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
Yes, I love DWARVES!
Excellent performance, I will be looking for more stories narrated by him.
This is a great big epic of a book and unusual in being from the dwarves' point of view. Dwarves haven't gotten enough love in my opinion so i was eager to read the book. The reader is good does voices well and is pleasant to listen to. The story however, is so-so. its a well crafted very rich story that suffers from hokey passages and unecessary characters. I understand the author's desire to make the dwarves shine but this is done at the cost of other peoples who are demeaned. Humans simply cannot fight off orcs, elves are proud and foolish... so that all these othercharacters are more like flat sterotypes than fully fleshed out characters like the dwarves. Its a silly idea but it almost reads like dwavish propaganda. Also a lot of the names are similar which makes the plot hard to follow at times, especially in audio format. It is a fun read for a fantasy fan though.
No, to long.
Book overall was good, but it seemed like the whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy in one book. Should have been two books or three. The idea is GREAT though the dwarves were awesome.
The plot was simple but was very entertaining. The various characters had great personalities and watching our hero "grow" made the journey fun.
WHERE'S THE REST?
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.
Really good listen, I would love to listen to the rest of the books in this series.
I listened to this book while in my car and while working, it was time well enough spent.
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.
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.
not without patton oswalt as a script doctor
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.
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.
I'm more a Sci Fi or modern age fantasy than this type of fantasy.
Honestly, nothing sticks out in my mind as particularly noteworthy.
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.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
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.
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.
He had some really good Dwarve voices and acted them out well. Well spoken. Still I only give my favorite Narrators 5 stars.
No. To be honest I almost gave up on the book. Getting to the ending was hard for me.
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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