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Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Listeners have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy....

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat - a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess. She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other. Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the listening and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.

©2000 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Meh...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut out most of it. Lots of pointless, boring scenes.

What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

They seemed to have a format for all their stories, and they followed the same format which makes all the stories sound alike with only names changed. They needed to break out of their self-imposed box.

What didn’t you like about Dennis Holland’s performance?

Althalus is supposed to be an illiterate, yet good natured thief but his voice is that of an aristocrat, bad Scottish accent for another set of people, and a third group who sound as though they came from Transylvania.

Was The Redemption of Althalus worth the listening time?

No

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Hayward, CA, United States
  • 09-19-13

Too Easy for Althalus

What disappointed you about The Redemption of Althalus?

There seems to be no real problems for the heroes of the story. They just go along, and everything is either provided, or just works out fine. Nobody causes them any real trouble and anything they need they just get. It's all too easy and becomes boring. I unfortunately got so bored that I stopped partway through the book. Maybe it became more interesting later?

What could David Eddings and Leigh Eddings have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I've really enjoyed other Eddings' novels - I read through the Belgariad and the Ruby Knight series, and what I really enjoyed was how there was difficulty and then how that difficulty was overcome. <br/>Give Althalus some problems. At least make him hunt food and cook it, or go hungy instead of just saying, "beef" and having cooked beef appear.

What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed the vocal variety for the different charactars.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Redemption of Althalus?

I didn't actually get all the way through.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The story is amazing

Althalus is a thief, but in the end he is a hero. how does this happen, easy when the gods use you as the champion.

Althalus has the greatest luck being a theif, that is until he decides to look at civilization and his luck sours, we all have off days after all. but when he comes home his luck stays bad. after visiting his friends and relaxing a stranger comes in and offers him a easy job. or so we though.

the Eddings team does it again but this time writing it all in one book. the growth, challenges and dilemmas come together

I did not like the performance of Dennis Holland, he does not have the range of vocal talent needed. all you can do to tell the difference between the ladies is the horrible accent and the cadence of there speech. the men where not much better. It made it hard to enjoy a great piece of work

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Neely
  • Alger, MI, United States
  • 08-15-13

Worst written book I have ever seen

Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dennis Holland?

The level of writing and the story are awful. I enjoyed previous books but this was a poor effort

What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

Bad story, poorly developed characters, no conflict, bad dialogue, repetitive to the point it was distracting and pointless

What aspect of Dennis Holland’s performance would you have changed?

He didn't stand a chance with such poor material. The story was painful to listen to and some of the accents and character depictions were very bad

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fun and Whimsical

A light hearted Standalone Fantasy, with a unique god mythos, and memorable characters. Victory is never really in doubt, but the ride is amusing.

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horrlble performance

eddings is one of my favorite authors and and I have always enjoyed this book The not quite as much as the Belgareth series. somehow the reader of this book manage to take one of my favorite books and made me unable to sit through even two chapters of his monotone and uninspired performative
throughout the whole book he reads as if he's simply doing a job and trying to get it done as quickly as possible and audible should be ashamed for not having realize this from the get-go and actually allowing this to be released on their site

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Epic, laugh out loud, fantasy

What did you like about this audiobook?

Witty, epic, fun.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The fact that while Althalus was being "redeemed" and underwent some changes, he was still very much himself throughout the book. No male Mary Sue here!

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

The depth of realization that the characters really do come from different and unique areas of the world. He gives each one a unique voice, and each area/country its own accent. (And stays true to that accent with other characters from that area, while still modifying it slightly to suit each person. For example, the Arums sound Scottish - fitting, as they wear kilts. But the rough-spoken sargeant sounds different than the well-read Clan Chief.)

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Several, the descriptions of which would spoil parts of the book.

Do you have any additional comments?

Redemption of Althalus doesn't have the same in depth in world building as the his ten book (plus two) epic fantasy saga, the Belgariad and Mallorean. (Obviously.) However, it still has the Eddings' trademark wit and humor, and is a thoroughly enjoyable read in itself.

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Read Twice and How Listened

Where does The Redemption of Althalus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first Audible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

In the lowlands when Althalus did not recognize paper money

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dennis Holland?

Probably

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Althalus found out Em was pregnant

Any additional comments?

I had already read the print book twice. Sometimes one just wants a print but my eyes are not up to long reading sessions anymore so the narrated books are a blessing for me.

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stunner

Eddings team can create worlds for me anytime. Never a dull moment. Do yourself a favour and get this.

