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Summary

Tragedy befalls the esteemed Lancaster family as 12 adopted siblings bid farewell to their elderly father. Thanks to him, they have all been groomed for success in a variety of fields - debating, marksmanship, and fencing, to name a few. However, a dark creed in their family’s ancient tradition brings out the worst in them. 

The siblings find themselves pitted against one another in a winner-take-all competition for survival as they are locked within their colossal mansion. Mysteries are uncovered around every corner of their home. Death is an unfortunate certainty. The 12 struggle on whether to unite, or to eliminate each other until only one remains to inherit the family legacy. Who will be the first to perish? Who will be next? In this family, there can only be one survivor in The Leviathan Trial....

©2021 Oliver Madison (P)2021 Oliver Madison

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Most Entertaining listen.

This was a most interesting and entertaining listen. The story was different to say the least and reminded me of an up to date William Golding, Lord of the flies with 12 young people stranded in a mansion after the death of the adoptive father. After a bit of a slow start in which I found I was losing a bit of interest the book took off and ended up as one of those hard to put down things. Highly recommend listen well narrated and with plenty of different voices from a talented narrator I highly recommend this title.
I given this copy of the book and leave this voluntary and honest review. *****

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A modern day Lord of the Flies

The 12 adopted children of one of the richest men in the world are devastated when their adoptive father dies, leaving them all alone in the huge gothic mansion where they live. They all expect a cut of the will when it is read, but they are to be sorely disappointed. Only one will survive the Leviathan Trial which their father had planned for them before his death. With all means of escape and communication blocked, which of them has the wits and skills to defeat and kill their bretheren? A new take on the the Lord of the Flies idea, brought up to date with modern technology. A gripping read, excellently narrated. One minor negative though are the few weird past partciples used by the author, which are quite jarring when listening.

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brilliant!

brilliant story!
I enjoyed this book very much, keeps you on the edge of your seat!
narrator first class!

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“Only his arm protruded from his sandwich tomb of bookcases”

I hadn’t come across this author or narrator previously and so wasn’t sure what to expect, but right from the start I was hooked.
A really gripping, intense mystery, adventure pulled with great characters and peril. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in the same day!
Great narration too, with great character voices he really brings out the atmosphere of the book!
I really hope there’s more to come from this pairing!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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Loved it

The Leviathan Trial is a very gripping and interesting listen. The story starts with 12 siblings by adoption, whose father passes away and only 1 can inherit their father's fortunes. The story goes through dark tones and unexpected events as each sibling goes through their own conflict, struggles, and mysteries, while we learn about each sibling and their particular skills as well.

Would definitely recommend

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  • Thomas A. Durbin
  • 17-07-21

surprised by how good it is.

I got this as a gift and was surprised by how good it is. very well written and performed. reminded me of the umbrella academy without the time travel and superpowers.

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  • Hepcat89
  • 20-06-21

Fantastic- Spoilers

This story was fast paced and the mystery continued until the end.

The diversity of the characters showed how in all nations and families working together is better than working apart.

Ryan Haugen was am an amazing narrator!

I voluntarily provided this review to listen to this audiobook. I wasn’t not charged by the author, producer, or any other person or company. This review is voluntarily given.

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  • Thrones for ever
  • 31-05-21

Excellent Listen

I took a chance and i am so glad i did love the characters they were well defined loved the narrator the plot held me from beginning to end i recommend this listen.The thing i found wrong was i didnt want it to end

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  • Anonymous
  • 14-05-21

An interesting take on the murder mystery genre!

I was immediately drawn into this unique family’s story. The less you know about the plot beforehand the better, but if you’re fan of murder mysteries, I highly recommend you check this one out!

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  • DDJTJ
  • 13-05-21

GREAT READ EVEN IF I'M NOT A YOUNG ADULT!

THE LEVIATHAN TRIAL BY OLIVER MADISON.

A most unusual family, 12 adopted children and father . The Lancaster family. Each child is unique in their own way. Each child is groomed for one specific area of expertise. Their father rates the child on their achievements , their grades and their accomplishments. Lancaster himself is worth millions and all that money will go to his "children" when he dies, or will it?

When Lancaster dies suddenly,the children find out that father has other ideas. Each child,must eliminate the others to get the grand prize: the millions and the right to call themselves father. The mansion they live in is locked down and one by one the children go from "I love my family" to "I'm going to kill you!"

The book starts slow but the pace that keeps you reading is breakneck.
Reading the book I had the thought of the book , And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Isolated with nowhere to go the Lancasters are in the same boat. For me, the book was a winner. Yes,I am not a young adult which is what the target range of the book was supposed to be for but I enjoyed it nonetheless . The narration by Ryan Haugen just made the book better!

I received this audiobook free in exchange for a honest review

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  • Kathy T
  • 29-04-21

The book was amazing, the audiobook is next level!

I read this book when it released a while back, and it convinced me that Oliver Madison is the next big thing in young adult fiction. Ryan Haugen's delivery of the story breathes new life into it. His voice added an entirely new dimension while staying true to the spirit of the story. I often found myself going back and replaying certain chapters to relive them again!