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Dan

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  • Time of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    Sequestered in the blackness of the dreaded Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas, surrounded by nameless creatures of evil, Raistlin Majere weaves a plan to conquer the darkness - to bring it under his control. Crysania, a beautiful and devoted cleric of Paladine, tries to use her faith to lead Raistlin from the darkness. She is blind to his shadowed designs, and he draws her slowly into his neatly woven trap. Made aware of Raistlin’s plan, a distraught Caramon travels back in time to the doomed city of Istar in the days before the Cataclysm.

    Matthew says: "TERRIBLE, Passionless, and Dry Narration"
    "Terrible Narration, Great Story"
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    Would you listen to Time of the Twins again? Why?

    Yes, the book is amazing. Really such a great story (too bad the narration is so poor).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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).


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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