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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Mar. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BS3BLWO
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Song of the Beast Audio Download – Unabridged
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There are some similarities between "Song of the beast" and "The Rai-kirah", as both revolve around a central character who has suffered persecution throuigh no fault of his own. There are however enough differences between the worlds, plots and characters of "Song of..." and "Rai-kirah" (i.e. the existance of dragons and lack of demons), to prevent "Song of..." from merely being a profitable rehash. Instead it comes across as exciting new read from this gem of a writer.
Aidan is a remarkable man. In his youth he was renowned as a singer of unsurpassable talents, able to move the hardest of hearts; as such he travelled throughout the lands performing to all from kings to beggars. But now, having been silenced he is released from his home fro most of his manhood, the dungeon. But his is not free; there are still those who pursue him, some to keep him silenced, others who seek to use his voice for other reasons.
Aidan takes us along his epic journey, and gradually unravels the part the dragons play in his life and troubles. He encounters the Elhim, the at best ignored and at worst despised race who have neither male nor female, and Lara, the daughter of a warrior dragon rider who aspires to be as her father. While Ms Berg seems to like her main characters marred on the outside, which the once handsome Aidan after his torturous imprisonment most definitely is, on the inside he has only a good and pure heart, a mild and good mannered man wishing vengeance on none.
Although Aidan narrates most of the tale, occasionally one or another of the characters takes over if only briefly; a device which keeps us on edge for we can never be sure of anyone's survival. From the very first pages it is certainly a gripping tale such is Carol Berg's writing skill; something we are accustomed to with her other three volume epic, the Rai-kirah saga. Song of the Beast weaves an intricate, unpredictable, imaginative and enthralling story, producing a book which once started is hard to put down.
Carol Berg has a knack of populating her books with flawed heroes, and Aidan is no exception. I think you tend to love them more because they are flawed and have suffered hardships; that they aren't perfect.
If you thought fantasy novels were all the same and full of cliches, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to say that I found this a rather disappointing read. I wasn't sucked into the story or really cared about any of the characters. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2010 by Melodramatic Fool
Song of the Beast is another great book by Carol Berg and almost something of a rarity in the fantasy genre these days, a stand alone! Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2009 by AnetteF