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Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Page
Series: Lord of the Isles, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

With Lord of the Isles, David Drake returns to fantasy with a towering and complex epic of heroic adventure in an extraordinary and colorful world where the elemental forces that empower magic are rising to a thousand-year peak.

In the days following an unusually severe storm, the inhabitants of a tiny seaport town travel toward romance, danger, and astonishing magic that will transform them and their world.

©1997 David Drake (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Higuchi
  • 06-04-13

The start of an epic

Well told story told in the classic fantasy style of myth, magic, and mayhem. Michael Pages does a great reading creating distinct characters as he introduces us to the Lord of the Isles saga. David Drake lays out a solid foundation to build his world. Great ear candy if your looking for a good fantasy tale.

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  • John
  • 08-11-14

Fantasy Popcorn at its Best

I first read this book in 2008, and perhaps have listened to it 3 times since. The characters are all wonderfully fleshed out and the culture and history of the isles the book is named for has a depth and detail I dont think I've seen in anyone but KJ Parker's novels. The only thing discerning readers might gripe about is the magic and the way it's used to solve basically every problem the characters face, invariably without them understanding precisely how they manage to get past every obstacle. but the internal monologue afforded to each character, their overall proactive approach to the events they face, and the deft narration all work towards a satisfying and entertaining story of good vs evil where the heroes triumph in the face of catastrophe and tragedy. I recommend the entire series to anyone who wants a good read. Drake's best work!

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  • Professor Lust
  • 25-11-13

Epic Fantasy-Lite

Where does Lord of the Isles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its decent. It deserves more of a 3.5 star rating than a 4 but it didn't deserve a 3 star. The strength is in its pacing which is quick and requires close attention from the listener.

Drake does not spend as much time in characterization as authors such as Robert Jordan or GRRM. However, in doing so he also avoid the traps that Robert Jordan and GRRM both fall into which is repetitive characterizations that get really boring when you're binge listening.

What other book might you compare Lord of the Isles to and why?

This can be considered a lighter version of Robert Jordan.

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  • Edward I
  • 08-11-19

Epic.

As excellent as I remember it being. One of the best epic fantasies, and the first time I encountered it I didn't believe there would be any more good epic fantasy! (Obviously I was wrong.)

The narration is adequate. It doesn't subtract from the book but it doesn't add anything either.

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  • Paul B Estrada
  • 24-03-18

An epic to rival the Wheel of Time

It's upsetting when you finish a great series like the Sword of Truth, the Wheel of Time, or the Lord of the Rings and don't know where to go next. I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series. I love the way that the main characters who come from humble beginnings maintain a strong sense of morality in an otherwise corrupt world.
The narrator does a wonderful job of making each character come alive with their own unique personality.

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  • Maela D. Miller
  • 07-03-15

Good narrator, poor story

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The story just has no depth. It's hard to follow and the characters are plastic. I quit on chapter 12. Then decided to give it another try for lack of anything else but gave up again on chapter 19, Just nothing to keep my attention.

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  • Randy
  • 07-04-14

Hard to follow with little to keep your attention

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Deeper story hooks. I felt there was nothing of any substance to keep my attention to the point I only listened to it because I purchased it.

Has Lord of the Isles turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. Even as poorly entertaining as this audio book, and the whole series, have been I will continue to listen.

How could the performance have been better?

I'm not sure anything could have been done to improve the performance of this series. I feel it was poorly read but I believe that was the story and not the reader.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment for sure.

Any additional comments?

If you are still considering listening to this series please only get the first book before getting the whole series. It could be I was just looking for something more like a Robert Jordan or Salvatore type read.

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  • Steve
  • 10-05-13

Confusing, bloody, poorly read.

This book was very confusing and annoying. It switches about every chapter between three groups of characters. The groups are similar enough (he-man and girl) that it takes a while to figure out which group he is talking about now. That doesn't get better as you go along. It just gets very annoying!
Another bad part is the bloody animal and human sacrifices. You have throats cut and blood spurting. It's really disgusting. David Drake also talks about how there is no morality, and what is past is past. Nooo we wouldn't wand to judge anyone would we?

The reading: There is a female character that Michael Page has to read. He completely fails with a tortured high male voice. It's revolting. Fail!

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