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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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.
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.
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.
Not one particular scene. I enjoyed the Rild and Feron storyline.
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.
I am actually looking forward to the expedition to ched nasad. but 1/3 of the story was fun. the rest was superfluous.
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.
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.
Every author deserves a second listen.
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.
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.
The story didn't hold my interest. The narration was not interesting. I got bored after just a few minutes.
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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.
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.
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