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Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods. But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that will change the world beyond all recognition. Haunted by malevolent spirits and hunted by evil men, Connavar sets out on a spectacular mission to save his people.

From the master of the genre, this is a tale of love and honour, friendship and courage, as Gemmell explores the intriguing worlds of Celtic myth and earth magic.

©1998 David Gemmell (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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My favorite series but disappointed in narrator

I feel they should have used a better narrator. This lady made Banuin sound like the count from Sesame Street.

Now that I have gotten through most of the book, the narrator really ruined the accents in this story for me. I always had in my head Scottish and English accents. I don't know why she made the stone people sound like they're from Transylvania

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Female narrator?!?

The Regante series is amazing! Possibly David Gemmells best. However, you have to question the judgment of using a female voice actor to read a book with primarily male characters. Adjoa Andoh has a nice voice and tells the story portion well. She simply shouldn't have been cast for this story. The Dialog between male characters is terrible! Someone with a very nice feminine voice just can't mimic gruff male warriors. She struggles to add so much base that the words come out choppy and all emotion is lost from her delivery. I ended up finishing the book because I love the story. I found it helps to think of the dialog as being so bad that it is funny.

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Why get a woman wtf

Why would you get a woman to read a classic that is narrated by a man in the story. I hope this wasn’t one of Stella’s ideas

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Great story, abysmal narration

Where does Sword in the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Little needs to be added to the comments concerning the story by the late great David Gemmell. I personally love it very much and was thrilled to be able to own the audiobooks of all his stories.

How could the performance have been better?

The above being said, I cannot for the life of me imagine who would have come up with the idea of having a female narration to this cycle of stories about the Rigante as being necessary or at least adding anything positive to the experience. Adjoa Andoh is by no means a bad narrator, but she is certainly the wrong narrator. Not only is the main character a guy named Sword in the Storm but the book is also a fantasy novel aimed at men. Yet, as I could eventually warm to her narration, there is one thing she cannot deliver: her pronunciation of the Rigante names and places and whatnot is to my ears jarring, cringeworthy and just plain wrong. These names need to be spoken with a gruffness and, you know, pronounced properly. Intonation and tempo is in any language an integral part what makes it so beautiful. Here, the names are just fluffy where they should be loaded with strength and portent. Has anyone involved in the production bothered to take a listen to the last book called Stormrider as narrated by Christopher Kay? There we have many of the names popping up again from the earlier books and he's spot on.

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Why have a female narrator in a story of warriors

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LOVE David Gemmell, Have all his stuff. I might not be able to finish the series on audio though. The voices are hard to listen to. I'll read the others. Please bring back Sean Barrett. He is the perfect voice to bring these books to life. Please.

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Dark and Gritty and Heroic and Fantastic

I haven’t read all of David Gemmell’s books, but’s I’ve read several. This may be my second favorite after Lion of Macedon. It’s brilliant. Content warning for sure, so be warned.

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Talented narrator, but just wrong for this story.

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I have to agree with most reviews here. The narration was just not right for this story. Everyone sounded like Transylvanian gypsies. Very odd choice. It's disappointing. I was hoping for this series to be added to audible for a very long time. It's finally here, but is not what I was hoping for.

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Gemmel is King

David Gemmel is now and has been one of my absolute favorite writers. His grasp of the hero is astounding. This book is a pivotal piece for his writing. Extremely well written. The narration was par excellence. Wonderful job. This is a must have.

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Simply Amazing

Where does Sword in the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What did you like best about this story?

Grabs you right away and never loses your attention.

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David Gemmell is in my top 5 favorite authors and I read/listen to 300 books a year. That being said I read reviews saying the narrator ruined this book and I was hesitant for a split second but Gemmell won me over. The narrator is excellent, I get that she is a woman and it many who read this would have preferred a man but she does not in any way take from the excellent story. She is excellent and I will listen to more books she performs. If you do not listen to this book then your wasting money on another one....

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  • Ben
  • 11-26-17

Great story. Narration is somewhat discordant.

Have been looking forward to the release of the Rigante series for a while. I've always loved the books and was hoping it would be read by the same narrator as the Drenai series.

Sadly, the narrator is awful and seems to pick the worst accents possible. I don't really understand the choice of a female narrator either, most of the characters are men. It's a fairly male centric storyline. Its all a bit strange.

Dissapointed.

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  • Jason Tylney
  • 11-24-17

The best

The finests finest. This is David Gemmel at his very best. If you read this I garauntee that you all be hooked.

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  • Donncha
  • 11-23-17

casting is awkward, great story

I would have liked a male Scottish reader, it's decent but not sure about the casting or pronunciation of Celtic words... she performed well enough, but wasn't as smooth as I'd have liked

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  • Mark T
  • 01-05-18

Excellent!

