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The Reaver Audiobook

The Reaver: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book IV

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Publisher's Summary

In the fourth book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Richard Lee Byers introduces Anton Marivaldi - a renowned reaver with an insatiable thirst for bounty and a moral compass that always leads him toward the evil he's never tried. Endless, pounding rain afflict the Sea of Fallen Stars and the coastal regions surrounding it. Harvests are failing, travel and trade are disrupted, and civilized forces are giving way to the deluges caused by the storms. In panic and despair, many have turned to the goddess Umberlee, Queen of the Deeps, offering her sacrifices with hope that they will be spared the inevitable reckoning of her perpetual tempest. Evendur Highcastle, undead pirate captain, risen from the depths to assume the mantle of Umberlee's Chosen, takes advantage of the people's desperation to strike for both spiritual and temporal power in her name. Vying with Highcastle for the hearts and minds of the people is Stedd Whitehorn, a little boy and the chosen of a god thought lost to time: Lathander, the Morninglord. In a time of such upheaval, Stedd’s message of renewal and hope runs in stark contrast to the savage ethos of Highcastle and his waveservants.When Anton captures the boy in order to collect Highcastle's considerable bounty, the reaver is quickly caught in the riptide caused by the sundering of worlds.

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  • lum
    singapore, Singapore
    20/03/14
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    "Good story bad delivery"

    Anton the pirate at first appears to be a villain out for profit and Umara the red wizard just a minion to her evil masters, This is a tale of finding redemption and doing what is right. Their transformation seems to happen too quickly and could have benefited from a longer development and more details but still believable and makes for an interesting story. Only issues was the narrator whose voice does not lend any sense of high adventure or epic happenings.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Grundy
    Santa Clarita, CA, United States
    05/03/14
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    "Wanted this to be great book, I may never know"
    What disappointed you about The Reaver?

    The performance was a 1 on scale of one to 10. Where a 10 is movies for the mind and a 1 is "oh God my ears are bleeding"


    If you’ve listened to books by Richard Lee Byers before, how does this one compare?

    I was too distracted by the performance. Richard, pay to have this one re-recorded.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Vocal Quality - Awesome; Pronunciation - Good; Enunciation - Good; Punctuation - yes that a word and it means something.. Thank God the Eugene had to breath or there would be an endless stream of unbroken words.


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

    I just got screwed out of my coin on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Contact a professional vocal actor, and start over.. I was eager to get back to the series, eager to escape into a fantasy world of fractious gods, powerful villains, and hero's that overcome insurmountable odds. I just could not get past the performance. I sat on a plane through 3 chapters, I had to stop listening was just too painful!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Clinton J Hillman
    Tucson, AZ, US
    28/12/16
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    ""Forecastle""

    It's pronounced ˈfōksəl. Great story, but the reading was low-effort. Maybe have a sailor consult on a reading of a story about sailors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    11/09/15
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    "Putting it together"

    Great listen as far as story goes. If you take the book as a whole with the others it adds to the overall story really well, and brings another divine player into the picture.

    Narrator was a tad monotone, and at times did not pause for viewpoint changes. So you could be listening to one story and suddenly find yourself scratching your head about how you got to another character's viewpoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anastassiya antipova-mendez
    29/06/14
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    "can't believe this is a part of sundering series!"
    What disappointed you about The Reaver?

    everything. pure disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Lee Byers again?

    To be honest I don't like any of his books so far


    What didn’t you like about Eugene H. Russell IV’s performance?

    he needs to learn more about wizards of Thay before voicing one. And Umberlee. And any female character for that matter...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not that I can think of. Glad it's over.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jesse Hazlewood
    05/12/17
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    "Robotic reading of a good story. "

    The narrator was terrible, I only finished the book because it was a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnathan Hommel
    02/12/17
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    "Good overall story, enjoyed it"

    A typical forgotten realms book. I enjoyed it, but would not be one I would re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua Phelps
    CROMWELL, KENTUCKY, US
    16/11/17
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    "Great story, horrible narrator"

    The story was really good, but the narrator made it difficult to listen to. His pronunciations of some words were off and he sounded like a robot. My 6 year old reads more smoothly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zac
    14/09/17
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    ""Struggle" doesn't begin to describe this title."

    If Eugene H. Russell IV used his voice for action/thriller movie previews, I would be in full support. Although, as a narrator for a fantasy novel consisting of a number of characters from all over the realm, I hate to say, Eugene's two tone variations just can't cut it.

    I fought, from beginning to end, to differentiate the voice of a character to just the narrator. By the end, it occurred to me that Eugene only has two tone variations: Narrator/Anton/most other male characters and then Everyone else... It seemed as though Eugene was either adding punctuation where there was none, or disregarding it all together. Pauses in mid-sentence, awkward inflections, making comments sound like questions, and just all around tones that don't fit the scenario.

    I hate to be unnecessarily negative, but were I not already this far into the series, I would just give up here. The narration was dismal at best and the story was, well, just okay.

    I've followed this series ever since discovering the stories of Erevis Cale, which led me to The Gateway to Sembia series where he was introduced. Following that to the Erevis Cale trilogy, then the Twilight War saga, I was then led to The Sundering, where Cale's story would continue. I enjoyed The Gateway to Sembia series and really liked the feel of having multiple authors all come together. While I haven't finished this series yet, The Reaver has been by far the least entertaining. That fact may have simply been caused by my distaste for the narrator and it may be worth picking up a physical copy. However, after all the adventures I've experienced throughout these series, pirates and vampires just seem so... basic. I'm not sure what it is, but this book just doesn't feel like it belongs in the same universe as all the rest. Of course it shares similarities in species and places, but being all about pirates, vampires, and undead just felt uncreative.

    That being said, I'm interested to see how this series comes together like The Gateway to Sembia did. With as unrelated as each of these titles have seemed, it will be interesting to see how they really tie together. All I can do from here is continue on in hopes that Eugene H. Russell IV has no part in what is to follow...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    18/08/17
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    "Mo-no-to-ne e-nun-ci-a-ti-on"

    The story was probably better than rated, and the narrators voice has the promise of being good. However. The way he enunciate the words, such as enunciating the silent consonants, like the G in wrong, is just wronG and annoying enough to properly enjoy and focus on the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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