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Ryan Conrad

bismarck, ND United States

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  • 7 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 59 purchased in 2014
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  • The Cerulean Storm: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Athas, world of the dark sun: Ruled for thousands of years by power-mad sorcerer-kings, its cities have become vile centers of slavery and corruption. Only heroes of the greatest strength and bravest heart can stand against the might of these overlords. The Prism Pentad is a tale of such heroes. Rajaat, the First Sorcerer, betrayed by his champions at the moment of his paramount victory, has been imprisoned beyond space and time, but he alone can return Athas to its verdant splendor.

    Ryan Conrad says: "Concluding a good Introduction"
    "Concluding a good Introduction"
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    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful introduction the world of Athas. All five of Denning's books, read by the talented Ray Porter do a good job of wetting your appetite for the world. Sadly, the other eight books in the older Dark Sun series have yet to be released on Audible. I recommend that fans of the series, old and new, get these audio editions. Hopefully it will encourage WotC and Audible to release the remaining books, and have readers as talented as Mr. Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Legion: Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The city-state of Tyr has been freed from a thousand years of slavery to the sorcerer-king, but with change comes chaos and Tyr's triumph may be its death-knell. Almost 20 years after Troy Denning first gave readers a taste of the Dark Sun world, it remains one of the most sought-after settings in the Dungeons and Dragons universe.

    Ryan Conrad says: "Continuing a good introduction"
    "Continuing a good introduction"
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    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful introduction the world of Athas. All five of Denning's books, read by the talented Ray Porter do a good job of wetting your appetite for the world. Sadly, the other eight books in the older Dark Sun series have yet to be released on Audible. I recommend that fans of the series, old and new, get these audio editions. Hopefully it will encourage WotC and Audible to release the remaining books, and have readers as talented as Mr. Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Enchantress: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Dark Sun continues to be the most sought-after of the classic TSR Dungeons & Dragons campaign settings, and this third release in the five-part Prism Pentad will continue to bring old and new fans alike into the magic-scarred deserts of Athas. In order to finally defeat Borys, the Dragon of Athas, Sadira will have to reach the Pristine Tower - the citadel from which the dragon was born. But the same dark forces that created Borys still haunt the smoldering ruins.

    Ryan Conrad says: "Continuing a good Introduction"
    "Continuing a good Introduction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful introduction the world of Athas. All five of Denning's books, read by the talented Ray Porter do a good job of wetting your appetite for the world. Sadly, the other eight books in the older Dark Sun series have yet to be released on Audible. I recommend that fans of the series, old and new, get these audio editions. Hopefully it will encourage WotC and Audible to release the remaining books, and have readers as talented as Mr. Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obsidian Oracle: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Join the quest for an ancient oracle! Tithian of Tyr seeks the Dark Lens so that he can become the next sorcerer king. Agis needs the Dark Lens to destroy the Dragon of Athas. Before either can lay hands on it, they will have to settle their long-standing hatred of each other. Sixteen years after it was first published, The Obsidian Oracle is as fresh and exciting as it ever was. Join a new generation of fantasy fans as they rediscover the sword and sorcery adventure of the Dark Sun world!

    Ryan Conrad says: "Continuing a good introduction"
    "Continuing a good introduction"
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful introduction the world of Athas. All five of Denning's books, read by the talented Ray Porter do a good job of wetting your appetite for the world. Sadly, the other eight books in the older Dark Sun series have yet to be released on Audible. I recommend that fans of the series, old and new, get these audio editions. Hopefully it will encourage WotC and Audible to release the remaining books, and have readers as talented as Mr. Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Verdant Passage: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Under a previous sun, Athas teemed with life. The sorcerer-king, after obtaining immortality for himself, united all lands under the power of his magic. But power-hungry overlords have carved the lands into pieces - setting themselves up as sorcerer-kings--and survival depends on the optimism of three steadfast people.

    Guilherme says: "Espetacular character voices"
    "Good Introduction"
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    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful introduction the world of Athas. All five of Denning's books, read by the talented Ray Porter do a good job of wetting your appetite for the world. Sadly, the other eight books in the older Dark Sun series have yet to be released on Audible. I recommend that fans of the series, old and new, get these audio editions. Hopefully it will encourage WotC and Audible to release the remaining books, and have readers as talented as Mr. Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (414)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Desmond says: "An excellent conclusion"
    "Finally"
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    Where does Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top ten easily, but that is partially due to the story which I love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn)?

    encountering the Thrawn clone, or the confrontation with Tierce at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad they are finally releasing unabridged audio's of the older classic "Bantam Age" Star Wars novels. Currently they have only done Zahn's work (not surprising as fans hold him in high esteem) but I would love to see the Jedi Academy Series, the X-Wing series and the Han Solo series as well as some books by Del Rey which either got horrible abridgements like Star By Star, or have yet to receive audio and deserve it, like the Republic Commando series or the Coruscant Nights series. I feel audible would also be a great venue for doing unabridged audios of some of the children's or young adult novels. Keep it up guys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire: Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

    Susan says: "Not your normal paranormal story...."
    "Love it...just one complaint...."
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    Would you listen to I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire again? Why?

    Yes, definitely


    What other book might you compare I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire to and why?

    Gene DeWesse's King of the Dead and Lord of the Necropolis. As well as the anthology called Tales of Ravenloft.....but sadly, see below....


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    very adequately done, hard to compare to the abridged version read by the late incomparable Roddy McDowell though.


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

    I actually did listen to this in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    By far one of my favorite books. I can't tell you how often I had listened to the abridged audio read by Roddy McDowell. I actually have the first 20 or so pages memorized I have read this so much. My only real complaint isn't so much about this book, as it is about the series. I, Strahd 2: The War Against Azalin is offered on Audible, but the two excellent Azalin books written by Gene DeWeese are not. The second book in the series ties directly into events from both Strahd novels. Likewise other "iconic" Ravenloft novels as well as ones for other lesser known Dungeons & Dragons worlds like Spelljammer, Planescape and Darksun are also missing. I feel like these should be added. At the very least the books I mentioned by Gene DeWeese, the excellent and rare anthology called Tales of Ravenloft which has another Strahd short story in it, as well as books from different worlds by J Robert King, Simon Hawke, and Nigel Findley should be added. I urge fans of these books or even the curious to request them through audible. Hopefully someone will listen to us some day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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