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A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.

Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon - a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League - will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power...and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend maker's worst nighmares!

©2016 Tad Williams (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Brad
  • Grafton, MA United States
  • 07-05-16

Glad it's finally available in audio

I have to admit that I'm only a few hours into this audiobook at this point, but I've already read it in print, so I know what happens. That being said, I'm very glad that this great series is finally being made available in audio. So far, I'm very impressed with the narration. Mr. Wincott does an excellent job differentiating between characters, so it's easy to tell who's speaking, and he reads at a comfortable pace while infusing the narration with the proper emotions. The books themselves are fantastic, and Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn is one of my all time favorite series. This series was written back in the 80's, so the plot may seem familiar to many readers, but It's very well written with characters you can care about.
The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book. Back to listening!

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Tose
  • Norhtern California
  • 07-30-16

Better than I had dared hope

I knew this was one of my favorite stories but the incredible performance brought new life to the tale.

Like meeting a loved one after a long absence and finding them better than you possibly could imagine.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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It's about time

The story is great. It's well written and keeps your interest. The narrater has a great voice and his different voices and accents were just what was needed. I've been waiting for an audio version of this series for many years and I wasn't disappointed

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Finally out in audio!

One of my all time favorite books now in audio, was a true joy to listen to. Going back with Simon on his long journey was really fun to get back into again. The narration was very well done and I think he did a good job with the characters voices. He also does a good job reading the book, keeping the pace and action alive and moving to keep you entertained and not lolling into sleep. Overall I think this is a very good audiobook and a great start to a very good series. Hopefully, Green Angel Tower will be out by the time I finish the second book to this series!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great book to "read" again.

Read book again after 20 years. It is still a great book. I will finish the series.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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good book

only issue I had was with keeping track of all the unfamiliar long hard to put ounce names otherwise a good story

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A nice find.

I can't believe I've been missing out on this author and series for years. I can certainly how this has inspired writers. It's a wonderful epic fantasy. Give it a try.

Don't get frustrated by all the names in the beginning, they will begin to make sense as the story goes on.

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Revisited an old friend.

I read this book in 1992. I was 12. It opened my eyes to a world of Fantasy and adventure. The narrator does a superb job of giving each character their own voice as well as accent even. It was wonderful to revisit Osten Ard once more. Enjoy!

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An excellent reading of an old favorite!

I first read this series in my 20's when I received The Dragonbone Chair and The Stone of Farewell in paperback as a gift. I quickly fell under the thrall of Osten Ard, and bought the hardback of To Green Angel Tower when it was released. (And eagerly bought every book/series by Tad Williams as soon as they were released thereafter.)

In the 24 years since then, I've reread the series twice - rather like visiting with an old friend. This is the first time I've listened to it - and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! I think the narrator does a fantastic job of infusing character and suspense, thought and action, truly bringing the story to life. (After all, it's not easy to convincingly orate lines in a made-up language!!)

A great use of a book credit!

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great book

a wonderful and engaging epic fantasy. the characters are well developed and personable. the narration is very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful