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Brett

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  • Condemnation: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Baker
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    The third title in the continuing saga of a war in the darkest part of the Forgotten Realms setting. This latest title continues and expands the civil war among the drow, one of the most popular races in the Forgotten Realms setting. Best-selling author R.A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Condemnation and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as one of the most prominent creators of the drow society and the author who brought the society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realms setting.

    tsah_yawd says: "review for entire series:"
    "review for entire series:"
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    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrection: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The Spider Queen lives again. But something is different, something her priestesses can hear in the winds, feel in their spirits, and for a select few see with their own eyes. The Demonweb Pits, removed from the Abyss to take its place among the lower planes, is more dangerous, more horrifying than anyone has ever imagined. Teeming with feral spiders bent on ripping each other to pieces - killing, eating, and killing again - the blasted landscape of Lolth’s personal hell is still forming.

    tsah_yawd says: "review for entire series:"
    "review for entire series:"
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    Story
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    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Philip Athans
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    The New York Times best-seller, now in audio! This edition expands on the civil upheaval among the drow, one of the most popular races in the Forgotten Realms. Best-selling author R.A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Annihilation and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as the author who brought drow society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realms mythos.

    Ray Maloney says: "Excellent Story, Good Performance"
    "review for entire series:"
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    Story
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    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insurrection: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas M. Reid
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    The War of the Spider Queen spreads.... A hand-picked team of the most capable drow adventurers begin a perilous journey through the treacherous Underdark, all the while surrounded by the chaos of war. Their path will take them through the very heart of darkness, and the Underdark will be shaken to its core. If the powerful dark elves falter, the world below is open for Insurrection.

    Travis says: "not good at reviews."
    "review for entire series:"
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gauntlgrym: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

    K. McDowell says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "STOP HIRING VICTOR BEVINE !!!!!!! SERIOUS !!!!!!"
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    i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but it does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwinter: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone - and free - for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion: Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one.

    Roger says: "Loved It!"
    "STOP HIRING VICTOR BEVINE !!!!!!! SERIOUS !!!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but it does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charon's Claw: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (300)

    In the third book of the number-four New York Times best-selling Neverwinter saga, Drizzt draws his swords once more to aid his friends. His lover, Dahlia Sin’felle, can speak of nothing but the moment she will face the Netherese lord Herzgo Alegni once again. Drizzt has already followed a trail of vengeance beside Dahlia. Can he justify one more battle to settle a grudge he does not understand?

    Roger says: "It just keeps getting better!"
    "STOP HIRING VICTOR BEVINE !!!!!!! SERIOUS !!!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
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    i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but the series does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28302)
    Performance
    (22041)
    Story
    (22259)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "great story, bad reader, still worth it"
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    i really like this story. if i had time to read books myself, i would; but i don't.
    unfortunately, this narrator is very bland, & slightly annoying, which really surprises me. i would expect the hugely successful books to be able to fund a more expensive (and therefore highly talented) narrator that has a glowing reputation and a well-deserved fan base. how do some of these narrators get these jobs. MY GOD! this one is not as bad as some that i have literally suffered through. she is just very boring, and sounds more like she is reading to an elementary school class, than to a mixed age group of adults. the only thing she really does well is remaining clear in her speech, making her easy to understand, but at the expense of sounding overboard.
    despite the reader, i was able to mostly ignore that aspect & still enjoy the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30566)
    Performance
    (23627)
    Story
    (23811)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "great story, bad reader, still worth it"
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    Story
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    i really like this story. if i had time to read books myself, i would; but i don't.
    unfortunately, this narrator is very bland, & slightly annoying, which really surprises me. i would expect the hugely successful books to be able to fund a more expensive (and therefore highly talented) narrator that has a glowing reputation and a well-deserved fan base. how do some of these narrators get these jobs. MY GOD! this one is not as bad as some that i have literally suffered through. she is just very boring, and sounds more like she is reading to an elementary school class, than to a mixed age group of adults. the only thing she really does well is remaining clear in her speech, making her easy to understand, but at the expense of sounding overboard.
    despite the reader, i was able to mostly ignore that aspect & still enjoy the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

    Michael says: "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."
    "review for entire series:"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
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    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lisa Smedman
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Now available in audio, Extinction is the fourth title in the epic Forgotten Realms series about one of the most popular races in the setting. This title landed on the New York Times best-seller list for two straight weeks upon initial hardcover release. Best-selling author R. A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Extinction and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as the author who brought drow society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realms setting.

    tsah_yawd says: "review for entire series:"
    "review for entire series:"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
    the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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