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Dark Moon

Narrated by: Homer Todiwala
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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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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Poor

Very poor narration, lots of mispronunciations but on the bright side it was nice to see black adders lord flashheart appear as vint.

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great story...poor narration

every mispronounced word or silent gap in the middle of a. sentance made me wince and dragged me out the tale. which was a real shame

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Great book

I loved the story, narration was really terrible he mispronounced several words consistently and burped!

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  • Warwickshire, England
  • 29-06-18

Good book, terrible narrator

This was one of my favourite Gemmell books when I was younger, so I was really looking forward to rediscovering it in audiobook form. Sadly the narrator really lets the story down. He makes really bizarre choices for lots of the voices and regular mispronounces basic English words. I hate to leave a negative review like this, but it really did spoil my enjoyment of the book. All of the narrators for the other Gemmell books at far superior thankfully!

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One of My faves

I have loved this book since I first read it in my early 20's. I thought I would give it a go on audio format, I wasn't disappointing at all. The narrater was brilliant (he does lose a star though as some of his pronunciations where way off) although this never affected the story. Brilliant to listen to as well as read.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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).