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The Redemption of Althalus Audiobook

The Redemption of Althalus

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Publisher's Summary

Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Listeners have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy....

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat - a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess. She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other. Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the listening and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.

©2000 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Gwen1818 09/08/2013
    Gwen1818 09/08/2013

    Layla

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    "I remember the other version as better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I got this audiobook thinking it was the original version I had years ago, sadly lost. Ok so the narrator is better he didn't instill the Norse esque feeling I got from the other narrator who inisisted on talking in a funny pretend Norse accent for allof the characters. Personal opinion only


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Holland’s performances?

    yes.he wasn't bad except for his Scottish ish accent


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Crockett Bolton 17/06/2013
    Iain Crockett Bolton 17/06/2013 Member Since 2017

    Old Crock

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    "a hackneyed and pedestrian tale."

    I am a great fan of Devid Eddings and was looking forward to re- entering his world but something has happened to his writing in the last 10 years . The writing is good and easy to read as you would expect, but where are the characters, where are the plots and sub plots- I managed 6 hours of this tale before giving up - the first audio book I have not been able to finish. I have 3 reasons for this. I. The tale is simple and linear with no surprises and progresses at a very slow snails pace. The main character is locked in a house for thousands of years and it really felt like it! You have to care about the main character fo engage in the tale of his life but he is a hackneyed stereotype cobbled together from previous stories. Finally the narator is to scottish accents what dick van dyke is to cockeys!!.. I cannot recommend this book and am disappointed I contributed to its No 1 bestseller strap line.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jude Malcomson 11/12/2014
    Jude Malcomson 11/12/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "A series in itself"
    What made the experience of listening to The Redemption of Althalus the most enjoyable?

    Eddings is one of my favourite authors, but Althalus is by far the most fun of all the works. It's effectively a series within a single book, and has the freshness present in the Belgariad, but combined with the depth of the Younger Gods. Lots of fun, full of interesting characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

    The biblical-style passages are fun.


    What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Audio books in general allow you to work whilst reading. Awesome!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Exeter 07/09/2014
    Aimee Exeter 07/09/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Creative, Magical, A must read"
    Would you listen to The Redemption of Althalus again? Why?

    Yes I love the story line although in parts the narrator is a little boring, and seem to lose interest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

    The bit when he find the house at the edge of the world and starts to learn the truth


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not completely it took me two days in parts the narrator seem to make me feel he was not interested in reading this book but having read it myself and loving Eddings others I wanted to hear it through


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dom 01/01/2015
    Dom 01/01/2015
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    "amazing story, very averagely told."

    the plot of this book is second to none, but the narrator users rather dodgy accents to differentiate beten characters and it does soul the immersion slightly. i would recommend reading this book first, then listening to the audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs S 19/07/2013
    Mrs S 19/07/2013

    suepolly

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    "A good read and now on audio"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Compelling read ~ hard to put down ditto with the audio version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emmy - of course - keep em guessing at all times - I love it!


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    24/05/2017
    24/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    brilliant story, pretty good narrator, although he makes several characters from different countries all sound a bit like the stereotypical Transylvania vampire, but you get used to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STARSKYDOG 16/02/2017
    STARSKYDOG 16/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "well worth a go"

    once you get passed the terroble accenrs the book is very enjoyable . give it atrt

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    PhoenixS 16/12/2016
    PhoenixS 16/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic"

    I loved reading this book growing up.
    I've had the experience of falling in love with it all over again as an audible.
    The narrator is fantastic at bringing the characters to life.
    I enjoyed this immensely.

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    Andreas 23/09/2016
    Andreas 23/09/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story, adequate narrator."

    The headline says it all but if I am to expand upon it I would probably say this:

    I read this story once when I was a child and loved it, coming back to now about 15 years later, I find it to be an old friend I'd lost.
    Yes, the writing and story is somewhat simple but it is a good simple that invite most minds to listen.
    The narrator on the other hand have this strange french sounding accent for most characters, it's not that much of a bother but from time to time my mind grabbed on to it and it was like an itch you can't reach.
    Other than that he performed well giving most characters an easily distinguishable voice most of them feeling quite fitting.

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  • Michele Briere
    Arizona
    03/05/15
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    "Meh..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cut out most of it. Lots of pointless, boring scenes.


