Shardik Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A gripping tale of war, adventure, horror, and romance, Shardik is a remarkable exploration of mankind's universal desire for divine incarnation.
Richard Adams' Watership Down was a number-one New York Times best seller, a stunning work of the imagination, and an acknowledged modern classic. In Shardik, Adams sets a different yet equally compelling tale in a far-off fantasy world.
Shardik is a fantasy of tragic character, centered on the long-awaited reincarnation of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the half-barbaric Ortelgan people. Mighty, ferocious, and unpredictable, Shardik changes the life of every person in the story. His advent commences a momentous chain of events.
Kelderek the hunter, who loves and trusts the great bear, is swept up by destiny to become first devotee and then prophet, then victorious soldier, then ruler of an empire and priest-king of Lord Shardik - messenger of God - only to discover ever-deeper layers of meaning implicit in his passionate belief in the bear's divinity.
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|Listening Length||23 hours and 49 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 15, 2016|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #66,050 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,677 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,503 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,712 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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Now for the warning: do not expect a delicate, light-hearted tale. This book is full of tragedy with some very graphic, realistic cruelty that may leave you scarred. If you're worried about that at all but want to read something by this author, you may want to start with Watership Down. If you're ok with that, mulitplied by 100 on the cruelty scale...then read shardik. I have to say that it was long and sometimes a little boring, but no more than Moby Dick...and like Moby Dick, it left permanent impressions on my mind...some I wish I hadn't read actually. But overall, I'm very glad I read the book and plan to read it again.
But I only got through the first 150 pages....this adventure just could not keep me interested?!! Honestly, I don't believe I would be able to properly even explain what I read because it's so strange?!
Oh, well....give it a try. I would like to know if you make it through and in the end think you would even recommend it because I could not suggest this title to anyone? Sad, because it's not like the man doesn't write well because he does....it's just too odd for me!