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Did ancient Gods like Odin and Zeus and Thor once really exist?

The time has come for a grand adventure filled with high excitement and explosive action.

Matt Drake, a retired SAS officer, must unravel a mystery older than time in his search for the Nine Pieces of Odin. Though scattered aeons ago, it is believed that once the Pieces are reunited they will show the way to the Tomb of the Gods - the greatest archaeological find of all time.

From a rocket attack on the Louvre to a battle in a Swedish cavern, from a daring helicopter raid on New York's National History Museum to an assault on a gangsters mansion in Hawaii, Matt Drake must find the world's oldest treasure in one of the wildest places on earth, searching for the very bones of the gods with the spoils of victory being the entire world.

©2012 David Leadbeater (P)2014 David Leadbeater

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  • Jürgs
  • Shoeburyness, Essex UK
  • 12-10-14

A wild, exuberant, rip roaring read :)

A wild, exuberant, rip roaring read, thank you @dleadbeater2011 for this wonderful tale, how ‘hard’ is Matt Drake, busting skulls, beating bones and out witting moronic megalomaniacs, as you can guess I loved it for what it was. It didn’t take itself too seriously, it wasn’t littered with literary dexterity and I read it for what it was, a lot of fun.

From the fashionably old York to the damaged New York with narley a blink of the eye and on to and into the mountain of doom, only to be whisked away by the beating blades of a bestial Blackhawk, to the lair of a dodgy dude with an even more dodgy accent. "The Bones of Odin" is an unequivocally gem of far fetched fiction and is delivered superbly by @NigelPatterson.


I totally agree with Scott Whitmore assessment that the ‘bad guys are truly deliciously drawn in their evilness’ muwhahahah. But our happy band of brothers (and a couple of sisters) are more than equal to the task of taking them down.

Nigel delivers the manuscript with adroit aplomb and I thoroughly enjoyed following him and our heroes on the journey of their lifetime. His style perfectly complimented the story and I’m looking forward to reading or rather listening to more of his work.

Thanks very much David, looking forward to the next one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The Bones of Odin

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

not really

Any additional comments?

I was expecting a more mythological bent to this story.To me it was WAY too much action/adventure than a storyline that flowed.I found myself just waiting for the drama to simmer so we could get back to the story.<br/>Nigel Patterson was a good narrator for this book.His voices for the characters were perfect.<br/>I was gifted this audible copy for a fair review

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The bones of odin

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bones of Odin?

A thrilling story told in a fast paced style with action on almost every page. A great audio book for those who like action, mystery, adventure, etc. Lots of fun to listen to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mythological thriller with healthy dose of camp

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

To a friend who loved history? Maybe--the story is steeped in Norse mythology, but this uninitiated listener couldn't separate canonized stories from Leadbeater's fanciful extensions. To a friend who loved campy thrillers? Certainly. This story runs on adrenaline and midst-of-the-battle banter.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Leadbeater? Why or why not?

Probably. The characters were charmingly fleshed out, if a little predictable (and astonishingly willing to suspend their own disbelief). Leadbeater's wild, wandering story was nevertheless an enjoyable trip through Norse mythology.

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

His steady, engaging pace and charming accent. He paid just enough attention to the varied voices of the characters to make them believable without straying into irritating caricature.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No--the characters' globe-trotting travels would have gotten bewildering if I'd tried to listen all at once.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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a good story

thought it was a good story and it flowed well - looking for more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • Woorinen, Australia
  • 12-23-14

In Character

What other book might you compare The Bones of Odin to and why?

Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler is the obvious comparison. Hero with Government help. A not so weak female companion and mythical basis for storyline.

Which scene was your favorite?

The unveiling of the tombs was interesting.

Any additional comments?

I would have been interested in the Author finishing his premises regarding the Gods rather than leaving them up to the reader/listener.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Quite an adventure

Over just a few days time, an unlikely group of people embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Stories of Odin and other mythical characters come to life in a fun tale that takes the reader all over the world. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but at times felt a little lost on who was who and also found myself wishing for just a little more details. I kind of got the feeling that the author was rushing the story along a little too much. I do recommend it though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Contrived but well read

I couldn't finish this book. The dialogue was cheesy and the events felt forced and contrived.

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How to rate this?

As I sit here writing a review I have not yet rated it because I just don't know how. I am sure that the story is worth 4 stars (I think Mr. Leadbetter has a little more growing to do as an author) and I liked the narrator even though I found his pronunciation of some words distracting. Not his fault, I am not English. So an easy 4 there. So why not an overall 4? Sorry but that would constitute a spoiler so I'm not going to tell you any more. But it's why the overall is a 3!!!

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Awful book.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the story was any good, the only reason i finished the book was because I received it in exchange for a review.

Has The Bones of Odin turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like the genre.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Patterson – was your favorite?

None.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

The story is just a mess, there are so many cringe worth moments. I just wanted to stop listening to this book but I felt I had to finish since I agreed to a review.

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  • Chill
  • 03-20-15

Excellent

Would you listen to The Bones of Odin again? Why?

One of my favourite authors, this is the first in a series of 9 and I have read all of them more than once. I love reading but audiobooks allow you to multi task, also as it is whisper sync you can swap from audio to book without losing your place.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alicia Myles is my favourite character because she is so over the top, although Drake and Dahl are a very close joint second.

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

Nigel Patterson is a clear narrator, easy to understand and distinguishes well between the different characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Given the time I could sit and listen to the entire book in one go, ideal for long journeys.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the rest of David Leadbeaters' books being translated into audio format.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Roxy Peel
  • 04-01-15

Dreadful

What disappointed you about The Bones of Odin?

The story is dreadful. Very badly written.

Has The Bones of Odin put you off other books in this genre?

No

What three words best describe Nigel Patterson’s voice?

Good narrator. Did his best with awful storyline.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None whatsoever

2 of 3 people found this review helpful