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The Redemption of Althalus

Narrated by: Dennis Holland
Length: 27 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Listeners have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy....

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat - a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess. She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other. Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the listening and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.

©2000 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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The Eddings do it again

Some of the best fantasy writing I've ever read. They put so much LIFE into the characters of all their books.

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  • Randy
  • Melborune, VIC
  • 09-05-2018

Fantastic Reading

Dennis Holland wove a masterpiece with his words, giving life to characters and painting a captivating story

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Definite "must read" for lovers of fantasy.

David and Leigh Eddings have put together a marvellous fantasy novel. The character depth is fantastic and so many moments will have you bristling with excitement!

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Not very exciting

I love David Eddings and read most of his books about 20 years ago, so I decided to give this book a try. Unfortunately I didn't find it very good. I didn't connect with the characters and the story wasn't the good old eddings quality.

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A beautifully told saga that ensnares and absorbs.

Hands down, the best standalone read I have ever found. I have recommended this book to many friends and I never tire of the enchanment woven by these masterful fantasy legends leading to over a dozen re-reads.

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Giggle warnings!

Made me giggle so many times. XD.. Lovely feel all around this book. Not too thrilling but still exciting to see what the main crew comes up with time and time again. A very pleasing book with maybe a little to little sadness involved for a 5 from me. I prefer a wider range of emotions. :P.. Still though finishing the book gave me a very heartwarming feel all around. And I was never bored listening to it.

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  • Michele Briere
  • 03-05-2015

Meh...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut out most of it. Lots of pointless, boring scenes.

What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

They seemed to have a format for all their stories, and they followed the same format which makes all the stories sound alike with only names changed. They needed to break out of their self-imposed box.

What didn’t you like about Dennis Holland’s performance?

Althalus is supposed to be an illiterate, yet good natured thief but his voice is that of an aristocrat, bad Scottish accent for another set of people, and a third group who sound as though they came from Transylvania.

Was The Redemption of Althalus worth the listening time?

No

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  • Ken
  • 03-12-2013

The story is amazing

Althalus is a thief, but in the end he is a hero. how does this happen, easy when the gods use you as the champion.

Althalus has the greatest luck being a theif, that is until he decides to look at civilization and his luck sours, we all have off days after all. but when he comes home his luck stays bad. after visiting his friends and relaxing a stranger comes in and offers him a easy job. or so we though.

the Eddings team does it again but this time writing it all in one book. the growth, challenges and dilemmas come together

I did not like the performance of Dennis Holland, he does not have the range of vocal talent needed. all you can do to tell the difference between the ladies is the horrible accent and the cadence of there speech. the men where not much better. It made it hard to enjoy a great piece of work

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  • neal
  • 15-01-2019

enjoyable despite plot holes

There are some major plot holes in this story. I won't go into specifics and spoil anything. some of the mechanics we're so complicated it would have taken a a physicist to sort them out, and the authors didn't. overall an enjoyable listen though.

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  • kimberly
  • 30-11-2018

Decent story m, poor narration

It was a decent enough story albeit a bit long winded in places but the narration was painful to listen to...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-11-2018

Great book, terrible preformance

I have been a fan of the Eddings for many years and read the actual book version of this many times. The story is great, even on rereading it has a lot of good parts. Listening to the audiobook version of this was painful. Painful is the best word I have for this experience. Dennis Holland felt the need to give the cast of characters accents. Now this would not be a bad thing, if he had managed to keep them straight or managed to hold those accents through an entire sentence. Nothing like hearing the male main character switch to one of the female character's accents mid-sentence! He also felt the need to change the pronunciation of character and place names halfway through. I'm still not sure if that was the result of the accents or some kind direction from the producers. I was thoroughly disappointed by this performance of a book I love so much. #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Uber
  • 02-11-2018

annoying

the most annoying Italian? accent i have ever heard... made me cringe everytimr that voice was used.

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  • Barry
  • 09-09-2018

Brilliant Narration Brilliant Book

Superb.
At first I was iffy with the Narrator but I loved Dennis Holland.
His accents and Character voices were perfect and brought another dimension to the book.
As usual (I'm a huge David Eddings fan) the story line is fun and adventurous.
This book requires a bit more thinking than the others as some ideas are more complex especially when they go into talking about time and future etc but it's such a great read and I've read it several times. Each time is more magical as I pick up on concepts and ideas I may have missed before.
The. Aeration makes it that much more interesting.

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  • Blake Fowler
  • 07-08-2018

Bad Narrator

I grew up reading David Eddings and Leigh Eddings books.
So when I saw that I listen to them, having a voice saying the words and comparing what I had read those words in my head. How the voice would sound, make you feel, etc. I have downloaded both the belgariad and the elenium. Both have great narrators.

