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Waylander

Drenai Series
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

The Drenai King is dead - murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple - kill every man, woman and child. But there is hope.

Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer. The traitor who killed the King...

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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amazing. It's all I need to say.

it would seem i need to say more or it won't let me say anything. Well worth buying and will be a book I'll listen to a lot. I have read all of his work and now am really happy I can listen to them at work or when walking the dog or even just sitting. It's sad that he died to soon and we will never get a new work from an author I love above all others.

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Another Helping of Gorgeous Gemmell

I have pretty much gorged on three of these in the short time since Audible made them available. I think I've pretty much said all I can about them in general in my reviews of Legend and The King Beyond the Gate. In the 80s they were pure gold and even if fantasy has gained a level of sophistication since then they are still wonderful tales. Yes they have certain similarities but I think this is possibly the best of them. It's very direct and having read the above two it was fascinating to fill in some of the legends like the origin of The Thirty and how the legendary fortress of Dros Delnoch came about.

Most of all though they are just great fun. Waylander is an excellent character and there is a lot of clever action. Sean Barrett was born to read fantasy novels and he works hand in glove with Gemmell's text. In addition the afterwords written by David himself are fascinating little insights to the writing process. In this case it all sounds decidedly naive but for those of us that have grown up holding this author in real affection it's also a nice little window into the life that produced these great stories. And I might say naive but if it was then it was gloriously naive as the resulting tale of Waylander ably demonstrates . . .

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  • Andrew
  • Croydon,, United Kingdom
  • 05-10-19

excellent listening

Great story, excellent narrator, now downloading the next in the series. keeps you wanting to listen.

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dam good story still love it after 20 years.

loved every minute.
waylander is a great read everyone should read his book more p

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The master story teller at his best

The narrator is excellent and the story holds your attention. There's a depth to the characters that is sometimes missing in fantasy fiction. The main heroes are often nuanced and the good rarely survive. There's a bleakness underpinning the story that is only just balanced out by the ending. Really worth a listen.

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Trying an earlier fantasy series, not so succesful

Because I love George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series and enjoyed Tad Williams' Osten Ard series, I have been trying out a little more fantasy and came across this saga on an Audible offer. This first book was quite enjoyable and kept me entertained. I could certainly see where David Gremmell may have inspired later fantasy writers with the language and imagery used.

I've now listened to the first 3 books of the Drenai series and don't think I'll read more - they are likely to be pretty similar in formula and that formula isn't good enought to tempt me to hear more - better to try something different. Amazingly sexist by the way with just about every 'heroine' featured enjoying the back of her hero lover's hand!

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Getting into his stride

I listened to this book as I had purchased it as part of an offer. The first two books in the series having underwhelmed me, I didn't have high expectations of this one.
But I was pleasantly surprised and happy to be wrong. The characters are better developed and more textured than before, the story tighter and better constructed. An enjoyable listen.

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Rolls along with plenty of pace

Enjoyed listening to this. Sets of at a cracking pace and keeps it up all the way though. Likeable and well drawn characters. Well read.

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A great addition.

Loved it, first read the Drenai series when I was 14. Listening to the audio book 30 years later is a joy. Love Sean Barrett as the narrator.

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Excellent

Great story - well read- as good as you would expect from Gemmell- brings waylanders character to life -

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  • DAVID FUSCO
  • 01-11-17

the assassin

Another great book by Gemmell love waylander,'book moves well. Readed these years ago Against The Horde was my first,in the 80's now get to listen to them.Nice job Sean. wow!!!

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  • George Bradshaw
  • 01-10-17

A personal favourite

As with all of David Gemmell's books the characters in Waylander are colourful and fully fleshed out. The overriding plot is essentially straightforwards, but the Author is still able to work in some clever twists and turns. This is one audio book that I will listen too again in the future ... a credit well spent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-17

I have been waiting for these books!!!!!

I have read Gemmell books for years now over and over again. I even listened to the original CD's back in the day! These are EPIC novels that are so well done and timeless. The Drenai and the Reganti books are my favorite ones. I do plan to buy all my favorite books and have a lot to look forward to. Oh, I have collected most of his books in paper back over the years so there is no worries about buying these if you love EPIC Fighting/swords/monsters/honorable stories!

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  • Dustin m.
  • 10-08-17

Awesome!!

First Gemmell book I ever read, hooked me for life. This audio version really brings Waylander to life. I'm getting ALL of the audio books of David Gemmell, his books are top notch.

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  • Aaron
  • 30-03-19

Please read; might learn something.

A favorite, I love these stories and if you enjoy a good read then here.

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  • Randall
  • 27-10-18

Listening in Chronological Order

I read the Drenai books as they were coming out before Gemmell's death, so I've been a fan for a long while.
This is the 1st time that I have experienced them in chronological order.
Gemmell wrote some of my favorite fantasy fight scenes. If you like detailed descriptions of fights, then go with his books.
Yes, his books are typically a clear cut good vs. evil story in which the protagonist is usually the toughest of the tough, yet still has doubts. Even with this in mind, I love the character of Waylander the Slayer because, when you meet him, he is the last person who you expect to be a hero. He and everyone else in this book has doubts.
Sean Barrett does a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life. I look forward to listening to his next performance.
For an added treat, stick around for the Afterward in which Gemmell explained how his original attempt at this story was no good, and it took his accidental creation of what became the title character to make it work.

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  • Lauren
  • 01-08-18

Gemmel never disappoints

a great story that has been narrated well, you won't be disappointed by this book.

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  • Chris
  • 14-07-18

Finally in audiobook

My favourite fantasy series and narrated incredibly well... I can't wait to hear the rest

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  • TheToal
  • 22-04-18

can't ever get enough of the drenai

great story, the narration is superb, a real joy to listen to. already downloaded the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-18

Exceptional!!!

I love this book! One of my all time favorites for sure. The Sean Barrett did an awesome job as always. 👍👍👍