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The Left Hand of God is a stunning first installment in a remarkable epic trilogy...

"Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary."

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith.

In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else. He has long-forgotten his real name, but now they call him Thomas Cale. He is strange and secretive, witty and charming, violent and profoundly bloody-minded. He is so used to the cruelty that he seems immune, but soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave this place, or die.

His only hope of survival is to escape across the arid Scablands to Memphis, a city the opposite of the Sanctuary in every way: breathtakingly beautiful, infinitely Godless, and deeply corrupt.

But the Redeemers want Cale back at any price... not because of the secret he now knows but because of a much more terrifying secret he does not.

©2010 Paul Hoffman; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

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  • d
  • 10-06-11

brilliant

great choice of narrater. You can get a real feel for the characters. I've read the books and listened to the audio version and loved both

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  • Tanya
  • 08-05-11

Not my usual genre but thoroughly enjoyed

This is not my usual sort of book, however I really emjoyed this book and have just downloaded the 2nd in the series.

Once again Sean Barrett is exceptional in his narrations

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  • Miss L
  • 07-26-11

Fantastic narrator

Sean Barrett adds a touch of sardonic humour to his narration that is perfect for this book. I could listen to him read all day. I am always a little wary of stories with an orphan boy as hero - they turn up so often in fantasy books - but I am very glad I bought this one. It is well written, entertaining and interesting. I have already bought and listened to the next instalment, and am pleased to confirm that it is just as good.

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  • Mr
  • 07-23-11

The Left Hand Of God

Simple brillant had me grip from the first word to the last can't wait too listen to the second installment.

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  • Ali
  • 03-20-11

A great listen

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. As others have said in their reviews the narration is excellent and the story completely engrossing - I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Jonathan
  • 03-14-11

Very entertaining

I was looking for something new and different to try and stumbled across The Left Hand of God. I was also encouraged to get this as am a fan of narrator Sean Barrett and the reader is just as important if not more so when listening.

I am happy to say I was very impressed and not disappointed by the way Sean tells the adventures. Excellent listen and will be keeping an eye out for the next book which is due for release this spring.

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  • Bryony
  • 02-04-11

Great book, brilliantly read.

Fantastic book, superbly read, I couldn't get enough of the story. Keep looking for the next installment but as the book isn't published until April will probably have to wait a while longer.
Highly reccommend this book, although sometimes the descriptions might be a bit much for younger listeners.

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  • David
  • 11-02-10

Fantastic Story

This is a Fantastic story well told great voices great great great!!! Waiting on book2

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  • Carol
  • 10-18-10

first review ever

I really loved this book. I bought it thinking it would be a different story entirely, as, until listening to this I would never willingly have read/listened to a book which came under the heading of 'fantasy'. It is the story of three young boys brutalised by a mysterious religous order and is set in a world where various factions are at war with one another. I hate war stories so am glad to report that these wars are merely a backdrop to the story which concentrates on the lives of the main character and his friends. It hooked me from the very first chapter. The narator was fantastic, his interpretation definitely added to the atmosphere and enhanced my enjoyment of the story. I couldn't stop listening to it and was desperate to find out how it would end. Of course as soon as it ended I was devastated, only then finding out this book is the first in a trilogy. I immediately tried to buy the second book only to find it hasn't been published, or maybe even written, yet. I searched for other books by the same author but could find nothing. Come on Paul Hoffman, get writing.

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  • Simon
  • 07-09-10

Well written, impeccably narrated

A well written, if very predictable story that I felt that it could have been more succinct and direct in it's telling, and I'm hoping some of the loose ends (and there are quite a few) are tied up in later chapters. Hats off to the narrator - Sean Barrett - who does a brilliant job and really brings this story to life and makes it so enjoyable to listen to. It simply would not have been the same without him.