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.
Cut out most of it. Lots of pointless, boring scenes.
They seemed to have a format for all their stories, and they followed the same format which makes all the stories sound alike with only names changed. They needed to break out of their self-imposed box.
Althalus is supposed to be an illiterate, yet good natured thief but his voice is that of an aristocrat, bad Scottish accent for another set of people, and a third group who sound as though they came from Transylvania.
I've read it several times before - it's a great book - I bought the audiobook for fun. The other books by Davide Eddings I have on audio have pretty poor narration - this one jumps up to being a good job.
This is a book of really getting to know the characters and seeing the ensemble interact, it's one of the things Eddings does best and it's showcased very nicely here.
Nothing was disturbing or annoying in the performance, which is a good thing. There are a few narrators who actually enhance a book, I wouldn't say that about this one, but it doesn't detract either.
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
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
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?
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.
I enjoyed the vocal variety for the different charactars.
I didn't actually get all the way through.
Every different country had an accent and the narrator kept up with the accents all the way through. Great story as well
David Eddings taught me the joy of reading. Reading when I was growing up was a punishment. I hated it. I wasn't really good at it. I went through the motions. never comprehending or putting together the story.
I never knew a good book could take you away from where ever you were.
now I have just got hooked on audio books. I love it while I'm working.
thank you thank you thank you.
I only wish I learned the joy sooner.
I am a fan of David/Leigh Eddings books. They are the books that got me reading as an adult. They do follow a formula and the same characters and even lines can be found in all their books (including their non-fantasy books), but all are enjoyable. I don't think I would listen to another one because, quite honestly, this audio book ruined the story for me and I wouldn't want to take the chance of ruining more.
I would recommend READING the book, but I cannot stress enough how strongly I recommend avoiding this audio version. The narration parts are fine, but this story is heavy on dialogue and ALL the accents used for dialogue are so horrific that at times it is painful to listen to. It really detracts from the story. There is one character in particular who is supposed to have a vibrant voice and the narrator uses this ridiculously bad Transylvanian accent. It is worse than a 'B' vampire movie. I kept waiting for her to say "I vant to drink your blood, blah, blah blah!" Yes, it is that bad. All the accents are just awful and distracting. I really wonder what the narrator was thinking.
ANYONE. Maybe Alan Cummings? I don't know.
Huge disappointment overall. Annoyance with the distracting accents, sadness at how it negatively affected my memories of this book :,(
Do yourself a favour and don't waste your credit on this one.
David Eddings has a limited bag of characters that you'll see throughout all of his books. Sure they have different names but they act the same way. You'll notice several similarities between stories in his books as well. This is one of the first books I read and I still love it. It did take some getting used to the narrator though. Listen to the sample before buying!
"I remember the other version as better"
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
The actual story
yes.he wasn't bad except for his Scottish ish accent
"A series in itself"
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.
The biblical-style passages are fun.
Audio books in general allow you to work whilst reading. Awesome!
"Creative, Magical, A must read"
Yes I love the story line although in parts the narrator is a little boring, and seem to lose interest
The bit when he find the house at the edge of the world and starts to learn the truth
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
Worth a listen
"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.
"Well worth a listen but ended week"
Yes love his books
Once the power comes about after waiting long for it nothing that cool gets achieved and ther seems no fallow up
No but was a good performance
Yes definitely was a grate story just devastating that once that rise to power 5 min later it's all over defo a clash between furden and Thayer powers and the alantrayans
"amazing story, very averagely told."
the plot of this book is second to none, but the narrator users rather dodgy accents to differentiate beten characters and it does soul the immersion slightly. i would recommend reading this book first, then listening to the audio book.
"A good read and now on audio"
Compelling read ~ hard to put down ditto with the audio version
Emmy - of course - keep em guessing at all times - I love it!
"Good Story, adequate narrator."
The headline says it all but if I am to expand upon it I would probably say this:
I read this story once when I was a child and loved it, coming back to now about 15 years later, I find it to be an old friend I'd lost.
Yes, the writing and story is somewhat simple but it is a good simple that invite most minds to listen.
The narrator on the other hand have this strange french sounding accent for most characters, it's not that much of a bother but from time to time my mind grabbed on to it and it was like an itch you can't reach.
Other than that he performed well giving most characters an easily distinguishable voice most of them feeling quite fitting.
amazing story but the narrator could have been better a little more emotion would have helped
"Not as good as I remember."
I loved this book when I was younger. Thinking it was a complex weaving of mythos and theology. Listening now I just found it a bit childish and hollow. I repect the Performer for his attempt. but there are a lot of characters and it would have benefitted from the use of multiple actors rather then one chap straining his somwhat limited repartee of accents. I found his rendition of the female characters to be somewhat over femenised and he sometimes slips from one characters lines to anothers while accidentally maintaining the same accent.
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