A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.
Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon - a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League - will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power...and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend maker's worst nighmares!
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I have to admit that I'm only a few hours into this audiobook at this point, but I've already read it in print, so I know what happens. That being said, I'm very glad that this great series is finally being made available in audio. So far, I'm very impressed with the narration. Mr. Wincott does an excellent job differentiating between characters, so it's easy to tell who's speaking, and he reads at a comfortable pace while infusing the narration with the proper emotions. The books themselves are fantastic, and Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn is one of my all time favorite series. This series was written back in the 80's, so the plot may seem familiar to many readers, but It's very well written with characters you can care about.
The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book. Back to listening!
The story is great. It's well written and keeps your interest. The narrater has a great voice and his different voices and accents were just what was needed. I've been waiting for an audio version of this series for many years and I wasn't disappointed
Simon's relationship with Doctor Morgenes and the journey through the tunnels below the Hayholt.
I like knowing how to pronounce some of the names. The story has a resonance that he captures with his voice.
I have read this book at least four times and enjoyed it every time. I have been waiting for the series to come out in audio form because I like to listen to books when I drive long distances and while working.
I knew this was one of my favorite stories but the incredible performance brought new life to the tale.
Like meeting a loved one after a long absence and finding them better than you possibly could imagine.
Yes, Tad Williams is a long time favorite of mine. I have enjoyed all of his work to date.
Simon is the most interesting because of the character development involved, I also enjoyed Binabik and Duke Isgramore.
It was Quite long but I did listen to it within a few days.
A bit long winded in the beginning, but the author has a way with words and the story line eventually sweeps you away! Everything you might want in an epic fantasy!
One of my all time favorite books now in audio, was a true joy to listen to. Going back with Simon on his long journey was really fun to get back into again. The narration was very well done and I think he did a good job with the characters voices. He also does a good job reading the book, keeping the pace and action alive and moving to keep you entertained and not lolling into sleep. Overall I think this is a very good audiobook and a great start to a very good series. Hopefully, Green Angel Tower will be out by the time I finish the second book to this series!
One of the best fantasy series ever written. An example to modern writers of what can be done within the span of a trilogy, where the writer actually finishes the last book even if it takes him a couple extra years (hear that Patrick Rothfuss?). I downloaded the audio version twenty years after purchasing the first edition of the book, and I was worried that it would not be well done. Well, i no longer have to worry. The reader does an exceptional job, the narration is superb, the pacing and voices are excellent. I was transported back to Osten Ard in a wonderfully immersive experience. To those of you that are picking it up for the first time, yes it does start slowly. The first 6 hours or so are slow as Tad Williams builds his characters and worlds with care, something which will pay off in spades later. And if you can invest the first few hours, once the action starts, it will not let up, through book two and the masterpiece that is the third and last book in the series. I read a couple of reviews from people who were encountering the book for the first time worrying about the character growth of Simon. Well, if you stick with it to the end, there are few series out there that do a better job of showing the growth and maturity of characters. This is a beautiful series, one of the handful of fantasy masterpieces, and this audio edition is everything I could have hoped for. Thank you Tad Williams and Audible for bringing it to us.
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