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Saga of the First King
1 : The Highwayman

by R.A. Salvatore
Aug 1, 2012
8 Hours
Ages 13+
It is God's year 54, many years before the Demon Wars, in the land of Corona. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Bran Dynard, a monk of the fledgling religion of Abelle, returns from his mission in a far-off land with a book of mystical knowledge and a beautiful and mysterious new wife. But he soon realizes that the world he left behind has changed, and his dream of spreading the wisdom he learned to his fellow monks is crushed. Forced to hide his wife and his precious book, Bran must decide whom he can trust and where he should now place his faith.

Twenty years later, the situation has grown darker and more desperate. Only the Highwayman travels freely, his sword casting aside both Powries and soldiers. The people need a savior, but is the Highwayman on a mission of mercy...or vengeance?

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Director & Cast

Director Johann Dettweiler
Starring Dylan Lynch, Thomas Keegan, Eric Messner, Mort Shelby, Alexander Strain, Colleen Delany, Bradley Smith, Daniel Sonntag, Richard Rohan, Michael Glenn, Steven Carpenter, Johann Dettweiler, Terence Aselford, James Konicek, Joe Brack, Nanette Savard, Nick DePinto, Patrick Bussink, Kimberly Gilbert, Alyssa Wilmoth, Thomas Penny, Christopher Scheeren, James Lewis, Drew Kopas, Yasmin Tuazon, Elizabeth Jernigan, David Coyne, Tim Carlin, Michael John Casey and Ken Jackson
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Johann Dettweiler
Dialogue Editors Johann Dettweiler
Sound Designers Johann Dettweiler
Additional Original Music Dan Sondak and Johann Dettweiler
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Review by Michael (Posted on 8/22/2018)
As a fan of the great R.A. Salvatore, I can not recommend this enough. It is amazing to hear a story of his caliber with a full cast.
Highwayman by Christopher (Posted on 1/18/2018)
I've always liked Salvators work and this is a good listen.
awesome by Benjamin (Posted on 7/22/2017)
One of the best stories I have heard in a long time. All sorts of awesome.
review by Bos (Posted on 3/8/2017)
awesome! great story.
The saga of the first king by justin (Posted on 11/7/2015)
Good book
Thumbs up by Victor (Posted on 4/19/2015)
All the action of a sword and sorcery novel wrapped around an intriguing, not run if the mill, hero. Enough insight into the society, politics, relgions, and psychological make up(s), to flesh out the world and characters without bogging down the story.
Good Origin Story by Travis (Posted on 1/26/2015)
GA's production is amazing. This is the first time I've come across this author, though I've heard of R.A. Salvatore before, just never read any of his books. Though it contains many fantasy cliches, Salvatore's brand of storytelling makes up for that. I had trouble finding a good place to stop and finished it earlier than I had expected. I discovered GA last summer, and am so glad I did. I immensely enjoy listening to their audio dramatizations of these fun and entertaining books. Now on to THE ANCIENT.
New to this writer by Meagan (Posted on 12/17/2014)
I've never read any of this authors stuff before and all I can say is WOW.

I cried. I seriously cried at least four times in this book. There's tons of laughs too, but that just gIves you an idea of the epicness and emotional depth this book can drag you.

It's amazing. Must buy!
A different style from the Forgotten Realms books... by Brandon (Posted on 9/11/2014)
I am very familiar with Bob Salvatore from the many Forgotten Realms books, notably the books centered around Drizzt. I have not read the DemonWar books and opted to listen to this set, a prequel, first.
The style is very different, in my opinion. More mature and developed, almost as if the FR books were "simplified" by comparison to make them more accessible to a larger audience.
The production was top notch and the voice-acting superb. Mr. Lynch as the narrator does a spectacular job and was worth noting.
The scene that stood out the most to me, indicative of the development of the writing style, was at the beginning when the adulterers are punished. The horrors of the sentencing were vivid and stuck with me for days. Fantastic stuff!
An epic story filled with action and self discovery: by Jason (Posted on 7/28/2014)
I've read the Highwayman once before and thought it was good, Hearing it done in Graphic audio makes it sound even better the second time around. The music and sound effects combind with the first class narration and voice acting really brings this first prequel to the Demon wars saga to life. I highly suggest it to anyone who likes fantasy fiction and epic adventure.
hope to see drist too! by Crissa (Posted on 4/10/2014)
fan of r.a.'s and hope that maybe graphic audio will pic up the drist books soon!
Two thumbs up!!! by Levictus (Posted on 3/28/2014)
Yes, highly recommended...
This story is awesome...but graphic audio makes it epic.
The Highwayman by Natalie (Posted on 9/24/2013)
Wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this one, but it proved to be one of my favorite. Love the voice of the one doing Branson, The storyline is captivating. I usually listen to these at night on a long haul to keep me awake, but this one had me wanting to listen to it constantly to the end!
This loud audio style may scare off some, but lots of kids will love it. by AudioFile Magazine (Posted on 8/21/2013)
In God's Year 54, the warrior monk Bran Dynard did not expect to return alive from the far-off holy wars. He certainly didn't expect to fall in love with an exotic healing woman and bring her home as his bride. They're forced to hide their interest in an ancient philosophy, and she bears a son neither of them will ever get to know. Drawing from influences as diverse as ZORRO, LORD OF THE RINGS, and the Crusades, this production features "heavy fantasy" with big voices, big music, big, clanking swordplay sound effects, and lots of bass in the mix. It demands to be listened to and is flat-out exciting. This loud audio style may scare off some, but lots of kids will love it. B.P. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
Review by Sean Lovell (Posted on 5/23/2013)
A very epic translation of a intriguing and captivating novel. I'm a huge fan of R.A. Salvatore's work and GraphicAudio really succeeds at bringing his work to life, both with The DemonWars Saga and with The Saga of the First King. The voice acting, music, and sound effects are all very well done.
Review by Johnny Tai (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Simply beautiful production, I love the voice and accent for Bransan- and it still amazes me that the graphic audio can pull off the old English accents so well in some of these fantasy titles.

The music is also outstanding- even the announcement at the end of each disc is well done and put together.

The Highway man tells the story of a crippled and badly bullied young boy who despite bullies and hardship rises to power and goodness- almost like a medieval version of batman lol.

The perfect penmanship here is only enhanced by perfect acting, making this a must have, must-hear, must read for all fans of graaphic audio titles and epic fantasies.

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