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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian, read by Philip Stevens.

The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land.

For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea ransack his village, Osric finds himself taken prisoner by their chief, Sigurd the Lucky.

Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a deep bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood and a young man must become a killer to survive....

©2017 Giles Kristian (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • TheFluffyViking
  • 01-23-18

Fab!

I love this book. I read it first on my Kindle a couple of years ago, and thought I'd get it on audible as well. The narrator is extremely good, his enunciation clear, and he gives a good account of the widely differing characters, letting the listener feel more involved in the story, rather than just read the words off a page with no emotion. My only only bone to pick with this narrator is that he mangles many of the Norse names, like Øystein and Håkon. I realise that audiobook production is extremely labor intensive in many ways, but I feel he could have done a better job by 'asking around' and at least do some research on these (to many) un-pronunceable names. I know another author whose audiobook narrator did just that, and this is why I'm disappointed in Stevens' performance and apparent lack of research. Other than this issue, I love the story. It has all my favourite parts in it, like seemingly hopeless and lost battles with blood, guts, and limbs lopped off, disemboweling and beheading. And love. just a little, not too much. Fill your boots.

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  • Roy
  • 02-13-18

An Epic Saga in the classical style

As an admirer of the Vikings and lover of the saga you eventually, inevitably feel that you have read every combination and construction of situations for heros tovfind themselves in and escape from. especially in a loved series.
The hallmark of the truely great writers of this genre is that, when launching a new series and hero, they leave the lisener sorry the pleasure of the tale has ended eager for it's continuation.
However in the world of Audi books even great works can be deminished by bad narration. It was to be said that in this book neither author nor narrator disappoint on any level

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  • JET
  • 04-14-18

Absolutely fantastic

The story begins with an amnesiac lad who is adopted by an English carpenter. It is around the tenth or eleventh century when Norsemen came to trade and plunder. And they are indignant when called Danes as they are from Norway. I listen to books when undertaking mindless tasks such as ironing or weeding. I couldn’t find enough such tasks! If you love action stories, of brotherhood and warfare, you will love this book. I hated to leave it and go back to my normal routine!

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  • Andy Simms
  • 02-20-18

A Brilliant Start!

This story had me gripped from beginning to end. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves the tales of vikings. I can’t wait to listen to the next instalment.

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  • Tommy Cooper & Nikky Cooper
  • 02-19-18

holiday reading material

loved it. it was a good follow up to the Sigurd series. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anthony Paul Hammonmd
  • 02-12-18

A Master writer and Storyteller of Old.

A Master Writer and a Storyteller of Old both of who draw you into Ravens adventures, keeping you coming back for more and by Odin you will.

Stories I will never tire of, Raven, Jarle Sigurd and the sea wolves fast becoming a firm favourite for my whole family.

THANK YOU SO SO MUCH.

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  • valkyrie1008
  • 01-21-18

Absolutely Bloody Brilliant!

Loved every minute of it and to hear so many superb sarcastic witty insults and sooo many kennings was a real treat. Loved it as a book and I love Giles words and Philips storytelling skills even more as an audiobook.

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  • Raven Mad
  • 10-28-17

RAVEN (at last)

Well that was worth the wait! What a book, what a story! Hardback, paperback, Kindle and now Audible edition; have them all, never without access to Raven, the book that brought me back to reading. Brilliant!

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  • trevor
  • 01-28-18

Excellent read

This tale of Raven and his adventures with Sigurd is an excellent tale a must to be read

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  • ben
  • 01-02-18

Is it me or is the name Raven goofy?

The first trilogy Giles Kristian done was amazing, character set up was great and characters had compelling motives and you hated the character you was meant to and love the Nordic anti-hero's. This book falls sort of the mark. This is why, it written from the perspective of a no-body who bumps in to Sigurd his original crew in England. The hole book is spent setting up this character who is boring and gets the nick name of Raven.... What happen to Sigurd's and crew after the last trilogy? You will not find out here and most the book is Raven going off on a solo mission then at the last minute when all seem lost Sigurd and crew come in to save him.... wish they left Raven to die. Story boiled down to Raven went here and found he could fight well, lost Sigurd and crew fight for a bit and being sad that he think Sigurd is dead then.... Sigurd comes to save the day. This happen 2 or 3 time. Villains motives were silly and boiled down to "I want to make loads of money and I will conspire to kill both my children to do it even tho there is no reason why I could do the same thing without kill them or getting Sigurd and Crew to do it for me...." I wil give the next book a try as the First book was soo good I hoping the story picks up. And if it wasn't for the First books I would have given this book a 3 star for story. It feels half baked.

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