Dragon Age: Asunder

Dragon Age, Book 3
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Series: Dragon Age, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
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A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

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Excellent Story about the struggles Mages face

What made the experience of listening to Dragon Age: Asunder the most enjoyable?

The experience is where this story fits in with the rest of the Dragon Age series (game/book). This is the first chance we get to see Orlais and what it has to offer Thedas.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon Age: Asunder?

THE most memorable moment is when Rhys has his squabble with the Lord Seeker in the catacombs and finally realizes that Cole's existence is in fact a Spirit. I wanted so bad for the mystery of Cole to be some new type of magic or item and was excited to finally find out his fate in all of this.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

It took a while to get used to Gildart Jacksons voice and tones over Stephen Hoye who voiced the first two books. I still couldn't get over the way Gildart pronounces 'mana'. It just comes off strange to me. Other than that I think Gildart did an excellent job distinguishing key characters and played there roles well. Was certainly delightful to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Conclave political battle between the mages was particularly moving. A lot of very difficult decisions were made there and the way it worked it's way out was incredible.

Any additional comments?

Excellent Story. I feel as though they could have elaborated just a little more on the epilogue. it would have been nice to know more about what happens to the Circle after the Conclave.

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Great story brought down by the narrator

I really enjoyed the previous narrator of the first two books. Sad he didn't return for this one.

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Stephen Hoye!?!?!

what In the world did you guys do with Stephen hoye?? that man was your ace in the hole for the dragon age series and you bring in a droll nasally sounding Gildart??

Mr. Hoye captured my heart and left me hanging on to every word in the stolen throne and the calling.

I don't know what's going on audible with your performers in these books but the quality of readers is severely lacking. luckily for you guys this is a book I've been wanting to listen to for ages so I'm going to fight through the hell that Mr. Jackson puts everyone through in his books during his destruction of exciting literature.

now that I've listened to it I'll say that the story was great. still narration left much to be desired.

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Please Read before you Play Inquisition

This is a incredible book that shine so much light on the Mage Rebellion & the characters involved. After reading this I can now safety say that I have a new found fondness for several characters found both within Dragon Age: Inquisition & Origins. Please do yourself a favor & read this book.

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Change the Speed for Maximum Enjoyment

Everyone complains abut the narrators reading pace, but a simple adjustment to the speed of the audio (1.25x) fixes this. In fact it sounds so natural I'm half convinced they slowed it down on purpose to make the book seem longer.

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Great bridge between the games

Great way to bridge the gap between dragon age 2 and dragon age inquisition nice back story to Cole one of the coolest characters in the franchise

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Great back story for Cole!

Having played through the game several times I feel very close to these characters so it was great to get a back story for Cole!

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Slogging first and second act, deeply satisfying third act

Having played the games, I was agitated by Wynn’s demeanor, Shale’s monotony, and Cole’s dragging storyline, which barely evolved but commanded a huge amount of attention throughout the story.

Reese is a captivating main character, narrated beautifully, with this very alluring and charming accent. I really enjoyed everything about him.

And so I wavered between this agitation and genuine curiosity throughout the book until the final act, which may have been one of the most satisfying final acts of a fantasy book. David Gaider, I’m learning, sets his pieces in place with care and patience, then brings it all to a head with mastery.

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different narrator

the change in narrator from previous books in the series was slightly jarring, but this one does a good job with differentiating voices throughout the book.

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The Best Yet In the Series

Asunder follows the most interesting characters we've had yet in a Dragon Age novel. Cole is an enigmatic mystery that does not seem to fit any mould we've seen before. Rhys is a mage with a temper, but also a sensibility that keeps it in check. Evangeline is a templar who shows compassion and duty to a morality beyond simply following orders and keeping order. Asunder is perhaps the most compelling Dragon Age novel yet, while simultaneously being the novel most independent of its world. This isn't just a great Dragon Age book - it's a great fantasy book.