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Publisher's Summary

In the fourth book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi - a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he's never tried. Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surrounding it. Harvests are failing, travel and trade are disrupted, and civilized forces are giving way to the deluges caused by the storms. In panic and despair, many have turned to the goddess Umberlee, Queen of the Deeps, offering her sacrifices with hope that they will be spared the inevitable reckoning of her perpetual tempest. Evendur Highcastle, undead pirate captain, risen from the depths to assume the mantle of Umberlee's Chosen, takes advantage of the people's desperation to strike for both spiritual and temporal power in her name. Vying with Highcastle for the hearts and minds of the people is Stedd Whitehorn, a little boy and the chosen of a god thought lost to time: Lathander, the Morninglord. In a time of such upheaval, Stedd’s message of renewal and hope runs in stark contrast to the savage ethos of Highcastle and his waveservants.When Anton captures the boy in order to collect Highcastle's considerable bounty, the reaver is quickly caught in the riptide caused by the sundering of worlds.

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Good story bad delivery

Anton the pirate at first appears to be a villain out for profit and Umara the red wizard just a minion to her evil masters, This is a tale of finding redemption and doing what is right. Their transformation seems to happen too quickly and could have benefited from a longer development and more details but still believable and makes for an interesting story. Only issues was the narrator whose voice does not lend any sense of high adventure or epic happenings.

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Wanted this to be great book, I may never know

What disappointed you about The Reaver?

The performance was a 1 on scale of one to 10. Where a 10 is movies for the mind and a 1 is "oh God my ears are bleeding"

If you’ve listened to books by Richard Lee Byers before, how does this one compare?

I was too distracted by the performance. Richard, pay to have this one re-recorded.

How could the performance have been better?

Vocal Quality - Awesome; Pronunciation - Good; Enunciation - Good; Punctuation - yes that a word and it means something.. Thank God the Eugene had to breath or there would be an endless stream of unbroken words.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I just got screwed out of my coin on this one.

Any additional comments?

Contact a professional vocal actor, and start over.. I was eager to get back to the series, eager to escape into a fantasy world of fractious gods, powerful villains, and hero's that overcome insurmountable odds. I just could not get past the performance. I sat on a plane through 3 chapters, I had to stop listening was just too painful!

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The narrator has a great voice.... but

Unfortunately I can't rate the story because I can't get out of the first chapter. I love the narrator's voice (reminds me of when Iced T read one of R. A. Salvatore's short stories), but there is no change in pitch or infection or any indication at all when a new character is speaking. He has a very deep and soothing voice which has so little variation in it that I lose track of the story too easily, and since I listen while driving, I miss way to much to enjoy the story. I bought this book so that I could complete The Sundering series, which i started because of the Drizzt books, but I'm not going to be able to finish this one.

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Great story, Great voiceover

Would be great to get more from these characters, the narrator has a great voice for this, would like to hear him evolve.

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"Forecastle"

It's pronounced ˈfōksəl. Great story, but the reading was low-effort. Maybe have a sailor consult on a reading of a story about sailors.

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Putting it together

Great listen as far as story goes. If you take the book as a whole with the others it adds to the overall story really well, and brings another divine player into the picture.

Narrator was a tad monotone, and at times did not pause for viewpoint changes. So you could be listening to one story and suddenly find yourself scratching your head about how you got to another character's viewpoint.

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can't believe this is a part of sundering series!

What disappointed you about The Reaver?

everything. pure disappointment.

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Lee Byers again?

To be honest I don't like any of his books so far

What didn’t you like about Eugene H. Russell IV’s performance?

he needs to learn more about wizards of Thay before voicing one. And Umberlee. And any female character for that matter...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not that I can think of. Glad it's over.

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Nice story you’ve got there, it’d be a shame if someone crapped all over it… - Narrator

I’m sorry for the author here, the story itself is well written and compelling, characters are well developed, and is really good overall.

However,I find that the narration is abhorrent the poor pronunciation and inconsistent tonality of the reading had me constantly stopping and backing up to figure out what exactly was actually said. Basic English pronunciations were so poor that I found myself thoroughly frustrated to the point that it was difficult to keep up with the flow of the book and just made it hard to listen to… really if you can’t pronounce common English (or look up the pronunciation online) you have no business narrating.

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Terrible narration

The narration was incredibly halting and did not flow like a normal conversation. It seemed like the narrator was reading this for the first time and dictating it into a speech to text app. The weird thing is I really do like this narrator, I have listened to other books he has narrated and they were some of my favorite stories. I don't know how he messed up this badly. It almost made me not want to listen to the story at all.

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Narrator not great

The voice seemed to fit the main character very well, but the narrator is lacking in skill. Speaking very slowly, with gaps between each word, I had to speed it up by 10%. Strange pauses (or lack thereof) and strange pronunciations made me wince. Also, the narrator only had two voices: gruff man and a slightly feminine voice for everyone else. Was impossible to tell the difference between the boy and the women.

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  • 12-24-18

Fine story, bad narrator.

I struggled to finish this book because the narrator was so bad. He has a rich voice but his delivery is bad. So much so that it can be hard to tell who is talking, and the lack of breaks between scene changes makes it difficult to get what is going on