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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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    Bob USA 07-03-15
    Bob USA 07-03-15
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    "Okay story, Poor delivery."

    Although I felt the story was good, Ray Porter's
    delivery and inflection on certain words such as "voice" throughout the story was laboring to the point of being tedious at times. There are also noticeable audio differences at multiple breaks throughout the story, these things distract and lessen the experience.

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    David West Jordan, UT, United States 06-24-15
    David West Jordan, UT, United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally engrossing!"

    I loved the concept, the setting, and enjoyed the thought provoking moral dilemmas.
    I liked the logic and matching of wits between the hero and villain and of course who doesn't love a wizard who's gone rogue?

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    A. Bunting New Orleans 06-19-15
    A. Bunting New Orleans 06-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fair to good mind candy."
    Would you listen to The Sum of All Men again? Why?

    I will probably check the next book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The vampire twist is interesting but pretty much it is standard YA otherwise.


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

    Capable but not a top player.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If you liked 1981 Dragon-slayer movie you will enjoy this. PS if you have not seen it give it a watch.


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    matthew 06-11-15
    matthew 06-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

    Wonderful story. Gripping! I was sceptical at fist but 1 hour in I was hooked. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. All hail the Earth Lord!

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    Audre 06-05-15
    Audre 06-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as I hoped"

    I only follow a handful of reviewers so when three of them ALL raved about this series, I was so excited. One even compared it to the Wheel of Time Series. I wish I could personally tell him how far fetched and crazy that is!

    Maybe I just expected too much...

    My biggest issue with the book is actually the main premise of the book - the Runelords who can take endowments. I like fantasy books because they are an escape to another world. In this book, I don't enjoy the world I escape to. I wouldn't want to live in a world where Kings and nobles cripple their people for their own power. I also find it hard to believe that so many people are willing to give up their strengths. Also, who don't more runelords have a problem with what they do? They are all fine destroying the quality of life for people just to make themselves more beautiful or stronger or to have a better voice? It's not believable to me, it's actually repulsive.

    I liked parts of the book. I'm intrigued with the powers of the Earth magic and where that will lead and I am also interested in where the author is going with the "days" chroniclers who follow the important people and are supposed to not get involved with the events they witness. It's obvious they are going to become important in some way.

    That said, I don't know that I will continue the series. I don't care enough.

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    James 04-24-15
    James 04-24-15
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    "a joy to listen to."

    I've read this book when it was first published in paperback. The altar rock the characters to life it maybe understand or the emotion in this book that I missed. in the first reading.
    I would highly recommend listening to this book if you have the opportunity.

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    kal ridnab 02-24-15
    kal ridnab 02-24-15
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    "I love David Farland's work"

    Roy Porter is a great narrator for this book. it is a great performance. just excellent.

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    Ali Cross 02-14-15
    Ali Cross 02-14-15 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the best audiobooks I've heard"

    I'd read this book when it first came out, but never followed through with the rest of the story. When I saw it would out on audiobook, I thought I'd take a listen, as a refresher before starting the next book.

    I was blown away.

    I couldn't listen often enough I wanted to devour it all in one sitting (not possible - it's a giant book!). The voice talent was amazing. He did all the different characters, emotion, inflection so beautifully it had me marveling. His talent along with the author's made this a thousand gold stars. Love, love, loved it.

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    R. J. Thorne 11-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting magic system!"

    One of my criteria for epic fantasy is the magic system has to be unique. I also enjoy learning about it as the characters in the book discover more about it (see Way of Kings for a perfect example). In this book, there is an established magic system that is very well known to the characters. Despite that not being something I like all the time, it was extremely interesting! It's also a bit dark.

    Gaboran (sp?), the protagonist, is a naive princeling and sometimes a little whiney. I think that's the point, however, and he does make big strides in character at the end of the book. His journey is interesting and compelling. His personal body guard guy, however, is probably the most interesting character to me. The author developed him well and I'm interested in his story as the I listen to more of the series.

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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 02-04-14
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice Book"
    Where does The Sum of All Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the very best but it was good and enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up nicely.

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