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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Maybe in the same series, but overall I think the narrator makes too many major mistakes. There are many pauses for no reason, and fantastically bad pronunciation of common words. And she consistently changes pronunciation of the main character's name in the first few chapters of the book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. It was absolutely not worth the time.
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.
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.
It's a great story. I read the book years ago and was glad to see it come to audible.
Dara Rosenberg pronounces words oddly, and has awkward pauses in the middle of sentences and even multi-syllable words. For instance she pronounced the word worship as war ship, and Menzobaranzan as Menzo baran zan, as if it were three separate words and not a proper noun. The sound quality was also just a bit tinny.
author of Advanced Tarot Secrets and The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!
I'd have to put this book in the middle range of all of the audio books I have bought. It needs Simon Vance to read it. The story is fresh and interesting but suffers from the narration.
This is a great drow book—one without the endless whining of Drizzt and his apologetic self loathing and worship of a female human put on so high a pedestal that she should just be crowned a goddess. The dragon was a fun character and the antagonists were passable. What really stands out about this book is the new insight into drow culture that not everyone is ruled by a bitchy high priestess of Lolth.
While the narrator's voice was clear and bright, her pronunciation was so poor that she destroyed the story. Common words mispronounced endlessly and her cadence was so awful that sentences were chopped in half to create two broken sentences. Then her intonation mangled the story even more, placing the emphasis on all of the wrong parts of each sentence in the story. It was as if she was reading off of a teleprompter that fed words in random chunks. There was no flow at all. This was an abysmal choice of narrators and undoubtedly has crippled sales of the second and third books in this series. More than once I wanted to return this book to Audible except that I have read the (paperback) books years ago. The cover art is as bad as the narration, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this tale, as it fills in much of the world of the underdark in the Forgotten Realms. Perhaps someday it will be re-recorded and worth a fresh listen.
Never trust a friend in the (under)dark.
This book really deserves better art and better narration. Elaine Cunningham was treated poorly by the publisher. Her storytelling is a solid B to even B+ on a scale of F to A (standard school grading) and with better cover art and narration this series could double or even triple her sales and open the door to many more underdark adventures.
"great story poorly read."
Yes have it read by someone else.
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.
"Did anyone ever consider pronunciation?"
The fact that there is an off button.
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!
Played the game, read the books, will not listen to them on Audible.
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.
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