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Publisher's Summary

An all-new novel in the groundbreaking video game series Diablo—“the Harry Potter of computer games” (The New York Times).
For more than ten years, Diablo has been one of PC gaming’s iconic and blockbuster franchises, with millions of players experiencing to this day all the adventure and terror in the world of Sanctuary. Now, to tie-in with the long-awaited release of Blizzard Entertainment’s all-new game, Diablo III, the original novel Deckard Cain will bridge the untold story of one of Diablo’s most popular characters.
Now a much older man, Deckard Cain is on a mission to find the remnants of a rumored Horadric cell, and must call upon all of his knowledge and wit to teach and inspire those around him even as they face danger and death at every turn. Can he lead the return of a ragtag group of Horadrim and their ideals to Sanctuary...or will they die out with Cain himself?
©2012 Nate Kenyon (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ana on 06-30-12

Very enjoyable experience

The performance of the narrator, along with the music, is really immersing. The story is full of dark mystery, danger and gore, as is characteristic to the Diablo universe.
I've been a Diablo fan for many years now, and I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the lore of the series. However, you can still find the book enjoyable even if you never played Diablo.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 03-02-16

Painful

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

A different author and narrator. Nothing could be done to redeem this book. I wasn't expecting much from the novelization of a video game, but this still failed to meet my expectations.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Already started listening to Scott Meyer's Magic 2.0 series.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

The story was poor, so apparently the narrator decided to inject his own excitement into the story. Every single line that he reads rises in pitch and volume, then fades to a whisper. Rises and fades. Over and over and over. Just listening to a character walk across the street made me feel seasick from the rolling waves of his voice. I'm all for the narrator putting some enthusiasm into the reading, but this was overdone.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It made me want to play the games again.

Any additional comments?

The story focuses around Deckard Cain, who appeared in the video game series. The author takes a well-known character who ties the whole series together and turns him into a whining, useless old man who spends half of each chapter lamenting how useless he is and what a failure he is. None of the characters in the story are remotely likable. Maybe a good reader could have saved this book, but a bad story and a bad narrator made it so I couldn't even finish listening to it.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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