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Publisher's Summary

Three complete full length novels in one well-priced package!

Twisted by black magic and driven by soul-crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe turned knight, struggles to hold on to his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most in the world. Along the way he will be forced to make friends of his enemies and enemies of his friends. He will grow from a boy no one has heard of into a man destined to leave the land forever changed, but how will he be remembered? Will he be Sir Fenly, hero of the people, or will he be Lowin the Dread, a monster to terrify children?

The Hungering Saga is a sweeping story that begins in familiar fantasy territory and quickly twists many of the genre staples back upon themselves.

©2012, 2015 Heath Pfaff (P)2016 Heath Pfaff

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A terrible performance highlighting awful writing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing, better performance and a more vigorous editor.
I really tried with this audio book. This came after a string of seriously amazing reads/listens and I thought I was being overly critical at first, but it just got worse. I've given up half way through because listening to it was making me angry and frustrated. I have no idea how this got a 4 star rating on audible...

What didn’t you like about Paul J McSorley’s performance?

If you want to listen to a 37 hour asthma attack, look no further! This performance made me really appreciate breathing.

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Sublime

I have read many reviews for these books and the overarching theme was fantastic story but poor execution in the sense of editing and diction. I must say this is a heap of pretentious rubbish! As I listened to this book my mind ceased to hear the words, instead, I saw them. I often become lost in the majesty of Pfaff's world and became infatuated with the journey of the characters. There is a maturity in the content of this book that draws you in, providing a raw and visceral sense to the text which is an excellent exploration of the human condition. I would often be caught up in moral musings as I listened, not always agreeing with the moral position taken by the author. Having moments such as this with a text are rare, and are a testament to the author's ability to not only caress your mind with the fantastical but also to invigorate its core.

Paul J McSorley narration was a bit confronting at first as I struggled to related to his selected voice for a key character. However, this character does change very early in the first book, so was not a burden for long. My final view of McSorely's narration is a positive one as it neither improves or reduces the text itself; achieving little in the narration is a positive as many narrators are utterly hopeless.

I wholehearted recommend this book to those who think they will just read one chapter more before bed... then realizing it is 3am. A sublime book of many ideas and emotions wrapped is an excellent fantasy world.

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great listen

great story that had plenty of shocking twists I tried to anticipate and failed. I will recommend to friends

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Cannot bear to listen to this any longer

Although the story is original and has potential, the narrator has totally ruined it, absolutely dreadful

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Narration unlistenable

I don’t know what the story is like because the narration was so bad. I tried to persist but the intonation and emphasis in each sentence was grating. Disappointed because I was looking forward to the story.

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  • mel
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Painful

Look, sorry but I couldn’t finish it. Simplistic, unrealistic writing and unappealing narration, a good author shouldn’t need to explain what and how the characters feel - the reader should live it.

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sub par

the book has a good story but the writing is pretentious dog crap. The country bumpkin American southerner accent of the performer is also terrible. the names for some of the characters is also sub par and pretentious eg. there is a character called "Whisper of the Mist" and the order is called "The knights of Ethan". the story has some large holes in it too and the characters don't talk like real people and interact with each other. the story has potential but due the the massive holes in the writing and performance I found it hard to listen to and I kept getting angry.

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  • tim
  • 05-05-2017

poor.

poor reading. random interuptions. heavy breathing from the narrator. ending is un eventfull and lackluster.

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enjoyable

I really enjoyed the story. Interesting story of power and the struggle of dealing with ultimate power and how someone deals with it. I like the character building of the main. supporting characters not fleshed out enough .... the last book seems a little rushed and the ending left me wanting so much more ......in saying that I enjoyed the storyline and build up. Great work !

