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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian, read by Philip Stevens.

The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land.

For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea ransack his village, Osric finds himself taken prisoner by their chief, Sigurd the Lucky.

Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a deep bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood and a young man must become a killer to survive....

©2017 Giles Kristian (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2019

Not so well made.

I read the prequel to this book first this time. Does not seem the author did.. its full of stuff that makes no sense. That has no value and that had been extremely easy to avoid when writing these books. Its lazy work alot of it.

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  • Keith
  • 08-03-2019

Great story

wonderfully narrated, good pace, enjoyable characters... definitely worth having a listen. I have the rest of the series in my library already and look forward to hearing where the tale goes...

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  • JET
  • 14-04-2018

Absolutely fantastic

The story begins with an amnesiac lad who is adopted by an English carpenter. It is around the tenth or eleventh century when Norsemen came to trade and plunder. And they are indignant when called Danes as they are from Norway. I listen to books when undertaking mindless tasks such as ironing or weeding. I couldn’t find enough such tasks! If you love action stories, of brotherhood and warfare, you will love this book. I hated to leave it and go back to my normal routine!

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  • Andy Simms
  • 20-02-2018

A Brilliant Start!

This story had me gripped from beginning to end. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves the tales of vikings. I can’t wait to listen to the next instalment.

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  • Tommy Cooper & Nikky Cooper
  • 19-02-2018

holiday reading material

loved it. it was a good follow up to the Sigurd series. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anthony Paul Hammonmd
  • 12-02-2018

A Master writer and Storyteller of Old.

A Master Writer and a Storyteller of Old both of who draw you into Ravens adventures, keeping you coming back for more and by Odin you will. Stories I will never tire of, Raven, Jarle Sigurd and the sea wolves fast becoming a firm favourite for my whole family. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH.

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  • TheFluffyViking
  • 23-01-2018

Fab!

I love this book. I read it first on my Kindle a couple of years ago, and thought I'd get it on audible as well. The narrator is extremely good, his enunciation clear, and he gives a good account of the widely differing characters, letting the listener feel more involved in the story, rather than just read the words off a page with no emotion. My only only bone to pick with this narrator is that he mangles many of the Norse names, like Øystein and Håkon. I realise that audiobook production is extremely labor intensive in many ways, but I feel he could have done a better job by 'asking around' and at least do some research on these (to many) un-pronunceable names. I know another author whose audiobook narrator did just that, and this is why I'm disappointed in Stevens' performance and apparent lack of research. Other than this issue, I love the story. It has all my favourite parts in it, like seemingly hopeless and lost battles with blood, guts, and limbs lopped off, disemboweling and beheading. And love. just a little, not too much. Fill your boots.

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  • daniel
  • 21-04-2018

exellent

amazing story and the reader is very good. I didn't get confused with any of the characters. Well done reader.

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  • Roy
  • 13-02-2018

An Epic Saga in the classical style

As an admirer of the Vikings and lover of the saga you eventually, inevitably feel that you have read every combination and construction of situations for heros tovfind themselves in and escape from. especially in a loved series. The hallmark of the truely great writers of this genre is that, when launching a new series and hero, they leave the lisener sorry the pleasure of the tale has ended eager for it's continuation. However in the world of Audi books even great works can be deminished by bad narration. It was to be said that in this book neither author nor narrator disappoint on any level

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  • valkyrie1008
  • 21-01-2018

Absolutely Bloody Brilliant!

Loved every minute of it and to hear so many superb sarcastic witty insults and sooo many kennings was a real treat. Loved it as a book and I love Giles words and Philips storytelling skills even more as an audiobook.

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  • Raven Mad
  • 28-10-2017

RAVEN (at last)

Well that was worth the wait! What a book, what a story! Hardback, paperback, Kindle and now Audible edition; have them all, never without access to Raven, the book that brought me back to reading. Brilliant!

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  • Properkook
  • 14-12-2020

Beginnings

Osric, a pretty normal lad, adopted by a normal bloke, in a quiet village in England. The only difference between him and everyone else? His blood eye. Some think it's an evil curse placed upon him. Maybe it is. The Northmen arrive and somehow Osric can speak their language. He has no memories from his past so he is baffled by this as much as everyone else. After a showdown and a fight, obviously, Osric gains attention by killing one of Sigurd's fellowship. Osric and his adoptive father are taken away when Sigurd and crew leave. This is the beginning of a whole new world and even a new name for Osric. Sigurd renames him Raven. He eventually converts to being a Northman. Shaking off any remnants of the White Christ. I love that description by the way. He embarks on his new life with vigour. He seems to revel in it and it's clear that that's where he belongs and where he was always meant to be. He has his challenges along the way but Sigurd is there to guide him as are the others, especially 'Uncle' Olaf. A string beginning to a great trilogy in my opinion.

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