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The Stone of Farewell

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 2
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Series: Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 2
Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,308 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Tad Williams' landmark epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle!

Tad Williams introduced listeners to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard in his internationally best-selling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The trilogy inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini, and defined Tad Williams as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.

Book two: Stone of Farewell

It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom.

With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

And even as Prince Josua seeks to rally his scattered forces, Simon and the surviving members of the League of the Scroll are desperately struggling to discover the truth behind an almost-forgotten legend, which will take them from the fallen citadels of humans to the secret heartland of the Sithi - where near-immortals must at last decide whether to ally with the race of men in a final war against those of their own blood.

©2005 Tad Williams (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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great story

excellent story with surprsing twists and turns. well worth the investment of my time

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Favorite Series this isn’t, but it’s a Favorite!!!

Well my favorite is LOTR. So that’s hard to beat. At first I thought this was a “typical” fantasy book: scullery boy runs from his castle in which ‘murder most foul and treachery too,’ has/is taking place. He meets a mysterious person who very helpfully doesn’t let Simon die of exposure and we’re off!
It’s so much better than any synopsis. Also, it’s really really long and well worth three credits especially as the final book of the “trilogy” was sold as two huge books, each th

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Good story. Well told, albeit very slowly.

Excellent narration. Very good character development and variety of beings. Story told very very slowly with great detail - you may like or dislike this aspect. But overall, a good listen for those who enjoy living with a story for a while.

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middle book of trilogy is middle...

While still entertaining, this one droned on a bit in parts. Still an awesome story, starting the 3rd and hoping for some good resolution!

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good sequel

narrator really makes a great story even greater
great follow up to dragon bone chair, going to download book 3 today

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Got tired of it...

I forced myself to listen to the first book, but just could not with this one. It bounced around to the different groups to try to keep them even I guess but all it did was to help me lose interest.

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Slow progression of story. Excellent narration.

The story progresses very little in this second book. The narration is very good so I stuck with it. Haven't decided if next book will be worth the time to listen

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Simon is still a whining child.

i don't like how Simon acts like a spoiled child. you would think that his up bringing would have made him tougher. he whines about things almost as much as the princess. at least she actually did live a spolied and some what sheltered life...

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A great re-read

I originally read the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy when I was in high school. As an adult I remembered loving them, but not a whole lot about the particulars of the story save the main points. Since the author decided to reboot the saga, I thought it was the perfect time to re-read the trilogy on Audible.

I’m so glad that I did. It’s been wonderful to rediscover the characters and story that feel both familiar and new. The story and writing are both good and the characters are strong and interesting.

Primary critique would be how much the author skips around between the various arcs. It gets a bit tedious to keep up with. (Especially when it switches to a character you don’t really care about just as it’s getting good in an arc you like.)

The narration is good, however I don’t particularly like the narrator’s interpretation of Sithi and Norn accents. Definitely not how I imagine they would sound when described as having a “musical” way of speaking. He basically talks in a raspy stage whisper when voicing those characters, which is the opposite of musical.

Otherwise the narration and voice acting by the narrator is very good.

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This is the way Hi-Fantasy should be done!

Rarely do I find myself so engrossed in a story that I can't take a moment to make a sandwich.

Book 2 of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn was that book.

Andrew Wincott, with his mastery of voice intonations and inflections is just mind blowing. how do you keep track?

This story is 30 hours to listen to, much like the Dragonbine Chair, but it's an absolute page turner. Top Tier Hi-Fantasy with the richest detail one could ask for. Perfection.