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I persisted so you don’t have to

This was difficult to get through.
The writing was awkward and immature. The character dialogue was always stiff and awkward, lacking the flow of genuine conversation. The author seemed to struggle with naming/referring to characters so most characters get referred to by their eye colour more often than there name and hearing the words “my green eyed companion” for the 7000th time was pretty grating.
The plot had a lot of potential but i think t was hampered by the authors inability to flesh it out well and tell it in an organic way. Often key plot devices would suddenly appear right before they were needed.
The romance/sex was cringe inducing. It had the elements of a bad YA fantasy (where everyone falls instantly in love with them”plain” main character) but with awful, awful sex scenes written in a way which makes me wonder if the author himself is familiar with the act at all. Also [spoiler] one romance has a fairly paedophilic aspect to it (mentally immature character in a sexual relationship with an adult/caregiver) so if this would be triggering for you avoid.

Other triggers... at one point the phrase “for all intensive purposes” is used. I always thought this was an urban legend...

The narration... I was so uncomfortable listening to him read through sentences whist clearly running out of breath. I spent a lot of time wondering if he was just in the wrong profession of if the authors penchant for run-on sentences was a narrator-killer. His enunciation was also so odd.

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  • Lauren
  • 17-03-2016

Poorly performed, poorly written.

What would have made The Hungering Saga Complete better?

This is the first review I've written on an audio book from Audibles, and I'll tell you why. After reading the only previous review I decided to give this book a go and see if it was as decent as some written by other authors I was unfamiliar with but now adore. I don't recommend you take the plunge. Save your credit or money for something by Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss.

This writer cannot begin to attach a reader to a character and I'm not exaggerating. If you're used to a world filled with love for your main protagonist, with detailed imagery and an insatiable need for the next title, this isn't it. It's difficult to discern what the point of the books are at all, in fact, because so little cohesion exists as you blur from one character experience to the next in a large cast of characters without distinction and poorly executed plot exploration. As if this wasn't enough, you add in the tailored sexual encounters and child-like vocabulary of the writer and you're left puzzling over how this was published and became an audio book at all.

I'm not going to relent on the performance, I'm sorry. I've not been so displeased by a performance in all of my audio book history, which spans several years. The actor here does not enunciate. He has an accent that's difficult to listen to constantly, and he mispronounces several words. Without a written copy to compare to, I also believe he adds words or phrases into the performance that (trying to give some credit here in hopes it's not true) make the author sound ridiculously unfamiliar with the style of writing he's trying to convey.

Please, PLEASE proceed with caution. There are a great number of books I would give outstanding praise to (and probably should after writing this), but this isn't one of them.

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  • DannyP
  • 05-12-2017

Great Story!

Tons of action and a good dose of rousing the emotions. There was a little too much unnecessary explanation at times and the narrator could be a bit dreary. But looking past that, I really enjoyed these books!

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  • kevin
  • 20-03-2018

Almost....

This story had such potential. i picked this story up because i needed something to read while in the waiting room for a series of doctor visits i had during the week.The first book was actually really good. The world building, characters, magic system etc was believable and enjoyable. The second book however, will leave you wondering if you just imagined that these people actually had real emotions, dreams, or original thoughts at all. The situations that our main character is faced with and the lengths this author goes to convince us that a specific path the main character takes to further the plot was of course the only path he could have taken is absurd.

I will conclude this review with a few comments.
Could these books be better? yes
Did i find the first half of the plot in book two so ludicrous that i decided to write a review on audible as soon as i got home? yes
Do i hate these books so much that i will choose to wait in the doctors waiting room listening to nothing but silence? no
Have i learned anything from reading this latest catastrophe that calls itself a book series? yes, never ever buy three books offered for a single credit because it IS to good to be true.

My hat is off to the book narrator, the female voices were cringe worthy sometimes. Overall I give Paul J McSorley 4/5 stars.

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  • jimmy
  • 17-03-2016

Sad tale

The story it self is very interesting, but it is just too sad all the time.

Nothing goes the way you want it to, but it is still a captivating story.

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  • Trey R.
  • 29-02-2016

Excellent story & characters

What made the experience of listening to The Hungering Saga Complete the most enjoyable?

