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Daughter of the Drow Audiobook
Daughter of the Drow
Written by: 
Elaine Cunningham
Narrated by: 
Dara Rosenberg
Daughter of the Drow Audiobook

Daughter of the Drow: Forgotten Realms: Starlight & Shadows, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Beautiful as she is deadly, Liriel Baenre flits throught the shadows of Menzoberranzan, city of the dark elves. Amid treachery and murder that are the drow's daily fare, she feels something calling to her...something beyond this dusky world far removed from the sun. Yet as she ventures toward the surface and the lands of light, enemies pursue her unceasingly.

And one enemy may offer her the only hope of salvation.

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    Nick 04-12-13
    Nick 04-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A different look at the Drow"

    If you've only read RA Salvator's work with the drow than you owe it to yourself to check out Daughter of the Drow. Lyriel the main characters is a witty, devious and enjoyable character whom actually revel's in he culture even as she slowly learns to reject its evil. These delightful contradictions and intrigue make this story extremely enjoyable. The story is extremely fun, well paced with an great supporting cast of allies and enemies for Lyriel and over all a real delight.

    The story is set in the heyday of 2nd edition D&D's Forgotten Realms but it works well as a stand alone and any fan of fantasy should be able to get into and enjoy this series with no prior knowledge of the setting or D&D in general, however if you do read the other Drow centric book it acts as nice little companion piece.

    However as good as the story is the current recording is of very low quality. The reader doesn't have very good audio quality, the editing is a pit choppy and the actors choice of inflection is rather unusual which might prove distracting to some listeners. If they can fix the audio issues I'd say this is a must buy for any fan of the Drow and the Forgotten Realms.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic 06-12-16
    Dominic 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, not so great narrator."

    My biggest complaints are twofold, the audio quality and the narrator's frequent inability to pronounce words correctly. Other than that, I rather enjoyed the story and look forward to the next volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis 04-29-16
    Alexis 04-29-16
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    "Awful narration ruins a promising book."

    I removed it from my device 30 minutes in. Couldn't get past the mangling of basic english words, the tinny recording and misplaced pauses.
    I'll just get this book into my mind the old fashioned way as it sounds quite promising. Hopefully Audible re-records it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 03-30-16
    Phillip 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "why why why"

    I have to ask why they have done this to such a good book. I bought this book because I have read and reread this trilogy. listening to the book was a struggle. it sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom stall and inconsistent enough that you can tell where they had to go back and fix parts and splice them in. the reader is just that a poor reader. her inability to keep a cadence makes it obvious she has reached the end of a line on the page but not the end of a sentence. i could go on but i don't see the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 10-26-15
    Amanda 10-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    4 stars
    It is an excellent story in the dark elf world. The recording however was very choppy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David San Jose, CA, United States 10-19-15
    David San Jose, CA, United States 10-19-15 Member Since 2004

    Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area

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    "The Narrator's delivery truly awful."

    I've read this book before and the story is a good little fantasy story. However here, the narration delivery becomes so torturous - I had to put the story down, unfinished.

    About 1/4 into the story the narrator fully slips into a rhythm and cadence that gives inflection completely independent of the sentence structure. And at about halfway through this novel It's like the words and sentences are passing, but the narrator gives no inflection to what is actually being said. The beat and emphasis is on a whatever word happens to land at a rhythmic point, and it becomes insanely distracting.

    I know fantasy novels dialogue can be difficult and awkward for many narrators - but this is bad.. Really, really bad. This slips into full autopilot reading about 1 step above an automated computer voice that has no idea what is being said.

    This story really deserves to be reproduced with a different production team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Warren 08-26-15
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    "my favorite trilogy"

    this is my favorite trilogy of books. plus the voice reading matches the character according to my own imaging as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Strass 05-25-15
    Marc Strass 05-25-15
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    "Oy this reader..."
    What would have made Daughter of the Drow better?

    It's an interesting story, but the reader is just terrible...she gets better later but at the beginning she is just no good.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    meh


    What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

    as I said, she is a terrible reader...fire her!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy 04-19-15
    Roy 04-19-15
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    "A great book for anyone that likes Drows"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, the story is well written, interesting, entertaining and for people that want to learn more about the Drow very informative.
    I also enjoyed that many of the major protagonists are female.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don 01-21-15
    Don 01-21-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't Waste Your Time or Money"
    Would you try another book from Elaine Cunningham and/or Dara Rosenberg?

    I would try another book by Elaine Cunningham. In fact, I purchased this audio book having already read the series. I had hoped to enjoy the story again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been 1000 times better by having someone else perform it. Dara, bless her soul, needs to find a new line of work. She is an absolutely awful performer. She must fidget like a leaf on the wind when recording. Her voice is always seemingly moving towards and away from the mic. Moreover, her English leaves much to be desired. Whether it is the rather odd way she pronounces some words, e.g., "SKIM-a-tar" instead of "scimitar," or the way she misreads words so that instead of "accessing" a room the character ends up "assessing" the room, her ability to read the text is truly cringeworthy.


    Was Daughter of the Drow worth the listening time?

    No. It was absolutely not worth the time.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good. It is worth listening to. However, the performance is so bad that I am going to try to get my money back. The time I wasted while I listened and hoped that Dara would find her stride, I can never get back. I only hope that I can help prevent other people from suffering as I did. The story is good. I hope that they will rerecord it with a competent and skillful performer. That will make all the difference.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • An Irish reader
    newtownabbey, United Kingdom
    10/31/13
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    "great story poorly read."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes have it read by someone else.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dara Rosenberg?

    Victor bevine.

    Dara rosenberg what can I say. This is the first audio book with her narrating and I will not buy another. She has a very strange halting reading style with emphasis in all the wrong places resulting in a painful listen. Maybe she is uncomfortable with the fantasy genre. I had to stop listening an hour in.

    I get the impression she is reading a line then thinking about it then trying to say it with weird pronunciation.

    Wish I could get my money back on this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • StarkulfR
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    11/23/13
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    "Did anyone ever consider pronunciation?"
    What made the experience of listening to Daughter of the Drow the most enjoyable?

    The fact that there is an off button.


    What other book might you compare Daughter of the Drow to, and why?

    None


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have someone who can pronounce Menzoberranzan, and speaks English on a regular basis. This performance could have been much better done by a parrot, do the performers actually listen to what they've recorded, this is dreadful! I will not be completing the download and wish to cancel the order!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Played the game, read the books, will not listen to them on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    Never again! I will not buy anything narrated by this person, stilted narration, mis-pronunciation, all in all a terrible experience. A wonderful series of books yet they have been ruined by the pathetic attempts to tell the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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