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Ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they seek to unearth a plot that could plunge all of Creation into chaos!

Ages before the events of Darksiders and Darksiders II, two of the feared Horsemen - Death and War - are tasked with stopping a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault: a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing an end to the uneasy truce between Heaven and Hell...but only by unleashing total destruction.

Created in close collaboration with the Darksiders II teams at Vigil and THQ, Darksiders: The Abomination Vault gives an exciting look at the history and world of the Horsemen, shining a new light on the unbreakable bond between War and Death.

©2012 Ari Marmell (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Meet snarky Death and his deadly secrets.

Darksiders: The Abomination Vault is a gem of a story for all Darksiders fans to read and enjoy. You get a in-depth view of the horseman Death, who is a very snarky, lethal sonavabitch. A dark character with an ever darker past.

While the story happens long long LONG before the Darksiders game timeline, it lays down some precedences that may explain some of the who/what/why's for the game. The book has an interesting lot of characters from the high heavens to the depths of hell...many of which we are already familiar with such as Azrael, Abaddon, Uriel, and the Crowfather. And we meet new characters such as Panoptos (of which the watchers are based from) and The Keeper of Oblivion, whom I hope we meet again in the future.

Ari Marmell did a marvelous job fleshing out the characters in the book, especially with Death. I only hope he will write more Darksiders books in the future. His stories are rich enough for me to continue to enjoy the Darksiders universe, regardless if we get another game or not.

Bob Walter did an excellent job narrating and performing the story. His rendition of Death is just right with its feralness and inflections, similar to the game. Since Death is the lead character of the story, one can forgive the softer voice of War. Once you're lost in the story, it won't matter at all.

Oh, Death, Death, Death. You snarky feral sonofabitch. You freaking steal this story long and wide. Death is what makes the reading/listening The Abomination Vault so outstanding, regardless if you played the game or not.

War takes second place, but is still a major character. He gets some marvelous moments of his own in the book that War fans will enjoy. Strife and Fury also make appearance, but their parts are small.

But Death...dammit...he steals all the scenes. Greedy bastard, LOL.

If you're a fan of Darksiders, you will enjoy this audio book. Get it.

If you're a fan of dark fantasy, but have never played the game, you will also enjoy The Abomination Vault. Ari does a great job with his writing that you do not need to have played the game to still enjoy a great story. You will not be disappointed.

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AMAZEBALLS!!!!!

I wish there were more books, video games and movies based on darksiders. it could be a series even better than game of thrones

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  • Jason
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 09-24-12

heaven hell and everything else.

Where does Darksiders: The Abomination Vault rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a pretty great book for anything who's played the games.

Who was your favorite character and why?

deatlh is my favorite character. He has a depth I'd never expect. As a man in this mid thirties I feel like I can identify with his regrets..

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

I couldn't stop listening. Death and war have a complex relationship that keeps our lives the way we want them.

Any additional comments?

If you you play the games. Read it.

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Good book, keeps you interested

The way the narrator reads is kinda annoying. Its a fun book to listen to though, thank you!

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mhe

voice acting was poor. Story was alright. Video Game is way more interesting. Star Wars books are much better.

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Amazingly Done

If you could sum up Darksiders: The Abomination Vault in three words, what would they be?

As a long time fan of the series, I was so happy to come across this book. Please write more!!!<br/>

What did you like best about this story?

DEATH is the MAN

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amazing prequal

If you like the games I can't recamend this book enlough give it a go.

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Thrilling

I love this book. It kept my attention and actually made me chuckle a couple times. Smart strategy and sarcastic tones all around.

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Building Lore without relying on the Video Game

Would you consider the audio edition of Darksiders: The Abomination Vault to be better than the print version?

I the voice actor naturally helped bring this gritty universe to life. His voice range wasn't necessarily great, but given who these characters are and what they had to go through I think the viciousness is better then range in this case.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darksiders: The Abomination Vault?

I think the biggest problem in this story is that there really is no memorable scene. It's all very well written, but after listening to it twice, I really can't pull out a particular scene that stood out for me.

Have you listened to any of Bob Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Bob Walter for some reason always reminds me if Jim Cummings in his gruffer roles, a voice actor I always love hearing.

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

Not t o sound repetitive,but I think the biggest problem in this story is that there really is no memorable scene. The revelations that were supposed to be moving, or some of the emotional scens, weren't bad, just this kind of book has a difficult time trying to be an action horror book as well as conjuring up emotions at the same time. not impossible, but very difficult.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who likes the game series, someone looking for a gory mess,or just someone looking to kick back and read whatever, will find enjoyment in this. There are no heavy themes or ground breaking story telling, but a fun book none the less.

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book was great. narrator sucked. way too monotone, even for the characters of darksiders. it was like someone reading a science book. but story is awesome. big darksiders fan so definitely enjoyed it. would recommend.

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  • Jan Moucha
  • 01-13-17

Can't express how impressed I am

First I want to say that Bob did amazing job narrating his book.
The story gives much needed insight to the background of the characters, the overall story and universe. Characters are described richly, even in the slightest movements, and in the same way that they appear in the games (the ones that are there), which made the audiobook very easy to get myself totally absorbed in. Though itself has very little related to the games' story - which is absolutely not a bad thing, as it gives a different kind of angle to the universe.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-01-17

Strong Imagery

Narrator has one voice that is deep and gravelly and well suited to the setting of the story, but it is just one voice. Writing is for the most part good, although the setup for events near the end gets a little lazy.

If you like the setting, and don't mind the story taken a back seat for some vivid descriptions of various battles, you'll like the book.