I've already read the books before getting the audible version and the story itself IS the most enjoyable thing regardless of the format it is delivered in. For me personally, the narrator didn't add much to the story itself really. Not to sound crazy but I think I preferred the voices in my head as I read it to myself to be honest. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it though. The story and writing is great and it's nice to actually get work, cleaning, etc done while listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lowin of course was my favorite character, but the thing about this series is that you get to know a LOT of characters. They are all well developed and they all stand out in some special way. I ended up liking ALL the characters, even the ones you wanted to hate, you just can't help yourself. (Well, I couldn't).

What three words best describe Paul J McSorley’s voice?

The narrators voice is gruff and baritone with a bit of a drawl/dialect, he reminds me of Phil Harris (an old voice actor).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not good with tag lines, but I'd be first in line to see it.

Any additional comments?

As of this posting I haven't listened to the -entire- series yet, but I have read them all. I believe I've listened to enough at this point to make a review though (and will finish it up later of course). I've reviewed the story itself on Amazon, and I loved every second of it and found it hard to walk away from. If you are not into fantasy genre, magic or intelligent beasts, then go elsewhere. You will be missing out though! The story is thought out, fast paced, and I can't say enough about the characters, they are all well done and enjoyable. (My full review of the books alone can be found on amazon. I'd C&P but it is huge.)

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  • Chase
  • 10-03-2021

Very Good Series

I was hesitant to get this series because of the poor reviews it got. I was very pleasantly surprised however. I am a Heath Pfaff fan and this book series does not disappoint with the creative nature of the creatures and magicks used within. It is an excellent book by an excellent author! there were mistakes here and there by the narrator but they were few and far between.

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  • J.C.
  • 06-03-2021

A fantastic story!

My first exposure to Pfaff's work was the Warden series (one of my favorite series to date). There are similarities between the two, but each is definitely their own beast.

The Hungering Saga drew me in from the beginning and kept me engaged from beginning to end.

In the audible version, the narrarator did a great job diversifying his voice for each character.

Overall, a great story, fun to listen to; if your looking for a new, unique series to read, definitely give The Hungering Saga a try.

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  • K. Lewandowski
  • 02-09-2019

OMGosh!! What an awesome saga!!

I have never read a Heath Pfaff book in my life, but you can bet I would love to hear or read more!! This was an intricate fantasy with a lot of action and a lot of love. The depth of Loewen's character is astounding. He expresses his confusion, his love, his anger, his torment and his guilt with honesty and a searching attitude. It is amazing the depth of his guilt over those that die, not only by his hands, but as a result of actions he is forced into.

Then you have those who love him and believe in him and the strength which they provide him.

It is a beautifully written storyline with in depth great and, yes, sometimes evil, characters. It is a study of human and animal natures.

Paul McSorley has done a remarkable job with maintaining characters in all their various voices. Often times voices enhanced by the same characters. It is a testament towards his abilities and professionalism. This will stand as a perfect performance towards any requesting an example of his work as it was in depth and awesome!

Awesome job collaboration between Heath and Paul.

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  • Heath
  • 27-12-2018

great story

loved the whole story from start to finish, couldn't wait to here more and more and the ending was great!!

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  • Kevin and Alexa
  • 12-12-2018

listen to this every couple years

take the chance on this series, it will hook you. wish there was more after

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  • Olatunji R.
  • 11-07-2016

Terrible writing, repeats the same past events.

Repetition used as a device to lengthen a short book. Awful writing and average performance

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  • Ian
  • 29-02-2016

The narrator isn't great, but the story is worse

The narrator isn't great he does add much to the story and puts the emphasis in really strange places often not reading ahead so not finishing the sentence properly. But it may not be all his fault as quite frankly the story is awful, childish, poorly written, with no time taken to build character or even create believable character depth.

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  • Helen
  • 18-04-2020

Great book

I Enjoyed this audio book very much
Hopefully they will be more audio books
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