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The Godborn Audiobook

The Godborn: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book II

In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen - unmoored in time by the god Mask - has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth. Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania.
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In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen - unmoored in time by the god Mask - has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth.

Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania. He knows the day will come when he must assume his role in the divine drama unfolding across Faern. But Vasen knows not what that role should be...or whether he is ready to take it on. He only knows what his father tells him in dreams - that he must not fail.

Enter Drasek Riven, a former compatriot of Erevis Cale, now near divine and haunted by dreams of his own - he too knows the time to act is near. Shar, the great goddess of darkness, looks to cast her shadow on the world forever. Riven has glimpsed the cycle of night she hopes to complete, and he knows she must be stopped.

At the crossroads of divine intrigue and mortal destiny, unlikely heroes unite to thwart the powers of shadow and hell, and the sundering of worlds is set on its course.

©2013 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "Not bad but was hoping for more"

    Being a Forgotten Realms fan for a long time I couldn't wait for the books in this series to come out. I miss the old gods like Mask and Mystra and their Chosen. I especially like all of the Earvis Cale books. I was excited to hear that Mags and Drasek Riven would be back but maybe I was expecting too much and raised the bar so high in my mind that no story could measure up? I don't know but I have to be honest. I was a little disappointed in some parts of the story. The two twisted and cursed brothers? I just didn't understand why they were featured so prominently. I listened at 1.5 times normal speed to get past their blathering nonsense like "We do this and the Head Devil of the 8th Hell Mephostopholis, he will keep his promise and remove this curse, bla bla bla". A king of the Hells keeping his word? A child would know better.
    I'm going to try and stay away from Spoilers but Magaden wasn't involved in the story very much. His contacting the Source, a huge event in the past, is treated as being as trivial as making a sandwich. In the end, I thought a book with Mags, Drasek, and Cale would keep me at the edge of my seat. I'm sorry to say it didn't.
    I am glad to see some of the events that happened in this book (I won't go into detail to keep this Spoiler Free) so I do not regret reading it. I do wish it had kept me more....well, on the edge of my seat the way the older Cale/Drasek/Mags/Jack/Mask stories once did.

    If there was a half star I'd have given the Story 2.5 stars but since there is not, because I am such a Forgotten Realms fan I'll give this story the benefit of rounding up to 3 stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Busch Seattle 01-18-14
    Keith Busch Seattle 01-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "this was so painful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really was not able to get into this one.. The reader was bad and the story did not develop...


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    jason Luetkahans 01-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "your bitterness is sweet to the lady!"

    loved it. hope and pray for more on these characters. until then, i am in a "showhole" lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher beaver dam, WI, United States 12-12-15
    Christopher beaver dam, WI, United States 12-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "More!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Godborn the most enjoyable?

    Everything love this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like them all.


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

    He brought the characters to life I love John and Victor narrating.


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

    Yes! couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    More!!!! I want more books on these charterers.

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    Nuclear Sandbox 11-26-15
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    "Well done!"

    Well written, well performed. Highly recommended, but listen or read the books that come before this work.

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    Unithralith 11-05-15
    Unithralith 11-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So, so bad"

    This book was truly abysmal. There were plot inconsistencies (for example, a holy symbol that was in two places at once literally a chapter apart), the descriptions were repetitive, and the plot derivative. It read like a first draft that was never edited and that even the author didn't bother to read before it went to print. I almost didn't finish it, but as an avid D&D player, figured I aught to see it through for the sake of familiarity with the lore. Seriously, read something else. Read ANYTHING else.

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    LawfulJoe 07-28-15
    LawfulJoe 07-28-15
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    "Good story, well read and a fun ride."

    loved it. not disappointed at all by this continuation of the Evris Cale series. fun to listen to.

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    TLRJohnny 07-15-15
    TLRJohnny 07-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Battle of the Big Boys & well read"

    Interesting story. My favorite part was how mortals did their thing in the company of godlike beings, and thru the writer's skill, I could almost FEEL the near-unimaginable power of the gods. As a dungeon master about to take my players on an adventure in Hell, this book provided excelllent fodder for my imagination and plot crafting. Great narration as always.

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    Charles 07-02-15
    Charles 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Adds to the overall"

    Has some really good dark story sections that make you really hate certain characters, but they deserve it. Narrator is a bit monotone, but he does a good job later as the book nears the end.

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    Steve 07-01-15
    Steve 07-01-15 Member Since 2016

    Dudka

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    "Dark Fantasy"
    If you could sum up The Godborn in three words, what would they be?

    Epic. Mayhem. Moar.


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

    The ending. You wanted it to be this way and you had been waiting... then it happened.


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

    Pruden does an excellent job with the each character. I have specifically looked for books narrated by John Pruden.


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

    There are a few interesting dynamics but I won't spoil anything.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read the other Cale series this book is a must.

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    "Good fun, but..."

    Good fun book as it stands, and it's a chance to catch up with all your old friends if you've been following the series, but, and I might be turning into an old fuddy-duddy here, it's a bit like a superhero film where the important characters are able to absorb such massive amounts of damage that the effort required to really hurt them is bordering on the tedious, and as a reader I'm not entirely sure as to the level of danger they're in.

    There could really have been fewer 'groaning in pain' descriptions and more 'clever stuff' going on. You'd think followers of Mask would be going around being nasty little clever-cloggses - and to be fair there is a meta-element of that, but not on any really visceral - HAHA, You weren't expecting that, were you! - level. As it stands the 'Good' protags are very good, the 'Evil' protags are only slightly less in your face good, and the real bad guys are nihilistically evil, rather than Hannibal Lecter, saute your mum and have her on cheese and crackers evil, or even crash the world economy evil.

    Bottom line, fun romp, but a little one dimensional as a book - which is odd given that there are at least three in the story.

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