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The Diamond Throne Audiobook

The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.

Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.

©1989 David Eddings; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)

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    Eric Texas 08-24-08
    Eric Texas 08-24-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the book, not the narrator"

    I love these books. They are great, classic fantasy. I red them years ago and was thrilled to see the audio release. But the narrator leaves a lot to be desired. He mispronounces many words, like impudent and hexagonal, and unfortunately those words and others he butchers, are in the story a lot. He seems only to have a few voices, and his street slang american accent just did not work for me. The stories are worth it, but I hope the next series has a different narrator.




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    Steven Upper Coomera, Australia 11-05-12
    Steven Upper Coomera, Australia 11-05-12
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    "Disappointing narration."
    What would have made The Diamond Throne better?

    Consistent pronunciation of names.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Khalad. The most practical and likeable character.


    What didn’t you like about Greg Abby’s performance?

    Pronunciation. The distinguishing voices attributed to characters didn't match the tone described in the story. In particular, Aphrael always sounded smug and insulting rather than roguish and loveable.


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

    A good story, but butchered by narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don san clemente, CA, United States 08-07-08
    Don san clemente, CA, United States 08-07-08 Member Since 2013
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    "good listen"

    All in all, i enjoyed this book. the narrator wasn't the best, but not bad either. i purchased the second book and i'm about half way through, so far so good.I am looking forward to listening to the 3rd book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Winona Decatur, AL, United States 08-22-08
    Winona Decatur, AL, United States 08-22-08

    College student, Mom and Grandma.

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    "leaves you wanting to know how it will end"

    This book was one that I couldn't be distracted with. You will miss key points if you are not paying attention. The book is very good, the characters are almost real. Can't wait to finish the next book. Will the princess be ok?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Adelaide, Australia 08-04-08
    Patrick Adelaide, Australia 08-04-08 Member Since 2010

    A Science Fiction fan since I could read.. and to a lesser degree Fantasy.... I however enjoy many types of books......

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    "A book to make you laugh & cry outloud!!!"

    I've lost coun't how many time I've read this book. Now the pleasure of listening. David Eddings brings his stories to life, with love. Sit back & enjoy this rolcking tale... but beware this is only book one!!! David does love his cliff hangers!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "narrator"

    everyone keeps saying that the narration is horrible... I don't hear a problem. they use old words sometimes so maybe that's everyone's problem

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 05-07-14
    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A classic; listen to it like you do Tolkien"

    All of Eddings' epic fantasy work is dated now. It seems clichéd and trite. It would never get published by today's standards. Thing is, though, this stuff became a cliché for a reason: these are powerful ingredients. Eddings uses them masterfully.

    The worldbuilding here is perhaps not as immersive as his Belgariad/Mallorean series, but the story is more mature and revolves around a battered yet formidable knight instead of a Chosen One farm boy (this will be relevant to you if you, like me, are tired of the Chosen One trope).

    The key to enjoying Tolkien is to use your classic ear, not your modern ear. Tolkien wouldn't get published today, either (hello, Tom Bombadil), and so many of his elements seem like clichés now, too (elves and dwarves, le sigh). If you listen to him like you do Jim Butcher, you'll get bored... but if you listen to him as a classic, an exemplar, you can see why his books are still being read. Same goes for Eddings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    j 01-30-14
    j 01-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration performance is not up to par for Eddings"
    If you could sum up The Diamond Throne in three words, what would they be?

    Superb! Engaging! Terrific!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character personalities and the smart dialogue


    What didn’t you like about Greg Abby’s performance?

    It was just flat overall, and not believable, often difficult to distinguish one character from the other if the name wasn't given. The emotions were not performed in alignment with the various moods and situations. My favorite part however was when Sparhawk and company visit Ashram (I think that's the name) the crazy, toothless, fanatical cult leader toward the end of the book- the performance of Ashram's voice sounded exactly like Jim Carey doing Fire Marshall Bill! Absolutely comical...


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

    I love David Eddings- that's my only reaction


    Any additional comments?