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Good book Bad narrator

The narrator does not necessarily do voices for each character but accents. The most jarring one is for the nine-year-old boy. He sounds like the stereo typical Transylvanian vampire not A young boy. And he and does not show any excitement when the characters are excited. It's all The same pitch and tone.

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  • Iain Crockett
  • 06-17-13

a hackneyed and pedestrian tale.

I am a great fan of Devid Eddings and was looking forward to re- entering his world but something has happened to his writing in the last 10 years . The writing is good and easy to read as you would expect, but where are the characters, where are the plots and sub plots- I managed 6 hours of this tale before giving up - the first audio book I have not been able to finish. I have 3 reasons for this. I. The tale is simple and linear with no surprises and progresses at a very slow snails pace. The main character is locked in a house for thousands of years and it really felt like it! You have to care about the main character fo engage in the tale of his life but he is a hackneyed stereotype cobbled together from previous stories. Finally the narator is to scottish accents what dick van dyke is to cockeys!!.. I cannot recommend this book and am disappointed I contributed to its No 1 bestseller strap line.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Gwen1818
  • 08-09-13

I remember the other version as better

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

I got this audiobook thinking it was the original version I had years ago, sadly lost. Ok so the narrator is better he didn't instill the Norse esque feeling I got from the other narrator who inisisted on talking in a funny pretend Norse accent for allof the characters. Personal opinion only

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story

Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Holland’s performances?

yes.he wasn't bad except for his Scottish ish accent

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jude Malcomson
  • 12-11-14

A series in itself

What made the experience of listening to The Redemption of Althalus the most enjoyable?

Eddings is one of my favourite authors, but Althalus is by far the most fun of all the works. It's effectively a series within a single book, and has the freshness present in the Belgariad, but combined with the depth of the Younger Gods. Lots of fun, full of interesting characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

The biblical-style passages are fun.

What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Audio books in general allow you to work whilst reading. Awesome!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Aimee
  • 09-07-14

Creative, Magical, A must read

Would you listen to The Redemption of Althalus again? Why?

Yes I love the story line although in parts the narrator is a little boring, and seem to lose interest

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

The bit when he find the house at the edge of the world and starts to learn the truth

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

not completely it took me two days in parts the narrator seem to make me feel he was not interested in reading this book but having read it myself and loving Eddings others I wanted to hear it through

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen

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  • Dom
  • 01-01-15

amazing story, very averagely told.

the plot of this book is second to none, but the narrator users rather dodgy accents to differentiate beten characters and it does soul the immersion slightly. i would recommend reading this book first, then listening to the audio book.

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  • Mrs S
  • 07-19-13

A good read and now on audio

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

Compelling read ~ hard to put down ditto with the audio version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emmy - of course - keep em guessing at all times - I love it!

Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

no

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jannette
  • 05-24-17

brilliant

brilliant story, pretty good narrator, although he makes several characters from different countries all sound a bit like the stereotypical Transylvania vampire, but you get used to it

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  • STARSKYDOG
  • 02-16-17

well worth a go

once you get passed the terroble accenrs the book is very enjoyable . give it atrt

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  • PhoenixS
  • 12-16-16

fantastic

I loved reading this book growing up.
I've had the experience of falling in love with it all over again as an audible.
The narrator is fantastic at bringing the characters to life.
I enjoyed this immensely.

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  • Andreas
  • 09-23-16

Good Story, adequate narrator.

The headline says it all but if I am to expand upon it I would probably say this:

I read this story once when I was a child and loved it, coming back to now about 15 years later, I find it to be an old friend I'd lost.
Yes, the writing and story is somewhat simple but it is a good simple that invite most minds to listen.
The narrator on the other hand have this strange french sounding accent for most characters, it's not that much of a bother but from time to time my mind grabbed on to it and it was like an itch you can't reach.
Other than that he performed well giving most characters an easily distinguishable voice most of them feeling quite fitting.

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  • Stefan
  • 04-07-15

The Eddings do it again

Some of the best fantasy writing I've ever read. They put so much LIFE into the characters of all their books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mattias
  • 09-21-17

Giggle warnings!

Made me giggle so many times. XD.. Lovely feel all around this book. Not too thrilling but still exciting to see what the main crew comes up with time and time again. A very pleasing book with maybe a little to little sadness involved for a 5 from me. I prefer a wider range of emotions. :P.. Still though finishing the book gave me a very heartwarming feel all around. And I was never bored listening to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-17

Definite "must read" for lovers of fantasy.

David and Leigh Eddings have put together a marvellous fantasy novel. The character depth is fantastic and so many moments will have you bristling with excitement!