Desert Oath

The Official Prequel to Assassin's Creed Origins
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Desert Oath by Oliver Bowden, read by John Banks.

Before Assassin's Creed Origins, there was an Oath.

Egypt, 70BC, a merciless killer stalks the land. His mission: to find and destroy the last members of an ancient order, the Medjay - to eradicate the bloodline. In peaceful Siwa, the town's protector abruptly departs, leaving his teenage son, Bayek, with questions about his own future and a sense of purpose he knows he must fulfill. Bayek sets off in search of answers, his journey taking him along the Nile and through an Egypt in turmoil, facing the dangers and the mysteries of the Medjay's path.

©2017 Oliver Bowden (P)2017 Penguin Audiobooks

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Meh

It's Kinda boring. Makes no real connection to the game's story. The Narrator is good.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-23-18

Enjoyed

it's a good link into AC origins and truly helps grasp the loss off bayek's child in the game

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  • Beej
  • 07-29-20

Not what I had hoped

I love the Assassin's Creed games and wanted the background story before starting Origins. Even with my rating of three stars, I'm still glad I did. The writing itself was good but I think it could have been made much better with some concentrated self-editing by the author. My feeling was that the talent is there, but that there was also a rush to get the book out. Other reviewers of the book are correct, it all feels like a YA level novel and rather superficial. Still, a nice story. The narrator was talented but two points kept chipping away at my enjoyment here: First was that the female voices sounded very fake, for example it was hard to image the "smiled warmly" description after a stretch of Aya's dialogue. The voice didn't sound either warm or happy; And second was that too often the spoken dialogues were a mix of pauses and then rushed speech like you might hear from someone bursting to explain something in a foreign language they have yet to master. I found it hard to get into the characters when I constantly had the impression that everyone was trying too hard to speak English (English??). I assume it may have been the narrator's attempt to sound foreign, but whatever the reason, I didn't feel like I was either in Egypt or in any of the characters' skins. Still love the AC games. The background story here was nice to experience. If I had to choose again, I think I'd read the book instead so that the characters' voices can ring more true in my mind.

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  • Snork
  • 10-28-20

Really enjoyed my first Assassin Creed book..

Really enjoyed my first Assassin Creed book.. The narration by John Banks, made it more real with feeling etc, took me to the Egyptian deserts and into the story. I wish the rest of the series were narrated by him. I would purchase them all. I won't be purchasing any narrations by GC, as listening to every single sample, he does not have any passion when reading, sounds like elocution lessons.

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  • William Boyle
  • 10-15-20

A good listen

interesting prequel to the storyline of the game and/or film. pasted the time while driving in an interesting way.

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  • The Game
  • 07-15-18

Absolutely Magnificent Outstanding performance

without a doubt please make Assassin creed Origins Book A second chapter of Game and book please you don't know what it means to me Ubisoft its been end to end i may never see the country in my condition. i play the game and listen to the audio book Please will you from a humble respect supporter of all Assassin creed Games please part 2 of Origins not DLC Please Sir /madan all who have spent there time to many hours to reasch all locations story arch i am writting u a letter its taking time because my condition please Can you ask the same person to do 2 More audio Books i will Buy im sure others will. To I haven't complete the Game i have a Deluxe edition pack and have not done 1st mission ive explode all of Egypt and looked at the beautiful dignity frame its totally heaven pyramid Alexandra The Great Tomb Should have done arch of Mark Anthony and how Caesars son Octavian comes after Mark Antony and Cleopatra. I know you have the Greek Odyssey. I have some ideas if I can tell you please your far much greater then my self its truly remarkable i thought Altire and Ezio was Good but believe me I have Pilow case bed sheets figure and all shorts of T shirts. Please dear Ubisoft i know you will have to go backward to go forwards but there is so much left undo your project management design story fiction or fact it's truly breathtakingly beautiful. A Big thank you to the Story teller may he stay the same and I hope you see this and it gets sent to your board of directors C.E.O PROJECT designers and all staff forgive me if ive said anything wrong kind Regards Mr G SINGH. Long live the Creed.

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