    This should have never been released with this poor quality narration performance- not slamming the guy maybe he just needs more experience. Suggest that when handling rich fictional works like Eddings, test samples of at least one chapter be done for test audiences before slaughtering the whole book and no less the whole series- a real shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Rosebud, Australia 03-18-13
    Diana Rosebud, Australia 03-18-13
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    "Great read"
    What did you love best about The Diamond Throne?

    I read this book series in paperback several times over the year and it is a firm favourite of mine. I was delighted to find it in audible format. I am not as fond of the later Eddings books but is one has characters I like and I like the interaction between the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I have one. It's the cast of strong characters and their interaction that keeps drawing me back to this book series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Greg Abby?

    Only if I had to because he was the only option and I wanted to hear the story. I found his accent off putting and some of his pronouncations weird.


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

    It's an old friend I just love immersing myself in this world.


    Any additional comments?

    There was some low background conversation at times that I found very distracting. Not loud enough to ignore, but certainly very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 02-27-13
    Ken 02-27-13 Member Since 2017

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "the queens champion has a mission"

    on his return from exile, Sparhawk a Pandion Knight finds the newly appointed queen is deathly sick, the Preceptor of the order and his tutor of magic has joined with eleven others to entomb her in a case of magical diamond to preserve her life. the Primate Annias churchman of the city in blocking there every move to become the head of the whole church.

    David Eddings strikes out with a new adventure, where magic can be learned by anyone but the race of Elene people so anti magic they get vicious, even its church does not believe in magic. but the four orders of the Knights of the Church has special permission to learn the magic of the Styrics.

    to be able to change his magic to fit into this new world is amazing. it is so different from what he had before. I absolutely love the way he makes the quest important and with a set timeline.

    feel free to start with this book the personalities are great and the Eddings do a great job of creating so many different cultures in a novel with each race having its quirks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11/14/16
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    "Read it yourself instead"

    Just awful. I know this book inside out and still I couldn't listen to it being read by Greg Abby; I gave up after two chapters. His tone is completely monotonous without any inflection at all, and he uses ridiculous pronunciation. He seems not to have any grasp of punctuation or cadence, often stressing entirely the wrong words and thereby changing the meaning. Worst of all, his reading is entirely without humour, as though he has missed the tone and style of the book. Just awful. I will be getting a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burak
    10/12/16
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    "Wonderful book + amazing narrator = hours of fun"

    I'm a person who enjoys reading fantasy novels and I was sure that this book would be enjoyable. Indeed, I liked the story more than I expected and will definitely buy the next book in the series.

    I would like to emphasise on the amazing skills of the narrator, though. He did such an excellent work, I was quite impressed while listening to various characters of the book. He really gives those characters a unique soul by his voice. I would love to praise his work more but I'm afraid my English is not good enough to express my feelings completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CeNedra Red
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    10/9/16
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    "One of the Worst Audio Books I've Ever listened to"
    What would have made The Diamond Throne better?

    Another Narrator. If I could give the Performance negative stars, I would have.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I read the books, ( in printed form) many years ago, I liked most of the main characters, and all for different reasons. It would simply take too long to describe all the myriad qualities that made them so enjoyable. Unfortunately Mr Abby's performance rendered all the characters as flat and uninspired nonentities.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Greg Abby’s performances?

    NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! I didn't believed that anyone could be worse than Cameron Beierle and Maggie Mash, I was wrong. Mr Abby should be banned from coming near any book, lest he destroy another well loved tale.


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

    Not in the Audio version. I absolutely loved the printed version, and read the whole series many times, until I had to replace my copies, since they started to fall apart from frequent use.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep Greg Abby away from books, any books. I think a cordon of about twenty miles should work to keep him from ruining any others. I was appalled by his total lack of skill. His mispronunciations were bad enough but when he seemed to have trouble reading ordinary words, I just couldn't stand any more. I am absolutely devastated that The Belgariad, The Mallorean, and now The Elenium, have been so totally destroyed by dreadful narrators. These were among my favorite books and they have been utterly ruined. As an act of kindness to other listeners, I suggest that the books mentioned here be removed from circulation, and that they be reworked by other more skillful narrators. Might I suggest either Derek Perkins, Andrew Wincott or Kevin Stillwell.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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