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1987 Stephen King – The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook read by Bronson Pinchot
This fantasy audio book by Stephen King is released by Signet, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.. Editions Also Have been published by Viking Press and Time Warner Paperbacks. Eyes of the Dragon is written for adults, however it is on the suggested reading lists for several high schools.
Although Roland isn’t attracted to women, he marries Sasha, a 17-year-old girl of noble blood that knows much less about making babies than he can. She’s a princess and can be adored by all. Roland also grows to adore her, but he learns to enjoy sex – except for one occasion, the afternoon he slays a dragon with one arrow. Upon returning to the castle, Roland regales his young wife with the details of his heroism. Stephen King – The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook.
Roland’s second son might not have been born if it were not for the misdeeds of Flagg, a wicked magician who also serves as Roland’s closest adviser. Four years after Peter’s arrival, Flagg brews Roland a double dose of a special potion that Roland is used to taking on the rare nights he visits Sasha’s bedroom. Filled with lustful appetite, Roland hurts Sasha and finally collapses in a drunken stupor. Nine weeks later, Sasha gives birth to Thomas. But before her son is an hour, Sasha is murdered — that the attending midwife kills her Flagg’s orders. Everybody in the kingdom believes she died in childbirth. Peter’s two most vivid memories of his mom are of those intricate dollhouse the king commissioned to be built for her when she came in Delain and the nighttime she advised him to use his napkin. To honor her memory, he also utilizes a napkin at every meal and proceeds to play with the dollhouse. Stephen King The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Free.
Even though they grow up together, Peter and Thomas are distinct. Peter is blessed with both looks and intelligence, and Thomas has neither. To make things worse, Peter is Roland’s obvious favorite. But Peter’s character remains unsullied by life’s gifts. He also saves a horse out of certain death. The taxpayers of Delain look ahead to the afternoon Peter will be their chief.
He throws a rock for an old, crippled dog – and then keeps throwing stones till he finally stones it to departure. The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Download. Flagg takes benefit of Thomas’ loneliness and shows him matters onto the castle grounds that will intrigue him and make him fear that the magician over he does. One of these things is a secret passageway which allows Thomas to spy on his father through the tinted glass eyes of Niner the dragon that Roland killed and now has mounted on the wall of his analysis. Thomas grows accustomed to watching his dad, frequently drunk, speaking to the mounted heads on his wall, picking his nose and slamming to the fireplace. Thomas soon learns to hate his father. Peter, on the other hand, brings just one glass of wine to Roland every night for a gesture of love and respect.
As the King grows old, Flagg grows increasingly worried. He is afraid of Peter. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King Audiobook . Thomas is much more malleable, and Flagg has long determined that Thomas ought to be king rather than Peter. (Flagg doesn’t understand that Thomas was seeing in the key passage through the glass eyes of the dragon.) Roland, drunk as usual, swills the wine. He dies a grisly death within the week, smoldering beneath his sheets while servants throw water on him before a green fire shoots from his mouth and that he stops breathing. Thomas is crowned king, and Peter is tried, found guilty and imprisoned on peak of the Needle, an impregnable fortress that towers 300 ft over the city plaza.
Thomas’ principle as king is in name only. While Thomas drinks his way through guilty times and sleepless nights, Flagg taxes the kingdom to ruin and despair. Rebels gather from the outskirts of Delain. But Peter, high over Delain from the Needle, spends every waking minute weaving a rope on the tiny loom in Sasha’s old dollhouse using threads he plucks from the napkins that arrive with each meal. Stephen King – The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Download. He intends to escape, because hidden beneath the flagstones of his cell, he finds an old locket along with a letter (written in blood) that surfaced Flagg since the murderer of a crime perpetrated centuries earlier – evidence enough to unmask Flagg for its evil magician and murderer that he is.
Flagg goes in search of the rebels, and Thomas starts to sleepwalk. Dennis, the butler’s son who serves Thomas as he once did Peter, follows Thomas to the secret passageway. There Thomas raves against Flagg, and Dennis also understands the identity of the real murderer. He takes the advice to Peyna, the judge who thought Peter to become accountable for regicide. Peyna is broke under Flagg’s harsh regime. Stephen King – The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Free.
Peyna, acting on intuition, sends Dennis back to the castle with a note to be smuggled to Peter one of the napkins. Peter reacts by dropping a note (written in his own blood, on the back of the letter that surfaced Flagg’s guilt). Peter writes that he is going to attempt to escape the following night, but his rope may break and will probably be approximately 20 feet too short.
Ben (the squire’s son whom Peter befriended in his youth) and Naomi (a farmer’s daughter who’s sympathetic to the rebel cause) go into the castle through the sewers and meet Dennis in a room full of nothing but hundreds of thousands of napkins. A blizzard drops five feet of snow on Delain that night. Feeling that something is afoot, Flagg gazes into his crystal simply to watch Peter scaling down the exterior of the Needle held only by a thin rope. Flagg catches an ax, kills the guard and races up the staircase to Peter’s cell. The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Free. Peter has climbed out the window and hangs 100 ft over the ground. His hands are suspended, and the napkin-rope breaks. But instead of falling on the hard stones of the plaza, he drops into a cart that Ben, Dennis and Naomi have piled high with old napkins.
