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The Raveling: The Complete Saga

Narrated by: Guy Williams
Series: The Raveling, Book 1-3
Length: 51 hrs and 4 mins
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2016 Ink and Insights Competition – Judges’ Favorite

2017 Readers' Favorite Award for Epic Fantasy

Second in the 2017 SPFBO

#1 Amazon Best Seller in Epic Fantasy  

Long ago, the world fell into twilight, when the great empires of old consumed each other in sorcerous cataclysms. In the south, the Star Towers fell, swallowed by the sea, while the black glaciers descended upon the northern holdfasts, entombing the cities of Min-Ceruth in ice and sorcery. Then from the ancient empire of Menekar, the paladins of Ama came, putting every surviving sorcerer to the sword and cleansing their taint from the land for the radiant glory of their lord. 

The pulse of magic slowed, fading like the heartbeat of a dying man. 

But after a thousand years, it has begun to quicken again. 

In a small fishing village, a boy with strange powers comes of age.... 

A young queen rises in the west, fanning the long-smoldering embers of magic into a blaze once more.... 

Something of great importance is stolen – or freed – from the mysterious Empire of Swords and Flowers....

And the immortals who survived the ancient cataclysms bestir themselves, casting about for why the world is suddenly changing.... 

The complete, award-winning epic series in one volume.

©2020 Alec Hutson (P)2020 Alec Hutson

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  • 01-04-20

Epic Fantasy - with all the tropes

I picked this up on a whim, and was very pleased to have done so. Its an epic fantasy tale, full of all the familiar fantasy tropes, however it is very well written (maybe overly so) so the very familiar themes and characters do not feel worn-out. The writing style is incredibly descriptive and full of world-building. The voice actor does a good job and seems to have a unique scots/arabic accent for characters from a certain region.

Overall I would recommend these books to any fantasy fans who dont mind a little of the familiar.

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Diverting is the Raverling.

so, i found this a really difficult book to get into as a listener. more than any other book. I preserved, steadfastly believing there was a great tale to unfold. I was rewarded for my patients. Now I need to see if there are more books to follow but you will have to invest your time....It's worth the investment.

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Good story poor narration

The story is quite interesting however the narration is terrible with the reader attempting to do various accents none of them particularly well but the french ones are so poor I could no longer listen to the book.I have heard the reader before and he was fine it was a different type of book though.

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Ok

It was an OK listen, I struggled to get into it at the start, but managed to eventually. Not one off my top 10 but it entertained me enough not to return it.

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  • M.L. Spencer
  • 28-03-20

Absolutely Enthralling!

I just started listening to audiobooks, and oh what a wonderful introduction! This is a superb take on the coming of age story that is fresh and enthralling, absolutely unputdownable! Loved the narrator!

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  • Craig
  • 29-03-20

slow... very slow...

decent story, but it's slow, which normally isn't always a bad thing. however, the narrator reads slow too! seriously, had to increase the narration speed. character voices sound like bad cartoon voices. he would make a better Lucky Charms cereal character. just not a good performance.

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  • Phil Tucker
  • 28-03-20

Classic in the best way

Alec Hutson is the real deal. This is a fantasy epic with an old school sensibility and cutting edge awareness of how the genre has grown. Wondrous world building? Check. Nation-shaking plots? Check. Magic and mysteries to beguile the mind? Triple check. If you're hankering for an epic that'll deliver on every front, grab yourself a copy of The Raveling.

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  • Kristal L. Fye Jozefik
  • 22-04-20

Narration is intolerable

This might be a passable book. The narration is so bad I honestly can’t tell. I made it to chapter 16 before throwing in the towel. Women are portrayed in the usual two dimensional fantasy roles. Crafty, smart sexy lady. Crafty, smart, atypical, but sexy if you're a real man women. Scrappy, street-smart thief/fighter who takes the poor young man under their quirky, loving wings so he, I assume, grows and surpassed them in skill and wisdom but still manages to stay humble. Sigh.

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  • Jerry
  • 05-04-20

Decent story but it’s formulaic in places

This was a good story but just once I would like to read a fantasy story that doesn’t have abductions and maiming in it. It’s so formulaic. The magic system is inventive and the story is good but the author uses so many cliches that it almost ruins the book. I still recommend it though. I enjoyed it but it was very frustrating at times.

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  • Franzi
  • 27-04-20

Story ok, performance pretty annoying

Ok, I get it. The author intended to underline the different countries with different dialects. But hell it is annoying to listen to hours and hours of nothing but a bad Italian accent! The story was interesting enough to listen till the end, but I’m not going to suffer through this book ever again. The end was a little disappointing. Also wondering if there’s going to be a follow up story as this ended on a sort of cliffhanger.

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  • Mario Galasso
  • 17-04-20

Worst accents ever

Wow seemed like a great book with lots of potential. But the performance is incredibly bad. If you want to listen to bad Dracula accents for 40 hours with a few Italian American immigrants and Chinese broken English for 40 hours I’d say by all means go for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-20

Worth the Credit...if you have patience

It needs to be said that this title came off as young adult, due to the main character being incredibly naive and ignorant. It felt this was intentional, but the relatively short timeline of the stories didn't allow for much growth. The poor young sorcerer got into his version of Hogwarts, only to stay a few weeks, departing unschooled in even the simplest of spells. A good device to let other characters shine, but this also left some amazing magical performances perplexing.

That being said, the narration was very 'listenable'. with vocal distinction between characters making things easy to sort out. It was very nice having the POV for each character stated at the beginning of each chapter, because while the stories all tie together, the character arcs overlap enough that it could have gotten confusing.

The world building aspect isn't hamfisted but rather assisted by the various encounters and events. There is some repetition, and some things are left unexplained - but that is the case in most world event stories. I would like to see the adult version of this character in future.

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  • Kent W. Long
  • 21-05-20

entertaining with a good pace.

Good narration! Video games and anime used to be inspired from books! Now reversed!

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  • Eric
  • 19-05-20

Boring and Disorganized

Seems like author kept changing his mind about the direction of too many characters and never develops the main character except one sentence near the end where another character basically says "you've changed" to which he replies "a lot has happened."

Also, the primary method of transitioning from one scene to another is characters being knocked out(assumed dead) then waking up somewhere else. It's incredible how often this is used.

Looking back I wish I hadn't finished the whole story. Hopefully the author learned something for future works, but I will be hard pressed to read anything more by them.