• Krondor: The Betrayal

  • The Riftwar Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Krondor: The Betrayal

By: Raymond E. Feist
Narrated by: Peter Joyce
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Publisher's Summary

A new episode in Feist's massively successful Riftwar saga.

From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all-time greats comes a spellbinding new adventure featuring old favourites Jimmy, Locklear, and Pug.

It is nine years on from the aftermath of Sethanon. There has been peace awhile, and it's been needed. But news is feeding through to the people of the Kingdom of the Isles that deadly forces are stirring on the horizon. The bringer of the latest tidings is Gorath, a moredhel (dark elf).

The bloodletting has started. Nighthawks are murdering again. Politics is a dangerous, cut-throat game once more. At the root of all this unrest lie the mysterious machinations of a group of magicians known as The Six.

Meanwhile, renegade Tsurani gem smugglers, a rival criminal gang to the Mockers led by someone known only as The Crawler, and traitors to the crown are all conspiring to bring the Kingdom of the Isles to its knees.

©2015 Raymond E. Feist (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"File under guilty pleasure." ( Guardian)
"Get in at the start of a master's new series." ( Daily Sport)
"Well-written and distinctly above average...intelligent...intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( Washington Post)

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A novelization of the 1993 RPG Betrayal at Krondor

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Any fan of the author or fantasy in general, will appreciate this book. Even if you are not familiar with the World of Midkemia, this serves as a good introduction to it. You will want more afterwards.

What did you like best about this story?

If you have played the video game to this book, this is an excellent way to relive the story and also gain more insight into it. As I listened, images from the game I played so many years ago came back to me. Lovely for nostalgia.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did feel great sorrow at certain parts, no spoilers here, but i wished certain things could have been different. I grew to care about the characters and their well being very much.

Any additional comments?

In the beginning of my listening, I did feel Mr. Joyce was reading a bit slowly for my taste, had to speed it just a little bit, and that rounded things out for me in regards to the performance of Mr Joyce. 1.05x was my sweet spot.

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  • redfeend
  • 01-19-17

Vintage Feist

Although this story could be enjoyed as a stand alone book, I absolutely recommend reading the previous Riftwar Cycle books in order. At a minimum read the Serpent War trilogy. Armed with this prior reading, the relationships between both groups of people and individuals will be really clear.

This book was as enjoyable as all the others. It revolves around a plot of betrayal as the title suggests, but also focusses on the three different 'races' of elves; their reticence towards each other, and history. Both old characters, e.g. Pug, Squire Jimmy, Lochlear and new; Goran the moradell and a young untrained magician have adventures together. There are epic journeys, battles both physically and mentally testing. Some characters I grew to like got killed off. I always want all the goodies to pull through, but Feist never lets you have a good story without paying some emotional currency along the way. I'm purposely not giving detail so as not to spoil the book for others.

It's a good'n!! Just get it!!

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  • Susan
  • 05-25-15

A very good story

If you could sum up Krondor: The Betrayal in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, reliable and well narrated

What did you like best about this story?

Plenty of characters and all well drawn, the story picks up threads in previous books

What does Peter Joyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Peter Joyce is a wonderful narrator her manages to give each character an individuality.

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

No it was a ripping yarn thoroughly enjoyable

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  • Paul
  • 05-15-16

Not Good

About halfway through I looked at the reviews and saw that many people had said how poor it is. Apparently it was based on a video game and I shows. I have just listened to the whole Rift War books and have enjoyed them as much as when I read them years ago.

This is worse than by the numbers writing - I understand that books 2 and 3 are much better so perhaps Mr Feist just needed to get through the start as quickly as he could

Maybe a slight break before book 2 is needed

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  • Dr_L
  • 06-06-16

good book but not the best of his work

was very good quality the story was good but hoping the following ones in the trilogy get better

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  • Roman_Ondus
  • 01-15-19

Cool side story to bridge the great series.

Cool side story to bridge the great series. Pleasant narration. Some of the deaths could have been described better but I am just cherry picking.

