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Darksiders: The Abomination Vault

Narrated by: Bob Walter
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they seek to unearth a plot that could plunge all of Creation into chaos!

Ages before the events of Darksiders and Darksiders II, two of the feared Horsemen - Death and War - are tasked with stopping a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault: a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing an end to the uneasy truce between Heaven and Hell ... but only by unleashing total destruction.

Created in close collaboration with the Darksiders II teams at Vigil and THQ, Darksiders: The Abomination Vault gives an exciting look at the history and world of the Horsemen, shining a new light on the unbreakable bond between War and Death.

©2012 Ari Marmell (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Fantastic

This franchise is dear to me, and i’d already read the book several years ago but listening to this version and a Bob Walter’s narration truly brought it to life. It’s wonderfully gripping, and a brilliant edition to a truly fascinating franchise.

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Good shit

love darksiders universe and this book made crave even more from the the darksiders franchise

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Sweet, Sweet Death

A nice story filled with Lore from the amazing world of Darksiders. The actions and portrait of the characters closely matches the ones crafted within the games. Especially Death. War seems a tin bit out of character at times but could very well be chucked up to him acting more on edge during the events of Darksiders I. The story is compelling, seems to be weighty enough to matter towards the rest of the series and, moreover, polishes the bond between War and Death that is explored in Darksiders II. The voice actor does an amazing job at contouring the characters in their brightest colours. Would most definitely recommend.

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excellent prequel world building

This is an excellent prequel to the games series and a great jump.inn point for people new to the franchaise,story and characters are all fleshed out and the world rich with lore.

narator has a slightly annoying pause and flow while reading but that's a minor niggle.

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DARKSIDERS THE ABOMINATION VAULT

For story that takes place before both of the games it is amazing they nail all the right characters and use in game mechanics in such a unique way. If you played any of the games like me WAR and DEATH characters are perfect there will be moments where you will laugh, cry or yell out hell yeah in this story.

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Some of my favourite moments are WAR storming the white City DEATH realising what did to WAR and the ending.











The Narrator was amazing nailing DEATH and WAR voices perfectly best to listen to this is in chunks I say

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Love Darksiders lore?Awesome!Listen and Immerse.💀

Its pure darksiders, through n through. Great voice work , wished there was a little more backgound audio for diffrent locations. I enjoyed the deep effort to expand the Lore and Characters that connect with the games, especially in such a different time and era. ✌🏾

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Can't express how impressed I am

First I want to say that Bob did amazing job narrating his book.
The story gives much needed insight to the background of the characters, the overall story and universe. Characters are described richly, even in the slightest movements, and in the same way that they appear in the games (the ones that are there), which made the audiobook very easy to get myself totally absorbed in. Though itself has very little related to the games' story - which is absolutely not a bad thing, as it gives a different kind of angle to the universe.

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  • Ms. Rocki & Fam.
  • 24-05-13

Meet snarky Death and his deadly secrets.

Darksiders: The Abomination Vault is a gem of a story for all Darksiders fans to read and enjoy. You get a in-depth view of the horseman Death, who is a very snarky, lethal sonavabitch. A dark character with an ever darker past.

While the story happens long long LONG before the Darksiders game timeline, it lays down some precedences that may explain some of the who/what/why's for the game. The book has an interesting lot of characters from the high heavens to the depths of hell...many of which we are already familiar with such as Azrael, Abaddon, Uriel, and the Crowfather. And we meet new characters such as Panoptos (of which the watchers are based from) and The Keeper of Oblivion, whom I hope we meet again in the future.

Ari Marmell did a marvelous job fleshing out the characters in the book, especially with Death. I only hope he will write more Darksiders books in the future. His stories are rich enough for me to continue to enjoy the Darksiders universe, regardless if we get another game or not.

Bob Walter did an excellent job narrating and performing the story. His rendition of Death is just right with its feralness and inflections, similar to the game. Since Death is the lead character of the story, one can forgive the softer voice of War. Once you're lost in the story, it won't matter at all.

Oh, Death, Death, Death. You snarky feral sonofabitch. You freaking steal this story long and wide. Death is what makes the reading/listening The Abomination Vault so outstanding, regardless if you played the game or not.

War takes second place, but is still a major character. He gets some marvelous moments of his own in the book that War fans will enjoy. Strife and Fury also make appearance, but their parts are small.

But Death...dammit...he steals all the scenes. Greedy bastard, LOL.

If you're a fan of Darksiders, you will enjoy this audio book. Get it.

If you're a fan of dark fantasy, but have never played the game, you will also enjoy The Abomination Vault. Ari does a great job with his writing that you do not need to have played the game to still enjoy a great story. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Daniel
  • 25-01-19

Great story, mediocre narration

The story itself was intetesting, especially if your a fan of the lore, but the narrator was very unemotional in his inflections. He was slightly better then monotone, but the inflections used didn't match the characters emotions or thoughts. It was like listening to a middle school book report. He knew that he needed some inflections, he just used the same one for everything.

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  • Sixtywatt
  • 21-10-16

Shatner?

Loved the story! Hated the performance. Dude read like William Shatner talks and his character voices were way off from the source material even though I know he could have done better. His meter was halting and stumbling the whole way and it drove me nuts.

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  • Jorge
  • 27-07-16

AMAZEBALLS!!!!!

I wish there were more books, video games and movies based on darksiders. it could be a series even better than game of thrones

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  • cvrt-1
  • 24-09-12

heaven hell and everything else.

Where does Darksiders: The Abomination Vault rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a pretty great book for anything who's played the games.

Who was your favorite character and why?

deatlh is my favorite character. He has a depth I'd never expect. As a man in this mid thirties I feel like I can identify with his regrets..

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I couldn't stop listening. Death and war have a complex relationship that keeps our lives the way we want them.

Any additional comments?

If you you play the games. Read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-19

To much describing!

I found hard to follow this book, because the autor describes almost every step the character makes. The good parts were conversations between characters, because there is no long descriptions that put pause on story,

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  • 3gun Love
  • 03-11-19

Great Story, Great Characters Great Novel

Out of the box story, Done well and true to Darksiders.
There is nothing about this novel I didn't like, I just wanted to read more this is an epic world with tons to explore.

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  • Trevor
  • 25-07-19

Didn't want to stop listening! A Masterpiece!

Awesome story, detailed and witty! the narrator's voice was excellent for this particular work and I was compelled to continue each time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-19

The Narrator forced too much

Reads way too fast for his own narration and everything is forced out of one breath. Makes immersion almost impossible.

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  • Taurino
  • 22-07-19

Superbly performed

Enjoyed it immensely; eagerly waiting for any future books in this series appearing sooner rather than later.