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Orcs

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Orcs, Book 1
Length: 24 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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Summary

Combining the acclaimed trilogy of books, Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder, and Warriors of the Tempest, plus a new short story previously only available in a small press anthology, this is the entire story of Struke and his band of Orcs. Fantasy's bad guys finally their own say in this fast moving, action packed, tongue-in-cheek tale of Orc valor and human treachery.

©2011 Stan Nicholls (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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so glad I redisovered this book

I owned this book several years ago , lent it out and never got it back. Really good book and a different view on orcs which is refreshing. Quality is good but the narrators accents can be a little overdramatic.

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Great Battles

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I really enjoyed the battles in this book. It was nice to have a book that didn't skimp or gloss over the battles.
While that was certainly the main plus on the book it also has some negatives. I did find it a bit tedious and a bit simple. I think maybe if I had listened to this when I was 15 I would of loved it. I now like something with a bit more substance. A story line with a bit more character growth. There is a huge horde of Orcs yet we only ever really know 5 of them.
If you wants nice easy listen that is full of battles and people being hit over the head with there severed arm then this is the book for you.
If your looking for great character development with many twists and turns then probably not.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strike is probably my favourite character simply for the reason he is the only one with any real character development through out the book.

Do you think Orcs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It is a good stand alone book and wraps up most questions.

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Disagree about Narrator Comment

I disagree with the other reviewers comment about the narrator.
I have heard better narrators sure, but I think John Lee is well above average.
His diction is clear and the number of times (over a very long book ;-) (thumbs up !) ) I had to rewind, were very few.
I enjoyed the book and was disapointed not to find any more 'Stan Nicolls' works on offer.
If there were and if it were narrated by John Lee, I would not hesitate.
He has also narrated some Alistair Renolds works and though the defined 'cast' in both, is limited, you can pick them out and the emotion of the writting comes through without the gush.

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Prepare to love or least like Orcs.

Loved it. Excellent listen. Well performed. Fantastically gripping old fashion romp but with Orcs. Next please.

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Orcs

Narrator was fantastic..the story was brilliant. just as I remember when reading it. a great take on the Orcs! please hurry with the next in the series!

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Read this book a while ago and just as good in aud

Amazing narration, great voices, really did the book justice and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. If you want a well narrated fantasy/military/action novel to read then read this. It really flips the conventions set by classic fantasy. Also I recommend reading the sequels.

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Really bad

The most rubbish story I have come across in years! The whole thing is bad from start to finish.

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Highly entertaining

Hugely existing sense of battle and a struggle for independence in a race we only ever read about being evil. Welcome to the orc side.

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Good old fashioned fantasy

Good old fashioned fantasy tale, well written, with good characters and well read by the actor

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Great narrator, decent story

The narrator for this audio book is very good and he does good work with the characters' voices and trying to give them each a distinct voice and accent and is overall pleasant to listen to. Biggest criticism I'd have regarding the narrator is that he has a tendency to over pronounce his 'H's, eg in words like while ( pronouncing it more like w-Hile rather than wile), but that's only something minor really.

As for the actual story, it was okay. There was nothing special about it and it didn't wow me. If anything kept me listening it was probably more down to the narrator's voice talent and his ability to give the characters a semblance of life.

I personally was also disappointed that the orcs didn't seem very orcy to me; I found them too honourable and more like a romanticised warrior race than orcs, but that's more to do with personal taste than anything so I can't really fault the author. That said, considering in this book they're reptilian, it does make you wonder why the author didn't just make up his own lizardman race rather than use the fantasy staple or orcs.

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  • LINZI
  • 23-02-14

Orcs 1 Humans 0

This book was great. There was drama, violence, humour and a really different take on the fantasy world. Seen totally from the orcs point of view, it tells the story of how the noble and honorable orcs have been abused and mistreated by the lying, evil weaslely humans throughout history. A small warband of orcs (made up of several memorable and likeable characters) fall foul of their evil mistress and are left with 2 choices (fight for their freedom or die). You'll find yourself embarrassed to be a human and cheering for the green guys by the end of this one!