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.
Dina's performance was pretty good. The character voices were somewhat unique - and you could recognize most by the voices she used.
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.
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.
I would only recommend this if you were just trying to read all the dragonlance novels through like myself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Corren does a good job of voicing the characters - most are distinct and he has a nice range of voices to use.
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.
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
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
I liked that we get to see what the life of a more or less regular wizard is like on Krynn
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
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.
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
I think he did all the voices well and it really drew me in - made me forget I was listening to one reader.
Yes - there was a lot going on and it never seemed like a good time to take a break
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.
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
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