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  • The Soulforge: Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic. Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to the archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted and talented but tormented boy comes to see magic as his salvation. Mages in the magical Tower of High Sorcery watch him in secret, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all Ansalon. Finally, Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard. But first he must take the drea Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever - if he survives.

    Maggie McMeekin says: "Fantastic story"
    "Well done prelude"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of my favorite Dragonlance books. It did a great job of covering the early life of one of the most interesting characters of the series. It also felt like a real novel whereas the original trilogies you could sometimes tell were there in part to create interest in the D&D game. Overall it was pretty well paced with all it had to cover and stayed pretty close to what was expected from all the previous novels and short stories about Raistlin. My only complaint would be that it was implied that the twins along with Sturm spent many more years traveling with Flint and Tanis. In this book they pretty much spent 1 year together and only went on 1 trip with all of them. But it was still a very enjoyable book.


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  • Maquesta Kar-Thon: Dragonlance: Warriors, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tina Daniell
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    At 18, Maquesta Kar-Thon has just volunteered to captain the Perechon for a quest with a high stake - her father's life. The minotaur lord Attat has given her father a slow-acting poison, and is withholding the antidote until Maq captures the deadly sea monster Morkoth for his private zoo. To accompany her on this voyage, Attat sends along the renegade minotaur Bas Ohn-Koraf and a shadowperson warrior, Ilyatha. As the Perechon races to complete its quest, it is beset by pirates....

    Brandon says: "Not bad for Dragonlance"
    "Not bad for Dragonlance"
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    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    Dina's performance was pretty good. The character voices were somewhat unique - and you could recognize most by the voices she used.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this story was your typical D&D type story. Mission to accomplish and you run into one over powered enemy after another every couple chapters that the main characters manager to over come with some luck.It was interesting enough if you're not tired of the standard formula. It did it's purpose of covering the story of a character that showed up for a short time in the core dragonlance books. There are a few references to the gathering of armies and the like that will show up in Dragons of Fall/winter/spring but the characters never really seem to care or understand. It almost felt like a second book may have been planned.

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  • Knights of the Crown: Dragonlance: Warriors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roland Green
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The Knights of Solamnia were the greatest order of chivalry in the history of Krynn. All those who wish to become Solamnic Knights must first enter as squires of the Knights of the Crown, with whom they begin their training in the virtue of loyalty. This is the story of Sir Pirvan the Wayward, whose reluctant and inauspicious beginnings as Pirvan the Spell Thief bore few clues to his potential as a Knight of the Crown.

    Brandon says: "An Okay story"
    "An Okay story"
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    What did you like best about Knights of the Crown? What did you like least?

    It seemed like Roland Green was trying to create an interesting story with quick action but it didn't seem to really work out very well. Not sure if it was the audio editing/narration/or writing but I found that I lost track several times when the story was switching back and forth between separate groups of characters. The characters themselves were fairly interesting maybe not real polished. I felt like this kind of story should've been right up my alley but I ended up losing interest several times. Plus the fact that they keep bringing dragons back from their gods imposed banishment is over used in dragonlance novels.


    Would you recommend Knights of the Crown to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this if you were just trying to read all the dragonlance novels through like myself.


    What does Zach Villa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Zach does a pretty good job - he has a nice range of voices although he seemed to read a little fast for my preference, it felt a little rushed, but that could be because the story was a little hard to follow without obvious transitions between characters.


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  • The Messenger: Dragonlance: Icewall Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Douglas Niles
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Icewall: Cold, forbidding, remote, it stands like a dim white cloud on the very edge of sight. There Kerrick, an elf from the golden woods of Silvanesti, has been sent, an exile in disgrace. There too, a band of barbarian villagers make their stand against the remnants of an ogre empire that is determined to once again rule the frozen wastes. In the first book of this thrilling trilogy, Douglas Niles takes his listeners to a land that most in Krynn have heard of only in legen - the legend of the Icewall.

    Brandon says: "Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you listen to The Messenger again? Why?

    I would listen again. The book moved fairly fast and kept the story fresh. It was more interesting than I was expecting since pre-cataclysm this part of Krynn was never really mentioned. However Douglas Niles seemed to tie it in with the rest of the world pretty well. And it's tie in with previous books (mainly The Irda) although small - at least made sense.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Ax Norman was okay as the reader - his voice is clear however this book seemed to call for a wider range of voices than Ax could preform - all his voices sound almost identical to each other and this book had characters from many different cultures that would have benefited from more unique voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dalamar the Dark: Dragonlance Classics, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nancy Varian Berberick
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    A talent for magic runs like fire through the blood of Dalamar Argent. Yet he is only a servant in the house of an elvish lord, not worthy of the High Art of Sorcery and denied all but the most grudging teaching.

