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For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now....

Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained.

Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

©2003 Markus Heitz (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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  • Morten Sandø
  • 30-10-2018

Simply amazing.

I was blown away. My first book from this author and I like it. The reader is mild but good in his voices.

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  • Alexander Brown
  • 02-04-2018

Epic Fantasy. A must listen.

Beautiful performance and wonderfully written story. An epic tale that draws from the best of fantasy lore but still refreshingly original and exciting. A must buy!

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  • jack
  • 11-10-2018

lack of detail

was a great ideas and the plot was good but the book was really lacking in details, emotions and would sometimes be lacking in general but I enjoyed the story for what it was

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2018

A truly awesome book.

While it does drag a little it never wavers nothing is padding. It is a refreshing take on a fantasy world.

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  • TheTallDwarf
  • 29-08-2018

love the series

Read the books numerous times, love the series the, narrators not too shabby either, would listen again

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  • Chros
  • 10-08-2018

Dwarf Fortress meets Warhammer

For once the Dwarves are the focus and their kingdoms are not in decline. Great characters, dialogue and a decent story overall. To me, the dwarven style/culture here is very much Dwarf Fortress meets Warhammer.

It's pretty light, easy reading though the book is actually fairly long. That length may actually be it's main weakness as casual reading typically goes hand in hand with shorter titles. Some parts do drag and seem unnecessary (near the beginning and just after the half way point) while other parts actually seem to progress way to quickly.

Despite some flaws, I'd particularly recommend to fans of fantasy Dwarves, high fantasy and/or somebody looking for a fairly casual title. For somebody looking for more general fantasy, something thought provoking or a conplex plot, perhaps you'd be better looking elsewhere. I'll be reading the next book but not immediately.

(Audio performance by Matthew Wolf was perhaps the greatest audio performance to date in the fantasy category.)

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  • Stuart M
  • 08-08-2018

Finally the Dwarves get their day!

I have waited years for an English audiobook of The Dwarves and I absolutley loved it! I look forward to reading the second and hope they release books 3-5 soon. Dwarves are my favourite fictional characters and Heitz has not disappointed.

Slightly juvenile in places but fantastically enjoyable nonetheless. This is an interesting and exciting story and world. I cannot wait to see how the story progresses.

I'm just hoping that they also release the Alfar books too in English audio.

Would highly reccomend if you are a fan of the genre.

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  • paul scott
  • 16-06-2018

Dwarves. FANTASTIC book.

if you enjoy fantasy then this is a must read. Very well written and a new adventure around each corner. looking forward to listening to book 2.

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  • matthew macgillivray
  • 09-06-2018

Glorious

Not a huge fantasy fiction fan. Ur as soon as I finished this I immediately downloaded the sequel, absolutely brilliant and about time the dwarves got to be the heroes

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  • Angel
  • 11-04-2018

Fantastic start to the trilogy

What did you like most about The Dwarves?

My favourite characters were the twins and of course Tungdil, a story that is fast paced and keeps you absorbed the whole time never going slow or flat at all, for me what made this extra special was the narrater Mathew Wolf who is by far was the best I have ever heard, his accents are spot on and everything about the way he tells the story draws you in at all times I do hope they use him for future books as the second book which madly was on Amazon Audible before the first has a different Narrater who uses different accents for the characters and looses the plot when it comes to voicing his accents that never sound quite right one being a welsh accent that descends into Cornish continually

What other book might you compare The Dwarves to, and why?

I think I would compare this book to some of Raymond e Feist books and a touch of Lord of the rings

Which character – as performed by Matthew Wolf – was your favourite?

My favourite was Mathews interpretation of the twins

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What moved me was the parts that involved fights with the Alfar the bad elves

Any additional comments?

If in any doubt about buying this audible book, trust me buy it and you will be rivited from the start

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  • Paul Lawley-Jones
  • 29-03-2018

Clichéd Garbage

It's not often I can't finish a book, but this is just clichéd garbage. I don't know if it's the German writing style or the translation, but it reads more like a children's book.

The narration is also flat and monotonous, although the character voices are varied and well done.

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