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Part one of the epic conclusion to Tad Williams' classic fantasy series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, set in the fantasy world of Osten Ard.

In order for the Storm King to cement his power over Osten Ard, he must find and defeat the rebel forces massing against him. But the rebels, led by the exiled Prince Josua, have rallied at the Stone of Farewell and are ready to fight the Storm King with every power they can muster.

The key to their victory lies in finding the third sword of legend, Memory - but the sword has been lost for ages. Lost, that is, until Simon Snowlock realises that he knows exactly where the sword is and how to recover it. The only problem: an undead army, bolstered by powerful magic, lies between him and his destination.

It will take every ounce of Simon's courage and intelligence to journey to and then recover the great sword Memory and bring peace to Osten Ard. If Simon's quest is to have any hope, Josua must move against the Storm King himself - a journey that will take him across endless seas, through ancient forests and into the stronghold of the Storm King himself.

©1993 Robert Paul 'Tad' Williams, published by permission of DAWBooks (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Riveting!

Fabulously imaginative and inventive. Superb narrative. I was sorry to hear the unexpected end. Must buy the next!

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  • Deborah Seton
  • 06-27-16

Another very enjoyable installment

The quality of story and performance continues in this penultimate part - keen to hear the final book but sorry it has to end!

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  • Earthymama
  • 05-07-16

Another great reading of a wonderful story

I am completely caught up in this world now!
The story is epic, many-layered, full of great characters.
The performance is truly excellent, I don't know how Andrew Wincott manages to make each person, mortal or Sidhe sound so different.

Classic fantasy, you can't beat it!

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  • laurence
  • 02-26-16

Still Too Breathy

The story is still compelling, the plot is slowing down slightly but am excited to see where Tad goes with it. Andy needs to have a serious word with himself about his female/mystical voices though, far too Breathy and sharp (can be uncomfortable to listen for the longer stretches of dialogue) and all the same which breaks emersion.

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-16-16

A lost masterpiece

This 'trilogy in four parts' is superb, well written, gripping - and completely ripped-off by. George R R Martin. It preceded 'Game of Thrones' by four-five years, and GRRM has acknowledged he had read it. Just a couple of examples:? 1. Throne - only of dragon bones. 2. Mysterious evil undead creatures invading from the frozen north. 3. Dysfunctional royal family, etc etc. However, the women are strong feminist characters, not merely there to be stripped and raped, and although there's plenty of horror and nastiness there's also humour and beauty. The mystery to me is why it's out of print and - shame on you Audible!- volume 4 has still not been recorded and isn't due until May 2016!

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  • Boerneef
  • 05-09-16

Wonderfully enthralling

As with all things Tad Williams it is extremely detailed and you sometimes feel limke you want to explode with the urge to yell" get to the point!!!" But intheendit makezs for an amazing story. You want to know how it is going to continue and whether the winter king is going to be defeated before the main characters die or not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-18

Great story but felt that this dragged

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

I am glad that I got through this book however out of all of them it was the hardest to get through it felt like large parts of it dragged.

What other book might you compare To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 to, and why?

This is very good and I would say that if you enjoy the mageborn series, dawn of wonder, and the cycle of Arran that this would be a series for you

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

I have only listened to him through this series I have listened to all 6 books and all of them are performed very well

Could you see To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I could see the series being made into a series. It would need a good budget although.

Any additional comments?

Great series, in my opinion this is the weakest book just because I felt it could of been a lot shorter.

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  • Steve S
  • 12-31-17

Tedious

After a few hours I gave up on the book and exchanged it for something else.
It took ages for the story to get going and the orator didn’t help either. All the lists of strange names and places started to irritate me, as I just wanted the story to grab me. The orator, whilst fine enough most of the time, kept using strained tones for certain individuals and this irritated me too.
Can’t recommend I am afraid.

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  • Charli Corcoran
  • 07-08-17

best one yet.

found the others a little dry, though well written. lots of good action and conclusions in this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-16

Action packed tale.

Love Tad williams books, this is my all time favourite. Narrator has really bought this book to life. Highly recommend

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  • Sylvia Wright
  • 12-01-16

Compelling!

I love this book, although I may have to listen to it twice in order to completely follow the story! Contains everything a good fantasy should have, keeping the listener glued to his/her listening device. As for narration, I cannot praise Andrew Wincott enough! The range of voices he narrates is incredible! He has to be No 1 in the charts for narration! Altogether a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 03-21-18

Shallow heroes

Simon is a brat who cannot appreciate what he is going through or the experiences he had had. Princess Myramel is a spoiled bitch who I just wanted to pull out of my phone and slap. Prince Joshua is a fool. And that idiot woman who thought the gods had helped her omg just kill her!!

A great story and well read but some of the main characters are painful!

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  • midfielder
  • 10-14-16

great

great series, super good narrator, a must read for anyone who reads any fantasy books