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The Sum of All Men Audiobook

The Sum of All Men: The Runelords, Book One

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Publisher's Summary

David Farland's acclaimed Runelords series introduces a world where the social structure is based upon the magical exchange of "endowments" such as stamina, grace, and wit. The Runelords are those who receive these endowments from their vassals, becoming superhuman in exchange for the responsibility of caring for those they have deprived of strength, or beauty, or sight.

Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

©1998 David Farland; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jarred Evergreen, CO 02-09-11
    Jarred Evergreen, CO 02-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    Very impressed with the story overall!! A very original idea that sparks a pretty incredible world and equally incredible characters that are constantly changing and evolving...literally. This world also leaves a lot opportunities for the story to go anywhere, and I enjoy the fact that the characters are grounded in good morals. Excellent narration by Ray Porter, and believe me I've suffered through some doosies but Mr. Porter really defines every character with their own tones and inflections. Not sure if it's the narrator or the director of the the narration, but I like that every break or chapter or change in story line is clearly defined.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    vbearski 01-18-15
    vbearski 01-18-15 Member Since 2007
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    "BORING!!! AND PREDICTABLE"
    Would you try another book from David Farland and/or Ray Porter?

    Yes


    What could David Farland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not been so predictable


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter?

    Narrator was ok


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sum of All Men?

    All the taking of people's attributes. It got really old after a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been an Audible member for many years. This, I think, is the worst book I have tried to date. I would like to be able to go into profound detail as to why I dislike this book so much. However, not possible as the only words of description that come to mind are boring and predictable. I read a review prior to purchase and was excited that I had found a new series. Maybe the review was mistakenly placed next to this title?? I gave it five hours and could not take the predictableness any longer. Probably a really good story line and although there are several more in the series, I just have to stop the listen. Hopefully, I can return it and not have to waste a good credit on such a horrible book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David M. Alden 02-11-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Can't finish the book..."

    The narrator makes every sentence seem like it's the most important thing every spoken. All of the characters appear to be more powerful and stronger and smarter than the next one, this one has the wit of 10 men, that one has the charm of 20 women, he has the metabolism of 100 men, blah, blah, blah. I'm only on the first part of the first book, but I can NOT hear the name "Raj Atten" (spelling?) one more time or I will stab my ears.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 04-17-12
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Are we talking about the same book??????"

    I just can't finish this book, Donna summed it up correctly!! The narrator is horrible, he does not pull you in. There is no character development, you are just dumped into the story not sure who is who and why you should care for any of them. And yes the endowment's are way overdone. I would rather listen to "The blade itself" from start to finish again rather than listen to one more chapter of this train wreck.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby Williams 04-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantasy sleeper"

    Overall a great book. The reading was increasingly captivating, and the story full of resonance and historically styled telling. you start with the wonder, and you definitely will stay for the end.

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    Dacon 04-07-16
    Dacon 04-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story"

    This story was one of the best developed and most creative I have ever read in my life. Full of drama, emotion, symbolism, action, and the human condition. The writing style was a little dry and corny in places, with a few failed attempts at prose, but the page-gripping story more than made up for it. I certainly recommend it.

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    TheGoat NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 12-30-15
    TheGoat NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 12-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible Narration :("
    Would you try another book from David Farland and/or Ray Porter?

    This series was recommended to me by a friend. He read it a while back. I got to chapter 4 and that's all I could take. Ray Porter is really bad. I may try reading it instead of listening to give it another shot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Farland again?

    Yes if he does not have Porter narrate.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use proper inflection and do not try so hard to make every single sentence sound as if its super intense.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sum of All Men?

    The scene where the chick lays down to pretend she is about to get nailed by a dude...


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    Waynek 08-01-15
    Waynek 08-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amateurish garbage. paint by numbers fantasy."

    Expect no surprises. if you want generic writing with amateur world building and no character development , this is book for you.

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    Susan Sutherland 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth the listen"

    The narration of this book brings it life! The author provides bountiful detail that creates beauty and magic! Most of all this story creates such deep thought of the morals of mankind and in turn has the reader searching his/her own soul, pondering their own humanity. Very compelling novel! Now on to book two!

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    Dwight Fontaine 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Old Sy Fy Fan"

    Excellent book !! Fantastic narrator !!#
    This will be a great series ..


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