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God of War

Written by: J. M. Barlog, Cory Barlog
Narrated by: Alastair Duncan
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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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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Great narration, but story is identical to game

I would have loved the novel to flesh out the game's lore or backstory. Instead it's pretty much a one to one description of the game, which isn't much value to someone who played the game enough to know it all.

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Great voice actor

This novel is great, either read or listened to. The fact that mimir narrates the book is a bonus to those who played the game.

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Exceptional story telling

Loved it. A great story even if you do not play the game. Some descriptions for fighting scenes were a little too brief, I think there is room for improvements in terms of pacing the fighting scenes and giving them story significance, not for the sake of just having a fight but breeze past it in 2 sentences.

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More than amazing

Alistair Duncan pulls off one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. It was exciting to the very end, very well paced and yet another reason on why I love god of war.

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  • Thuan Vu
  • 2018-08-28

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.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • TheWillRogers
  • 2019-01-29

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-08

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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  • Diego
  • Heredia, Costa Rica
  • 2018-09-21

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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  • Fraley
  • 2019-01-16

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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  • Owenlars2
  • Florida, USA
  • 2018-09-27

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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  • Andreas Barbre
  • 2018-08-28

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-03

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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  • Dex1578
  • 2019-02-12

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful