Kazgoroth, the Beast, has come into the world to destroy the power of the Earthmother. Changing its shape as needs be, the Beast goes across the island of Gwynneth, corrupting everything in its way. Its destination is a large gathering of Northmen raiders at Oman's Isle, in the middle of the Moonshaes, where they are preparing an assault on the kingdom of Corwell. The Northmen don't realize yet that this is going to be more than just a plundering raid. They don't know that their leader isn't King Thelgaar Ironhand, but the Beast, who has killed the king and assumed his shape.Meanwhile, the Earthmother, aware of the danger and hurting from the corruption brought to the land, her body, by the vile presence of the Beast, awakes her children - the Leviathan, the Pack, and Kamerynn, the Unicorn. They will try to stop Kazgoroth in different ways, but that won't be enough.At Caer Corwell, the seat of the king of Corwell, rumour brings word of war coming to the kingdom. Preparation is under way, but the Ffolk don't know where the enemy will strike. It is up to Tristan to organize the Ffolk against this both human and demonic threat. In his fight against the odds, helped by Robyn, he will grow into the responsible leader that should inherit his father's kingdom.
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I read this book years ago, while there were a lot of loop holes and typo's it was a decent read.
Better voice actor.
I typically don't do reviews unless I find something terribly wrong....and Dara's performance on this novel is horrid. It's like listening to the Amazon Echo read a book except that Alexa reads better. You can tell when she messes up (which is often) because there is an overdub and it's evident. Either she can't read very well, or she just doesn't like this story.
I was definitely disappointed at the performance on this novel. It's a Forgotten Realms classic. I now wish I had just read it again in lieu of paying for such a terrible performance.
I won't be purchasing any books soon that is read by Dara Rosenberg.
Dara Rosenberg mispronounces several words. She confuses the front of a boat with a twisted bunch of ribbon. There are others but that one really sticks out. She also has very annoying "voices".
I like Douglas Niles' writing. Sure it is a bit heavy handed and very lite but I still like it.
It's ending. Very painful.
if I didn't already buy the audio book I would give up on listing and just buy the physical one instead. I just need to know the rest of the story now so I guess I'll suffer though XD
There are a lot of words that are mispronounced or misread, from pronouncing "Macabre" as "muh-cab-re" as opposed to "muh-kahb" (but, thankfully, not "ma-carb" as in the trailer for "Color Me Blood Red"), or pronouncing words spelled with a lowercase "m" as if they contained a "r n". The story itself is fair, but the poor performance made it incredibly difficult to listen to.
The author relies heavily on diabolus ex-machina in the latter portion of the story in order to raise the stakes, which is frustrating when you're experiencing a story in an audio book format.
I read this book long ago when I was a young child. Just reread it again 17 years later and love it still! The battle scenes are amazing and the characters are ones you really start vesting emotions into. I recommend the whole series.
To be brief the storyline is very classic D&D. My only true problem with this story is that I feel the narrator was trying to be to goofy with many of the characters. I didn't always feel like I was listening to a different character or scene so I had trouble change scenes in my head.
The story was good and entertaining.
Yes I would be willing, but not with the same narrator. The story was compelling enough so that I want to continue the series, but I cannot listen to that narrator again.
Yes, but it needs to be read by another person.
I hope someone realizes how awful the performance was. The sound quality was terrible. There were moments when she sounded like she was in a tunnel, and then a second later had the mic too close to her mouth. Her starts and stops were distracting and frankly aggravating. I bought both the first and second novel on the same order, and I wish I hadn't done that because the narrator was so bad I will not listen to the second book.
As far as Douglas Niles goes, I'm not sure. The story seemed decent, especially considering it is the first book written to build up the world of Forgotten Realms for Wizards to sale more of the D&D campaign. Dara, however, isn't a very good reader (her gravely voice for the king was one of the worst voice acting sections I've heard in an audio book). Also, there are a lot of post editing artifacts that make the book hard to deal with as you will have a sentence being spoken in a voice, but one or two words are very obvious post process fixes to possibly garbled recordings. I gave the story a 3 as it seemed decent, but I just couldn't finish it due to how horrible the recording was and so it may be a 4 or a 5 (or possibly a 1 even), I just can't really say, so I left it at a medium score.
Better editing and getting somebody that can do male voices when most characters are male... it can be a female reader (Kate Reading did well in the Wheel of Time books I've listened to), so this isn't a "guys are better readers", just a "Dana seems to really suck" though this is the only book I've heard from her, so maybe this is just a really badly done recording.
Story seemed decent, narrator was just too bad that it distracted from the story.
i had read the trilogy many years ago and enjoyed it. Typical fantasy adventure novel so nothing really special about it. Narrator was aweful. The voices were inconsistent and quite often robotic. The reading often times was rovotic as well. The effort to annunciate every syllable and sometimes even every letter was almost excruciating. There was no tenderness in the voice during emotional moments, no excitement of voice during tense and/or battle situations. At times the reader seemed completely bored and couldn't wait to get it over with. "B" for the book but an "F" for the reading.
"God-awful performance makes this unlistenable"
I can't say I've understood the story because the insipid, tedious over-pronunciation of this smug reader kills my brain.
Don't know, it's unfollowable.
Never, never ever ever. Oh god how I wish I had never bought this.
I've no idea.
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