A great reading for a classic that has shaped an entire genre of fiction. The performance of the actors is truly amazing and the quality of the audio is likewise stunning (probably the best so far, especially in comparison with
I'm not a fan of Bram Stoker and I don't even like Dracula very much, but it's a classic and I've noted that sometimes books in print get sort of
As I am both a great D&D nerd and an escapist, the reason should be self-explanatory!
The last chapter. Our hero is now wiser and still plays on. In particular, the frank description of the disappointment he felt while playing with Gygax's son and his realization that style of play does matter and that all of them have the same right to be played.
Ewalt's reading is surprisingly nice after you get accustomed to his strong American accent (!). The narrative performer was more "typical" from what to expect from a fantasy audiobook performer. Still, the ensemble is not that bad. ;-)
David's visit to the old TSR strore, the shop-girls not knowing the history of the place and the old lady who vaguely remembers it.
If you love D&D, you should listen to it. If you hate D&D, you should listen to it. If you used to think that D&D was somewhat linked to the occult and satanism, you should definitely listen to it. Long live D&D! :-)
Yes, I would. Because I liked the book and wanted to experience the story again. When I like a story, I usually like it even more after listening to the audibook (well, most of the times).
There are many memorable moments in the novel. My favourite is probably the part concerning the helm and Sturm (which, incidentally, is not on my favourite characters' list!). It is a funny way to bring the characters to do things they might not have done otherwise.
Some of the Sturm-Raistlin's alliance. The idea of them together working for a common goal makes me smile.
Sandra Burr did a good job. The only flaw, in my opinion, is the way she portrays Tas. Hers sounds like Hodor from Game of Thrones. Boehmer's is too feminine. Possibly, the best one so far is Norman's, in my opinion. Still, her pacing is great and the reading is cerainly professional (and good quality too).
Hopeful, Desperate, Grey. Hopeful because at the end there's a thin veil of hope for all the characters. Desperate because fear is at the basis of many of the relationship in the novel. Grey because that's the color that comes to my mind if I think about the characters, the setting, the plot.
This is a bildungsroman for a young gay man and, at the same time, for a middle-aged man. They both have their path to follow and in the end they are on the same road.
The Windup Girl. He's a very good performer. With that book I followed along with the text and his work was very, very good.
Jerene, of course. :-)
For a gay man, this is a must, Like "Maurice" by Forster. Even if you are not gay, there's plenty about relationships that makes the few hours spent reading the book well spent.
This is a very interesting book, well written and well performed by the narrator. It ranks pretty high in my collection of historical biographies so far.
The author, even though certainly supportive of the empress's achievements, is not overall biased and is frank about certain decisions Cixi had to make in order to preserve her power and the Chinese empire.
It's funny the way the narrator switches to "chinese" English pronunciation when "performing" the empress in some of her letters or alleged sentences spoken to Ministers or Grandees or other.
"The Dragon Woman"
This book is a cohesive overview of 19th century China and establishes Cixi as the real "maker". So, it makes an interesting hearing not only for people interested in the Empress tout court but also for people interested in Chinese history. Contrary to many biographies, Ms Chang doesn't give in to gossip. The performer, Jolene Kim, does a very good job (rhythm of the narration, clarity, even "performance" of some of the personages).
I've already done that in the headline. Of course, there's more, but this is a action-packed novel, suitable to anyone who's into D&D or into combat-oriented fantasy. There are of course other themes here as well, but they are just tackled with no real intention to go deeper (gender situation, friendship, family ties, etc.)
This novel is not a chorus of different characters, all equally important. Here there's a clear distinction between main characters and extras. Of course, the reader is strongly encouraged to like the protagonist and the mentor, that is to say his father. There are a couple of other interesting characters (the masked wizard, Drittz's sister Vierna) but they are underdeveloped.
Bevine did mostly a good job. He's a pro, so he knows his craft. Still, sometimes he reads a little too fast, even though the reason is comprehensible (an action-packed novel calls for... well, action). As in this trilogy Drittz is very young, I would have preferred a younger voice but that is a matter of personal preference, no fault with the performer.
I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes the TV show in particular and the comics too. The book evokes the world of despair and
Brian, its "descent" into villainy. Philip is just a tad too crazy.
His performance as Philip was too much "cooked", if you get my meaning. He seems always on the point of breaking, it's just too much. Well done as for Nick and the Chalmer sisters. The Penny-Brian relationship too.
No, please... I'd be seriously worried if it had!
OK the southern accent: marked but still understandable for us not US residents. Berman's a professional, of course, and he does his job with a certain skill. His Philip was really annoying, sometimes too much.
It is the first installment of the second Dragonlance trilogy, probabibly better written than the first. It's less heavily game-oriented (D&D) and, as such, give room to the authors to better explore their fictional world.
Ax Norman should have paid more attention to characters. Sometimes, it's difficult to tell Raistlin and Caramon apart. Even though I'm not overly fond of "uber" character personification, he should have paid more attention to that. Still, I like his diction and I wouldn't mind if he rerecorded the books with that goal in mind.
This is a great Dragonlance story, a must for every fantasy and D&D geek reader/listener.
The performing of the stories is quite good. Ms Zackman is certainly a pro who know what she is about. Listening to audiobooks and reading a book are two such different things that I cannot compare them. In my opinion, they are two different ways to enjoy the same medium.
It's interesting the way she portrays some of the characters: she gives them voices that fit. I like the way she goes from "narration" mode in descriptions and introductions to "interpretation" mode in dialogues and stream of consciousness.
It got me interested, which is the main objective of an audiobook.
In the metatags, I'd add "Dragonlance" to the titles of the book, which in fact is following "Dragons of Spring Dawning" and just before "Dragons of Summer Flame". I'd insert it between those two.
Absolutely. The performance is excellent and the plot is engaging. Maybe this novel doesn't shine like Pillars of the Earth, but it's worthwhile to read it,
Its predecessor, "Pillars of the Earth". Same pacing, same kind of characters with motivations and psychological background.
The women in general. Gwenda, Caris, Lady Philippa, the abbess... he has a certain skill to make them alive and real while his voice is definitely male.
"What Real Aristocracy Is", or something of the kind. One of the themes is the downfall of aristocrats and peasants, the ascendancy of some and the despair of others. Ralph has his own notion of what being an aristocrat is, his brother Merthin another. It's interesting to see the "new" mentality develop (and we are still struggling today with this idea that there's a "divine" right to something... people would not acknowledge this, but they behave like Ralph most of the time).
Great performance by John Lee. A must if into Ken Follett or historical novels.
There's something different in this new trilogy from the "classical" ones, the Chronicles and the Legends. The authors evidently decided that something different must be done to revitalize the brand. Herington's performance is very good, even though her portrayal of some of the elves is slightly comical (Samar for instance).
My favourite character is, and always will be, Laurana. Since the first trilogy, she stands apart because she grows as a person in a "believable" way. From elfmaiden to general and first class politician,
Too long. But the performer's reading was just about right, It is a pleasure to listen to.
I'll certainly buy the other two titles in the series. Eagerly anticipating Ax Norman's new versions of the Chrinicles. I'm sure he's done an excellent job.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.