Prime God of War (Audio Download): J. M. Barlog, Cory Barlog, Alastair Duncan, Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Audible Audiobooks –

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 surviveand 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

10 thoughts on “God of War (Audio Download): J. M. Barlog, Cory Barlog, Alastair Duncan, Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Audible Audiobooks

  1. Andy Andy says:

    The official novelization of the PS4 video game by JM Barlog, is a pretty faithful retelling of the video game, of Kratos and his son Atreus travelling to the highest peak in all the realms to scatter the ashes of Kratos wife and Atreus mother Along their dangerous journey, they cross paths with Aesir, dwarves, and many foes determined to stop them.It s a good and enjoyable story, that focuses on the father son relationship during their quest, which pads out the narrative a bit for me, as Kratos struggles with, as a now single parent, trying to guide his son away from following his own dark path as well as keeping him safe from the many dangers they face on their way The appearance of Mimir adds a levity to the story too, with his sometimes witty retorts as well as filling in some of the back story of the Norse Aesir and Vanir mythology the game is very much steeped in It does kind of gloss over some of action and fighting as well as some other areas of the game though So I would recommend playing the game beforehand, as it adds to the experience, and helps fill in some of parts where the book treads lightly That criticism aside, the novelization is still a worthy companion to the brilliant video game.The audiobook is also narrated by Alastair Duncan, voice of Mimir in the game, which was pretty cool and a nice little bonus for fans of the video game.

  2. Craig Craig says:

    If you ve played the ps4 game then its the same.The story is focused around Kratos, the God of war and his son, Atreus It follows their journey as they overcome multiple threats to spread the ashes of Faye, Kratos wife and Atreus Mother I personally loved the story whilst playing the game, the relationship between father and son is rocky and almost distant at the start and the story does a great job of telling the reader how it changes over the course of their journey when they have to work together and the interaction between them when new characters are met.P.s, Mimir is favourite character

  3. Gastón Gastón says:

    I completed the game as soon as was out, and was amazing This book is no less, as not only describes the story of the game in full detail, but also gives depth to all the character when they think or interact with each other You can not go wrong with this one.

  4. MohammedMuhi MohammedMuhi says:

    Amazing book As I was reading I could picture every bit of the game The game was amazing and this book was amazing Enjoyed every minute of it.

  5. Aziz Ercan Aziz Ercan says:

    noneed to even say anything, if you love the game then you will love the book.

  6. Customer Customer says:

    One of the best books I ve read in a while, incredible story line and amazingly written would definitely recommend to anyone

