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Mankind has ceded the night to the corelings, demons that rise up out of the ground each day at dusk, killing and destroying at will until dawn, when the sun banishes them back to the Core. As darkness falls, the world’s few surviving humans hide behind magical wards, praying the magic can see them through another night. As years pass, the distances between each tiny village seem longer and longer. It seems nothing can harm the corelings, or bring humanity back together.

Born into these isolated hamlets are three children. A Messenger teaches young Arlen that fear, more than the demons, has crippled humanity. Leesha finds her perfect life destroyed by a simple lie and is reduced to gathering herbs for an old woman more fearsome than the demons at night. And Rojer’s life is changed forever when a traveling minstrel comes to his town and plays his fiddle.

But these three children all have something in common. They are all stubborn and know that there is more to the world than what they’ve been told, if only they can risk leaving their safe wards to find it.

Performed by Ken Jackson, Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Colleen Delany, Delores King Williams, Elizabeth Jernigan, James Lewis, Christopher Graybill, Nick DePinto, Thomas Penny, Steven Carpenter, Michael Glenn, Eric Messner, Joe Brack, Mort Shelby, Michael John Casey, Joseph Thornhill.

©2010 Peter V. Brett (P)2011 Graphic Audio, LLC

What listeners say about The Warded Man (1 of 2) [Dramatized Adaptation]

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I had to strain to many times to hear the story over the sound effects. I finally gave up.

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Great!

I listened to the original several years ago and loved the story. Now, listening again with the full cast, it comes to life even more!

The battle scenes can be a bit overwhelming/loud at first. I almost put it down in the first hour, but am glad I carried on. Had no trouble hearing the narrators or dialog and actually found the story easier to follow and clearer to my minds eye.


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Not what I had hoped

After listening to the standard audio books for the Demon Cycle 3-4 times, I was unable to finish this one. The actors feel as though they are trying hard in areas adding additional dramatization to scenes that I had not had it in the past, and in my opinion at least took away from the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-21

Don't think I'll buy the 2nd installment

Firstly, the narration felt rushed. I don't know if this was due to time constraints or if someone thought that this would build excitement. If the latter, then the pace should only be quickened during the "action scenes" of the story. Having a fast pace from start to finish only becomes tiresome. A slight pause between sentences allows the listener to breath and take in what has just been said. Sadly I rarely felt that I had this opportunity.

The dialogue was often campy and over dramatised, without contractions. It didn't feel believable. People simply don't talk like that.

But the hardest for me to listen to was the terrible southern accents. I don't know why they had to be country bumpkins in the first place but if you are going to do a southern drawl then less is more.

In the end I attribute all of these problems to poor direction and honesty don't think that I can suffer through another 5+ hours. I'll spend my credits on something more enjoyable.

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  • Alan Lill
  • 02-11-22

Interesting take on original

I love the original. I love the story and the performance is acceptable. The only disappointing thing is that the books are all broken down in to at least two other parts which seems a little steep in my opinion.

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  • Oliver James Howland
  • 11-12-21

Excellent Production worth two credits

This is for fans or people that like the graphic audio series. Listening while already very familiar with the story I loved every minute of the production going back to re listen to sections. This is very very well done and I look forward to the rest.

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 09-15-21

Listen with an open mind

Listening to this was a gamble for me.

This is one of my favourite book series and the unabridged version is narrated by Colin Mace, one of my favourite narrators. So, it was doomed to fail.

I started listening and nearly gave up, I kept comparing it to the unabridged version and felt that it didn't compete. I decided to listen to the end, however I decided to evaluate it in the same way I would evaluate the Lord of the Rings movies, as a different type of media that should be judged on its own merits. I'm currently listening to Book 1, Part 2.

I have scanned some of the one-star reviews and I can relate to some of the points they have raised, That said, I am glad I pushed these feelings aside and continued listening as this is an adaptation, and it does a really great job at bringing this series to life in a unique way that is really effective and enjoyable.

It will never replace Colin Mace's narration, and I will always feel that the unabridged version is superior, but that doesn't prevent this from being a 5-star performance that has me hooked.

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  • Raven Eagles-Flight
  • 08-20-21

Terrible. I wish I hadn't bothered

I could make it past the 1st paragraph. The pace was completely out, the accents were ridiculous.

What a waste of a credit

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  • Ashley
  • 01-27-21

Fantastic

The re-telling of an amazing story. I loved the books and would have given 5 stars if the whole book was covered (book 1).

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  • 04-06-21

I cannot believe how bad the entire production is.

The sound effects are badly mixed, and repeated ad-nausium. Hearing the same loop of sound effects is very distracting.

The music is just horrible.

The mix is wrong, with dialogue being drowned out or confused with the poor sound scape.

I cannot believe that this was done by a professional group of individuals. It is truely, woefully bad.

I've heard better sound production from primary school students.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-21

Awesome!

love it. Great listen, own the books an enjoyed the audio just as much. This might be the closest we get to a movie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

Worth the price.

For the price of double an ordinary audiobook as it is split into 2 parts, you could easily dismiss this option, but the quality of the narration and effects with multiple voice actors playing different roles makes this the best audiobook experience I have ever had. Emotion is ample across both parts of this book and each role is done extremely well.