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Publisher's Summary

For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now....

Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained.

Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

©2003 Markus Heitz (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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Excellent story

The story is really good. Every character is very well developed along with the story. And, I love how the person telling it is making different voices per each character.

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love this series

really slow to start and hard to get into but I grew to love it. amazing series.

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Simply amazing.

I was blown away. My first book from this author and I like it. The reader is mild but good in his voices.

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  • TheTallDwarf
  • 08-29-18

Amazing story

I picked the book up years ago from Waterstones thinking it looked interesting, straight away it had me hooked, there's a lot of detail in the characters.
Its by far my favourite series to read.

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  • TheSchmidster
  • 06-06-19

This was an OK story but lacks depth

I purchased this book as I enjoy tales set in the realm of fantasy, where the main character learns how to become the person they are to be. However the issues I had with this book, is that it left certain elements unexplained. Especially in regards to the world the book is set in. It also suffered from fighting scenes becoming very linguistical.

I also felt it killed some of the earlier mentioned characters too soon, which made you wonder why bother having them in the first place. Yet it later on kept characters alive which you felt would die, which reduced the gravity of the tale.

Overall the story was too clean and lacking in any depth.

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  • Alexander Brown
  • 04-02-18

Epic Fantasy. A must listen.

Beautiful performance and wonderfully written story. An epic tale that draws from the best of fantasy lore but still refreshingly original and exciting. A must buy!

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  • Paul Lawley-Jones
  • 03-29-18

Clichéd Garbage

It's not often I can't finish a book, but this is just clichéd garbage. I don't know if it's the German writing style or the translation, but it reads more like a children's book.

The narration is also flat and monotonous, although the character voices are varied and well done.

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  • Q. J. Williams
  • 07-04-18

Childish

Sorry to be so critical but this book may disappoint you as it has me. The story tries hard but it can't get past the text which may have been the product of Google translate and the narration which sounded more suited to a children's story. Maybe it was meant to be one?

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  • josh todd
  • 03-30-22

Painfully generic & uninspired

Painfully bad & not worth the credit. One of the few audiobooks I've failed to finish

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  • Stuart
  • 12-01-21

Very Very Good 👍

Loved it.
Its like an "R" rated Lord of the Rings.
Shockingly emotional, it has loads of highs and many more lows as you go thought the book, tugged at the heart strings more than once.
I'm looking forward to listening the the next instalment.
I would highly recommend.

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  • Fraser Hamilton
  • 11-24-21

Excellent narrator

Matthew Wolf does an excellent job narrating this large and varied cast. He brought the characters to life, understanding their emotions and motivations which gave the characters far more depth.
I enjoyed the story, which had some interesting twists. It was fascinating to delve deep into the world of dwarves, a welcome change from humans and elves.
The characters shone as they developed and I would have liked more of this.

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  • babara. pierce
  • 11-24-21

Great Book

Very Enjoyable narration was marvellous almost like listening to a cast of actors different voices for each character, story is exciting and full of surprise s twists and turns ,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-21

As good as I remember

Loved it, great narration and a compelling story. The book that got me into reading.

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  • Darren lock
  • 02-17-19

Oink oink,lol

What an awesome book,well written well read ,fantastic ,my only complaint is that the res of the series is not aviable, I hope there realesd soon as they are aviable in paperback,and not years down the track,thanks Markus Heirs for an awsome series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-21

Great Book

I enjoyed this book immensely, the reading made each character distinct and the story was fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book freely.

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  • Jay
  • 08-27-21

The immersive realm of Girdlegard

An absolutely fantastic book with Matthew Wolfs tireless voice. Die Zwerge is a fan favourite in my household.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-20

Great fun !!

a great listen. narrator did a good job on the characters. five stars for this one.