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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I have now gotten my feet wet on these Dragon Lance type books, and they are not for me. This book lacked a plot. You meet all the characters in depth and some of them are pretty cool. I especially liked the little thief. The first chapter was pretty good and I thought I was in for a treat. These old warrior buddies get together after five years and of course a quest happens immediately. The quest involves a mysterious staff that may be for good or for bad. Everybody wants this staff, including some Lizard Men. I know not to original, (see Conan).
I needed more plot and less descriptive dialogue.
WHY THE BEARD? YOU WERE UGLY ENOUGH.
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.
Like others, Paul Boehmer's cadence is really strange, and so noticeable that it really is distracting. This is not just Paul's fault, but also of whoever directed and produced this. That said, an interesting difference is when he is doing character voices, that whole stuttered cadence thing that happens in narration seems to disappear. So dialog is just fine I thought.
The narration. I loved this book when I read it years ago and wanted to share it with my husband who is just getting into audio books, but the narration is so awful that it completely ruined the audio book.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO !!!!
Extreme disappointment. I'd return it if I could, but I must have purchased it as part of a promotion because the return option isn't available.
Like some other readers have mentioned, I probably should have read these books when I was growing up, because I think I would have enjoyed them a lot more back then. The story would have felt newer, and I could probably have handled the motley cast of characters better. Sadly I missed that chance, and now listening to this story as an adult no longer carries the same kind of feeling it might have.
Reading this book is much like watching someone else play D&D on pencil and paper. Especially early on you can almost envision the players making their hit rolls or doing a perception check. Plus, you're just kind of dumped into the story with the beginning of a generic quest with a bunch of generic elements instigated by a very generic magical staff. Right from the beginning we're introduced to a whole cast of characters, and it is immediately hard to keep up with who is who. That's a shame, because the story could have been so much better. I think that the Death Gate Cycle by the same authors is hands down better than this in every way, and the fact that this was published around 10 years earlier definitely shows in the writing strength.
It's too bad, because I really wanted to like this series (I bought all 4 books in paperback already) because there are definitely some interesting characters and world elements here. It's just the execution was weak; the characters mostly feel shallow or one-dimensional, and a lot of the quests and things are far too generic and should have been avoided. I would have liked to see a lot more character development and some rich detailing of the world, rather than dungeon crawling and questing. I understand that this was to help launch a whole new D&D world and campaign setting but all the more reason to create a sophisticated, intelligent story. In short, I was hoping for epic fantasy, and what I got was basically swords and sorcery.
One interesting thing about this series is the cameo of the old wizard Nezbin, I believe his name is. He bears a striking resemblance to the similarly-named Zifnab in the Death Gate Cycle, and I highly doubt this is coincidence as he has an identical personality. That was kind of a fun touch, linking their worlds like that.
The narrator of these books was not that great. I never liked his voice and don't think he executed a lot of it very well. Intonation and delivery just felt off and amateurish at times. Sorry to be a harsh critic about that but a really great narrator can make up for a lot in a story. Sadly this one dragged it down a star or so.
have at least 4 to 5 times seems like every couple of years i go back and either read or listen to it again
If, like me, you have read the books this is not an enjoyable experience. The narration speed is so slow that I had to play at a faster to to make it bearable. Then the voice started getting a little distorted,... I suggest re-reading the book yourself based on this audio version.
???? Don't know
I've read the Dragonlance Chronicles at least half a dozen times. Every time I remember new details of the stories, and promise myself I'll ready it again in another year or two. They're best suited for the intended young adult audience, but I can't shake the attachment I've developed for the characters, world setting, and themes.
Paul is the embodiment of a Shatner Robot. He literally sounds like a computer programmed to read the book as Captain Kirk. The incredibly uneven cadence and monotone voice of the main narration is so distracting that I wouldn't recommend this format to anyone who isn't already in love with the story. I can't believe he's allowed to narrate audio books for a professional company like Audible in the first place, and astounded that they would ever consider paying him for his butchery.
Absolutely. There have been talks on several occasions of making these books into a movie series. I'm glad none of them have succeeded thus far, as historically D&D movies have received horrible actors, skeleton budgets, and miniscule run-times; a recipe for a terrible movie regardless of plot. A Dragonlance Movie would need a treatment like The Lord of the Rings to do the plot justice. If a studio isn't willing to put forth that kind of commitment then it's better the movie isn't made.
There are six dozen or so books in the original Dragonlance world. A decade later they decided to start the Age of Mortals, where they basically throw everything from the original books under the bus and start over - many of the original readers avoid the new books for this and other reasons.
Somewhat Victor Price-ish, Paul had a good feel on character distinction, but overall narration is bland, leaving emotion dead and the main story immobile. I was disappointed, and can read better aloud, myself- just not for as long. The voices were okay, but non-character narration was distracting and NOT fluid or natural. :( I LOVE the books, but PLEASE get a more expressive narrator, someone who makes the story FLOW instead of HALT every half-sentence,.
Narration other than character expression, was lacking fluidity.
Sure, I still love the story... but won't listen to it more than once, even though I've read the books DOZENS of times.
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