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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 05-07-13
    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent book. I tried to like it more but failed."

    It was decent. Not spectacular. Sometimes it felt like the plot twists were written by a child. It was also very predictable on many occasions. Not sure if I will go on to the rest of the series.

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    Stephen Windermere, FL, United States 03-18-13
    Stephen Windermere, FL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about The Dwarves?

    Some very good characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is a dwarf with a temper problem


    Any additional comments?

    Very good performance by Matthew Wolf - easy to listen to, and does the characters well. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Sumter, SC, United States 12-12-12
    John Sumter, SC, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tolkien like dwarves. Good story. Fun characters!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dwarves to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book but the narrator was very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    What does Matthew Wolf bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The personalities if each character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    clayda lancaster, CA, United States 12-11-12
    clayda lancaster, CA, United States 12-11-12

    BOOK LOVER IN THE DESERT SUN....

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it would it is well written and excitting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main charater


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    he peformed well with out over doing it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 11-21-12
    Julius 11-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Not Bad!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yeah, It needs a bit more but you still want to turn the pages.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Markus Heitz? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Matthew Wolf’s performance?

    Committed, Dwarf Like, Not distracting


    Was The Dwarves worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    wanted more...I mean they are Dwarves..make it so.

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    Nathaniel Meridian, ID, United States 09-24-12
    Nathaniel Meridian, ID, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging from the start!"
    Would you listen to The Dwarves again? Why?

    Probably at some future date. I rarely re-read or listen to books unless it has been quite some time since my last listen. But when a book is entertaining and the narrator is well spoken and good at his job then it makes the listening all the more fun.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed them all. Matthew was able to give each a voice, and thereby a life of their own. Which is essential when keeping a reader interested.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this listening experience. I cannot wait for the next three books in the series to become available on audio.

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    Barbknecht United States 09-17-12
    Barbknecht United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2007

    I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War

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    "Fantastic Epic!"

    Nicely done.
    Love the spin on Dwarves and the character development is outstanding.
    The intrigue keeps you on your toes and the action is written beautifully.
    I highly recommend this book!
    I hope we find more of Heitz writings here soon!

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    T. Smith 08-29-12
    T. Smith 08-29-12 Member Since 2010

    bionicgargoyle

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    "Mind blown."
    Where does The Dwarves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book moved to the top of my list due to a performance that was simply fantastic due to the writing. The narrator was great at the voices and gave the character each their own, but the writing made each character easily distinguishable and unique to each other as well as being refreshing in the land of fantasy with many Dwarven forefathers. I couldn't stop listening to this book because I didn't want to say g'night to them!


    What other book might you compare The Dwarves to and why?

    I want to compare it to dragonlance as far as memorable characters, but as far as story, I think this book just blew Dragonlance away. I still love Tanis and Tas, but they seem like hand puppets in comparison to the richly made characters in this book. It's not that the story lines are different, it's a quest and there's companions ect...just, the details captured in each personality made me visualized being the fly on the wall along with them. I feel that this tops even the LOR trilogy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many, but I loved the play within the novel. It was a brilliant way for heitz to tell us why the wizard has turned like a worm in an apple. It's rich detail allowed for a moment of doubt in the reader. At that point, I knew I didn't know exactly where the story was going. Which, with my voracious reading list, is saying a lot.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying...yet, this is just the first book. It looks like audible doesn't have the next one yet :( but I laughed like a loon many times. The humor in here is excellent. And each character had his/her own sense of humor, rather than the group sharing all the same tastes or one being a hater of the joviality. There are times that the characters have to take a moment out figure out why something may be funny. It's great because it makes it all the more funny as you, the reader, get it before the character. I felt like I was around the campfire or in the tavern with them haha


    Any additional comments?

    It's a long book and worth every minute. If you like epic fantasy, you will enjoy this. I liked the Game of Thrones, but it didn't make me laugh as much as this. I like the LOR, but it didn't make me feel the epic character development this one did. I LOVE the stone of tears, but I have to admit that this was richer. Give it a shot.

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    Thomas BLANCHARDVILLE, WI, United States 08-23-12
    Thomas BLANCHARDVILLE, WI, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Dwarves in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, action packed,


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The characters need development


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    Nice pace


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The best books need to be savored, like sipping on a glass of wine. Dwarves is a particularly good vintage. Not to be rushed.


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    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 08-16-12
    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to The Dwarves again? Why?

    This was one of the best stories Ive read in a while and iv been reading good epic fantsy for over 30 yrs...This is equal to tolkein and mckeirnan..


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

    too many to note


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favorite?

    belundil one of the dwarf twins who wanted to fight everyone


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When tongil found out he was a 3rd linging and the axe glowed in his hand and he new he had the power to kill the magus


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