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Dark Moon

Narrated by: Homer Todiwala
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

The peaceful Eldarin were the last of three ancient races. The mystical Oltor, healers and poets, had fallen before the dread power of the cruel and sadistic Daroth. Yet in one awesome night, the invincible Daroth had vanished from the face of the earth. Gone were their cities, their armies, their terror. The Great Northern Desert was their only legacy. Not a trace remained for a thousand years....

The War of the Pearl had raged for seven years, and the armies of the four Duchies were exhausted and weary of bloodshed. But the foremost of the Dukes, Sirano of Romark, possessed the Eldarin Pearl and was determined to unravel its secrets.

Then, on one unforgettable day, a dark moon rose above the Great Northern Desert, and a black tidal wave swept across the land. In moments the desert had vanished beneath lush fields and forests, and a great city could be seen glittering in the morning sunlight. From this city reemerged the blood-hungry Daroth, powerful and immortal, immune to spear and sword. They had only one desire: to rid the world of humankind forever. Now the fate of the human race rests on the talents of three heroes: Karis, warrior woman and strategist; Tarantio, the deadliest swordsman of the age; and Duvodas the Healer, who will learn a terrible truth.

Read by Homer Todiwala.

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Great Story

This is another great story but spoiled by the delivery and mispronounced words and inconsistent use of the name of one of the lead characters

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The narrator belched

how can someone so obviously talented do such a half arsed job . the narrator burps at one point, and makes so many mistakes during reading the book it makes you wonder if English is his first language.

don't get me wrong quite a good narration in some ways but at times he obviously wasn't reading a story he was just reading a shopping list .

weird

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What a shame.

I really enjoyed this book when I read it a long time ago. Therefore I was excited to see that it had a brand new audiobook version. I've managed 4 hours but I cannot suffer it any longer. The narration is quite honestly terrible. There is absolutely zero emotion, "evil" characters are given stereotypical goblin-esque voices which create about as much malice and intent as a rock. Inflections and tone never match the scene. Timing and pacing is poor. It's just bad.

Avoid this one and just re-read the book. That is what I'm going to do.

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Good story ruined by poor narration

Poor choice of narrator really lets this story down. The most annoying factor was that the narrator gives one of the main protagonists what I can only describe as a goblin voice. I read the novel over 20 years ago and it certainly wasn't the voice I'd imagined for the character. Other voices also like characatures. I feel the narrator's style would be best suited to comedic rather than heroic fantasy. In addition, the narrator doesn't appear to have read the book before reading it aloud for the narration and you end up with situations were the tone of voice he chooses is belied by the writing, e.g. when Karis said something that the narrator read as angry, followed by the words "she said, surprised at the lack of anger in her voice" This happens more than once; and as one of the previous reviewers mention, the narrator actually belches at one point! Overall, good story, but disappointing voice acting.

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worst narration I have ever heard.

This is a great story, spoiled by the worst narration I have ever heard. Some of the pronunciations were dreadful. There
should be some form of quality control, but seems to be missing.

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great story, but not a great narration<br />

it's a good book I've read many times so was pleased to have it read to me while I potter around the house on lockdown. but the guy reading the story brings almost no life to it and it made it very hard to enjoy. I'll read the book again next time I want to enjoy the story.

ps don't let that put you off gemmel books as a lot of them are amazing and narrated really well, just not this one unfortunately.

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Appalling narration

Love the book as I love just about all David Gemmells work, but what idiot decided that Homer Todiwala would be a good narrator for this or any of Gemmells books. Did they actually get him to try out first or just gave him the job? His first language is obviously not English, mispronunciations, a really annoying nasal voice for many characters. He really butchers this story. Stick to reading this book it's far better. This is something that I've unfortunately found with Gemmells publishers/ family, whoever decides on the narrator. So many awsome books but read by too many different narrators some of mediocre talent. Very disappointed in them.

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Annoying!!!

David Gemmell is by far my favourite author!! I have read Dark Moon many times, and while I don't think it is Mr Gemmells best work, it is still superb
However, I absolutely hated the narration!!!! The reader seemed to have put all his efforts into coming up with stupid voices, and put no effort into voice tone or pacing when reading , which I found so off putting that I gave up listening. Other Gemmell audio books I have heard by other readers have been really enjoyable, but this one was awful!!!!

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One of my favourite stories..... Although.

This is one of my favourite stories by David Gemmell, unfortunately the audio version falls very short in its delivery of a few things, character intonation, mispronounced words and just a feeling of lack lustre effort from the narrator. Maybe I'm just spoilt by the likes of Sean Barrett when it comes to emotional listening. If this was anyone's introduction to the writings of Gemmell, please try one of his other books.

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Awful narration

I love this book, which I've read numerous times, but I can't stand the narrator.

Aside from the overly fake tone and awful pronunciation, there are numerous errors (saying scarred instead of scared once is forgivable, but twice in a row just makes it impossible to focus on the story)

While this isn't one of Gemmel's all time greats, it's a good story with all the characteristics you'd expect of hid work. I definitely recommend you listen to this book, but find a different recording.

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  • Marshal Harris
  • 22-05-18

I'm a HUGE David Gemmel fan.

The story here is great, but the narration is terrible. It sounds like Homer had to rerecord every sentence individually and then patch them back together. the pauses and tonal inflections are all off and tend to send confusing. Stay away from this narrator, not the author. I struggled through it, but my fandom is greater than the narrator's failures. It will not be so for many.

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  • Atalpu
  • 28-07-18

Good story, not so good narration

The story is a fine one by the late great David Gemmell. The narration, sadly, is subpar and makes it a real chore to listen to. I'm on the fence about returning the book because of it, but might struggle on. Almost all other Gemmell books, which have finally become available in the last year or so have mostly excellent narration (except for the Sigarni Hawk Queen and Rigante series). I don't know, if the money ran out for professional readers or what made them change their selection, but it's really sad. Gemmell's stories deserved better than this.

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  • pg77
  • 04-04-19

AMAZING story....worst narration ever

Another Gemmell gem….but holy hell did the narrator do his best to try and ruin it. Pretty much every paragraph of the book has an error in it. Scarred and Scared and different words believe it or not, with different meanings. Prescience is not pronounce pre-science. Sentences were read all jerks with emphasis in weird places and…my favorite….he let out a huge burp in the middle of a character voice that was not indicated in the script ….and just left it there. I’m amazed that this version of the narration even went to publication. They must have been in a rush. If you can get through it though…..Gemmell is amazing.

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  • Les
  • 25-09-18

Choppy,over enouncig narrator

Narration!!! There are looooong pauses between sentences you could drive a truck through. Words mispronounced. Voices that do not fit characters which get reused for other characters confusing the listener. Over enouncing narrator (kinda reminds me of overacting actors).

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  • Paul Billups
  • 25-03-18

Loved it

I loved it and didn't want it to end. I fell in love with the characters every last one of them. I will listen to it again.

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