God of War

Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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A brutal warrior, Kratos is a slave to the gods of Olympus. Plagued by the nightmares of his past and yearning for freedom, the Ghost of Sparta would do anything to be free of his debt to the gods. He is on the verge of losing all hope when the gods give him one last task to end his servitude. He must destroy Ares, the god of war. But what chance does a mere mortal have against a god?

Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Chaos, guided by the goddess Athena, and driven by his own insatiable thirst for vengeance, Kratos seeks the only relic powerful enough to slay Ares---a quest that will take him deep into the mysterious temple borne by the Titan Cronos! From the black depths of Hades to the war-torn city of Athens to the lost desert beyond, God of War sheds a brutal new light on the best-selling video game and on the legend of Kratos.

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A great book

I think both fans of the God of War series and people who have never played the game before will enjoy this book. It fleshes out the character of Kratos more fully. Although it does not stick strickly to the exact events of the game I think this is a point in it's favor, since most people who buy this book will be people who have also played the game they will most likely not just want to listen to a description of the events of the game.
As for the narration, I think that Stephen Hoye does a very good job. I only have a few small complaints that have to do with putting the wrong sort of emotion in Kratos' voice, but these instances are few and far between and all in all they don't really hinder the immersion.

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Fantastic story and amazing narration

I have listened to this book multiple times and I have never even played the game! I love the narration by Stephen Hoye and the storyline itself. It is a wonderful light listen while going on about your day. I highly recommend it!!

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Fun story

The story follows the video game pretty closely. it's easy to follow. the narration could have been better. it just sounded like a tired old man reading.

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Great for fans of the game!!

As a fan of the game of the same name this is a deeper look into the story that is God of War. I enjoyed having some more of the back story behind actions in the game as they unfolded and it gives a complete look and feel about what is happening. I think fans of the game and even people that are just love Greek history will find this story interesting.

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enjoyable but skippable

basically just a retelling of the first game, doesn't add much to the story. overall I enjoyed it but honestly you're better off just playing the game.

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great

loved it. if you've played the game of the same title. this book literally doesnt miss a step. every battle is noted and detailed. the story gives a certain justice to Kratos and the other characters. in the game, what seemed like mindless chaos, in the book, is given reason and clarity. my favorite part is how this book (reading) gives Kratos more of a mind other than just being a mindless killer, in ways that players might even seem surprising. the point of view of the reader is 3rd person omniscient, which is amazing and gives us the thoughts and often times the intentions of a character that the character themselves dont make known to other characters. there is more to delve into, but I'll leave it to you.

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don't mess with Sparta

this is a good book that kept me interested even though I have never played the game

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what an amazing story

very educational and historical

follows the game very well. I feel refreshed and remember the story before I begin god of war 4

good auditor

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Amazing!

Absolutely loved this audiobook! I can't wait to get God of War II's audiobook now!

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Narrator was the flaw

Glacial paced narration. I increased the playback speed to 1.25 just to hear him read at a slow pace. It distracted me so much it took me months to get through the book. Even then only because I had increased the speed to 1.5. The story was fine, if you have played the game you know it. I only wish the narration was better.