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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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!
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.
I thought the narration went very well. Many people have commented on how the narrator pauses and it makes it difficult to listen etc. However, I enjoyed his range with characters and thought it went very well. Sometimes, I will listen to books at x1.25 speed to alleviate this problem. Try a sample and see what you think.
I really enjoyed the action scenes in this book. Normally, I look for the dialogue to move things along with generic fantasy books. But, the last battle was pretty interesting considering the characters and how it played out. There really appears to be some promise with the DL series (I know there are over a 100 books!).
The main character, Tanis, was done exceptionally well. The woman voices were spotty along with the "hafling" like characters... almost an annoying voice for some of the little guys. Overall, very pleased with Paul Boehmer's performance.
Nothing ground breaking here. I knew it would be generic fantasy in a way of sword and sorcery. It's two books in one (like two story arcs) but neither story was really great or moving. There was a healthy introduction of about 6-8 main characters and a few deities toward the end. The book is dripping with lore though... or at least the illusion of lore and that the other books in the DL universe will expand on this. Dragged a little in parts but not as bad as you'd think.
I'm a huge FR fan so I was skeptical trying another large series of books. Everyone says to start with the Chronicles if you are looking at DL books. So, here I was and... it played it pretty safe. Really the standard DnD fantasy is here (dragons, knights, paladins, wizards, elfs, etc). However, it slowly starts to resonate and you start to really like and enjoy the characters.
Don't expect anything too ground breaking out of the gate. It's a lot of world and character building in this first book. Also, a few of the names were just too lame (River-Wood and Gold-Moon... I mean, c'mon).
Paul makes the story way to choppy. His narration is very bumpy and makes listening to the story very difficult. After about a couple hours I just couldn't listen anymore.
The story was very good, but the narrator had a lot of weird pauses in his reading. It was like random commas were thrown into the book and he was having to adjust for them.
The book was great. The BOOK. It was great when I first read it back in the 80s. This audio performance, not so much. The narrator's attempt to add more drama is a failure. The pauses and stops make the story choppy. If it were a boat ride, I'd be sea-sick. He mispronounces half the names in the books.
The book, itself, is fantastic. You get a variety of characters and personalities and the scope is epic.
Anyone that can read and speak English as their native language.
As previously stated, the books are fantastic but I wouldn't be able to recommend this audiiobook unless it was re-recorded with a new narrator.
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.
in the top right now :)
raistlin ofc :P
but the best part is no doubt when the big red dragon defend the human becouse she think of her children, the end of that fight just makes your jaw kinda fall, its soo well written and narrated
the narrator is amazingly good, his woman voices could be better but hey his a guy, besides that he is extremely good so much soul into the charecters :D
but no havent heard anything else with him yet but i diffinately will
not sure.. there is alot of good once.
Very monotone and bland, like others before me his character voices are great, but the overall tone is very bland. I noticed many times throughout it the audio seems to skip, which is incredibly annoying, and as such would not recommend others to listen to this book, even though the story itself is great. I guess my opinion would be to read the actual book(its not that long) instead of slogging through this terrible recording.
The Dragonlance Chronicles were my gateway to becoming a diehard fan of fantasy novels. I first read them as a kid and if it were not for the amazing story and character development in this series, I might not be the fan of fantasy/sci-fi that I am today.
An absolute amazing adventure ride that every fantasy fan should experience.
Now if only the narration in the audiobook wasn't so atrocious at times. :(
Oh no you didn't!
No spoilers here!
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto......Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto.Not really! Unfortunately Mr. Roboto ruins this audiobook for me. :(
While the dialogue isn't so bad, the narration sounds like a robotic, automated mess at times.If only they could have instead gotten Marc Thompson from the Star Wars
Audiobooks to do these. He is a rock star among narrators! If you haven't heard him yet, you're missing out!
Yes, because it is Dragonlance, it is worth the listening time, but it's tolerable rather than being a pleasure to listen to.
As I said, would have loved it if this audiobook was narrated by Marc Thompson (or anyone else for that matter). Paul Boehmer is just too robotic at times and it unfortunately detracts from an otherwise epic adventure.
The book itself is a masterpiece IMHO, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.
"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.
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