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Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1 | [Richard Lee Byers]

Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

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....
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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....

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    Gareth 01-16-14
    Gareth 01-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Rosalyn Landor really brings this series to life!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. My favorite thing about it is the voice acting. Rosalyn Landor's narration sounded odd at first. The pronunciation of some words and phrases were strange, but I soon got comfortable with it and found that it actually enhanced the feel of the setting and the culture of the drow. She is also exceptionally great at making each character sound distinct, without resorting to outlandish accents. She does both male and female voices well. I can't stress enough how the subtlety of her voices really enhances the listening experience. On top of an already fascinating story, this audiobook series is a must-have for R.A. Salvatore fans, as well as other sci-fi/fantasy lovers.


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

    Not quite. I can't listen to audiobooks for much longer than 2-4 hours at a time. I get restless and lose concentration. This series really pushed the bounds of that though. I felt entranced by the story and character interactions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tsah_yawd Lansing, MI USA 01-05-14
    tsah_yawd Lansing, MI USA 01-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Brett

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    "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
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    Philip Varsity Lakes, Australia 06-29-13
    Philip Varsity Lakes, Australia 06-29-13
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    "I liked one third of the story."
    Would you try another book from Richard Lee Byers and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    yes


    Has Dissolution turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one particular scene. I enjoyed the Rild and Feron storyline.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the other two storylines - Gromph vs Quenthal and the Ched Nasad ambassador.
    The final battle was a little anti-climactic. I would have preferred the victory over the insurgents to be less complete.


    Any additional comments?

    I am actually looking forward to the expedition to ched nasad. but 1/3 of the story was fun. the rest was superfluous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LadyDucayn@aol.com 03-03-13 Member Since 2012

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.

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    "I hate creating titles so ... Drow!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was pretty much what I expected it to be; a look into the Drow world. Of all the fantasy races from Forgotten Realms, the Drow are my favorite and I enjoyed listening to this voice actor tell the story.

    If you are looking for a thought provoking story? Forgotten Realms books aren't for you. If you are looking for a good fantasy story with lots of action and weird races, check one of them out.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    debra a. carr 02-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Very disappointing."
    Would you try another book from Richard Lee Byers and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Every author deserves a second listen.


    What was most disappointing about Richard Lee Byers’s story?

    There was not one character that had a redeeming quality. No one to route for or invest in. The characters were indistinguishable from one another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disapointment


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Youngstafel 02-11-13
    Youngstafel 02-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator doesn't distinguish characters"

    The series is a classic, but as in the recent releases of Forgotten Realms and the Dragonlance series the companies are going with inferior narrators. It is hard to justify paying for a book that is poorly produced. Just think how much more money the company could have made if they would have had a quality narrator.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary keizer Oregon 02-07-13
    Mary keizer Oregon 02-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I didn't like it"
    What disappointed you about Dissolution?

    The story didn't hold my interest. The narration was not interesting. I got bored after just a few minutes.


    What was most disappointing about Richard Lee Byers’s story?

    The story and narration


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Atlanta, GA, United States 02-14-13
    John Atlanta, GA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slavers, Murderers, Thieves and Boredom oh My!"

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    This is what sums up this story and the Drow. They are arrogant, slavers, murderers, thieves and down right evil. For the first 6 hours of the book, I had no idea what was going on. During that time, every character that was introduced was killed within 30 minutes. I lost track of the body count. It was boring really.

    There is not one single character I gave a second thought. Hells you don't even know who the main character is really. If there were he or she would be killed off within a hour anyway.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Elk Grove, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Leslie Elk Grove, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Most boring story ever"

    I didn't even finish this story because it was so boring. Battle, fight, 2 minutes of dialogue, then battle, fight, etc. No drama, can't make a connection to the characters, no plot, don't waste your time.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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