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Raven: Blood Eye Audiobook

Raven: Blood Eye: Raven, Book 1

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian, read by Philip Stevens.

The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land.

For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea ransack his village, Osric finds himself taken prisoner by their chief, Sigurd the Lucky.

Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a deep bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood and a young man must become a killer to survive....

©2017 Giles Kristian (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    TheFluffyViking UK 23/01/2018
    TheFluffyViking UK 23/01/2018 Member Since 2012
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    "Fab!"

    I love this book. I read it first on my Kindle a couple of years ago, and thought I'd get it on audible as well. The narrator is extremely good, his enunciation clear, and he gives a good account of the widely differing characters, letting the listener feel more involved in the story, rather than just read the words off a page with no emotion. My only only bone to pick with this narrator is that he mangles many of the Norse names, like Øystein and Håkon. I realise that audiobook production is extremely labor intensive in many ways, but I feel he could have done a better job by 'asking around' and at least do some research on these (to many) un-pronunceable names. I know another author whose audiobook narrator did just that, and this is why I'm disappointed in Stevens' performance and apparent lack of research. Other than this issue, I love the story. It has all my favourite parts in it, like seemingly hopeless and lost battles with blood, guts, and limbs lopped off, disemboweling and beheading. And love. just a little, not too much. Fill your boots.

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    Roy 13/02/2018
    Roy 13/02/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "An Epic Saga in the classical style"

    As an admirer of the Vikings and lover of the saga you eventually, inevitably feel that you have read every combination and construction of situations for heros tovfind themselves in and escape from. especially in a loved series.
    The hallmark of the truely great writers of this genre is that, when launching a new series and hero, they leave the lisener sorry the pleasure of the tale has ended eager for it's continuation.
    However in the world of Audi books even great works can be deminished by bad narration. It was to be said that in this book neither author nor narrator disappoint on any level

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    Anthony Paul Hammonmd 12/02/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "A Master writer and Storyteller of Old."

    A Master Writer and a Storyteller of Old both of who draw you into Ravens adventures, keeping you coming back for more and by Odin you will.

    Stories I will never tire of, Raven, Jarle Sigurd and the sea wolves fast becoming a firm favourite for my whole family.

    THANK YOU SO SO MUCH.

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    valkyrie1008 21/01/2018
    valkyrie1008 21/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely Bloody Brilliant!"

    Loved every minute of it and to hear so many superb sarcastic witty insults and sooo many kennings was a real treat. Loved it as a book and I love Giles words and Philips storytelling skills even more as an audiobook.

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    ben 02/01/2018
    ben 02/01/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Is it me or is the name Raven goofy?"

    The first trilogy Giles Kristian done was amazing, character set up was great and characters had compelling motives and you hated the character you was meant to and love the Nordic anti-hero's. This book falls sort of the mark. This is why, it written from the perspective of a no-body who bumps in to Sigurd his original crew in England. The hole book is spent setting up this character who is boring and gets the nick name of Raven.... What happen to Sigurd's and crew after the last trilogy? You will not find out here and most the book is Raven going off on a solo mission then at the last minute when all seem lost Sigurd and crew come in to save him.... wish they left Raven to die. Story boiled down to Raven went here and found he could fight well, lost Sigurd and crew fight for a bit and being sad that he think Sigurd is dead then.... Sigurd comes to save the day. This happen 2 or 3 time. Villains motives were silly and boiled down to "I want to make loads of money and I will conspire to kill both my children to do it even tho there is no reason why I could do the same thing without kill them or getting Sigurd and Crew to do it for me...." I wil give the next book a try as the First book was soo good I hoping the story picks up. And if it wasn't for the First books I would have given this book a 3 star for story. It feels half baked.

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    Raven Mad 28/10/2017
    Raven Mad 28/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "RAVEN (at last)"

    Well that was worth the wait! What a book, what a story! Hardback, paperback, Kindle and now Audible edition; have them all, never without access to Raven, the book that brought me back to reading. Brilliant!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    trevor 28/01/2018
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    "Excellent read"

    This tale of Raven and his adventures with Sigurd is an excellent tale a must to be read

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    JS Slough, United Kingdom 03/12/2017
    JS Slough, United Kingdom 03/12/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Let down by narrator"

    Quite a well written storyline, although at times it was a bit tricky to keep abreast of it. No reflection on the writer; it was the narration that was problematic. From the outset I realised this was going to be an issue. I had to re-start at least 3 times to be able to discern what was said at the introduction.

    The narrator’s voice tended to drop to a very low timbre at the end of sentences, so you could not hear what he’d actually said. This occurred so often that it affected my comprehension in parts. I persevered to the end though to find much later on it improved a bit.

    Regret having to give it 3 stars on the basis of poor narration!

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    Sean 01/12/2017
    Sean 01/12/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    Thoroughly recommended. Right mix of story and action.
    The characters have life and catch the interest in future exploits

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    Si 23/11/2017
    Si 23/11/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic doesn't cut it"

    I listened to the Sigurd trilogy before these as they were available before the raven trilogy and it made me appreciate this more as a result!

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