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Sword in the Storm

Rigante, Book 1
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)
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Summary

Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods. But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that will change the world beyond all recognition. Haunted by malevolent spirits and hunted by evil men, Connavar sets out on a spectacular mission to save his people.

From the master of the genre, this is a tale of love and honour, friendship and courage, as Gemmell explores the intriguing worlds of Celtic myth and earth magic.

©1998 David Gemmell (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Great story. Narration is somewhat discordant.

Have been looking forward to the release of the Rigante series for a while. I've always loved the books and was hoping it would be read by the same narrator as the Drenai series.

Sadly, the narrator is awful and seems to pick the worst accents possible. I don't really understand the choice of a female narrator either, most of the characters are men. It's a fairly male centric storyline. Its all a bit strange.

Dissapointed.

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The best

The finests finest. This is David Gemmel at his very best. If you read this I garauntee that you all be hooked.

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casting is awkward, great story

I would have liked a male Scottish reader, it's decent but not sure about the casting or pronunciation of Celtic words... she performed well enough, but wasn't as smooth as I'd have liked

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  • Mark T
  • Midlands, UK
  • 05-01-18

Excellent!

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I am a die hard Gemmell fan and read each and every one as they were released throughout the 80's, 90's and 00's. Having finished the audiobook Drenai saga, and being very comfortable with Sean Barrett's voice, I was sceptical about a female narrating the Rigante stories but hats off to Adjoa Andoh. Marvellous job, in my opinion. Her voice is very easy to listen to and, although her accents are based more in Bristol than the highlands, I soon found her storytelling very engaging. By the time I had finished the Rigante series I'd put her on par with Sean Barratt and above Christian Rodska whose accents in the Shannow trilogy were all over the shop in my opinion.Superb, I will re listen at some point.

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Disappointed by the Southern Narration.

Having ready this book and the rigante series many years ago I looked forward to relaxing and listening to it via Audible. However I was truly disappointed when I heard the Narration. I do not have issues with Adjoa in that a female is reading this, not how I would expected this to be, but nevertheless fine by me. Where I do have an issue is in the portrayal of Con, who to all intents and purposes is from the North and the most likely a Scot or even north of England. To portrait him however with a south West accent flung me from the start and to be honest I never really recovered throughout the entire book. The character became a bit unreal to me. I always envisaged Con to be a strong and quite a commanding personality, well not to me with that accent. Sorry folks, disappointed to the point where I am uncertain if I want to hear about Bane if his voice /accent are along the same lines. Can certainly live with a southern accent for the Drenai novels but surely a book with quotes Highlands, Highland cattle and the 'pipes' must surely be based in the North. We all know who David was eluding to in the tribes and people's in this book.

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Great story......wrong narrator

I have loved this story and its sequels for years. but why choose a woman to narrate when the majority of the lead characters are male and based upon Celtic clans. Her narration of events is smooth, easy on the ear and emotive. The voices she gives to the characters are just jar on the senses, are odd and and at times hard to follow.

This feels like an unnecessary combination of artistic freedom and PC resulting in a a good story spoilt

A shame really as I will not now buy the sequels.

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Only ever going to give a DG novel 5 stars BUT a

A female narrator for a book of 99% male characters - absolute brain dead idea - most of the time she sounds like a member of ello ello or the female version of Hinge & Bracket. 11 chapters in and my irritation is still running strong.

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Good story - wrong reader

I just couldn’t get into this story. The reader wasn’t the right fit for it. I lost interest.
I had however, also got the Kindle version and one day decided to give it a try. It’s a brilliant story and I really enjoyed that version. I would never have thought the reader could make that much difference.

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Brilliantly Read

Loved this version of the book, really well read and produced, difficult to turn off.

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Book 1 of this series

It's only been a few months since I picked my first David Gemmell book up. What a mistake that was. Perhaps not in the way some may take it to mean. I read the complete collection of the Drenai books & now I'm hooked on another set of David Gemmell books. I don't like to know to much going into a book, I like to be surprised & entertained and so prefer to say. Another great book by David Gemmell, and I hope you decide to have a read.

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  • Michael O
  • 24-11-17

My favorite series but disappointed in narrator

I feel they should have used a better narrator. This lady made Banuin sound like the count from Sesame Street.

Now that I have gotten through most of the book, the narrator really ruined the accents in this story for me. I always had in my head Scottish and English accents. I don't know why she made the stone people sound like they're from Transylvania

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  • Caitlin
  • 11-12-17

Female narrator?!?

