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The peaceful Eldarin were the last of three ancient races. The mystical Oltor, healers and poets, had fallen before the dread power of the cruel and sadistic Daroth. Yet in one awesome night, the invincible Daroth had vanished from the face of the earth. Gone were their cities, their armies, their terror. The Great Northern Desert was their only legacy. Not a trace remained for a thousand years....

The War of the Pearl had raged for seven years, and the armies of the four Duchies were exhausted and weary of bloodshed. But the foremost of the Dukes, Sirano of Romark, possessed the Eldarin Pearl and was determined to unravel its secrets.

Then, on one unforgettable day, a dark moon rose above the Great Northern Desert, and a black tidal wave swept across the land. In moments the desert had vanished beneath lush fields and forests, and a great city could be seen glittering in the morning sunlight. From this city reemerged the blood-hungry Daroth, powerful and immortal, immune to spear and sword. They had only one desire: to rid the world of humankind forever. Now the fate of the human race rests on the talents of three heroes: Karis, warrior woman and strategist; Tarantio, the deadliest swordsman of the age; and Duvodas the Healer, who will learn a terrible truth.

Read by Homer Todiwala.

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Good story, not so good narration

The story is a fine one by the late great David Gemmell. The narration, sadly, is subpar and makes it a real chore to listen to. I'm on the fence about returning the book because of it, but might struggle on. Almost all other Gemmell books, which have finally become available in the last year or so have mostly excellent narration (except for the Sigarni Hawk Queen and Rigante series). I don't know, if the money ran out for professional readers or what made them change their selection, but it's really sad. Gemmell's stories deserved better than this.

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I'm a HUGE David Gemmel fan.

The story here is great, but the narration is terrible. It sounds like Homer had to rerecord every sentence individually and then patch them back together. the pauses and tonal inflections are all off and tend to send confusing. Stay away from this narrator, not the author. I struggled through it, but my fandom is greater than the narrator's failures. It will not be so for many.

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Loved it

I loved it and didn't want it to end. I fell in love with the characters every last one of them. I will listen to it again.

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  • Ian
  • 03-30-18

Great Story

This is another great story but spoiled by the delivery and mispronounced words and inconsistent use of the name of one of the lead characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-18

The narrator belched

how can someone so obviously talented do such a half arsed job . the narrator burps at one point, and makes so many mistakes during reading the book it makes you wonder if English is his first language.

don't get me wrong quite a good narration in some ways but at times he obviously wasn't reading a story he was just reading a shopping list .

weird

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  • Mr Matthew A. Partridge
  • 05-17-18

What a shame.

I really enjoyed this book when I read it a long time ago. Therefore I was excited to see that it had a brand new audiobook version. I've managed 4 hours but I cannot suffer it any longer. The narration is quite honestly terrible. There is absolutely zero emotion, "evil" characters are given stereotypical goblin-esque voices which create about as much malice and intent as a rock. Inflections and tone never match the scene. Timing and pacing is poor. It's just bad.

Avoid this one and just re-read the book. That is what I'm going to do.

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  • Gemma Chapman
  • 05-03-18

Good story ruined by poor narration

Poor choice of narrator really lets this story down. The most annoying factor was that the narrator gives one of the main protagonists what I can only describe as a goblin voice. I read the novel over 20 years ago and it certainly wasn't the voice I'd imagined for the character. Other voices also like characatures. I feel the narrator's style would be best suited to comedic rather than heroic fantasy. In addition, the narrator doesn't appear to have read the book before reading it aloud for the narration and you end up with situations were the tone of voice he chooses is belied by the writing, e.g. when Karis said something that the narrator read as angry, followed by the words "she said, surprised at the lack of anger in her voice" This happens more than once; and as one of the previous reviewers mention, the narrator actually belches at one point! Overall, good story, but disappointing voice acting.

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  • E
  • 06-29-18

Good book, terrible narrator

This was one of my favourite Gemmell books when I was younger, so I was really looking forward to rediscovering it in audiobook form. Sadly the narrator really lets the story down. He makes really bizarre choices for lots of the voices and regular mispronounces basic English words. I hate to leave a negative review like this, but it really did spoil my enjoyment of the book. All of the narrators for the other Gemmell books at far superior thankfully!

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  • miles kami
  • 06-17-18

One of My faves

I have loved this book since I first read it in my early 20's. I thought I would give it a go on audio format, I wasn't disappointing at all. The narrater was brilliant (he does lose a star though as some of his pronunciations where way off) although this never affected the story. Brilliant to listen to as well as read.

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  • leigh
  • 05-31-18

Dace's voice sucked dick but all else good

Loved this when I read it years ago and really enjoyed it this time around.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-18

great book but horrible naration

Todiwala narrated this like a man who was reading a financial report . He did well with actual characters dialog but read the background as if He did not seem to know what punctuation is. I almost gave up after 2nd chapter. Did well with character conversation and thoughts only. The book itself, story and characters deserved better!

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  • steve
  • 05-08-18

A good story

I was unsure about the narrators performance to start with but I got used to it. It isn’t how I read the book in my head at all.

I really like the character Tarantio and the Daroth are formidable villians.

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  • sime mardesic
  • 05-04-18

Gemmell creates moments to remember

A choppy story but a couple of great characters and scenes. Gemmell is efficiently enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-18

Not his Best Work

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No - Mainly due to the narrator, he is just awful for this sort of novel and genre, unfortunately completely destroyed my immersion

Would you recommend Dark Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

No - Mainly due to the narrator, he is just awful for this sort of novel and genre, unfortunately completely destroyed my immersion. The story starts our great, one of my favourite characters is the main antagonist so I was determined to stick to it but the story loses steam about the mid way through and becomes a bit of a chore to finish. It just slows down significantly with several small subplots forming which feel a bit more like filler then substance and take away from the most exciting part of the story which is the main antagonist. it is enjoyable but not his best work by far. As a huge Gemmell fan who has read all of his books multiple times, i would say this is one of his more weaker novels, even if the concepts are great.

What didn’t you like about Homer Todiwala’s performance?

the narrator just does not have the range of tones for the role and his choice of voices and tones just does not work for the feel of the story IMOP. i found the tone distracting at best, although i did just finish listening to Morningstar by Gemmell and that reader was AMAZINGLY GOOD.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

YES

Any additional comments?

If you love the drenai series then i recommend you read the book and skip the audible version personally, i enjoyed reading it much more than i have listening to it.