The Ancient

Narrated by: Erik Singer
Series: Saga of the First King, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (286 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Searching for his long-lost father, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war against the brutal Samhaist, Ancient Badden.

On an Alpinadoran lake, just below Ancient Badden's magical ice castle, several societies, caught in the web of their own conflicts, are oblivious to Ancient Badden's devastating plans to destroy them.

Branson becomes the link between the wars, and if he fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists.

The Ancient is part of the Saga of the First King, a four-book series that chronicles the early days of Corona, the same world explored in Salvatore's best-selling Demon Wars saga.

©2008 R. A. Salvatore (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat." ( Library Journal)

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Another Great Book From Mr. RA

I have been a big fan of RA Salvatore since the first time I picked up Forgotten Realms : Icewind Dale trilogy. With the few titles from Salvatore to choose from, as I am not a Star Wars fan, The Ancient was a no brainier choice. I was also excited to meet up again with Bransen "the highwayman" and his new adventures. I was not disappointed.

This is my first audible pick that I have not previously read. So while unlike my many other audible titles, I started listening without any idea of the story line or without the ability of knowing what would happen next.

The narrator, Erik Singer, did an good job. While I have to admit the sottish/english accents were not my favorite, they did allow me to follow the story and connect with the characters with a deeper degree. I really enjoyed Erik's delivery of the story.

I hope that audible will add more of RA Salvatore's great line up.

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The Ancient (Unabridged)

R.A. Salvatore is a master of his craft, he is the Stephen King fanstay writing. This book shows how he weaves a story around several characters each with their own interesting tale to bring it all together to form a great story. As a reader of Forgotten Realms books for over a decade this audio book was a joy to listen to and I hated to hear this story end. If you are a lover of fantasy books this is a must have in your collection.

My only objection is that once you finish the book there are no more Salvatore books on Audible to listen to.

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The Ancient

If you like and enjoy good Fantasy here's one to get.
A vary fine work with a good pace. The adventure of the Highway man or the Stork keeps you wondering who or whats next. well worth the listen.

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The Ancient

Salvatore is one of my favorite authors, this book is good but not as good as some of his previous work like the stories of Drizzzt, still once you get past this book slow start it is very entertaining and would recommend it. I would listen to its sequel when it comes out. Overall, a good listen.

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good story

the story is good and in line with the highway man a great tale to further the legend. but the narration is not to par as if Tim Gerard Reynolds would have been the reader. some mispronounced words and names take away from this story as it would be better to read and imagine Tim telling the tale than to hear it from another.

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A truly villainous villain, but the narrator butchers character names!

I want anyone who reads this review to understand that I think the book is great! The story is classically heroic in the fashion that R.A. Salvatore has been well loved for.

Yet,Erik Singer... is no Tim Gerard Reynolds. I say that to say Mr. Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators so far in my few years of audiobook listening. Mr. Singer does solid voice work, but clearly never listened to the recording of The Highwayman. Every name that he butchered Tim had already pronounced flawlessly. I don’t dislike the performance overall, but I’m a man looking for consistency in my narration.

I can’t always get the same narrator, but I expect at least name pronunciation to be consistent from book to book with the same characters. Erik Singer didn’t give me that. Yet, he gave a solid performance otherwise.

Still, the book is great and I’m excited for The Dame.

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damn good book

i really liked this book. i thought it was nice to see more of the dwarves. They seemed less than straight up monsters born evil but maybe creatures raised in an evil society. i also thought the villain was really interesting.

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A rousing tale

No one describes battle better. good triumphs, characters grow to become hero's. well read by the narrator.

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One of my favorite so fad

I've read almost all of R.A. Salvatore's books, or listened to, and this series is probably my favorite of them all. This book was especially great. I've discovered in my time with audible that not all narrators are created equal. this narrator takes a great story and makes it even better.

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Wow, the narration!

Erik Singer has fast become one of my favorite narrators, especially to this series I enjoyed so long ago, giving the characters I've known a voice. Yes, the are some mispronunciations, and an editing mistake, but the overall experience and atmosphere Erik adds to this already excellent part of one of my favorite sagas is worthwhile.