The Regante series is amazing! Possibly David Gemmells best. However, you have to question the judgment of using a female voice actor to read a book with primarily male characters. Adjoa Andoh has a nice voice and tells the story portion well. She simply shouldn't have been cast for this story. The Dialog between male characters is terrible! Someone with a very nice feminine voice just can't mimic gruff male warriors. She struggles to add so much base that the words come out choppy and all emotion is lost from her delivery. I ended up finishing the book because I love the story. I found it helps to think of the dialog as being so bad that it is funny.

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  • Jason Daniel
  • 01-11-18

Too many reviews bashing the narrator

Always been a big fan of Gemmel and was excited to see the Rigante series on Audible. However, I very nearly did not get this book because of the reviews of the narrator, which would have been too bad.

Admittedly, it took me a bit to get used to hearing a woman narrator of the many male characters, mostly because I am all too used to listening to men narrating books. I also realized that I have never had a problem with the numerous men narrators voicing female characters, often very badly, in so many books (what does that say about me, right!). I have to say that this narrator was far better at men's voices than most male narrators of women's voices.

After about the first 30 minutes, I fell into her narration, she did a great job, mixing voices and accents quite well and I easily got lost into the rhythm of her narration and felt the book to be better for her skill.

I am glad that I got this book and will look forward to Adjoa Andoh's narration over the series.

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  • Bernard C
  • 25-07-18

Excellant all around!

This is a well-written storyline and tale of what seems to be a believable fantasy based on historical mythology? The narrator, Adjoa Andoh, is spectacular with her diction and voices. Looking forward to Rigante II and others in the series.

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  • Atalpu
  • 18-12-17

Great story, abysmal narration

Where does Sword in the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Little needs to be added to the comments concerning the story by the late great David Gemmell. I personally love it very much and was thrilled to be able to own the audiobooks of all his stories.

How could the performance have been better?

The above being said, I cannot for the life of me imagine who would have come up with the idea of having a female narration to this cycle of stories about the Rigante as being necessary or at least adding anything positive to the experience. Adjoa Andoh is by no means a bad narrator, but she is certainly the wrong narrator. Not only is the main character a guy named Sword in the Storm but the book is also a fantasy novel aimed at men. Yet, as I could eventually warm to her narration, there is one thing she cannot deliver: her pronunciation of the Rigante names and places and whatnot is to my ears jarring, cringeworthy and just plain wrong. These names need to be spoken with a gruffness and, you know, pronounced properly. Intonation and tempo is in any language an integral part what makes it so beautiful. Here, the names are just fluffy where they should be loaded with strength and portent. Has anyone involved in the production bothered to take a listen to the last book called Stormrider as narrated by Christopher Kay? There we have many of the names popping up again from the earlier books and he's spot on.

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  • Andrew Little
  • 23-11-17

Why get a woman wtf

Why would you get a woman to read a classic that is narrated by a man in the story. I hope this wasn’t one of Stella’s ideas

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  • Michael l
  • 25-10-18

I've read many complaints

About a woman reader and in the beginning I agreed, but after finishing the book I believe it no man could of done better. Being a man myself have the right to opinion and i will never judge someone again by the opinions of others. Great fantastic book and reader. thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

The story is far better than the narrator.

Story is excellent, narrator isn’t so great.
The bulk of the story is well read...just every “speaking” part is slightly painful to listen to.
I am quite new to audible, but wish RC Bray had read this. Only now am I understanding the absolute importance of the choice of narrator in this medium. Of course had Rc Bray narrated it, the Rigante would have to be facing a horde of Zombies, which clearly would be awesome. Why are there no books set in fantasy medieval type times with warriors facing a post zombie apocalypse?..going to write one now....imagine Excalibur being the zombie slayer of lore. Or a Tolkien-esque epic on Crusaders facing an Army of the dead?..upon reflection I realize this concept would almost certainly end with a self published book being sold in the “on sale” section of dollar tree...

However, I digress. I am at a loss why each character, apparently influenced to some extent by physical attributes or emotional development, has to have a mild or significant stutter in the opinion of the narrator!

In conclusion, a really good book and worth listening too all the same, so she doesn’t ruin it...just should and indeed could have been so much better

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  • dubmun
  • 08-03-18

Dark and Gritty and Heroic and Fantastic

I haven’t read all of David Gemmell’s books, but’s I’ve read several. This may be my second favorite after Lion of Macedon. It’s brilliant. Content warning for sure, so be warned.

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  • dmaker
  • 16-01-18

Talented narrator, but just wrong for this story.

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I have to agree with most reviews here. The narration was just not right for this story. Everyone sounded like Transylvanian gypsies. Very odd choice. It's disappointing. I was hoping for this series to be added to audible for a very long time. It's finally here, but is not what I was hoping for.

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