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Only for those who know the world

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-19

Some warnings: I would only recommend this to those who know their Games Workshop world and history. I’ve listened to close to a hundred fantasy audiobooks (not GW ones) and this was the first that made me feel completely lost at times as I haven’t played any Warhammer for about 25 years.
Also: the last of the 5 chapters is an hour of interviews with the cast and crew. I actually really enjoyed this, especially hearing from Toby Longworth who, while only having a few lines in this book, is one of my top audiobook narrators so it was good to hear about the man himself.

All of this aside, the story itself is fairly basic. The performances go a long way to make up for this, and Brian Blessed certainly lives up to his top billing. If you think he’s just that shouty man, this is a good chance to hear so proper acting. That said, there is a lot of quality Brian shouting!

Very enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Much better than the previous one (which I found both slow and hard to follow at times due to all the various sorcerers). This part of the Witcher’s tale is more fun, more interesting, more emotional and generally better. The performance is, as ever, first-rate.

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Good book; excellent performance.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-18

The book itself is very good in places but overall I didn’t love it. However, Anton Lesser’s performance is one of the best I’ve listened to in 3 years of audiobooks. Just wonderful.

Great story; poor narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I love Brandon Sanderson. This, his first published novel, is perhaps more basic than Mistborn or The Stormlight Chronicles, but it’s still a good listen.

Or it would be if the narration was better. Do yourself a favour: listen to this on x1.25 speed. It doesn’t sound speeded up - it’s sounds MORE natural than at x1 speed. I just wish Michael Kramer and Kate Reading had done this one too!

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Love it love it love it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Book 3 of my favourite audiobook series and it doesn’t disappoint. A couple of minor niggles with the reading (they still can’t agree on how to pronounce everything) but in general it’s another triumph.

Give it time...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - if they liked fantasy novels. This has some fairly standard fantasy themes: farm boys with a great destiny; a terrifying Dark Lord; mysterious strangers with complex pasts; lots of references to the myths and legends of the world in which the book is set. But it's all done very well.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Eventually, Michael Kramer is excellent. I've listened to other books he's read (the outstanding Stormlight saga) and he can be brilliant. However, for some reason he's terrible for the first couple of hours of this: too fast, and incredibly monotone. By the end however he's back on form. Kate Reading doesn't get much to do in this one, but she's still as good as usual.