Random House presents the audiobook edition of Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian, read by Philip Stevens.
The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land.
For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye. When raiders from across the sea ransack his village, Osric finds himself taken prisoner by their chief, Sigurd the Lucky.
Immersed in the Norsemen's world and driven by their lust for adventure, Osric proves a natural warrior and forges a deep bond with Sigurd, who renames him Raven. But the Norsemen's world is a savage one, where loyalty is often repaid in blood and a young man must become a killer to survive....
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5 out of 5 stars
By TheFluffyViking on 23-01-18


I love this book. I read it first on my Kindle a couple of years ago, and thought I'd get it on audible as well. The narrator is extremely good, his enunciation clear, and he gives a good account of the widely differing characters, letting the listener feel more involved in the story, rather than just read the words off a page with no emotion. My only only bone to pick with this narrator is that he mangles many of the Norse names, like Øystein and Håkon. I realise that audiobook production is extremely labor intensive in many ways, but I feel he could have done a better job by 'asking around' and at least do some research on these (to many) un-pronunceable names. I know another author whose audiobook narrator did just that, and this is why I'm disappointed in Stevens' performance and apparent lack of research. Other than this issue, I love the story. It has all my favourite parts in it, like seemingly hopeless and lost battles with blood, guts, and limbs lopped off, disemboweling and beheading. And love. just a little, not too much. Fill your boots.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roy on 13-02-18

An Epic Saga in the classical style

As an admirer of the Vikings and lover of the saga you eventually, inevitably feel that you have read every combination and construction of situations for heros tovfind themselves in and escape from. especially in a loved series.
The hallmark of the truely great writers of this genre is that, when launching a new series and hero, they leave the lisener sorry the pleasure of the tale has ended eager for it's continuation.
However in the world of Audi books even great works can be deminished by bad narration. It was to be said that in this book neither author nor narrator disappoint on any level

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