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Download The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy (Unabridged), by David Anthony Durham
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Anthony Durham Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, named after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends.

Leodan hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way. A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan in the heart of Acacia while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

Acacia is a thrilling work of literary imagination that creates an all-enveloping and mythic world that will carry readers away. It is a timeless tale of heroism and betrayal, of treachery and revenge, of primal wrongs and ultimate redemption. David Durham has reimagined the epic narrative for our time. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin Mathews | 2/20/2014

    " Bullshit ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/8/2014

    " You have to stick with it. It does get better and all start to come together about halfway through. The author is a master of the suspenseful chapter ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.m. | 2/1/2014

    " A nice setting, some good conflicts, but too often Durham felt like he was rushing things instead of letting the plot fully develop. And some choices people made were irritating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fast Freddy | 1/30/2014

    " I just wasn't engaged for the first 400 pages or so...the characters weren't quite strong enough, and I felt that the author didn't allow them to speak for themselves-his narrative dominated. I actually quit on this book, but never having done so before, I decided to just get through it. It did get a bit more interesting, and I will read the 2nd and 3rd books of the trilogy just to complete it (they are in transit). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/19/2014

    " The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me and it took a while before I got into it. But by the end I was eager to see what would happen and am looking forward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mart | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed the book for the most part. All this build up only to knock it down. It really wants to be Game of Thrones. I'm hoping for better in the next volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 1/16/2014

    " An epic fantasy of good and evil.--Danene "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/25/2013

    " Really good story, didn't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E Anders | 12/7/2013

    " There's lots to like here, but I felt the front end's pacing is way too slow and overall, the book could have been about 1/3 shorter. I spent a good amount of time skipping/skimming pages without feeling like I missed anything. I'm willing to give the next book a chance at some point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lei | 12/1/2013

    " I have to stop reading this. I find i just dont care about the characters and i'm already 100+ pages into the book and its 576 pages? Life is too short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/14/2013

    " enjoyed this one - well formed fanasy, though the ending is a little lame "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 9/15/2013

    " Started out a bit slow and rather conventional. Once things get rolling, though, quite a good book. Nice setup for a trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cece | 11/8/2012

    " It took to long for me to read. I usually dont have a hard time getting into books but this one I had a really hard time getting into. I was about 2/3 through the book before I got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milton | 6/13/2012

    " Good book. Reminded me of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series although Durham had not read Martin's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bruin | 8/13/2011

    " loved. it. so rich. so complicated. so well written. read. it. now. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Udayan Chakrabarti | 7/27/2011

    " A standard fantasy which asks very uncomfortable questions. Worth a read !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dirk | 5/19/2011

    " A reread because the second book in this trilogy had just come out and my memory isn’t good enough on it’s own. I liked this book the second time too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephan | 4/30/2011

    " Spannend und wendungsreich, aber ein paar hundert Seiten weniger hätten auch nicht geschadet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rajit | 4/15/2011

    " An outstanding attempt at world building and one of the best adult fantasy novels I've read for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 4/3/2011

    " This book took a while to get good, but like other reviews said previously, after about 100 pages or so, it really got alot better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helga | 3/8/2011

    " A person looking for an epic, family-driven narrative of doorstop girth, especially in the absence of a new George R. R. Martin tome, could do much worse than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters and development are wonderful. I really held a love/hate relationship with how the story progressed. It definitely made me react as any good read should. "

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