Blood and Steel

  • by Martin Parece
  • Narrated by Andy Babinski
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A non-stop fantasy action thrill ride full of swords, magic and battle! Once the blood starts flowing, it just doesn't seem to stop.
Blood and Steel begins the story of Cor Pelson. You see, Cor is a Dahken - a race of magical warriors long thought dead by both the beneficent priests of the Shining West and the necromancers of the Loszian Empire. Shortly after he was born Cor changed - the coughing attacks came, and his skin changed to the gray of a corpse. He is different, and there were those who took notice.
Cor comes to realize that there are those who would control the power in his blood. Frightened and determined to protect those he loves, Cor steals away from home. He quickly finds that the world is not what he thought it was - the world is not full of happy farmers in a bountiful kingdom, living in peace and freedom. It is in fact a cruel, brutal place where blood flows readily and the ability to protect himself is paramount.
Those that would control the power in his blood follow him to the sea. Cor must accept that he is different, learn to unlock his strength and take revenge upon the Loszian necromancer who has wronged him.

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Worst Narrator EVER

What would have made Blood and Steel better?

A different person reading it.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Don't know couldn't get past the horrible dragging out of the last syllable, especially anything that ended in the letter R. So, on the constructive side - send the Narrator to speech therapy?


How could the performance have been better?

read above


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment and... revulsion?


Any additional comments?

Honestly couldn't tell if this was a decent story or not, because I only lasted less than an hour with the narrator - perhaps will try & pick up the book itself. Honestly the first book i ever tried to return.

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- John Zukley

First, lose the sinusitis, then narrate the book..

What disappointed you about Blood and Steel?

I'm sorry to have to rate the content as average because for all I know it's an excellent story. Unfortunately I'm forced to rate it. I was simply unable to suffer past the auricular dissonance of the first chapter. I feel bad for authors who get stuck with simply awful narration. It's not just that bad narration can hurt a good book; sometimes it can render it inaudible.


Would you recommend Blood and Steel to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe in Kindle format


What didn’t you like about Andy Babinski’s performance?

It wasn't just the heavy nasal inflection that made this narration so irritating. Babinski has this annoying tendency of drawing out the final consonant of certain words (seemingly at random). Is there really such a dearth of decent narrators that publishers have to hire Mr. Snuffleupagus? And is Sesame Street ok with their characters moonlighting?


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- SCOTT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2014
  • Publisher: Martin V. Parece II