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Raven: Blood Eye

Raven, Book 1
Narrated by: Philip Stevens
Series: Raven (Kristian), Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

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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Absolutely fantastic

The story begins with an amnesiac lad who is adopted by an English carpenter. It is around the tenth or eleventh century when Norsemen came to trade and plunder. And they are indignant when called Danes as they are from Norway. I listen to books when undertaking mindless tasks such as ironing or weeding. I couldn’t find enough such tasks! If you love action stories, of brotherhood and warfare, you will love this book. I hated to leave it and go back to my normal routine!

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A Brilliant Start!

This story had me gripped from beginning to end. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves the tales of vikings. I can’t wait to listen to the next instalment.

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holiday reading material

loved it. it was a good follow up to the Sigurd series. I am looking forward to the next one.

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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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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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exellent

amazing story and the reader is very good. I didn't get confused with any of the characters. Well done reader.

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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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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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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!

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Enjoyable

The book is overall good, although it's a shame the author's knowledge on the Welsh is lacking. In the books, they are displayed as poor, small, mostly incompetent, but numerous. In reality, the Welsh, albeit poorer and less numerous than the Saxons, were no worse, or excelled, in other aspects. They were well known for their skill as spearmen, and especially for their archery and skirmishing. The peasantry of Wales were better equipped, skilled and experienced than the levy and peasants of the Saxons, whilst they also had more warriors by trade than Saxons per capita (Due to the more prevelant warrior culture, and greater emphasis on reputation, very similar to the Vikings), but the Saxons numerical advantage and overall greater wealth proved to even the odds throughout history. The Vikings raided and sacked England, although they were repelled numerous times by the Welsh warlords, just as they were in places like Scotland and Ireland. Its a shame the author chose the boring, and untruthful display of the Welsh, as they would have been far more interesting if shown factually, or even similar to the Arthurian style legends, being home to tales from the Mabinogion and story of Merlin. If he wanted a boogeyman type of people for the main character to come across, the Picts/Scots were much more barbaric, although still not so much as the author displayed the Welsh.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-19

Not so well made.

I read the prequel to this book first this time.
Does not seem the author did.. its full of stuff that makes no sense. That has no value and that had been extremely easy to avoid when writing these books.
Its lazy work alot of it.

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  • Keith
  • 08-03-19

Great story

wonderfully narrated, good pace, enjoyable characters... definitely worth having a listen. I have the rest of the series in my library already and look forward to hearing where the tale goes...