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Three complete full length novels in one well-priced package!

Twisted by black magic and driven by soul-crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe turned knight, struggles to hold on to his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most in the world. Along the way he will be forced to make friends of his enemies and enemies of his friends. He will grow from a boy no one has heard of into a man destined to leave the land forever changed, but how will he be remembered? Will he be Sir Fenly, hero of the people, or will he be Lowin the Dread, a monster to terrify children?

The Hungering Saga is a sweeping story that begins in familiar fantasy territory and quickly twists many of the genre staples back upon themselves.

©2012, 2015 Heath Pfaff (P)2016 Heath Pfaff

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Poorly performed, poorly written.

What would have made The Hungering Saga Complete better?

This is the first review I've written on an audio book from Audibles, and I'll tell you why. After reading the only previous review I decided to give this book a go and see if it was as decent as some written by other authors I was unfamiliar with but now adore. I don't recommend you take the plunge. Save your credit or money for something by Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss.

This writer cannot begin to attach a reader to a character and I'm not exaggerating. If you're used to a world filled with love for your main protagonist, with detailed imagery and an insatiable need for the next title, this isn't it. It's difficult to discern what the point of the books are at all, in fact, because so little cohesion exists as you blur from one character experience to the next in a large cast of characters without distinction and poorly executed plot exploration. As if this wasn't enough, you add in the tailored sexual encounters and child-like vocabulary of the writer and you're left puzzling over how this was published and became an audio book at all.

I'm not going to relent on the performance, I'm sorry. I've not been so displeased by a performance in all of my audio book history, which spans several years. The actor here does not enunciate. He has an accent that's difficult to listen to constantly, and he mispronounces several words. Without a written copy to compare to, I also believe he adds words or phrases into the performance that (trying to give some credit here in hopes it's not true) make the author sound ridiculously unfamiliar with the style of writing he's trying to convey.

Please, PLEASE proceed with caution. There are a great number of books I would give outstanding praise to (and probably should after writing this), but this isn't one of them.

58 of 65 people found this review helpful

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Almost....

This story had such potential. i picked this story up because i needed something to read while in the waiting room for a series of doctor visits i had during the week.The first book was actually really good. The world building, characters, magic system etc was believable and enjoyable. The second book however, will leave you wondering if you just imagined that these people actually had real emotions, dreams, or original thoughts at all. The situations that our main character is faced with and the lengths this author goes to convince us that a specific path the main character takes to further the plot was of course the only path he could have taken is absurd.

I will conclude this review with a few comments.
Could these books be better? yes
Did i find the first half of the plot in book two so ludicrous that i decided to write a review on audible as soon as i got home? yes
Do i hate these books so much that i will choose to wait in the doctors waiting room listening to nothing but silence? no
Have i learned anything from reading this latest catastrophe that calls itself a book series? yes, never ever buy three books offered for a single credit because it IS to good to be true.

My hat is off to the book narrator, the female voices were cringe worthy sometimes. Overall I give Paul J McSorley 4/5 stars.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Story!

Tons of action and a good dose of rousing the emotions. There was a little too much unnecessary explanation at times and the narrator could be a bit dreary. But looking past that, I really enjoyed these books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sad tale

The story it self is very interesting, but it is just too sad all the time.

Nothing goes the way you want it to, but it is still a captivating story.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story & characters

What made the experience of listening to The Hungering Saga Complete the most enjoyable?

I've already read the books before getting the audible version and the story itself IS the most enjoyable thing regardless of the format it is delivered in. For me personally, the narrator didn't add much to the story itself really. Not to sound crazy but I think I preferred the voices in my head as I read it to myself to be honest. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it though. The story and writing is great and it's nice to actually get work, cleaning, etc done while listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lowin of course was my favorite character, but the thing about this series is that you get to know a LOT of characters. They are all well developed and they all stand out in some special way. I ended up liking ALL the characters, even the ones you wanted to hate, you just can't help yourself. (Well, I couldn't).

What three words best describe Paul J McSorley’s voice?

The narrators voice is gruff and baritone with a bit of a drawl/dialect, he reminds me of Phil Harris (an old voice actor).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not good with tag lines, but I'd be first in line to see it.

Any additional comments?

As of this posting I haven't listened to the -entire- series yet, but I have read them all. I believe I've listened to enough at this point to make a review though (and will finish it up later of course). I've reviewed the story itself on Amazon, and I loved every second of it and found it hard to walk away from. If you are not into fantasy genre, magic or intelligent beasts, then go elsewhere. You will be missing out though! The story is thought out, fast paced, and I can't say enough about the characters, they are all well done and enjoyable. (My full review of the books alone can be found on amazon. I'd C&P but it is huge.)

26 of 37 people found this review helpful

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You'll be starving for more after reading this!!!!

This book has a great big worm in the middle of it.

Because the moment that you start in on it, you are hooked.

Yeah, it's that good. Imagine you are just doing your thing as a teenager, and suddenly, for the benefit of the realm you are forced into a military career. One that inspires fear in all of your family and friends, one that will warp your body, and reshape your mind! And that, my friend, is only the beginning.

This book has a lot of characters, a great sweeping George RR Martin style cast, that is full of real people. They are all flawed, and behave just like real people do. The betray, lust, lie, cheat, and do things generally because they are selfish individuals. And that is just the good guys! The best part is that they all show character development. Yup, not just the MC and a few of his pals. Everyone shows some sort of change, some for the better and some for the worse, but change and grow they do.

The world building is just phenomenol, too. It feels like a real place. I don't know that I'd visit there, but you can see it and practically smell it. It comes off like total immersion. You are there, which is pretty cool.

