This book does a great job of giving me interesting and engaging characters in the Forgotten Realms without having to give me a massive world-shattering event. What are the sorts of stories happening to the little guy...that's what Downshadow is about. A man out for justice to save a city that doesn't know it needs saving.
I think I liked Erezra the most. She has an interesting story and is probably the most believable character in the way she talks, acts, and thinks. She's not given enough credit I feel like there's more to her that I want to learn, more than anyone else.
Wrath, the villainous dwarf, was performed as this interesting combination of Bane from the Dark Knight movies and Robert Carlyle from Once Upon a Time and Stargate: Universe.
I'm not sure about one sitting...but I did finish it in about 4 days, that's about as close to one sitting as I get.
As a D&D and Forgotten Realms fan there are some issues with pronunciation in the performance and some areas where it seemed that the way it was read missed out on the punchline or the subtleties of the story, but for the most part I was very pleased with this book in story and in performance. Keep up the great work.
This book is a list of short-well known failures...it might have been nice if the authors had gone deeper into the whys and lessons of these failures, but they added nothing to the conversation and told no stories that weren't already well known to me.
The reader does a fantastic job with material that's mediocre at best.
Fantastic Shared-World Story
This may be my favorite a Realms novel ever. Evans integrates the world in a top notch fashion the way the leaders in the setting often don't. She, likewise ties in with the other Sundering books in ways both meaningful and interesting. All this in a story involving some of my favorite things, Chosen, devils, and Harpers. Every third tier character deserves a spin off story because that's how interesting and real they are written. The performance was also spot on. I think this is the first D&D audiobook where I didn't hear any mispronunciations that took me out of the story.
Greenwood's stories have always been good, but read to you they become fantastic.
It should have dawned on me earlier. As good of an author as Greenwood is, paired with a great performer, he's a brilliant audio drama writer.
The performance is spot on, something unusual for fantasy books.
Shadowbane and Downshadow
The cameos of old FR classics like Aurora were awesome.
This was probably not th best Shadowbane book, but it was certainly the best reading of a fantasy book I've heard so far. Well worth the time and money.
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