Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.
No one expected them to be heroes.
Least of all, them.
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I would have loved to have heard this narrated by Micheal Kramer or Dick Hill or really, almost anyone else. I'm really having a hard time understanding why anyone would go to the trouble of creating a whole new recording and not put in the effort to find a competent reader. The pace is jerky, and comes off almost as an advanced automatic reader program. The dialogue is better than the narration, but this only makes the entire performance more jarring as it switches between dialogue and narration. Another reviewer used "Shattner-esque" to describe the delivery, and I thought that was absolutely spot-on.
This book is a classic favorite for a lot of people, so it is very disappointing that a competent voice actor could not have been assigned to do the reading.
I grew up reading these books. I still have them in my book shelf. I got very excited when i saw them on audible,but then disappointed to read everyone's reviews on how horrible the then narrator was. I'm glad to say the re-recording of this series with a new narrator will not disappoint. The voices all work for me and even Tas isnt annoying to listen to.
If you enjoyed the Lord Of The Rings,then you will like this series even more.
A story I have been waiting for, this has been missing for months on Audible. I was incredibly frustrated that every other dragonlance book appeared to be here but the core trilogy was missing. I worked my way through the war of souls (which I had never read) and then through some origin stories (Huma/Raistlain) hoping this would show up again.
The new narrator makes this worth the wait!
Thank you to Audible for getting this book back online with a new narrator. I will be burning the midnight oil for a few nights getting through this classic series again!
Fantasy geek, literature lover!
Paul Boehmer has done a good job with this. I'm sorry Ax Norman didn't get the chance to re-record the books himself, as I'm sure he could have done a good job too. Unfortunately, his previous performance was not excellent. I'm back to reading Dragonlance books thanks to Audible, so I'm reading the War of Souls series and listening again to the Chronicled and I admit I was at first disappointed. That's why a second listening is "necessary", to reestablish "order" in the universe!
I've always loved the inn scene, when we meet all the main characters. I think the authors did a great job there of introducing the characters, give information about them, and proceed with the story. Laurana's introduction too is a memorable moment for me. I remember when I read it the first time twenty years ago, I was besotted with her!
No, it's my first. Good job, nice characterization, the pacing is flawless. When you realize you want to go on listening to the rest, the performer has done their job. This guy certainly works. :-)
I do not like that. because I think it's too much information at once. I like to listen to audiobooks in more than one sitting in order to savour all the elements.
What about the legends? Do Audible plan to re-record those novels as well?
The narration made this book unlistenable!! Very monotone, it felt like the narrator was reading a children's book!! Pass on this one.
The narrator randomly changes tempo and inflection between words. The voices are a little better than the story, but the Shatner-esque style of this narrator burns through even during his heaviest intonations.
Michael Kramer would have been excellent.
Disappointment. This narrator makes it very hard to concentrate on the story.
The fact that Audible got a new narrator to read this series; I am so grateful to Audible to listening to it's customers about how terrible the last narrator was and fixing it.
Why is Paul Boehmer getting work narrating fantasy? I suffered through his inept performance of Brent Weeks' Way of Shadows Trilogy. I purchased the Dragonlance Chronicles out of love for the story and in hopes that Boehmer had gotten better. No such luck. Boehmer gives us a lesson in diction and pronunciation rather than a dramatic performance. His voice characterizations are weak and often don't fit the character as described in the text. Many are so similar as to confuse the listener about which character is speaking. His pacing is awkward and does not match the action or pace the story demands (i.e. scenes of relaxed conversation are performed with the same level of emotion as scenes of combat and suspense). He punches every word in a sentence as if he went to the William Shatner School for the Dramatic Arts. Arrgh! I love these books but cringe every other minute as I listen to Boehmer's precise recitation of each consonant in every word! I long for a performance of the Chronicles by Steven Pacey or Roy Dotrice, even the original reading by Peter MacNichol was better.
I have loved this book since I was a teenager. I read my copies of the whole series until they were falling apart. I was excited to see Audible get them and scared at the same time, several of my beloved books had been ruined by the narration. I am very glad to report this one was not.
The narration lacked some emotion but I can not honestly say if that is the narrator or the writing. Obviously things read and loved as a teenager are not read and loved the same way as an adult. But even with this it still ranks high in story and performance for me.
The story itself is your typical D&D adventure, heroes, antagonist, monsters, magic, all woven together by a master Storyteller, and adventures. These are worlds I love and can get lost in. True fantasy through and though, a world to help you escape from the world around you. A beginning of a tale of adventures that you follow through the good and bad across the course of the series. A classic.