McSorely does an impressive job here. This is an expansive cast, and most other narrators would have struggled to keep up, but he knocked every obstacle down. I also attribute the richness and vitality of the world and its characters to McSorely. He painted the pictures and gave life to each character with nothing more than his voice. As I understand it, this is one of his earlier works, but you'd never know it to listen to him. He really makes these books his own. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

This is a great collection of novels, performed in an outstanding way by a deft narrator. You don't know good lit when you see it if you don't read this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great simple story

This book is great deal for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy without need to dive deep into complicated plot/language/meaning. It's like classical fantasy stories with interesting plot twists, ancient mysteries and of course good love story. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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book review

it was a good storyline and a good book but way to wordy. it could have ended the series with two books instead of 3 if they just stopped over describing everything and running and on but if you can get over that part it really is a good storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Maryland
  • 04-04-17

Great read!! Would make a good movie

I found myself listening to this book everyday, the story held me close and always kept me wanting more. I could imagine the events of the story clearly in my head. If there was ever a cinematic adaption to this novel I'd be sure to see it too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story with a great narrator.

This is an amazing story that is definitely worth the listen. The narrator does an amazing job. His ability to give most every character a unique voice is amazing. This is a must buy for anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Olatunji R.
  • 07-11-16

Terrible writing, repeats the same past events.

Repetition used as a device to lengthen a short book. Awful writing and average performance

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  • Ian
  • 02-29-16

The narrator isn't great, but the story is worse

The narrator isn't great he does add much to the story and puts the emphasis in really strange places often not reading ahead so not finishing the sentence properly. But it may not be all his fault as quite frankly the story is awful, childish, poorly written, with no time taken to build character or even create believable character depth.

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  • Jack
  • 05-10-16

A terrible performance highlighting awful writing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing, better performance and a more vigorous editor.
I really tried with this audio book. This came after a string of seriously amazing reads/listens and I thought I was being overly critical at first, but it just got worse. I've given up half way through because listening to it was making me angry and frustrated. I have no idea how this got a 4 star rating on audible...

What didn’t you like about Paul J McSorley’s performance?

If you want to listen to a 37 hour asthma attack, look no further! This performance made me really appreciate breathing.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 04-19-16

Sublime

I have read many reviews for these books and the overarching theme was fantastic story but poor execution in the sense of editing and diction. I must say this is a heap of pretentious rubbish! As I listened to this book my mind ceased to hear the words, instead, I saw them. I often become lost in the majesty of Pfaff's world and became infatuated with the journey of the characters. There is a maturity in the content of this book that draws you in, providing a raw and visceral sense to the text which is an excellent exploration of the human condition. I would often be caught up in moral musings as I listened, not always agreeing with the moral position taken by the author. Having moments such as this with a text are rare, and are a testament to the author's ability to not only caress your mind with the fantastical but also to invigorate its core.

Paul J McSorley narration was a bit confronting at first as I struggled to related to his selected voice for a key character. However, this character does change very early in the first book, so was not a burden for long. My final view of McSorely's narration is a positive one as it neither improves or reduces the text itself; achieving little in the narration is a positive as many narrators are utterly hopeless.

I wholehearted recommend this book to those who think they will just read one chapter more before bed... then realizing it is 3am. A sublime book of many ideas and emotions wrapped is an excellent fantasy world.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • 07-07-16

great listen

great story that had plenty of shocking twists I tried to anticipate and failed. I will recommend to friends

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-16

Cannot bear to listen to this any longer

Although the story is original and has potential, the narrator has totally ruined it, absolutely dreadful

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnathan
  • 07-31-16

enjoyable

I really enjoyed the story. Interesting story of power and the struggle of dealing with ultimate power and how someone deals with it. I like the character building of the main. supporting characters not fleshed out enough .... the last book seems a little rushed and the ending left me wanting so much more ......in saying that I enjoyed the storyline and build up. Great work !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-18

Narration unlistenable

I don’t know what the story is like because the narration was so bad. I tried to persist but the intonation and emphasis in each sentence was grating. Disappointed because I was looking forward to the story.

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  • mel
  • 02-08-18

Painful

Look, sorry but I couldn’t finish it. Simplistic, unrealistic writing and unappealing narration, a good author shouldn’t need to explain what and how the characters feel - the reader should live it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-17

Okay but sooo much repetition

The storyline is generally okay but tends to be predictable for the most part. Mr Pfaff explains his characters in minute detail sometimes to the point of tedium. He sets up the twists in such a way that you see them coming and the most annoying tendency he displays is to repeat himself with alarming regularity, if it was not for the repetition the work would have been one third of it's current volume; maybe this was done for readers who read a chapter a month and need reminding or perhaps it was for dementia sufferers or those with ADHD.

I found the narration lacking enthusiasm and the American accent grated a little. A more subtle neutral accent would have done the book more justice.

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  • Fiona
  • 11-06-17

sub par

the book has a good story but the writing is pretentious dog crap. The country bumpkin American southerner accent of the performer is also terrible. the names for some of the characters is also sub par and pretentious eg. there is a character called "Whisper of the Mist" and the order is called "The knights of Ethan". the story has some large holes in it too and the characters don't talk like real people and interact with each other. the story has potential but due the the massive holes in the writing and performance I found it hard to listen to and I kept getting angry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-17

this is a great choice for the long road trips

If you have a long road trip and you can manage to find a story good enough to keep you engaged I find not only does it make the trip more bearable
but this can keep you awake which is safer