The Dark Tide

  • by Dennis L. McKiernan
  • Narrated by Cameron Beierle
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tuck Underbank is a Warrow -- think a hobbit with shoes and "large jewel-like eyes" -- living in the peaceful Boskydells. When an unnaturally cold winter strikes and the evil Modru threatens the world, he and a number of his fellow Thornwalkers go to the High King's aid. But a vast expanse of lightless blizzard called the Dimmendark (sounds bad, doesn't it?) is spreading over the land, and Tuck soon finds that the "dark tide" is going to swamp them all. Despite the fact that they're tiny and temperamental, the Warrows get included in the military forces. But the High King doesn't have enough warriors to hold off the horde of slobbering monsters who are coming to attack. And the battle goes horribly wrong, separating the friends from one another and possibly dooming them all.


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Customer Reviews

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A Tough Review Of A Carbon Copy...

Let's get to it - Short and sweet.

If you like the Lord of the Rings, but want to avoid the detailed monologues, descriptive family histories, and tedious and long world descriptions found in the Lord of the Rings, this series may be for you.

Here's the problem. This can't be more of a carbon copy of the formula used in The Lord of the Rings - An unlikely hero, a ragtag group to bring about an almost impossible task, a dark enemy of pure evil to get in the way, along with various races mixed up in the war. Only this tiny hero and his team can possibly overcome the impending doom that threatens to swallow the world.

Sound familiar?

Of course it does, but here's where my interest lies: It's a well-written carbon copy without the trapping of an epic trilogy. Think lighter, more casual listening for the simple fun of it. Most people do NOT make it through the Lord of the Rings because of that very reason - It's HEAVY reading. Will you re-listen to this yearly like you might with LotR? Definitely NO. You will however, consider revisiting it once in a very blue moon.

It's written well, and consistently well, at that. BUT...remember, Lord of the Rings it is NOT. Lower your literary expectations for just a little while, loosen your tie, and have a little fun with this enjoyable first book in the series.
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- Michael

The Dark Fake

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but the shameless copying of a good story with bad writing is simply to ride the coat tails of a famous (excellent) author. There was no true plot; no character development; no internal consistency (hardened warriors shed more frequent tears than most children of my acquaintance), and NO originality. The "plot", the characters, the names, the places, and the myriad types of nonhuman creatures are all barely disguised copies of those from J.R.R. Tolkien's books. The "doom, doom, boom" of the enemy drum beats is stolen directly from the scene just prior to Gandalf's battle with the Balrog in Moria in "The Lord of the Rings"; except in "The Drk Tide" the phrase is repeated over and over to the point of listener irritation. Also,in fact, there is no semblance of a conclusion, something even a trilogy should provide, It just quits. Though a good reader might have marginally redeemed it, this reader sounds similar to a deep-voiced 2nd grader performing in front of a stern, critical schoolmaster.

In sum: I wasted my time waiting for the book to finally become...something.
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- S. Wells

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2009
  • Publisher: Books in Motion