My main issue is that this book redemption of althalus, was always my favorite. And I feel that the narrators different voices are basically all the same. You can hear his voice in it, and not the characters.

Granted I could never come close to do what he does for a living, I just felt the voice for these characters don’t match this narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-2018

wonderful

epic story of magic, love and loss, the characters are well balanced with a wonderful world in which they play. great stuff.

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  • Michelle J.
  • 28-03-2018

Better turn your volume up!

What didn’t you like about Dennis Holland’s performance?

The narration is deplorable. The voices for the individual characters is are annoying, it almost ruined one of my favorite books. It was also so quiet you have to listen in a sound proof booth or you might miss parts of the story.

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  • Jude Malcomson
  • 11-12-2014

A series in itself

What made the experience of listening to The Redemption of Althalus the most enjoyable?

Eddings is one of my favourite authors, but Althalus is by far the most fun of all the works. It's effectively a series within a single book, and has the freshness present in the Belgariad, but combined with the depth of the Younger Gods. Lots of fun, full of interesting characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

The biblical-style passages are fun.

What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Audio books in general allow you to work whilst reading. Awesome!

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  • Aimee
  • 07-09-2014

Creative, Magical, A must read

Would you listen to The Redemption of Althalus again? Why?

Yes I love the story line although in parts the narrator is a little boring, and seem to lose interest

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redemption of Althalus?

The bit when he find the house at the edge of the world and starts to learn the truth

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not completely it took me two days in parts the narrator seem to make me feel he was not interested in reading this book but having read it myself and loving Eddings others I wanted to hear it through

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-2018

loved the story.. narration is weird

I read the reviews about the iffy scotch accent and I thought it would be "nay bother".. But it's really weird. like Costner or Crowe in robin hood. had to stop listening after a while as it really grated on my ears. better a standard Midwest.. It's more like someone putting on an accent when reading at night than an actor.
At least it's not the narrator from belgariad

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  • Tom
  • 06-04-2018

meh

absolutely loved the book (read it so many times), it was ruined by the bloke reading it on this occasion

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  • Iain Crockett
  • 17-06-2013

a hackneyed and pedestrian tale.

I am a great fan of Devid Eddings and was looking forward to re- entering his world but something has happened to his writing in the last 10 years . The writing is good and easy to read as you would expect, but where are the characters, where are the plots and sub plots- I managed 6 hours of this tale before giving up - the first audio book I have not been able to finish. I have 3 reasons for this. I. The tale is simple and linear with no surprises and progresses at a very slow snails pace. The main character is locked in a house for thousands of years and it really felt like it! You have to care about the main character fo engage in the tale of his life but he is a hackneyed stereotype cobbled together from previous stories. Finally the narator is to scottish accents what dick van dyke is to cockeys!!.. I cannot recommend this book and am disappointed I contributed to its No 1 bestseller strap line.

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  • Fiona Morgan
  • 08-07-2018

Truly dreadful narration

I remembered the book and bought it when it was on special offer. Like all Eddings’ books it’s enjoyable but Dennis Holland really needs to give up trying to do accents. Cringeworthy across the board, but topped by the worst Scottish accent I’ve ever heard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2018

awful accents

Narrator does the most awful cringeworthy accents. Half the characters sound like characters in a terribly cliched RomCom where they're men pretending to be Italian women but not actually knowing what Italians or women sound like and going for the most stereotypical example. The others are 'not quite right' Scottish or Italian Dracula. The snobby English accents are bearable but nasal. Very glad i have this book in hardcopy as I'm not sure i can listen to the end.

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  • Dom
  • 01-01-2015

amazing story, very averagely told.

the plot of this book is second to none, but the narrator users rather dodgy accents to differentiate beten characters and it does soul the immersion slightly. i would recommend reading this book first, then listening to the audio book.

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  • Gwen1818
  • 09-08-2013

I remember the other version as better

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I got this audiobook thinking it was the original version I had years ago, sadly lost. Ok so the narrator is better he didn't instill the Norse esque feeling I got from the other narrator who inisisted on talking in a funny pretend Norse accent for allof the characters. Personal opinion only

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story

Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Holland’s performances?

yes.he wasn't bad except for his Scottish ish accent

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  • Mrs S
  • 19-07-2013

A good read and now on audio

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Compelling read ~ hard to put down ditto with the audio version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emmy - of course - keep em guessing at all times - I love it!

Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

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

no

Any additional comments?

no

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