Yes, the book is amazing. Really such a great story (too bad the narration is so poor).
I just cringe listening to Ax Norman. He speeds up when the narration is supposed to be slow. He speaks quietly when it's an exciting moment. It's almost as if he is reading the text for the very first time when he showed up to do this recording. Also, his pronunciation is simply atrocious. If you're not sure how to pronounce something, the authors could very easily help, as could a website, as could have the original (abridged) recordings.
Thankfully his narration improves in the sequels, but is absolutely horrendous in this first book. I know he's done other narrations in the past, my only guess is that he either had a very late night, they paid him bottom basement dollar, or he didn't bother (as I mentioned earlier) to read the text before narrating. And, so too, goes the blame to the editor as well. Who could've honestly been in the recording booth listening to him record, and not have him give it another go (or two, or three).
Say something about yourself!
Yes, as Raistlin is my favorite character, you learn more and more about him, the good, the bad, the heart wrenching.
uninspiring, bland, not in character
Listened to this book in record time, written well, couldn't wait to hear more from Raistlin.
I jumped over to this series right after Dragonlance Chronicles 3rd book. The story line flows right to this series. Now, I don't really have any plans to go back and read the 4th book in the Chronicles series though.
avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy, often devours mystery and thrillers
I have no complaints about the book or series in general. They're well written for the intended audience and I still love to visit the world of Krynn as an adult.
Any dragonlance series.
This series is one of my favorites, however the performance was horrible. within the first five minutes the narrator changed the pronunciation of the antagonist (Raislin Majere) at least three times; finally getting it close to correct. The pronunciation of a recurring character, Elistan, was likewise mangled at least three times within the first five minutes and the pronunciation of one of the protagonists (Tasslehoff Burrfoot) was almost consistently mangled. His nickname "Tas" was normally pronounced as "Tahss" or Tahz", yet when his nickname was followed shortly by his full name it was pronounced correctly as "Tass" (as in 'ass' beginning with a T).
Pronunciation of names aside, there were very annoying mispronunciations of common words that made me think back to grade school reading exercises. For example, "adept" was pronounced as "add-dept" and indigent was misread as indignant (a common mistake, but one a professional should not make).Further, the attempt at providing an emotive reading during scenes of high tension was a complete failure. These were typically during scenes in which someone should be shouting and wound up being what can only be described as a "whispered shout."
Finally, the narrator's prosody leaves much to be desired. All these combined to quickly and often bring the listener back to reality when one should be engrossed to the point that they feel as a silent companion to the characters.
To the narrator: your voice is fine, but it appears as though you didn't spend any time in preparation. When an author is still alive, reach out to them for the authoritative pronunciation of complex or strange character / location names. if they aren't alive, reach out to others in your profession, professors or linguists. Work on your rhythm, stress and intonation. Read the book with a critical eye as well and note locations of commonly mispronounced or misread words before voicing. Practice pronunciation of difficult proper nouns. I hope this review doesn't discourage you, I can hear (especially as the story progresses) that you have a lot of potential and often I found myself engrossed in the story. Good luck to you.
To listeners: the intended audience of the series (pre-teen - mid-teen) would probably not notice any of the points I brought up and would likely enjoy the series. If you are looking to relive the wonder of Krynn you found in the '80's, I would recommend you chose the paperback or kindle edition.
MAGIC, SACRIFICE, REDEEM
It's Raistlin. Dark and haunted, but supremely intelligent and cunning. Perfect villain, like Doyle's Moriarty But I liked Peter Macnichol's Raistlin better.
Only to hear The other two stories again. Its been a long time and Mr. Norman seems to be on all of the trilogy! (sigh)
yes, if only the pronunciations of names, places, things, were closer to the original's, or at least how they were spelled in the book.
The most annoying mis pronunciation was of Tas's name. Please Re-record this one. Thanks. Do the other two only if this one works out with the new Narrator. Thanks.
