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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This series is what started me reading as a young man, it was great to revisit the first book in the series in audio format. Also good to know that I'm in for a treat, although I can't remember the story any more I know it keeps getting better.
Well done to the narrator also, great job.
I still have 9 hours left, and I'm struggling to finish the book because the performance of narrative text is so halting and over-enunciated that the book becomes difficult to follow. The narrator is obviously capable of reading like a human, because the dialogue is performed so beautifully that it is possible to forget what happened during the painful narrative section. Unfortunately, when the narrative begins again, the dreaded robot reading returns with a vengeance. I honestly think Siri or Cortana would butcher the narrative less than Paul Boehmer did.
I attempted to listen to another book narrated by the same person, and was not able to finish it due to the same issue. I purchased this one because it was on sale, and had good reviews. I thought to myself, "maybe that other book just wasn't his genre, it was nonfiction after all. How bad could it be?" Well, it's pretty bad, and made all the more frustrating by the juxtaposition of the pleasant segments of dialogue. Clearly he can read like a human/kender/draconian. Why can't that type of reading continue into the description of a room? Why does the emphasis seem to end up on odd words in every sentence? Anyway, I cannot see myself purchasing the other two titles in the series. Maybe if the price drops to $0.99, I could justify forcing myself to muscle through them.
I've read the book and wanted to listen to it while at work. honestly, the narrator ruined the experience for me. His choice of voices for the characters were so far off from what I had imagined. Little rednecks for gully dwarves???? Sorry, I'll not listen to him again. His inflections when there was excitement or rage was sad at best. Sounded more like singing. What an amazing story, not sure why they would settle for mediocrity when choosing a narrator.
Paul boehmer sounds like William Shatner with a lisp.
terrible and untimely pauses in sentences.
missing Michael Kramer from wheel of time audio books already.
This is a good story, I read this book years ago and was looking forward to listening to the audible version. However, I'm now halfway through and this narrator is driving me nuts. He's somehow managed to make a group of epic adventurers dealing with magic, murderous villains and a dragon sound as if they are all bored to death; the accents are horrible too. I'll finish it because I really do want to hear the story again, but the narration is definitely a huge let down.
I was genuinely surprised at all the negative reviews of the narration. I found his voice to be powerful and soothing.
Look forward to the other books in this series.
Loved hearing a D&D classic from my youth. I have missed the many characters that have been hiding in the back of my memory. Vermingaard, Bupo, Cistern.. weird how I only seem to remember the heroes.
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