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Elminster: The Making of a Mage: Forgotten Realms: Elminster, Book 1 | [Ed Greenwood]

Elminster: The Making of a Mage: Forgotten Realms: Elminster, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Michael New Orleans, LA 02-23-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 02-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Stands apart in the Forgotten Realms. Tremendous!"

    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.

    Enjoy!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Johnson 07-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "the narrator sucked and the sound wasn't better"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a poor job with voices and names, and was hard to understand at times.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality was terrible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cesar 12-03-13
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    "Absolutely Horrible Narrator"
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    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lamont 06-27-15
    lamont 06-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great storyline for one of the GREATEST WIZARDS!"

    It makes you feel what D&D was really all about! If you played the roll playing system, then you know that its all about the background of your character!

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    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 05-23-15
    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "terrible narrator"
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    i so badly wanna hear the entire elminster serie, but his rusty voice hurts my ears and the monotone read is not good...
    so i really havent been able to get through it....

    keep trying because the story should be awesome and elminster is amongst the strongest magic users in their universe, so its a most know :/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 05-22-15
    William 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    The performer started out a bit monotone but got better as he went. I very much enjoyed the book and will get more from this author.

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    Joseph 01-27-15
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    "oldie but great to re-discover.."

    the performance was a little rigid, but in the end it was a solid performance.

    really enjoyed listening to the book. I remember reading it in High School. good memories.

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    Sean Melwing 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pruden is so monotone...but still a great story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, the narrator is horribly monotone and sounds like a computer generated voice...


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances?

    I am going to try the second book for love of the story and am hoping his performance improves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 10-29-14
    Steve 10-29-14 Member Since 2014

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    "The Beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this title to a friend. After reading about Ed Greenwood as a writer I was leary. But, knowing this is the foundation for Elminster I figured I owned it to myself. Very surprised... the story was tight and point A to point B style. Unlike other titles in FR it did not introduce another set of characters and then have you following two story lines back and forth with each chapter. I appreciated this and found it a much more enjoyable listen to actually get through a story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elminster you fools! He's like a Drizzt. Just but not perfect. Very relatable on purpose.


    Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

    Elminster. However, John Pruden is my favorite FR narrator. Bevine a close second.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Eh no. It's FR.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really a spoiler but...I'm not a huge fan of El becoming a woman. I don't know why and the book justifies it but I'm reading a book with a prominent male character and it gets a little weird when he goes female.

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    spyros 04-25-14
    spyros 04-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "Better than I expected"
    What did you like best about Elminster: The Making of a Mage? What did you like least?

    back story of elminster loved the lore


    Would you recommend Elminster: The Making of a Mage to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes you need to know the history


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    no


    Did Elminster: The Making of a Mage inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    great series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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