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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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful