• Diablo: The Sin War, Book 1: Birthright

  • Blizzard Legends
  • By: Richard A. Knaak
  • Narrated by: Richard Halverson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in eternal conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary - the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls. This is the tale of the Sin War - the conflict that would forever change the destiny of man.

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Truly awful, sadly

I love the Diablo series of games so when I learned there were novels set in that world I was genuinely excited. This did not live up to that excitement…
The story: I realize this is part 1 in a trilogy and by necessity will be a little slower as it is setting up the rest of the story, but come on, this is just dreadful. The characters are bland the action is minimal, and the pacing is downright glacial.
The narrator: There is absolutely zero emotion in this guy’s narration. It is a chore to even listen to him, he keeps his voice absolutely flat even the “action” scenes seem like he’s reading the Saturday morning news.
Just dreadful even from a die hard fan…

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A Diablo Fan must read (hear) this book!

Great story to understand the uprising of the nephalem!
Richard's act (the narrator) is just amazing!

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Great story but narration is meh

I love the story but the narration is difficult to keep up with. Chapters run into eachother with no or little pause, you really have to pay attention but the story is worth it.

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Slow, plodding, tedious and, disappointing

The Diablo universe has some of the most intriguing, and compelling lore of any game I have ever played. full of dark and sinister plots and a massive, overarching theme of dispair, brutality and, evils. YET, they continue to pump out this disappointing content book after book.

It boggles the mind that with so much to work with they cannot move beyond bland characters and plots. in this one the main character is a self loathing farmer who can maybe do magic or something ? there's no real explanation or intrigue or anything resembling a coherant plot. the whole book is a group of farmers and other mundane characters fumbling their way around hiding, crying, and generally being inept and useless. I could go on but I think I've wasted enough time already.

the narration is the also underwhelming and at times will make you cringe as he tries to scream in a normal tone of voice.
there is no real emotion conveyed and it ends up sounding like a bored, effeminate English man is just reading off the morning paper.

An absolute disappointment and another eye rolling addition to the mediocre collection of books set in the Diablo universe that completely miss the mark.

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Overall a fun book

I just wish the author would just use peoples names more instead of saying the son of whoever or the brother of whoever or companion. The narrator also seems to have a problem expressing shouting . Like he ends up making a weird batman voice whisper shout as if he is trying to not wake someone up lol

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Amazing

This is a must have for any diablo fan, fantastic story, and performed very well by the narrator. Do yourself a favor and just get it!

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don't buy it

it's a great book but it's the only one Amazon has of the trilogy. but it's worth finding.

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Great story, questionable narrator

Enjoyed the story overall, going to get straight to the next one. My only gripe is the narration of Richard Halverson: he's alright, but the main character and his brother, both sound almost exactly the same, have the worst, most annoying voices I've ever heard in an audiobook, and to quote another reviewers take, the narrator indeed sounded like he was reading through the Sunday paper. The story easily made up for it though, at least in my opinion.

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I'm hooked

the story was enough to rapture my attention. I wanted different voices for characters, not much variation. enjoyable, so on to the next one

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Diablo lore shouldn't be allowed to be this boring

Oh boy!
This book is a perfect example of 'telling not showing'. We're told about what happens, we're not shown it.
Large part of the book sounds to copy pasted from the diablo wikia and assumes you've already read it.
The performance is acceptable, but the book should've been edited for audio in advance.

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  • Thumper
  • 12-21-21

Decent Story, God Awful Narration

So when you come to make an Audio Book, you check off - Story...tick, Tape machine...tick, biscuits and coffee...check...Damn! we forgot the Narrator....error OK you'll do you sound like a talentless Dalek, Christ! WTF is wrong with people? The single most important thing in an Audio Book is the Narration, you has one job to do...Jeez

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-21

not for the uninitiated

Completely incomprihensible.
Heard Diablo had a good story and interesting lore, but as someone who hasn't played the games, this made no sense at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-22

Not for me

loved other Diablo books by Richard A. Knaak.
just couldn't get into this one at all.

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  • J
  • 05-26-20

Bring back Josh

The narrator is just terrible, all the same voices, completely monotone the entire book. Such a shame I was really looking forward to this.