The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Gods and Warriors, the first in Michelle Paver’s breath-taking new adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age. Read by the actor Toby Stephens.
From a time of myths and ancient magic will come the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, tales of gods and warriors - and the rise of a hero? His sister is missing. His dog has been killed. High in the Greek mountains, Hylas is running for his life. The mysterious black warriors want Hylas dead. So begins his quest across land and sea with only a girl and a dolphin by his side. But the warriors are relentless.
Why are they hunting Hylas - and how will he survive? Perfect for fans of epic, action-packed adventures from Pirates of the Caribbean to The Lord of the Rings. Don’t miss this brand new series from the internationally acclaimed Michelle Paver, author of Wolf Brother.
©2012 Michelle Paver (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
Written with adolescents in mind, I came to this recording for the always rewarding voice of Toby Stephens. But I was soon drawn into the magical ancient world of the Greek Isles and the surrounding tribal nations. How refreshing to find, along with the strong young runaway boy, a brave, resourceful girl fully realized and not just an afterthought. Stephens did a masterful job of getting the many voices just right. This can be a fatal flaw if the narrator's rendition of that soft, higher register girl squeaks rather than speaks. Oh and the distinctive personalities of thinking animals. I loved being part of a dolphin pod for a while. The other pleasure was in the delivery of the action itself. Not once did I detect a condescending note. But no amount of vocal mastery could overcome what could have been a ho-hum adventure tale. Paver's writing was graphic, exciting, suspenseful and satisfying. I look forward with pleasure to more in this series.
I am book junkie. Read to me.
I'm a big Toby Stephens fan, so picked this because he is the reader. But I found I liked the story, too, which is set in a fantastical ancient world which may or may not be prehistoric Britain.
Michelle Paver is a popular British children's writer and this marks the start of a new series for her.
The plot zips along apace, with many cliff-hangers, figurative and literal. Altogether an entertaining read. I'll be looking for the sequels.
"Pretty promising start to a new series!"
This is a great return to what I think is Michelle Pavers best style. If you liked her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, I think it would be difficult not to enjoy this as the formula is just so similar. Equally, if you liked this and haven't listened to that series, I cannot recommend it enough.
I'm not sure this book is of quite the same quality as the Torak books, both in story and narration. It's a tough act to follow though, and I think Toby Stephens does a very decent job on this. I will be looking out for the next one and hope it develops into another great series!
"Feel like I've been sold an adolescent pup"
With such a majestic title I thought I was in for a a full-blooded tale of Greek myths and heroes. Instead this story features two young adolescents of the period who meet up when they're separately cast away on a deserted island, and learn to respect each other and work together to get out of their fix. There's a pod of dolphins somewhere in the mix too. The language and storyline's aimed at adolescents, and although the author tells her tale imaginatively she does seem to take an age getting though every little adventure. I'm half-way through and not sure I've got the energy or enthusiasm to finish it. It's well read (as always) by Toby Stephens.
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