The Dark Tide

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 10-04-12

A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy...

Let's get to it - Short and sweet.

If you like the Lord of the Rings, but want to avoid the detailed monologues, descriptive family histories, and tedious and long world descriptions found in the Lord of the Rings, this series may be for you.

Here's the problem. This can't be more of a carbon copy of the formula used in The Lord of the Rings - An unlikely hero, a ragtag group to bring about an almost impossible task, a dark enemy of pure evil to get in the way, along with various races mixed up in the war. Only this tiny hero and his team can possibly overcome the impending doom that threatens to swallow the world.

Sound familiar?

Of course it does, but here's where my interest lies: It's a well-written carbon copy without the trapping of an epic trilogy. Think lighter, more casual listening for the simple fun of it. Most people do NOT make it through the Lord of the Rings because of that very reason - It's HEAVY reading. Will you re-listen to this yearly like you might with LotR? Definitely NO. You will however, consider revisiting it once in a very blue moon.

It's written well, and consistently well, at that. BUT...remember, Lord of the Rings it is NOT. Lower your literary expectations for just a little while, loosen your tie, and have a little fun with this enjoyable first book in the series.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By T. Osminer on 11-24-09

I like McKiernan, but Beierle is distracting

I read these books when I was a teenager (back when I actually had time to read printed books for fun), and I was excited to "re-read" them now. Unfortunately, the narrator's delivery is patchy. I really enjoy the way he portrays the characters, giving each a distinctive tenor, but his narration style for the descriptive parts of the text drones. It is very reminiscent of Paul Harvey. I find myself zoning out for long sections of the book unless one of the characters is talking...even during battle scenes. When I tune back in, I keep expecting to hear him say "and now you know...the REST of the story."

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By J. McCarthy on 04-30-15

A great reworking of The Lord of the Rings

As long as you approach McKiernan's first two Mithgar series as reworkings or retellings of Tolkien's LotR saga, you'll be able to appreciate them for the rousing tales of heroism and adventure that they are. McKiernan is actually a first rate storyteller, and one who developed his own style and voice in later novels, but the Iron Tower Trilogy remains a beloved tale of epic fantasy for me.
Cameron Beierle's narration was solid, which was something of a pleasant surprise because I had some issues with his narration of David Eddings' Belgariad novels.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Carolyn on 06-12-09

Welcome To Mithgar!

I've only heard 1 hour of this book so far and it is wonderful! I have read all of Dennis McKiernan's books, and they only get better with every new book!

Bring on the rest of the series!

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6 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dennis on 06-20-09

The Dark Tide

Dennis McKiernan's Masterpiece and Cameron Beierle does it justice ! Lovers of high fantasy will enjoy this trilogy.

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Christine K on 07-17-17

Great Story, OK Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Tide to be better than the print version?

I would recommend the print version over this particular narration.

How could the performance have been better?

To many pauses in the cadence of the Narration. At times I thought I was hearing a Shattner impersonation. His creation of the various characters was great, the narration between characters was weak.

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