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Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1 | [Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman]

Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

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.
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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.

©1984 TSR, Inc., Cover Copyright 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-25-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "NO ROAD IS EVER OLD"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 08-18-13
    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "amazing"
    Where does Dragons of Autumn Twilight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top right now :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    not sure.. there is alot of good once.


    Any additional comments?

    awesome narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States 07-30-13
    Christopher Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "audio glitches abound"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    Kenneth BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-13-13
    Kenneth BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011

    kenngold

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    "Odd Narration, but character voices not bad"
    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

    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.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea C 11-02-14
    Andrea C 11-02-14
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    "Narration was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE"
    What disappointed you about Dragons of Autumn Twilight?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Boehmer’s performances?

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO !!!!


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

    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.


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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-17-14
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2011

    www.newimperium.org

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    "Like Watching Someone Play D&D"


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lawrence 09-17-14
    lawrence 09-17-14
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    "start of a great story"
    Would you listen to Dragons of Autumn Twilight again? Why?

    have at least 4 to 5 times seems like every couple of years i go back and either read or listen to it again


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    Anthony Keperra, Australia 09-17-14
    Anthony Keperra, Australia 09-17-14
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    "Slow narration - just about killed me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Has Dragons of Autumn Twilight turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    ???? Don't know


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    Chris S 08-29-14
    Chris S 08-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A classic Dragonlance work, read by a ShatnerBot"
    What did you like best about Dragons of Autumn Twilight? What did you like least?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah C. 04-25-14
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    "Narration leaves something to be desired..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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,.


    What aspect of Paul Boehmer’s performance would you have changed?

    Narration other than character expression, was lacking fluidity.


    Was Dragons of Autumn Twilight worth the listening time?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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