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Publisher's Summary

The official novelization of the brand new game

His vengeance against the gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive...and teach his son to do the same. 

This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series - satisfying combat, breathtaking scale, and a powerful narrative - and fuses them anew.

©2018 J. M. Barlog (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Enjoyed the game? Have Mimir help you relive the story

So far so good, Mimir was a great character whose story telling and voice were very compelling. If you enjoyed the game, you’ll more than likely enjoy having Mimir narrate your favorite pieces found in the game.

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Fantastic Story, Fantastic Performance, but

Alastair Duncan gives a fantastic performance so no gripes about this. Though, at one point he does have to switch between saying "Balder" and "Boulder" in rapid succession, which don't sound different at all when he says them.

The overall arch of the story is fantastic. A father and son journey filled with trials and tribulations.

Now for the 'but' portion of my title. This is a novelization of a video game, and you can tell. Fights are described in few words, scenery description is short, and pacing accelerates rapidly toward the end, often missing descriptions which would be welcome. A novelist brought on board to better transcribe the Barlogs' vision to prose would have been as amazing as the action in the source material.

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Only for fans of the game thirsty for more content

It offers a bit more info than the game, but that wouldnt be relevant to anyone but the most hardcore fans, but at the same time leaves out a lot of story you would ogherwose experience in the game. Alistar Duncan is a great narrator and his voice acting for Mimir was awesome but other character just wrong, especially hearing Kratos with a scotish accent. Overall I enjoyed it, but when I will want go hear the story again I will rather play the game.

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A perfectly retold, epic adaption of the game!

From game to pages, God of War, as told by Mimir's very voice actor, quotes scenes nearly verbatim, conjuring images and characters just as they were in the interactive version. The narrator keeps a voice very near to Mimir's own, yet is still discernable from the character's voice, although impressions of Brok and Sindri pale slightly. Other than that, little to no other complaints were found.

If you are a fan of the game, or wish to experience the story without picking up a controller, God of War is a fantasy epic story, sometimes hartwarming, sometimes brutal. There's something here for any mythology, or fantasy fan.

Let Ragnarok come forth.

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a recap of the game, but doesn't flow as well.

the performance is stellar, though it really does a poor job captuing the adventures and stories that take place in the game. I feel it should have been a series of short stories about various legs of their journey as opposed to trying to have a straitforward narrative through the critical path. maybe cut in with various tales of the Norse God's and/or Greek gods or kratos's past between mainline stories. still, excellent game recap.

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Thank the Gods for Mirmir

I honestly think this is the best audiobook I have in my entire library. Not only is the book full of answers to the GOW newest game. How Kratos came to be in the Nordic world all the way to hidden Easter eggs that can only be found by busting ass. And the best part is the narrator he makes me feel as if I am playing/living it’s story

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Masterpiece

J.M. Barlog sure knows how to vivify the story in the game and narrate it to such an extend of reality.
And Mr. Duncan's performance takes the leap from the reading to the imagination of the user so smoothly, one can feel the actions of the characters develop in front of you.

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One of the best audiobooks i've ever heard

This audiobook is just amazing. The wonderful story telling from Alastair Duncan (Mirmir), combined with epic story from god of war, i could wish for nothing more as the god of war fan i am.

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A marvelous and fantastic book!

As an enormous fan of the God of war franchise and hearing that Alastair Duncan(Mimir!) was reading the book i became enormously enticed to hear the book, and what a book indeed! As fantastic as the game! Fleshes out some things as we also get the mindset of Kratos more detailed. If you love GoW this is a must!

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Absolutely enjoyed this

As a gamer and a fan of this particular game, to hear it come to life like this is phenomenal. I absolutely enjoyed this reading and look forward to this groups other titles.

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  • Connor Cottam
  • 02-17-19

God of War Review

I enjoyed playing the God of War games since the very beginning. The story of Kratos defined the Greek tragedy. Now he story continues in the world of the Norse myths, I can't wait to see want happens now. I found this audio book and hoped it would go into more detail about the world. it is basically a retelling of the game in book form. some of it felt rushed since as boi falling ill. if you're are fan, I would say give this a go. but I think the games are fair better when it comes to the story of Kratos, the God of War

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-19

Performance was great, shame about the story

First off the reading was excellent on this book, despite his best efforts the story was still fairly lacking. The description was weak at times and failed to describe the gravity of the situations that Kratos gets into.

