The Highwayman

Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Saga of the First King, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (670 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore takes listeners back to his signature world of Corona, introducing a fascinating new hero. It is God's year 54, many years before the Demon Wars, in the land of Corona. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Bran Dynard, a monk of the fledgling religion of Abelle, returns from his mission in a far-off land with a book of mystical knowledge and a beautiful and mysterious new wife. But he soon realizes that the world he left behind has changed, and his dream of spreading the wisdom he learned to his fellow monks is crushed.

Forced to hide his wife and his precious book, Bran must decide whom he can trust and where he should now place his faith. Twenty years later, the situation has grown darker and more desperate. Only the Highwayman travels freely, his sword casting aside both Powries and soldiers. The people need a savior, but is the Highwayman on a mission of mercy... or vengeance?

©2007 R.A. Salvatore (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Wonderful storytelling!!

Wow! I'm a HUGE fan of Salvatore's other books - I've read the 30-ish books in the Drizzt series as well as his 3-book series "The Crimson Shadow" - but this one might top them all! Firstly, to my surprise, it doesn't even feel like Salvatore's other works, except for some of the descriptions of certain fight scenes. The story and characters are so original. How can an author be so prolific and yet not feel like he is getting repetitive?? Anyway, this is a work of sheer beauty that had me physically nervous and exultant at several points. The narration is also top notch. I recommend this book very, very highly.

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A nail-biting emotional roller coaster

While listening to this novel unfold, I found myself thinking of the ruthlessness of Game of Thrones in a musical backdrop of Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity" and the thrills and chills of some frightening Dean Koonz constant foreboding doom.

An odd book in many ways but, to the end, very satisfying.

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A good look at humankind

Having read "Child of a Mad God", I was wanting more of this world. The Highwayman introduces the reader to the world of Corona, and it's struggles with battling religions. A hard place to live in, and even harder for a young boy born with physical disabilities. This is the story of Bransen Garibond, an orphaned cripple, growing up among hateful prejudices, overcoming all obstacles,with the help of a book left to him by his parents. Wonderfully written with excellent narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds, this story is well worth the time.

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Tim Gerard Reynolds never disappoints

Unfortunately the story did. The character building was superb.and the world building a little lacking in that same richness. I suppose the author expects the reader to fill in any gaps with standard fantasy town filler and I have no problem with that, it just stands out s bit.

The main problem for me with the book is the lack of pace. There is action and there is the possibility of some pretty good political intrigue as well Ryira styled hijinks and banter. For some reason that never gets explored as much as I would have liked and hoped would happen after the prologue.

This could easily be the beginning of a great series and Salvatore does well in tying all loose ends satisfactorily while leaving room for more books to follow. Worth a credit if you like the genre and many will like it much more yuan I.

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great book

wonderful narrative of the book RA SALVATORE is 1 of my favorite authors
highly recommend

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Simply

Simply put.
Sloooow in the beginning, exciting in the middle and really good in the end.

I loved the part when Stork gets healed for the first time.

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Slow start with a strong end.

In the first few hours, I contemplated returning this book several times. Glad I Didn't though. Overall it was okay... Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of my favorite readers and he did a great job. The story was slow to start and was hard to follow at first. Once I got far enough along it finally grabbed me and I enjoyed the second half of the book immensely.

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One of my favs

Read the hard copy and I love the fact that they gave each character a unique voice 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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Great

R.A Salvatore is a master at his work, the highwayman is another well written book, definitely worth a read or listen is you’re a fan of Salvatore.

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great!!

loved the story and how it's told by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
can't wait to get to the next book in this series. just wish it too was narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.

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