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Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Listeners have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy....
It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.
Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat - a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess. She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.
But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other. Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the listening and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.
©2000 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Michele Briere on 05-03-15


Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut out most of it. Lots of pointless, boring scenes.

What was most disappointing about David Eddings and Leigh Eddings ’s story?

They seemed to have a format for all their stories, and they followed the same format which makes all the stories sound alike with only names changed. They needed to break out of their self-imposed box.

What didn’t you like about Dennis Holland’s performance?

Althalus is supposed to be an illiterate, yet good natured thief but his voice is that of an aristocrat, bad Scottish accent for another set of people, and a third group who sound as though they came from Transylvania.

Was The Redemption of Althalus worth the listening time?


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By John on 09-19-13

Too Easy for Althalus

What disappointed you about The Redemption of Althalus?

There seems to be no real problems for the heroes of the story. They just go along, and everything is either provided, or just works out fine. Nobody causes them any real trouble and anything they need they just get. It's all too easy and becomes boring. I unfortunately got so bored that I stopped partway through the book. Maybe it became more interesting later?

What could David Eddings and Leigh Eddings have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I've really enjoyed other Eddings' novels - I read through the Belgariad and the Ruby Knight series, and what I really enjoyed was how there was difficulty and then how that difficulty was overcome. <br/>Give Althalus some problems. At least make him hunt food and cook it, or go hungy instead of just saying, "beef" and having cooked beef appear.

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

I enjoyed the vocal variety for the different charactars.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Redemption of Althalus?

I didn't actually get all the way through.

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By Iain Crockett on 06-17-13

a hackneyed and pedestrian tale.

I am a great fan of Devid Eddings and was looking forward to re- entering his world but something has happened to his writing in the last 10 years . The writing is good and easy to read as you would expect, but where are the characters, where are the plots and sub plots- I managed 6 hours of this tale before giving up - the first audio book I have not been able to finish. I have 3 reasons for this. I. The tale is simple and linear with no surprises and progresses at a very slow snails pace. The main character is locked in a house for thousands of years and it really felt like it! You have to care about the main character fo engage in the tale of his life but he is a hackneyed stereotype cobbled together from previous stories. Finally the narator is to scottish accents what dick van dyke is to cockeys!!.. I cannot recommend this book and am disappointed I contributed to its No 1 bestseller strap line.

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By Gwen1818 on 08-09-13

I remember the other version as better

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I got this audiobook thinking it was the original version I had years ago, sadly lost. Ok so the narrator is better he didn't instill the Norse esque feeling I got from the other narrator who inisisted on talking in a funny pretend Norse accent for allof the characters. Personal opinion only

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story

Would you be willing to try another one of Dennis Holland’s performances?

yes.he wasn't bad except for his Scottish ish accent

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By Stefan on 04-07-15

The Eddings do it again

Some of the best fantasy writing I've ever read. They put so much LIFE into the characters of all their books.

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By Mattias on 09-21-17

Giggle warnings!

Made me giggle so many times. XD.. Lovely feel all around this book. Not too thrilling but still exciting to see what the main crew comes up with time and time again. A very pleasing book with maybe a little to little sadness involved for a 5 from me. I prefer a wider range of emotions. :P.. Still though finishing the book gave me a very heartwarming feel all around. And I was never bored listening to it.

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