In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic....
The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra - and her kisses were wonderful.
It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.
With patience and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made.
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The narrator did a poor job with voices and names, and was hard to understand at times.
The audio quality was terrible!
If you've read my reviews, you know I love some of the Forgotten Realms audiobooks, such as the Dragonlance and Drizzt series. I was holding onnto hope that the Elminster series would be part of what Amazon would bring to the table for Audible's listeners. Finally, they have done so, and it's well worth the wait.
I read the Elminster novels many years ago, when they first hit the shelves. Ed Greenwood is a prolific writer with an excellent style, and I absorbed each of his Elminster novels, soaking in the superb storytelling strengths this author brings to the table.
Every aspect of this novel and the subsequent novels in the first and additional series are exceptional listening. Wonderful broad plot strokes, deep story lines and character development.
Once again, no spoilers at all. It would only ruin the listening journey.
If you like high magic fantasy, this makes for an exciting listen. And as to the rest of the series, Greenwood does't disappoint. I love this series so much, i bought them all.
You owe it to yourself to listen to this, the very first in the series.
I'm betting you'll want the rest, as I did.
I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. Because that is what he brings to his performance.The main problem with this audiobook is that the overall quality of the audio performance is very bad. Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook.
Here is the true reach...
Greenwood magnificently starts the tale of a Mage so great that every Mage today is thought to be somewhat like him. Or compared against him.
Greenwood doesn't define a new magic, he defines the feel of great magics, gives shape to Mages and their tyranny. And truly walks through the shape of things.
The best guess I can come up with for the failings of this book, is to compare it against typical coming of age books. Or origins.
Look at the life Drizzit leads and how he is molded from birth by Zacknafane (excuse spelling). Eliminster is beloved by a god and then he just sets out to learn.
We chart his learning not by progress but by name drops and deeds...
I honestly thought that was the most dry and flat part of the book. As if ascribing deeds makes up for not actually doing anything.
They got many treasures...
The narrator is terrible. Absolutely terrible. The story isn't that great either. I would avoid.
Story of El is always great.
Narrator needed to break up the different scenes better. Flows together and unless you can anticipate or pay close attention, you may miss where the break is. Though good.
Narrator was fine, though pronounced a few words very unusually. Namely, "fungi" with a soft G, but "sigil" with a hard G. Like he was using the wrong G for *both* those words.
The story was very unusual. Good enough, but dealt with some subject matter that I don't really feel it needed to to get the story told.
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