I'm sure this writing style works great when emphasised with visual effects of the video game but as a book it was really lacklustre and I had to force myself to persevere and finish this title.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-18

I hope he will narrate more books

Hearing Mimir tell the story of the game was the best experience both in the game and as a narrator for this book. I really want to listen to more books narrated by Alastair Duncan.

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  • Simon Harper
  • 10-31-18

Amazing

Perfect listening after playing the game, after playing the game and already knowing the story I thought it would be a boring listen but Alastair who voices Mimir in the game really brings it life with his performance.
Also after playing the game you get such a vivid picture in your mind as the book goes on

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  • Tasha Yar
  • 10-19-18

Perfect narrator!

Offered up insight into a fantastic game that I never thought I would have since The Witcher, perfect choice for a narrator and I would certainly look forward to hearing Alistair Duncan again.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 09-07-18

a good game with a good story.

This book is only here for those who interested in the story of the game and not playing it.
it was a nice story, though.

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  • Daniel Vaughan
  • 12-10-18

now I have to play the game!

got this audiobook because I asked for the game for Christmas....... I can't wait to play it!

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  • Alex
  • 09-20-18

Good if you are familiar with the series

Impeccable narration and delivery but story was lacking in emotion. Descriptions of characters and locations was insufficient for immersion.

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  • Reinis sprudzans
  • 10-23-18

Loved it

Loved it, Almost exactly like the game and an excellent narrator. Highly recommended for any God of War fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-21

Alastair Duncan was an inspired choice.

"Read by the guy who voices Mimir" was all I needed to hear to buy this instantly and I was not disappointed. Follows pretty much the story of the game, so some serious spoilers if you haven't finished it yet, but it's well written, well read and well worth listening to.

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  • Alex
  • 09-03-18

Mimir is awesome

As intense as the game, and helped to illustrate the story even more. Well worth it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

terrible

not a book for falling asleep to. its like the narrator is just screaming and yelling in a terrible accent. not much of a story here. free so get what you pay for

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  • Thomas Blackman-Bishop
  • 04-26-20

Short but True

While shorter than most, the story is an excelent retelling of a videogame. This I mean as both a criticism and a compliment. Most of the voices are well done, except a noteable 2 in Broc and Freya.
and the story really rockets along with plenty of well paced action and a slow build of personality.

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  • Sandie Archer
  • 10-01-18

Loved it.

I had already played GoW before I listened to this novelisation, and found it wonderful.

Alastair's reading of the book made it seem much more authentic, like a tale being retold as opposed to a script. I absolutely adored the way the story portrayed Kratos and Atreus, and their relationship.

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  • Rachael Cameron
  • 12-01-21

Fantastic story

Loved listening to Alastair Duncan as he also voiced the character of Mimir. peace out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

glad it was free

The story itself is very very dry, and delivered at such pace it just becomes noise. The narrator while clearly talented has an accent so at odds with the story it constantly knocks you out of the story.

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  • Aaron Munt
  • 10-06-21

Great Listen

Really enjoyable listen. Fantastic story and it just helps to solidify what you already know if you have played the game!

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  • The Keyboard
  • 09-27-21

Could not finish

The book's not terrible, but I expected better.

The storyline struggles (most likely from having to follow a path dictated by the game) and the writing could be snappier. Narration is well done... but left me confused. Why does a Greek god of war fighting Norse gods have a Scottish accent?

In the end, I just couldn't finish the book, despite my interest in the associated game. If this were the last book on earth, sure I could deal with it, but life's too short for mediocre listens.

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  • Crazyninja t51
  • 09-05-21

God of War

The story is so amazing, mimir, Kratos, atrocious and many more. The Performances was outstanding.Definitely worth the buy I really Recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-21

An excellent audiobook adaption of the game

This was an excellent adaption of the game. I thought the story might be hard to tell without gameplay elements, but it was masterfully done and didn't drag out at all. In fact, you get a few extra details here that aren't explicitly given in the game, so well worth a listen.