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The Left Hand of God Audiobook

The Left Hand of God

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Robert
    kettering, northants, United Kingdom
    1/18/14
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    "Different, tense, chilling but compelling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It is an exceptional book with a very different approach. The characters are believable and enjoyable to follow and watch change.


    Any additional comments?

    Dark, tense, bloody. A different take for fantasy with some very chilling and tense moments. But not all dark, there are some funny parts and very enjoyable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Edge of your seat read"
    Would you listen to The Left Hand of God again? Why?

    Yes, it felt like a medieval adventure with a little bit of a twist. I didn't think I would be in to this, but it has opened a brand new genre for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the medieval setting best. But the Sanctuary really made the book.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, But I have already purchased the next two in the series after reading this one and would definitely consider taking the chance on one of his other series.


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

    The scene where the main character has to not move while being hit was quite moving. Taking a beating is one thing, but being made not to react in any way was quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that after reading this book I have purchased the next two which should say it all. The genre may put some people off, but don't let it. The author brings you in and makes you believe you are 500 years in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    london, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "success story"

    Paul Hoffman has managed to create a complex and believable world familiar enough to entice but dissimilar enough to surprise. The fight scenes are intricate but not laborious with enough detail to have you engaged but not bored. The dialog is inspired, each character so well developed that they become friends (or enemies) you feel you know.

    Sean Barrett gives a wonderful performance narrating Paul Hoffman's books. He manages to bring each character to life with different vocal mannerisms, voices and nuances which make each seem familiar. His reading is flawless and the writing itself gives credit to his talents and visa versa!

    I could not recommend them enough - I listen to them in the car and found myself sitting in the driveway for minutes after arriving home to continue listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tino1440
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A good story once you get into it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend but with a warning, I'm not sure what it was but it took me 3 attempts to get through this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Left Hand of God?

    The last 4 chapters of this book were the best, really set up well for the sequel.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    My favourite character of the book was Thomas kale.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really no.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a slog but the series is good, and well worth a listen, it's not you're typical fantasy story that's for sure. The reasons which don't become a parang till the very last book, and the. It's only vaguely alluded to with a strange forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionel
    Straffan, Ireland
    9/27/13
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    "Next Please!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Waiting for the next book in this triology is painful. Hope that the second book is available soon.... would really like to start reading it on Halloween.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fraser
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    9/9/13
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Left Hand of God to be better than the print version?

    Yes excellent performance my first audiobook and still my favourite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gritty Harry Potter


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    vague Henry


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent must listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/15/13
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    "Another Fantastic book"

    I picked this book (which probably isn't the most sensible thing to do!!!) by the look of the cover. I have never read and do not know of any other works by Paul Hoffman. This book is not what I was expecting, but certainly has an unusual story. I thoroughly enjoyed it, got through it very quickly and was desperate to read the next episode - the start of a great series hopefully. Sean Barrett is a great narrator and I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jax Leck
    glasgow scotland
    7/30/13
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    "look forward to next installment"
    What made the experience of listening to The Left Hand of God the most enjoyable?

    Good characterisation and some good tense areas. Hoffman is a good writer who makes his character engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pace and tension


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    various


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't give away things like this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    6/28/13
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    "A solid start to a new Trilogy"

    Very different to what I am used to with fantasy, but a very solid start to a trilogy. Apart from the fictional world, the fantasy elements were very subtle in this book.

    Story – 4/5

    The Left Hand of God is very intriguing. You are constantly told about the way things are, and always wanting to find out why, but only being given it in small chunks. It is very dark and bleak, with lighter elements developing as the escapees’ experience of the “outside” world progresses. The character development in this story is excellent as a consequence.

    I quite enjoyed the brutality of these young boys, as they are only taught to be ruthless and kill. Therefore their social etiquette and problem solving logic are a bit warped at times.

    Performance – 3.5/5

    Sean Barrett was a very good narrator for this audiobook; his tone of voice fitted the bleak and dark nature of the story nicely. His voice acting was good enough, but nothing special, there were a couple moments of slight confusion during conversations between the 3 escapees near the start, but I picked up on the subtle differences as I got used to his style.

    The bell tower chiming between chapters was a nice touch and fitted with the religious undertone.

    Overall – 4/5


    Apologies for the star ratings not matching the written review, I am forced to round halves on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PatM
    Marlow UK
    12/16/12
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    "Enjoyable Listen"

    Sean Barret is one of my favourite narrators and he does another stellar job with the Left Hand of God. At first I thought this was going to turn out to be another typical young boy comes of age and discovers his his hidden talents type of fantasy. However as the story develops we discover that this is a rather twisted Alternate History and our young "hero" is a far cry from the innocent young boy and his hidden talents are not very wholesome. A fast paced and entertaining listen. Am looking forward to the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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