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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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    Crystal South Carolina 07-29-14
    Crystal South Carolina 07-29-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Get print if you must, but give audio a miss"
    What disappointed you about The Diamond Throne?

    The story is only ok. Not a lot of character development across the trilogy and the plot is predictable from time to time. If you like complexity like you find with Sanderson, Butcher, Jordan, Martin, etc., this book well leave you wanting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Eddings? Why or why not?

    I finished this trilogy, and that's because I am a completist by nature - but it was a challenge to stay with it. However, a family member swears that other Eddings titles are better so perhaps I will give him another go, especially now that there is a return option.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How did he not? Every line is delivered in the same sing-song canter regardless of the scene's mood or differences between characters. There is no variance in accents from character to character, only voice pitch changes. After about 1 hour, I would have to shut it off as the narration became so distracting that I really began to hope that Sparhawk would ride off a cliff so I could stop punishing myself (at this time Audible had no easy return policy so I was stuck).

    Abbey should stick to voicing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other animated characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the character names, and a couple of the supporting characters were quite good. I only wish they had been developed and tested more. I truly believe that had I read the book instead of going with Audio, my experience would have been a bit improved. The story is alright but could be better.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank god for Kalten. He was the bright spot in this book.

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    Katherine Toronto, ON, Canada 12-31-13
    Katherine Toronto, ON, Canada 12-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful story, read very well"

    I've enjoyed this story since I first read it when I was fifteen, and it's remained one of my favourites ever since. Eddings has a way of taking a remarkably simple concept - "warrior finds out his queen is in danger, must assemble a party and go on a fetch-quest" - and fleshing it out into a rich, intelligent narrative. The worldbuilding was what originally made me fall in love with this trilogy, and it held up very well under a more critical reread over a decade later.

    I've got a weakness for stories where the protagonist has already gone through their basic trial by fire. I like following strong, capable people who have a sense of themselves and the skills to back it up, and so the Elenium is a dream for me. The main characters have all been doing this for a long time, so we're spared a half dozen versions of the same character flaws of insecurity, inexperience and rashness. Sparhawk is clever, strong, and competent, a character whose head actually enjoy sitting in, and the rest of his band are diverse in their skills and failings. Most of the villains are even painted as complex individuals with varied motivations; I might loathe Annias, but I can understand why he does what he does, and he's not an idiot about it.

    Reading other reviews, I was a bit nervous about Greg Abby as a narrator, but I quickly came to enjoy his performance. He's clear and expressive, and while some of his vocal choices don't sound like I imagined for the characters, they have real life and personality. My only note of criticism is a familiar one - Sephrenia is well-voiced, but many of his other women are a little bit unfortunate-sounding.

    (It may be worth noting here: I've seen more than one person comment on Abby's apparent mispronunciation of the word 'hierarchy'. The word he's actually saying there is 'heirocracy', which is a term for an ecclesiastical government.)

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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.

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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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