Flagg is angry and chases after the foursome who go for Roland’s apartments. Thomas is already there, waiting in the shadows with Roland’s old bow and the arrow that he used to slay Niner. Flagg, shrieking in pain, disappears into thin air, leaving just against his clothes.
Peter is exonerated and maintains his place as rightful king, and Thomas goes on a quest to find and kill Flagg.
Phrases such as God’s grace and God’s way are used rarely. Hell is called a place. Demons are cited.
Delain’s religion is not explicitly described, but it’s constantly in the background. Gods are private, and characters worship many gods, not one of whom are named. God is known in both singular and plural forms, capitalized (in the case of Peter’s gods) and lower case (as with Flagg’s gods). Characters, good and bad, pray regularly and inquire their deities for assistance. Stephen King – The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Online.
Magic also holds a prominent location on the planet of Delain and is both positive and negative. Not many citizens can access its own power, and Flagg is called a devil and feared throughout Delain. It is believed that he hails from the darkly magical land of Garlan. Throughout his long life, he yields to Delain every few hundred years under different guises — occasionally as the king’s adviser, other times as the mind executioner. He can hear when folks talk or believe his name.
Among other items, Flagg brews potions, gazes into crystals, uses cards to tell fortunes and can conjure flames on the tip of his index finger. He sometimes uses his abilities to cure, for a price. Additional magicians turn objects to gold and try (unsuccessfully) to change their shape. The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Free.
Other references to the collective beliefs of Delain comprise the following: The Devil is also referred to as Old Man Splitfoot. Sasha tells Peter that men can choose to be like gods or dogs, which bad men are more often like dogs than just like devils. The dead go to a place called the Much Fields. Peter sees his dad’s ghost in a fantasy. Mention is made of ogres, angels, hell, demons, fate, ghosts and Rhiannon (the Dark Witch of this Coos).
Delain’s royalty is thought to be above the law. Some royal figures utilize their power for good, ruling with compassion and justice. Throughout her short term as queen, Sasha is accountable for building a hospital, outlawing the practice of bearbaiting and canceling taxation during a drought. She has very clear ideas about right and wrong, and insists on raising Peter without the assistance of servants that might be overly lenient. Stephen King The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook Download.
Roland attempts to do good things but finds it difficult. He relies too heavily on Flagg’s information, but he really loves the ordinary people. When Peter commands the head groom not to kill a horse with a broken leg, then Roland whips Peter for interfering, but is secretly proud.
Flagg has a penchant for mischief. He only comes to Delain when there’s something great that he can destroy. He loves chaos and anarchy and uses jealousy and fear to manipulate Thomas.
Peter is obviously respectful of elders, even if he disagrees with them. Likewise, Dennis retains his father in high regard. As Peter grows old, the citizens recognize his authority even before he becomes king. Benson, the chief warder in the Needle, enforces his authority with ham-fisted brutality till Peter bests him in a struggle. Stephen King – The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook.
Most gratuitous violence facilities around Flagg. He beheads and tortures people, and has a penchant for decorating his belongings with human skin. His favourite weapon of destruction is really a dual-bladed battle-ax. He’s cruel to animals. He kills Roland using a deadly poison that causes him to burn to death from the interior. Thomas shoots an arrow into Flagg’s eye, and the wound spews black liquid.
A juggler is famous for causing the queen’s death. Roland kills a dragon and eats its center sore. Peter defeats Benson in a fist fight. Thomas stones a dog to death. Heads of deserters are displayed on spikes.
The narrator is available about Roland and Sasha’s enjoy life, or lack thereof. The Eyes of the Dragon Audiobook. Flagg advises Roland to wed before he becomes sterile. (While Roland does not fancy women, a taste for men isn’t mentioned). Sasha has never seen a guy naked before marrying Roland, also Roland informs her that his penis is his iron, and she has attracted the forge with her. Despite his distaste for the sex act, Roland attempts to be properly attentive to his bride, and Flagg brews a potent beverage to help Roland perform on the rare nights that he visits Sasha’s bedroom, although it does not always work. When he chooses a double-dose, though, Roland is overcome by evil desire and hurts Sasha before collapsing unconscious.
Afterwards, when he sees that Peter has a woman friend, Roland tells him to be gentle, but hot while he still has fuel. A drunken guard sings a tune about kissing.
Gluttony: At royal banquets, guests eat until they are full, then vomit on the floor with their chairs and continue eating. Both Roland and Thomas become obese from drinking and eating excessively. The Eyes of the Dragon Audio Book Stephen King.
Stealing: Thomas steals a bottle of wine and is made to make repayment. Flagg steals a wooden box that belonged to Peter and uses it to plant false evidence of Roland’s murder.
Crude behaviour: Being above the law, the kings and queens of all Delain develop fascinating idiosyncrasies. By way of example, one king used to vomit into a plate and command his jester to consume it. The other bit the heads off live fish and stuffed the wriggling bodies down the fronts of their serving girls’ dresses. Folks select their noses (Roland investigates what he finds), urinate in flames and pass gas with clear enjoyment. Roland also enjoys bloody, barely cooked meat.
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