If you purchased this or any book on Audible, and like the reader, be aware that, unless you download and save your purchase, Audible can and has replaced books with an alternate reader at their whim. This is true of the Chronicles series. I bought the books when they came out. All read by Ax Norman. I like to have all of the books in a series read by the same reader, so the names and voices all sound the same. Audible has STOLEN my books and replaced them with the new reader. So if you enjoy the reader... please download and save your books. Audible says you own them... but their actions say differently. Calling customer care, all they tell me is I can get my money back.... I don't want my money I want what I paid for, what I purchased...
the reasonable reviewer
The storyline and characters are simply fantastic!
The plot and development of characters were the best part of this story.
Bring back the original narrator, Paul Boehmer!
Yes, but with Paul Boehmer as the narrator.
The original narrator, Paul Boehmer, of the first three books brought each character to life. However, Ax Norman's voice is flat and boring; all characters sound the same and have no life at all.
I can't recommend the audiobook do to fact the performer miss pronounces so many names it hurts. he pronounces "a" as "o" so Fizban sounds like Fizbon
The story it's self is great as you delve deeper in the Twins life.
pronouncing names right.
also he doesn't give any personality to what he reads very bland
not one the whole thing.
read the books
I would say it was better if the narrator was somebody else.
It's a shame that the narrator ruined this book.
Please re-record with the narrator that did the 4 Chronicle Books.
Ax is by far the worst narrator I've heard on here, he is contantly getting names wrong, like pronouncing majere "majure" and palidine "palidin", when he reads dialog there's no change in tone and conversations are most of the time confusing and I often find myself having to constantly rewind and listen to sections again. I can not get into this story as much as I loved the first 3 books because of ax's boring mono tone naration, please, PLEASE, have paul boehmer renarrate these novels as he did a great job with the first 3 books, I won't be purchasing the other two books of this series until you audible gets rid of Ax.
the man with the plan
Not so long as the Ax is at the mic no. He butchered this book and scattered the pieces over the countryside. Seriously Audible? Was this the only voice actor that was available?
Any time Taaahz is mentioned. I'm into the story then Ax mispronounces the names so badly it jerks me back into how I hate this recording.
First, the narrator could go back and learn how to pronounce the names of the characters. Perhaps by reading the names a few times and listening to how it sounds before he takes artistic license and makes them sound like they are being pronounced with a foreign accent. Next, he can add some inflection to his voice, choose some different tones for different characters. Seriously, as you listen to this book it is difficult to differentiate between the characters as Ax has made no effort to make the voices different in any way. Very, very poor acting. I have over 30 books in my Audible library and 100's in my personal files. The narration in this one is by far the worst and most distracting of any I have ever heard which is unfortunate because it takes all joy and wonder from the story which it deserves.
Who is Taaahz? Who is STRum? Who is Fist AND danteeluz? Who is Rast LAIN? I'm sure Ax is a great guy and successful in what he does but Ax should not be narrating these books. Choose an actor that can bring passion to a role, not just read the copy in a voice that sucks the life out of you.
I would hope!
Ax Norman has ZERO understanding of how this story affected my generation (those that could read that is) His pronunciation is so horrific I turned the book off I don't know how many times. I always came back though because I wanted to hear the story. For example, who is Taaahz? You pronounce his name right when you say Tasslehoff, how does it mutate into Taaahz??? At one point the dull Ax even calls Sturm STRUM, Sturm Brightblade, a hero of the Lance and he calls him STRUM???! Did he actually READ the copy before he launched into his lackluster, monotone recitation of a book worthy of a full cast of actors? It is physically painful to listen to this book because of his maddening lack of intonation and basic reading skills. If I was listening to a tedious book on quantum physics? Maybe as I wouldn't know the first thing about pronunciation for physics. An adventure tale set in the Dragon lance Universe though? An absolute, unmitigated failure by the Ax.
I'm BEGGING you Audible, re-record these books and give them a narrator that can do justice to the epic scope the authors intended.