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  • M
  • 10-30-22

Feist at his best!

Feists book do exactly what they say on the tin. If you like the previous saga's in this universe, then you'll love this.
It opens up so much more scope for the universe to go into, with new characters and old favourites too.
I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to see where he goes with it!

I struggle to listen to a lot of audio books, especially in this genre. There are so many different races and accents in them, that, for me, it can be hard to listen to and/or follow. Invariably, I end up giving up after a few chapters and buying a physical copy too.

REF'S books were the opposite for me though.
I'd read the first two saga's in physical format, but started the third saga as an audiobook. After listening to the first of those, I ended buying all of the previous books in audio format and litened to them all again before continuing with the rest of them.

Of course, it helps when you have one of the best in the business narrating it for you!
Obviously when it comes to narration, it's a personal preference and, for me, Peter Joyce is one of the best multi-character narrator's around. I'd swear there were more than one person doing it.

If you like Raymond E Feist and Peter Joyce, you can't wrong with, not just this, but the previous saga's too.

Would highly recommend!!

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  • Mrs Smith
  • 09-10-22

What makes Feist’s stories so enjoyable

Feist is a master of characterisation. You grow to love his brusque, ill-humoured, quirky, cowardly, awkward characters who bring tears to your eyes or make you laugh out loud, sometimes within the space of minutes. His plot planning is impeccable and you always feel good at the end of a novel, despite the mayhem, tragedy, or disaster. I am loving the series and intent to finish them all.

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  • Mighty-Scoob
  • 01-26-22

Solid story and a solid performance

Yet another solid story by Feist. Peter Joyce delivering another well rounded performance as well.

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  • D4ve
  • 08-19-21

Another story that lost its way

The story was trundling quite boringly along, but survivable... and then even the author got bored and decided to write some nonsense scenes in to drag the tale some different direction. But the contrivance were just too stupid for me to care to listen any more. Boy his work has fallen off a cliff. I won't be back, and I read dozens of the original works.

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  • Linda Todd
  • 06-16-21

Great story

WOW that was an amazing story my thanks to the author and the narrator for the pleasure of listening to this wonderful story.😉

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  • Dave Purse
  • 10-24-22

Wow!

Once again a wonderful story and an array of fantastic characters and creatures. Losing one’s self in an imaginative book I find is the best way to relax. No tv for me! About to start the next book in the series. One minor criticism Raymond, please stop with the he said so often. This didn’t happen in the previous books so it makes me wonder about the editing?
Again wonderfully narrated by Peter Joyce. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-22

Brilliant Author

Fantastically written by an amazing mind & bought to life by Peter Joyce!
Thanks so very much for taking me to a different world and existence!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

get the names right

I wish the narrator knew how to say arutha and Liam and lysle and so many names

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  • Travis
  • 04-02-21

a nice trip back in time

A nice trip back to rift war times familiar faces and some new ones

fun!

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  • Aaron Maughan
  • 06-24-19

Great listen

Almost as good as reading it. The same narrator as previous books in the series keeps the experience seamless.

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  • Steven Rogers
  • 05-13-19

great book

Brilliant story as always From R. E. Feist and we'll read.
I didn't want to stop reading .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-19

General Pesonal Overview

I loved it Raymond E. Feist has an awesome imagination and the ability to deliver it in story format is phonominal.
Peter Joyce has a very easy to listen to voice. He also has the ability to make it come alive with varity of voices for all the characters, he does an outstanding preformance.
One of the most memorable parts for me is when Gorath and his party reached Elvandar and meets the Queen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

another great feist book

great book but some quality issues in some chapters (warped voice etc) but only for a few seconds in some chapters

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  • Toran
  • 01-20-18

another great addition to the series

while a bit of a slower start it has enough action and nods to the other books to make it interesting and worth the listen/read

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  • Emma
  • 01-22-17

Great story and continuation of favourite characte

Absolutely great book. It is great to catch up with old characters and meet new ones. Tugs at your heartstrings at times