "Middle East world" complete with trademark "desert" "veils" and "religious fanatics". Ugh. Is it really so hard to construct a fantasy world?

    I'm surprised I managed to get through the whole thing, but for the most part it sort of moves along, from scene to scene, although several of these feel rather pointless. It's a fluffy piece of fantasy relying on thinly veiled stereotypes and isn't really worth your time. Don't get me wrong I LOVE SCI-FI AND FANTASY - this is just weak.

    The narration is about on par with the work, maybe slightly better although maybe that is part of why some of the main characters sound so annoyingly smug, stupid, or just plain flat.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Nashville, TN, United States 02-26-10
    Beth Nashville, TN, United States 02-26-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Narration"

    I would probably rate this book higher if the reader didn't suck so badly. His reading style is choppy and voices are strange to say the least. If you get this book, buy it for the story and not the entertainment.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura TWIN FALLS, ID, United States 09-12-13
    Laura TWIN FALLS, ID, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"
    What did you love best about The Diamond Throne?

    It takes a special book to keep my mind off of the fact that I am running and this book did it. I could not wait to get back on the road to listen to my book. Sparhawk is amazing!!!


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

    I loved it all


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

    Sparhawk


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

    A world where loyalty and honor still drives a man.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheena 06-29-12
    Sheena 06-29-12 Member Since 2014

    New to audiobooks but I am finding it a great way of doing my crafts and getting my reading in at the same time.

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    "Books and story is great, the narrator not so much"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Diamond Throne to be better than the print version?

    No, I would not consider the audio edition of The Diamond Throne to be better than than the print. The narrator does fine for the most part with the male characters, he does not do so well with the female characters. He very much sounds like a man trying to pretend female voice.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Oh, yes. I think he should not have tried so hard with the female voices.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seth USA 03-11-09
    Seth USA 03-11-09
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    "Poorly written and poor story"

    This is a tremendously underwhelming book. It's written poorly--the characters are flat and corny. The plot is not at all exciting. The ending is abrupt and not remotely satisfying.

    I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, other than perhaps very young (although the protagonist characters aren't great role models) and new readers in fantasy. Anyone who reads alot of fantasy will be quite disappointed.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful

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