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The Dwarves | [Markus Heitz]

The Dwarves

For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now... Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.
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For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now...

Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the Kingdom of Fifthling the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

Sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf.

And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

©2012 Markus Heitz (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Allen 03-02-15
    Allen 03-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The story is not quite there"

    It's just missing something and the end is too quick too conclude. Large swathes of the story seems to be skipped.

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    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 08-29-14
    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 08-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simple story but I enjoyed every minute"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dwarves the most enjoyable?

    The plot was simple but was very entertaining. The various characters had great personalities and watching our hero "grow" made the journey fun.


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    James Duvall 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Dwarves in three words, what would they be?

    WHERE'S THE REST?


    Any additional comments?

    No, seriously, I went to go get the second book and it's simply not offered. Why on earth...? I want the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Antlers, OK, United States 08-20-14
    Leslie Antlers, OK, United States 08-20-14
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    "Awesome Listen"
    Would you listen to The Dwarves again? Why?

    Really good listen, I would love to listen to the rest of the books in this series.


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    Shawn 08-05-14
    Shawn 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Dwarven story EVER"
    What did you like best about this story?

    A story that is centered around the dwarven world is hard to find. This creates an awesome world to get lost in.


    Any additional comments?

    this story could be another epic for the big screen, just like LOTR or Star Wars. Please get the rest of the this series on audible with a quickness. The sample at the end of the book leaves you hanging and yearning for the complete story. I recommend stop listening at the end of the Draumatus Personai (sorry cant spell that) to avoid the emptiness it leaves

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    howard 06-29-14
    howard 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Narrator"

    Bought this book just because Matthew Wolf is the narrator. The man should be doing A LOT MORE audio books.

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    Arne Sun Prairie, WI, United States 02-15-14
    Arne Sun Prairie, WI, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "very plain fantasy novel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book while in my car and while working, it was time well enough spent.


    What was most disappointing about Markus Heitz’s story?

    This story fell into many of the tropes that have come to be associated with fantasy novels. Difficult to pronounce character names, dwarves and elves not getting along, dwarves being sturdy folk who can hold out against evil, resurrection of the dead, etc. It's all very played out. There was so little time spent developing characters that i didn't really care if one of them died. Also, the unnecessary references to time as cycles, it was annoying instead of unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil the story for someone who hasn't listened to it yet, but the scene that ties the introduction to the story into the main story was probably the best.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not without patton oswalt as a script doctor


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to dissuade anyone from enjoying this book, it they are all about dwarves and elves this is probably perfect for them. It's just not by cup of tea.

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    Ally FALL RIVER, MA, United States 12-30-13
    Ally FALL RIVER, MA, United States 12-30-13
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    "No, just no."
    What disappointed you about The Dwarves?

    This is the first audiobook I have ever not finished. My husband had read the series and suggested it for me. It was the most cookie cutter fantasy I have ever had the misfortune of listening to. Dwarf raised by humans wants to find his birth family, epic quest with a rag tag group leads to more questions...

    It was also a 15 hour book... 10 hours in, I had already figured out the ending and called it quits.


    Has The Dwarves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm more a Sci Fi or modern age fantasy than this type of fantasy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, nothing sticks out in my mind as particularly noteworthy.


    Any additional comments?

    I maybe a bit harsh, i can't say this book is badly written or that the narrator isnt great, i will actually give the narrartor serious credit, im sure i would not have read that far on my own. just the story itself is rather uninspired.

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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 10-22-13
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Felt it could have been better."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you really like Dwarves sure. I think there are other fantasy books out that I could spend 22 hours on. I love long books, my library has some of the longest ones here on audible.


    Would you recommend The Dwarves to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I would say pass. The book felt like it needed a big time edit. The way he raised the stakes so often felt ridiculous. I like the stakes raised, but too much is too much. I did get the feeling I was on a adventure with a bunch of Dwarves. But if you need that I would have some other recommendations for you.
    Also Character relationships all felt weird to me. It felt that a bunch of people that hated each other were thrown into the situation. With the main character soothing all the situations. And you had to hear about it the whole time.


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    He had some really good Dwarve voices and acted them out well. Well spoken. Still I only give my favorite Narrators 5 stars.


    Was The Dwarves worth the listening time?

    No. To be honest I almost gave up on the book. Getting to the ending was hard for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to love this book. Hey I like Dwarves as much as the next guy. I doubt I will get book 2.

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    Dana 10-04-13
    Dana 10-04-13
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    "Outstanding! Very pleased with this one."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dwarves to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book, so can't comment on audio vs written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dwarves?

    The scene on the bridge of the Fourth Kingdom.


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    All of it. Wolf does an outstanding job of character personalization.


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

    The Dwarves. Stubborn. Warlike. Heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    This story surprised me. I generally don't go for the peasant-goes-on-an-errand-becomes-hero type stories, but this one was different. Character development was outstanding, and the storyline really kept me interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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