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Publisher's Summary

Lannick deVeers used to be somebody. A hero, even. Then, he ran afoul of the kingdom's most powerful general and the cost he paid was nearly too much to bear. In the years that followed, his grief turned him into a shadow of his former self, and he spent his days drowning his regrets in tankards of ale. But now an unexpected encounter casts Lannick upon an unlikely path to revenge. If he can just find the strength to overcome the many mistakes of his past, he can seize the chance to become a hero once more. And with an ancient enemy lurking at the kingdom's doorstep, he'd better....
©2015 David Benem (P)2015 David Benem
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4 out of 5 stars
By MelHay on 12-23-15

Fantasy with many lives in the balance...

Would you listen to What Remains of Heroes again? Why?

Absolutely. I have connected the dots now and would love to see the depth again with a new view. Andrew makes the story easy to follow with different voices and tones. And there is so much happening in the world.

What did you like best about this story?

We have many great things found in fantasy in one place. Assassins, successful assassins. A journey adventure with dangers in the path. Gods of powers. Greedy men who think nothing other than having power and control. A bloodline in danger of becoming extinct, and the dangers that come from that. All are weaved together in events happening. All are surfacing and influenced to do as the evil long hidden in shadows wants done.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Tell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my second book with Andrew as the narrator and he has done an amazing job with this book. I'm impressed! He starts this story with a strong feel, like the world is strong and harsh and we need to feel that along with the words. Instantly we get different voice tones and personalities as the story opens in a tavern, and troubles brew. Andrew even *spits* as he acts out the action of a character. I really enjoyed Andrew's acting and voice variation to each character.

Any additional comments?

There are many characters here and I felt I got a lot of feel and story for each one. Lannick has me curious early on. It seems he's someone, or was someone, special for things in the past. But there is also great sorrow there too. General Fane reminds me a touch of Glokta from The First Law series. He's one we love to hate. Acolyte Bale is a member of the Sanctum and gives us a view with more descriptions regarding the magic of things and the history of the Sentinels and the High Kings. Karnag gives us the assassin view and something new as well. Fencress is also an assassin, but a true friend willing to help another. These views are all different sides and gives us the full view of the troubles and evils of the world as it starts to crumble around them.

This was a story I really enjoyed. The world is dangerous and each character is doing their best under the terrible circumstances to survive and take care of things on their list. Blood, gods, magic, and turmoil. The writing style is easy to follow and know who is who and where they are. You got me! I look forward to continuing this series!

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 01-08-16

A Really Great Fantasy Novel

Would you consider the audio edition of What Remains of Heroes to be better than the print version?

It's hard to say because Andrew Tell does such a great job narrating this story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Remains of Heroes?

The opening scenes of the novel with Lannick

What does Andrew Tell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives you a sense of who the characters are through his voice performance that I don't think you would get from just reading the book.

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

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

In What Remains of Heroes, David Benem weaves a classic fantasy tale of reluctant heroes caught up in events almost beyond their understanding. Benem's characters are well-developed and memorable, and the author's vibrant descriptions of his setting gives life to the world he has created, which keeps things interesting for the reader.

This book is well-written with nice pacing. The storyline is interesting from the beginning until the end. I enjoyed the story so much that I finished it in 3 days. But more importantly, I was disappointed when the book was finished. I really wanted more, which is always another sign of great storytelling. As a longtime fan of the fantasy genre, I agree with what many of the other reviews have said.This book (along with a few others I have read this year) has rekindled my interest in reading more fantasy fiction.

The opening scenes of this novel with Lannick really resonated with me because we've all known someone who has become disillusioned with their life and longs for their glory days.

This is the second audio book I've listened to narrated by Andrew Tell, and once again Tell delivers a solid performance. He does an excellent job interpreting the fictional language created by the author.

If you're a fantasy fan, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book and I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'll definitely be buying it when it comes out.

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JPA on 07-30-16

Brutal, gritty and powerful fantasy.

I really enjoyed the story and flew through it. I struggled ever so slightly with the narration, although that could be the accent - since I'm a Brit. I just struggled to ease into it, although the voices became familiar quickly. despite this, the narration was clear and concise.
The characters wonderfully sit in the grey areas of grimdark and the good and the bad are not clear, which I liked. Happy that there were characters who weren't warriors, but heroes in themselves. All in all it's proved an intriguing beginning to an epic saga.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 12-16-15

Wow. Stop reading and get listening!!

Where does What Remains of Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was blown away by this book. Really, really, good!! A mature and very enjoyable epic of a fantasy book that I could not stop listening too!

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Remains of Heroes?

What really gripped me was the way that the writer has effortlessly woven the stories of some great characters into a brilliant story. We have a dark world with real characters. It's not a good guy vs bad guy formula. The characters change and develop and you will like them and then wonder why you did and then like them all over again. Very good writing!

Which character – as performed by Andrew Tell – was your favourite?

I liked the character of Lannick, although as I've said the character development in this book is outstanding. I found myself wanting to give him a kick so that he could reach the potential that I could see in him. Very good narration to avert, very good book. Overall excellent!!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I read a lot of fantasy, crime, thrillers etc. This one caught me by surprise and I couldn't stop listening. It's a brilliant book that's just simply well written from start to finish.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

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