    As war simmers on the borders of Silvanesti, Dalamar will find a way to learn his art. His quest will take him along dark paths toward an awesome destiny.

    Brandon says: "Ok but slow"
    "Ok but slow"
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    Any additional comments?

    It started out okay, looking forward to reading about Dalamar. The story fit in well with the core story line of the main Dragonlance events. But I felt the story lost a lot of momentum constantly switching through 5 or 6 different characters. I would have been fine not know about the Highlord and her motivations. And the writing was too slow. I like some details about the scenery but every sentance seemd to have 2 or 3 extra describing everything happening in minute detail - i don't need to have every elf they come across features described and compared to flowers or jewels. It would've been a better story if it hadn't been so slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Tarsis: Dragonlance Classics, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    When the Lord of Tarsis finds himself with a politically volatile murder on his hands, he turns to the three most expendable inhabitants of the city of a solution. A mercenary, a poet-assassin, and a thief might not be everyone's first choice for detectives. But they find they're quite good at bringing murderers to justice.

    Brandon says: "Amusing enough"
    "Amusing enough"
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    Would you listen to Murder in Tarsis again? Why?

    I might listen to it again - it was a nice and short and was a good break from reading whole trilogies. It seems like they could bring these characters back in another storyline and if they did I might refresh myself with this book. Although it doesn't seem likely with the amount of time that has passed.


    What does Donald Corren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Donald Corren does a good job of voicing the characters - most are distinct and he has a nice range of voices to use.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gully Dwarves: Dragonlance: Lost Histories, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dan Parkinson
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This is the prophecy given by the god Reorx to Verden Leafglow, a reformed green dragon rejected by Takhisis, the queen of villainy. For good measure, Reorx tells the dragon to give the hero a helping hand.

    Brandon says: "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser visit Krynn"
    "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser visit Krynn"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked this story - it's was lighter read than some of the other dragonlance and was an interesting subject. They story moved along well enough without too many slow parts and problems/small plot changes resolved quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it's been a while since iIve read any of the Lankhmar tales or if the Barbarian whose name I can't remember and the other character named Cat bare more than a striking resemblence to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Eye: Dragonlance: Defenders of Magic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mary Kirchoff
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It will soon be the Night of the Eye, a rare time when all three moons align in high sanction over the lands of Krynn. On the eve of Guerrand DiThon's political marriage to a rival family, the young noble is visited by a strange, powerful mage who knows more about him than he does himself. Seduced by promises of wizardly might, Guerrand slips away beneath the triple moons and journeys for the Tower of Wayreth. No one thinks he will survive the deadly trek to the tower, but he does. It's only then that Guerrand realizes that he has made many enemies in his journey....

    Brandon says: "Enjoyable classic magic"
    "Enjoyable classic magic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this for Dragonlance fans - covers a lot of magic from Krynn in this trilogy although a lot of the elements probably come from the old game more than other dragonlance books


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that we get to see what the life of a more or less regular wizard is like on Krynn


    Have you listened to any of J. P. Linton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performance is okay - not great for me. He's does a good job on a lot of the voices although he is a little deep for my preference. Sometimes it was hard for me to follow the transitions from one setting to the next. The story would change from one character to the next but it sounded like one sentence but that was my only gripe


    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn't quite in line with the magic casting we learned from the main books. It glossed over a lot of the handicaps that the wizards have - probably to make the book move more quickly.

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  • Practical Demonkeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (555)

    In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

    Martin says: "Gets better as it goes ......"
    "Great Author"
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    What did you love best about Practical Demonkeeping?

    After the first book I read of Christopher Moore I decided I had to get every one. I enjoyed these as audio books probably more than in paperback. His mix of comedy and drama elements worked well and made for an enjoyable book and series


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    I think he did all the voices well and it really drew me in - made me forget I was listening to one reader.


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

    Yes - there was a lot going on and it never seemed like a good time to take a break


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (739)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Was my first"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragons of Autumn Twilight the most enjoyable?

    Dragonlance was my first experience with fantasy when i was young and I'm enjoying them again now. Last time I read the paperbacks it wasn't the same- I read to fast or just anticipated too much but having it in audio book format makes me pay more attention to every part again.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his reading for the most part although some of the main character voices were a little too close or maybe mixed up so it was sometimes hard to tell which character was talking


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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