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Darksiders: The Abomination Vault is a gem of a story for all Darksiders fans to read and enjoy. You get a in-depth view of the horseman Death, who is a very snarky, lethal sonavabitch. A dark character with an ever darker past.
While the story happens long long LONG before the Darksiders game timeline, it lays down some precedences that may explain some of the who/what/why's for the game. The book has an interesting lot of characters from the high heavens to the depths of hell...many of which we are already familiar with such as Azrael, Abaddon, Uriel, and the Crowfather. And we meet new characters such as Panoptos (of which the watchers are based from) and The Keeper of Oblivion, whom I hope we meet again in the future.
Ari Marmell did a marvelous job fleshing out the characters in the book, especially with Death. I only hope he will write more Darksiders books in the future. His stories are rich enough for me to continue to enjoy the Darksiders universe, regardless if we get another game or not.
Bob Walter did an excellent job narrating and performing the story. His rendition of Death is just right with its feralness and inflections, similar to the game. Since Death is the lead character of the story, one can forgive the softer voice of War. Once you're lost in the story, it won't matter at all.
Oh, Death, Death, Death. You snarky feral sonofabitch. You freaking steal this story long and wide. Death is what makes the reading/listening The Abomination Vault so outstanding, regardless if you played the game or not.
War takes second place, but is still a major character. He gets some marvelous moments of his own in the book that War fans will enjoy. Strife and Fury also make appearance, but their parts are small.
But Death...dammit...he steals all the scenes. Greedy bastard, LOL.
If you're a fan of Darksiders, you will enjoy this audio book. Get it.
If you're a fan of dark fantasy, but have never played the game, you will also enjoy The Abomination Vault. Ari does a great job with his writing that you do not need to have played the game to still enjoy a great story. You will not be disappointed.
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First I want to say that Bob did amazing job narrating his book.
The story gives much needed insight to the background of the characters, the overall story and universe. Characters are described richly, even in the slightest movements, and in the same way that they appear in the games (the ones that are there), which made the audiobook very easy to get myself totally absorbed in. Though itself has very little related to the games' story - which is absolutely not a bad thing, as it gives a different kind of angle to the universe.
Narrator has one voice that is deep and gravelly and well suited to the setting of the story, but it is just one voice. Writing is for the most part good, although the setup for events near the end gets a little lazy.
If you like the setting, and don't mind the story taken a back seat for some vivid descriptions of various battles, you'll like the book.