These books have all the favorites elements that make for a great storyline of the Fantasy genre inclduibg mages, elves, Kinders (Hobbits), Dwarves, Goblins, knights, etc.
Great original ideas using classic hero/villain types.
"Disappointed with the reader"
I loved the books but was very disappointed by the narrator
He sounded like a robot or digital voice. Had no feeling
I have purchased the trilogy and am no looking forward to listening to the rest of them with this narrator
"A fun story that brought back many memories"
That headline probably tells you all you need to know about how to approach this review. Myself and this book have a past so my feelings towards it are cradled in the warm glow of nostalgia. To my delight, it held up well, though it certainly has many flaws. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a breezy fantasy romp. It doesn't demand too much from the reader, but it delivers a fun world with strong characters, great action, and a nice smattering of humour to leaven the heavier dramatic elements. At times it is all too clear that the narrative was constructed from Dungeons & Dragons game modules, but there is more than enough merit in the story to make it worthwhile.
Magician by Raymond E. Feist. The works of David Eddings. Lord of The Rings. I would compare it to the former two as I discovered them all at the same point in my life. I went from one series to the other and they made wonderful companion pieces. I compare it to the latter as all fantasy inevitably comes back to Tolkien.
Clear. Warm. Posh.
I have seen it made into a movie; an awful animated one! Watch it at your peril. However, I think that in the right hands it could make a great film.
"Great story but there are issues with narration"
I would certainly try another book written by Margaret Weis and/or Tracy Hickman.
This book is basically a Dungeons & Dragons adventure turned into a novel. Imagine the best D&D game you've had, but written down as a novel.
Probably not. I have a problem with his delivery. His intonation and pacing is often wrong. My main issue is the way he reads the comma after dialogue as a full stop.
e.g. "Take hold of the staff!", Raistlin said.
is read by the narrator as:
"Take hold of the staff!". Raistlin said.
He intones upwards instead of down in these situations , after too great a pause and it grates on me somewhat.
It would make a very good TV series.
Its a shame Michael Kramer didn't get the job of reading this story.
"Dragons of Autumn Twilight"
One of the first books I read when first taking my head out of comics, no pictures to help with the story and yet I could see everything so clearly in my head, the story pulled me along making me finish it as soon as possible. The thing I like most about theses audible versions is that it forces me to a set pace where I can absorb everything and pick up on things I may have glossed over during my pervious 4 or 5 readings of the book.
I cant say that Paul did the best job, sometimes it seemed that he was simply reading the lines and as such the necessary emphasises were not in right place and for me this disrupted the flow of the story, however at other times I felt Paul provided gravitas to various situations which drew me deeper into the story. Still I would have liked a greater distinction between the characters such as the grumbling dwarf and the carefree kender
"Now an established classic as far as I'm concerned"
I've always adored the Dragonlance series since they were first written. Based on one game of Dungeons and Dragons, who knew what a stunningly realistic set of characters would be created and how deeply loved they would become across the world! "...not the stuff of heroes..." the group battle tragedy, personal loss, injury, dragons and gods whilst discovering their true inner selves - some good, some not so good and some so touching and heart warming I dare you to keep a dry eye!
The narrator is very good and my only criticism here is that his portrayal of some of the dialogue and voices is not how I have heard them whilst reading the books, but he's one man and has just one voice so let's be fair here! He did a brilliant job reading and playing an entire cast of extremely diverse characters, human and otherwise.
So many to chose from but like so many others I know, I just love the story of Raistlin and his journey as it progresses through Chronicles and Legends. His relationship with his brother Caramon, the rare glimpse of caring Raistlin has for the sorry creature Bupu and his insatiable lust for power that eventually drives him to seek Godhood!
Paul Boehmer brought a new vision to the story, pronunciation of names and places which must have been done with the writers and a whole new way of looking at the characters. I loved his portrayal of Tasselhof and Fizban in particular and how he treated all of the characters with respect and attention to detail.
All of the above. Dragonlance will make me laugh (Tasselhof and Fizban), cry (Flint in particular at one point) and feel so many other emotions as the group matures and so do their relationships and interactions.
This is a grandly scoped story of good versus evil where gods are real and everything is at stake for an entire world. You will laugh, cry and fall deeply in love with a band of extremely complex characters whose battle will affect the lives of millions in their world. They love, they argue and bicker amongst themselves, they come to blows. Some live happily ever after, some die, none are left unaffected. I defy anyone to not love these books.
This was the first fantasy book I ever read, 22 years ago to be exact so when i saw it audible i was excited but the narration was awful. Every character has exactly the same voice and whispers and shouts are the same pitch. Its left down an amazing story and I'm glad I didn't but all the books at once. A real shame.
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