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After 200 years of exile, King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to finally return to Ferelden. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn.

The Grey Wardens need Maric's help, and he reluctantly agrees to lead them into the passages he traveled through many years before, chasing after a deadly secret that will threaten to destroy not only the Grey Wardens - but also the kingdom above.

©2009 Electronic Arts, Inc. (P)2010 Tantor

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Great background leading into Dragon Age Origins

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

Yes, it tells yet another great background to Marics rise in power and the struggles he goes through as a King. It also has an excellent background story for the Darkspawn.

What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accent. When playing the game, characters speak in a light British accent. So that's what I expected when listening to the book.

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

Yes, The book made be laugh and sigh at some moments. Duncan is hilarious.

Any additional comments?

This book has a lot more story behind it. it takes place in a few weeks/months apposed to a few years for The Stolen Throne. There are very important aspects of the book that relate to understanding some things within the games. The Epilogue was amazing, it was a wonderful yet sad ending to a great story! The legacy lives on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Essential reading for fans of the game!

The novel is essential reading for those who have played Dragon Age and the expansion packs especially Awakening. The book completes many story elements which are not covered in the game.

Great series!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good for fans of game

What did you like best about Dragon Age: The Calling? What did you like least?

It's written by the lead writer for the Dragon Age series, so I liked that it explored that world. There were moments where it got too video-gamey - where it became too obvious that Gaider was trying to novelize gameplay elements.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

As with Dragon Age Origins, there was WAY too much time spent in the Fade. Did we need to rescue EVERY character?

What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job of dramatizing the action and making it seem engaging and not goofy.

Was Dragon Age: The Calling worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Fun fantasy, well-written for a novelization, but I'm not sure it would appeal to people not invested in the story through the games.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Eye-core is the name of my new metal band

An excellent vocal performance doesn't set this one above any of the hundred other video game novels. Gaider uses a lot of tropes and out-of-place figures of speech to deliver the same experience as Salvatore, Nylund, and others. Of course, if that's what you're looking for than this might be worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Meh...

I've listened to both books and I have to say; honestly the first one was much better in many, many ways. The character development in this one is okay but the characters are just not that interesting in the least and it's very hard to care for them. Very predictable emotions and a lot of overused phrases kind of get annoying. The story drags horribly in the middle as the group travels. Some interesting surprises and twists that keep you interested but in the end it just did not come across as anything fantastic. The Narrator is great, however, and does a good job of trying to portray each character, even female voices (without too much force)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I Loved how much backstory you get from this story

Dragon Age has always been one of my favorite story's to play in the video games. But with this book it makes Dragon Age a more believable place with real problems that it makes you care about.

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Awesome voice work and and a great story.

Loved the new characters and the return of some old ones on another adventure.

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More questions answered

Once again David Gaider answers questions about the world of Dragon Age that I've been asking for awhile, but as one question is answered two more replace it. The story was interesting, the characters were charming, & the fan service was lovely. However, the narration was a bit lacking for my tastes. Duncan was made to sound like a high schooler doing a bad english accent. All in all it was an enjoyable hour gladly devoted to my favorite fictional series, Dragon Age.

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significant series improvement

found this much improved with story from the previous book. narrator still does a fine job.

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Loved every second

Loved every second of this book.
A great story set in a wonderful world crafted by the Dragon Age video games, and an awesome voice actor / narrator. All the books in this series are well worth the time they spend bringing your mind into this magnificent fantasy world.