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The Redemption of Althalus | [David Eddings, Leigh Eddings]

The Redemption of Althalus

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor. Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness.
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Publisher's Summary

Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Listeners have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy....

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat - a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess. She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other. Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the listening and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.

©2000 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    John Hayward, CA, United States 09-19-13
    John Hayward, CA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Easy for Althalus"
    What disappointed you about The Redemption of Althalus?

    There seems to be no real problems for the heroes of the story. They just go along, and everything is either provided, or just works out fine. Nobody causes them any real trouble and anything they need they just get. It's all too easy and becomes boring. I unfortunately got so bored that I stopped partway through the book. Maybe it became more interesting later?


    What could David Eddings and Leigh Eddings have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I've really enjoyed other Eddings' novels - I read through the Belgariad and the Ruby Knight series, and what I really enjoyed was how there was difficulty and then how that difficulty was overcome.
    Give Althalus some problems. At least make him hunt food and cook it, or go hungy instead of just saying, "beef" and having cooked beef appear.


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

    I enjoyed the vocal variety for the different charactars.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Redemption of Althalus?

    I didn't actually get all the way through.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 12-03-13
    Ken 12-03-13 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "The story is amazing"

    Althalus is a thief, but in the end he is a hero. how does this happen, easy when the gods use you as the champion.

    Althalus has the greatest luck being a theif, that is until he decides to look at civilization and his luck sours, we all have off days after all. but when he comes home his luck stays bad. after visiting his friends and relaxing a stranger comes in and offers him a easy job. or so we though.

    the Eddings team does it again but this time writing it all in one book. the growth, challenges and dilemmas come together

    I did not like the performance of Dennis Holland, he does not have the range of vocal talent needed. all you can do to tell the difference between the ladies is the horrible accent and the cadence of there speech. the men where not much better. It made it hard to enjoy a great piece of work

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 07-16-13
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Painful....Stay clear!!!!"

    I’m not sure if this was a bad book or bad reading making a decent book bad. Whatever the case I could only manage 5 chapters then deleted it of my IPhone. Horrible Horrible narration, I forced myself to push thru the 5 chapter but couldn’t take anymore. How can this be rated so high??????????????

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Neely Alger, MI, United States 08-15-13
    Neely Alger, MI, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst written book I have ever seen"
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dennis Holland?

    The level of writing and the story are awful. I enjoyed previous books but this was a poor effort


    What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

    Bad story, poorly developed characters, no conflict, bad dialogue, repetitive to the point it was distracting and pointless


    What aspect of Dennis Holland’s performance would you have changed?

    He didn't stand a chance with such poor material. The story was painful to listen to and some of the accents and character depictions were very bad


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Ames Colorado 06-12-13
    D. Ames Colorado 06-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst ever"
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dennis Holland?

    No, no and no! As a former David Eddings fan I was hugely disappointed with this.


    What could David Eddings and Leigh Eddings have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorten the book by half. Do you really have to retell the story to every new character introduced?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Holland’s performances?

    Not if I can help it. The accents were terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost cried at the end of part 3 when I realized there was still 4 plus hours to go.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 05-29-13
    Douglas 05-29-13
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    "Wake Me When It's Over"

    There is not particular reason you should pay any attention to my review of this book as I only listened to the first 45 minutes of it before I returned it to audible. I am sure there are those who loved this book, (after all it says it is a No.1 bestseller), but I can only assume they are heavily medicated. An absolute monotone delivery of an absolutely monotone book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Stanton 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great fantasy adventure"
    Would you listen to The Redemption of Althalus again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the narration and the story. It takes a while to get going, but once you get into the story a ways, it really propels you along.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's David Eddings, the master of the hero cycle. You always know ultimately where this story is going to end up, but he does it so well that you don't really mind.


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

    The narrator really brought the book to life. He managed to create unique voices for each character which we instantly recognizable all on their own, without being introduced by name.


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

    The end is particularly poignant and satisfying after our heroes' long adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot plays with time to an extent, so there's some parts that are repeated several times. I found those somewhat annoying. Listening to the story of Althalus' adventures somewhere is entertaining, but when he's retelling it in excruciating detail to another character in the story, it's tedious, but by the 3rd retelling I'm just fast-forwarding.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Iain
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    6/17/13
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    "a hackneyed and pedestrian tale."

    I am a great fan of Devid Eddings and was looking forward to re- entering his world but something has happened to his writing in the last 10 years . The writing is good and easy to read as you would expect, but where are the characters, where are the plots and sub plots- I managed 6 hours of this tale before giving up - the first audio book I have not been able to finish. I have 3 reasons for this. I. The tale is simple and linear with no surprises and progresses at a very slow snails pace. The main character is locked in a house for thousands of years and it really felt like it! You have to care about the main character fo engage in the tale of his life but he is a hackneyed stereotype cobbled together from previous stories. Finally the narator is to scottish accents what dick van dyke is to cockeys!!.. I cannot recommend this book and am disappointed I contributed to its No 1 bestseller strap line.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Layla Stock
    Newcastle UK
    8/9/13
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    "I remember the other version as better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I got this audiobook thinking it was the original version I had years ago, sadly lost. Ok so the narrator is better he didn't instill the Norse esque feeling I got from the other narrator who inisisted on talking in a funny pretend Norse accent for allof the characters. Personal opinion only


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Holland’s performances?

    yes.he wasn't bad except for his Scottish ish accent


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jude Malcomson
    12/11/14
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    "A series in itself"
    What made the experience of listening to The Redemption of Althalus the most enjoyable?

    Eddings is one of my favourite authors, but Althalus is by far the most fun of all the works. It's effectively a series within a single book, and has the freshness present in the Belgariad, but combined with the depth of the Younger Gods. Lots of fun, full of interesting characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

    The biblical-style passages are fun.


    What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Audio books in general allow you to work whilst reading. Awesome!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee
    Exeter
    9/7/14
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    "Creative, Magical, A must read"
    Would you listen to The Redemption of Althalus again? Why?

    Yes I love the story line although in parts the narrator is a little boring, and seem to lose interest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

    The bit when he find the house at the edge of the world and starts to learn the truth


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

    not completely it took me two days in parts the narrator seem to make me feel he was not interested in reading this book but having read it myself and loving Eddings others I wanted to hear it through


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "A good read and now on audio"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Compelling read ~ hard to put down ditto with the audio version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emmy - of course - keep em guessing at all times - I love it!


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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