    What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

    They seemed to have a format for all their stories, and they followed the same format which makes all the stories sound alike with only names changed. They needed to break out of their self-imposed box.


    What didn’t you like about Dennis Holland’s performance?

    Althalus is supposed to be an illiterate, yet good natured thief but his voice is that of an aristocrat, bad Scottish accent for another set of people, and a third group who sound as though they came from Transylvania.


    Was The Redemption of Althalus worth the listening time?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cherie
    north valley stream, NY, United States
    09/01/15
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    "Finally a decent narrator for an eddings book!"
    Would you listen to The Redemption of Althalus again? Why?

    I've read it several times before - it's a great book - I bought the audiobook for fun. The other books by Davide Eddings I have on audio have pretty poor narration - this one jumps up to being a good job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

    This is a book of really getting to know the characters and seeing the ensemble interact, it's one of the things Eddings does best and it's showcased very nicely here.


    What about Dennis Holland’s performance did you like?

    Nothing was disturbing or annoying in the performance, which is a good thing. There are a few narrators who actually enhance a book, I wouldn't say that about this one, but it doesn't detract either.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ken
    calgary, AB, Canada
    03/12/13
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    "The story is amazing"

    Althalus is a thief, but in the end he is a hero. how does this happen, easy when the gods use you as the champion.

    Althalus has the greatest luck being a theif, that is until he decides to look at civilization and his luck sours, we all have off days after all. but when he comes home his luck stays bad. after visiting his friends and relaxing a stranger comes in and offers him a easy job. or so we though.

    the Eddings team does it again but this time writing it all in one book. the growth, challenges and dilemmas come together

    I did not like the performance of Dennis Holland, he does not have the range of vocal talent needed. all you can do to tell the difference between the ladies is the horrible accent and the cadence of there speech. the men where not much better. It made it hard to enjoy a great piece of work

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Hayward, CA, United States
    19/09/13
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    "Too Easy for Althalus"
    What disappointed you about The Redemption of Althalus?

    There seems to be no real problems for the heroes of the story. They just go along, and everything is either provided, or just works out fine. Nobody causes them any real trouble and anything they need they just get. It's all too easy and becomes boring. I unfortunately got so bored that I stopped partway through the book. Maybe it became more interesting later?


    What could David Eddings and Leigh Eddings have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I've really enjoyed other Eddings' novels - I read through the Belgariad and the Ruby Knight series, and what I really enjoyed was how there was difficulty and then how that difficulty was overcome.
    Give Althalus some problems. At least make him hunt food and cook it, or go hungy instead of just saying, "beef" and having cooked beef appear.


    What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the vocal variety for the different charactars.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Redemption of Althalus?

    I didn't actually get all the way through.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Neely
    Alger, MI, United States
    15/08/13
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    "Worst written book I have ever seen"
    Would you try another book from David Eddings and Leigh Eddings and/or Dennis Holland?

    The level of writing and the story are awful. I enjoyed previous books but this was a poor effort


    What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

    Bad story, poorly developed characters, no conflict, bad dialogue, repetitive to the point it was distracting and pointless


    What aspect of Dennis Holland’s performance would you have changed?

    He didn't stand a chance with such poor material. The story was painful to listen to and some of the accents and character depictions were very bad


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    22/04/17
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    "A must read, Ive worn the spine on my hard copy. "

    One of those rare books that you have to keep re- reading. I could read it "any when"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    16/03/17
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    "awesome story and good narrations"

    the story is pretty interesting and the narration is very rich with different voices for different groups of people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Salem, OR, United States
    03/01/17
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    "I love this story"
    If you could sum up The Redemption of Althalus in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi/fantasy story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the overall story about gods and people that interact with them. Also about how a human of sketchy character and a god influence each other.


    What three words best describe Dennis Holland’s voice?

    not my favorite but okay


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Marietta, GA
    30/12/16
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    "Finally ! awesomeness."

    really enjoyed. just enough of everything to keep it interesting and fun. Greg characters. I love them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ami
    United States
    04/12/16
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    "Better than expected"

    I have loved the book for many years. I have several of Endings other books and really like that narrator. This narrator is just as good his voices add so much to the story. I can see the story in my head as he reads it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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