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I am a die hard Gemmell fan and read each and every one as they were released throughout the 80's, 90's and 00's. Having finished the audiobook Drenai saga, and being very comfortable with Sean Barrett's voice, I was sceptical about a female narrating the Rigante stories but hats off to Adjoa Andoh. Marvellous job, in my opinion. Her voice is very easy to listen to and, although her accents are based more in Bristol than the highlands, I soon found her storytelling very engaging. By the time I had finished the Rigante series I'd put her on par with Sean Barratt and above Christian Rodska whose accents in the Shannow trilogy were all over the shop in my opinion.Superb, I will re listen at some point.

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  • Northern Boy
  • 12-30-17

Great story......wrong narrator

I have loved this story and its sequels for years. but why choose a woman to narrate when the majority of the lead characters are male and based upon Celtic clans. Her narration of events is smooth, easy on the ear and emotive. The voices she gives to the characters are just jar on the senses, are odd and and at times hard to follow.

This feels like an unnecessary combination of artistic freedom and PC resulting in a a good story spoilt

A shame really as I will not now buy the sequels.

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  • I Kiggins
  • 03-26-18

Disappointed by the Southern Narration.

Having ready this book and the rigante series many years ago I looked forward to relaxing and listening to it via Audible. However I was truly disappointed when I heard the Narration. I do not have issues with Adjoa in that a female is reading this, not how I would expected this to be, but nevertheless fine by me. Where I do have an issue is in the portrayal of Con, who to all intents and purposes is from the North and the most likely a Scot or even north of England. To portrait him however with a south West accent flung me from the start and to be honest I never really recovered throughout the entire book. The character became a bit unreal to me. I always envisaged Con to be a strong and quite a commanding personality, well not to me with that accent. Sorry folks, disappointed to the point where I am uncertain if I want to hear about Bane if his voice /accent are along the same lines. Can certainly live with a southern accent for the Drenai novels but surely a book with quotes Highlands, Highland cattle and the 'pipes' must surely be based in the North. We all know who David was eluding to in the tribes and people's in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-18

Brilliantly Read

Loved this version of the book, really well read and produced, difficult to turn off.

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  • P. Craine
  • 03-05-18

Book 1 of this series

It's only been a few months since I picked my first David Gemmell book up. What a mistake that was. Perhaps not in the way some may take it to mean. I read the complete collection of the Drenai books & now I'm hooked on another set of David Gemmell books. I don't like to know to much going into a book, I like to be surprised & entertained and so prefer to say. Another great book by David Gemmell, and I hope you decide to have a read.

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  • Jay
  • 01-21-18

Great book.

I thought I would not like the woman reading it but I did in the end. Some of the way she pronounces things was strange to my ears but the story is so good I got past all that very quickly. When I finish writing this I’ll start the next book. A great listen by a great author, well worth a credit.

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  • andy
  • 01-16-18

not so good<br />

i've enjoyed all the David Gemmel books I've heard up untill this one. it's tedious and unengaging.

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  • Alex
  • 02-15-18

An all-time favourite I could barely get through

Beautiful narration but I found the voices almost unbearable. I could honestly listen to the narrator all day, her voice is beautiful, and some of her intense scenes were deeply emotive but, my god, the dialogue was bad. This is my favourite book and I struggled to finish it. Riamfada's voice in particular was appalling, nevermind the strange translyvanian tones of the men of Stone. I feel so rude writing this and maybe I'm out of line and perhaps my opinion is skewed by my love of the book but I won't be downloading the rest.

I mean, I probably will.

Ah damn, of course I will.

To sum up: amazing story, beautiful narration, terrible voices.

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  • DebraP
  • 12-23-17

Epic Tale.. revisited

wonderful .. I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it imensly. . hearing now was as satisfying and bought back msny memories.

The narrative was well done also.

I would definitely recommend yo sll th hst love a well told story of lives snd battle.

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  • Mr. G. Mckellar
  • 03-22-18

West Country Accent? WTF?

The woman who narrates the story seemed to have mastered the West Country accent marvellously but its story, slang and general context is meant for a Celtic setting, and should use Scottish or Irish accents. Whoever told her to interpret the story as West Country needs shooting, it’s sounds really bad and undermines the direction of a fantastic story. David Gemmell is by far my favourite author and I’m from the West Country and the use of this accent is appalling for this story, I’ll be horrified if they’ve allowed her to do it all the way through the Rigante series! Oh GOD I hope not!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-18

surprise!

I have been a David Gemmell fan since I read Legend as a first run hardcover. I lost the ability to read in 1994 after brain surjury and tried audio books for 25 years, then I was given Knights of Dark Reknown on Audio disc. 4 books later a a friend found Audible for me & I lost myself in the Drenai. The first time I tried to listen to David Gemmell Sword in the Storm I quit because how could a woman do justice to a Gemmell story - I ask forgiveness for my prejudice, I WAS WRONG. This needed an excellent Narrator & Adjoa is, Siebenesc. Thank you.