  7. Drew Drew says:

    4.5 stars.I ll preface my review with this statement, I m a massive God of War fan From its initial release on the PlayStation 2 all the way back in 2005 through to the recent 2018 PlayStation 4 instalment that this book is the novelization of I mean, the book even has the exact same cover as the video game Set in ancient Greece and full of the gods and monsters of Greek mythology God of War was a fantastic series and called to me The setting, the creatures, the epic boss fights, Kratos, the main character, angry with a fiery rage, hell bent on vengeance against the God s, the sweet weaponry that he wielded, I mean, c mon the Blades of Chaos are amazing and, I m not gonna lie, the gratuitous violence and copious bloodshed appealed to.Then, with the latest release, the setting changed Kratos had quenched his thirst for vengeance and ancient Greece was no Instead, the series moved on, forward in time to a new Norse setting and something strange happened to Kratos He was always a great character but he was also rather one dimensional and then with this instalment of God of War he changed.With the passage of time Kratos had aged, he had traded in the Blades of Chaos for a single axe, the Leviathan axe, his anger whilst still there was now measured, he was reflective, thoughtful and as a character, he was far complex than ever before.The God of War series is one of favourite gaming series and, for this latest release, along with the likes of Bioshock 1, 2 Infinite , Dead Space 1 2 , Fallout 3, the GTA series, Horizon Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption, going old school now, Shadow of the Colossus and even further back Goldeneye and The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time it is one of the best games that I have ever played, it s not just a video game, it s an experience The setting, the mythology, the monsters, the locations, the dialogue, the weapons, the RPG Role playing Game elements and expanded gameplay, Kratos and then, this time, the cutscenes, the storytelling and the emotions that the game evokes in the player too Yes, the visceral violence that is synonymous with the franchise is still there but then there is added depth too God of War has such a heartfelt, personal and poignant story with Kratos and his son, Atreus leaving their isolated forest home to fulfil Kratos s promise to his deceased wife, to honour her last wish and scatter her ashes from the top of the highest mountain peak in all of the nine realms The simple story that turns into an epic journey spanning various realms and the fraught relationship between the father and son who have never really bonded is a testament to the power of storytelling in the video game medium with some amazing voice acting by Christopher Judge Teal c from Stargate SG1 as Kratos.Saying all that, after being offered a copy of the God of War book to read and review which, I have to admit that I had no idea was even a thing until I received the press release email half of me was chomping at the bit to accept and thinking how cool is this but the other half was rather apprehensive about accepting it You see, with no disrespect to either the book or Barlog the game had set such a high standard I d go as far as to call it a masterpiece that I had to ask myself what could the book possibly add to the game and would it be a worthy addition or an unnecessary extra that simply left me yearning to pick up the controller and replay the game.Well, after finishing the book I have to admit that Barlog has done a damn fine job with the God of War novelization and he brings the game to life in the form of a tremendous book I loved it and in my opinion, if you are a fan of the game then you ll be a fan of the book.Obviously, the book tells the same story as in the game Kratos and Atreus journey forth from their home to scatter Faye s the wife of Kratos and the mother of Atreus ashes from the highest mountaintop in all the realms.There s a lot packed into the game of God of War Along with the main story, there is a whole plethora of other content available with plenty of lore and a variety of side quests to discover throughout the world As such, the book is far linear in its approach focusing solely on the main story and missing out the lore and side quests This, however, is totally understandable and Barlog can t be faulted for his focus on the main story Had he written about everything else that is included in the actual game then the book would have been double the size in length and probably well over 800 pages Instead, what we get is a streamlined narrative featuring the major points of the main story that manages to keep the core of the game intact and works well.It is a long and arduous trek to the highest mountain peak spanning various realms with plenty of obstacles along the way and many battles against a variety of foes including Trolls, Hel walkers, Draugr, Ogres, Elves, Wulver, a Dragon, demi gods and a god to overcome.Kratos and Atreus are both consumed by grief by the loss of Faye They are in turmoil and the loss is a wound that is raw and still bleeds Atreus wears his heart on his sleeve and often shows his emotions Whereas, with Kratos, apart from the anger shown he is very stoic, grieving in his own way and mourning silently but the grief, for the pair is palpable on the pages Kratos doesn t know how to be a father to Atreus struggling with the role and at its core, that s what God of War is about The building and the development of the relationship between the two, the growth of Kratos as he learns to be a father, Atreus maturing from the child who started the journey and showing that he is strong enough to complete the task, trusting each other, working together and finally both Kratos and Atreus coming to terms with their true nature.In general, the action in God of War is decent enough but there s a couple of occasions where description and detail would have been welcomed in the encounters and fights It s a tough one though as the action in the game is very visceral Subsequently, if Barlog had taken that gaming action and written it in the same visceral way then the God of War book would have been very dark and it wouldn t have been as accessible as it ultimately is.The settings in the book are recognisable as the locations in the game Likewise, the characters in the book are the not only reminiscent of the characters from in the game, they are the characters from in the game Kratos, Atreus, the head of Mimir, Brok and Sindri the bickering dwarven brothers , Freya and Baldur and their actions, the dialogue between them and their personalities are all on point and Barlog has done a great job of transferring them to the book.The book offers fans of the game something extra in the form of a worthy companion piece that sits beside the game as a welcome addition to the God of War franchise evoking the spirit of the game For those who don t play video games I know, the horror but alas, some people don t and have no prior knowledge of Kratos and the God of War gaming series then you will also still find a good adventure and story inside the pages of the book.

  8. The Afro Nerd The Afro Nerd says:

    You have no damn right to be such a great story I am disgusted by the greatness Make this a TV series right now my eyeballs are waiting

  9. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    The ups and downs Kratos Atreus go through just to fulfill a last wish makes this journey one of the greatest you can read about It s compelling and vivid The characters show very little emotion but this book emotes so much This is a story of a father son with Norse mythology sprinkled in

  10. Anshu Anshu says:

    Haven t played any game of this franchise, but read the previous books The transition in norse myth is just beautiful As a father I can relate to Kratos, except I m not a God D I m looking forward to playing this game real soon.