The Ancient

  • by R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by Erik Singer
  • 12 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Searching for his long-lost father, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war against the brutal Samhaist, Ancient Badden. On an Alpinadoran lake, just below Ancient Badden's magical ice castle, several societies, caught in the web of their own conflicts, are oblivious to Ancient Badden's devastating plans to destroy them. Branson becomes the link between the wars, and if he fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists. The Ancient is part of the Saga of the First King, a four-book series that chronicles the early days of Corona, the same world explored in Salvatore's best-selling Demon Wars saga.

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What the Critics Say

"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat." (Library Journal)

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The Ancient (Unabridged)

R.A. Salvatore is a master of his craft, he is the Stephen King fanstay writing. This book shows how he weaves a story around several characters each with their own interesting tale to bring it all together to form a great story. As a reader of Forgotten Realms books for over a decade this audio book was a joy to listen to and I hated to hear this story end. If you are a lover of fantasy books this is a must have in your collection.

My only objection is that once you finish the book there are no more Salvatore books on Audible to listen to.
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Another Great Book From Mr. RA

I have been a big fan of RA Salvatore since the first time I picked up Forgotten Realms : Icewind Dale trilogy. With the few titles from Salvatore to choose from, as I am not a Star Wars fan, The Ancient was a no brainier choice. I was also excited to meet up again with Bransen "the highwayman" and his new adventures. I was not disappointed.

This is my first audible pick that I have not previously read. So while unlike my many other audible titles, I started listening without any idea of the story line or without the ability of knowing what would happen next.

The narrator, Erik Singer, did an good job. While I have to admit the sottish/english accents were not my favorite, they did allow me to follow the story and connect with the characters with a deeper degree. I really enjoyed Erik's delivery of the story.

I hope that audible will add more of RA Salvatore's great line up.
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- M.Mussio

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio