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Elminster: The Making of a Mage Audiobook

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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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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    "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.


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    The audio quality was terrible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!

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    Cesar 12-03-13
    Cesar 12-03-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lt. Dangles Forever in Limbo 12-13-15
    Lt. Dangles Forever in Limbo 12-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Oh I cannot wait for this book to end..."

    The narrator is terrible. Absolutely terrible. The story isn't that great either. I would avoid.

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    Andrew Lim 11-29-15
    Andrew Lim 11-29-15
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    "Listened for hours"

    Great origin story of one of the most famous characters of the realm. Definitely recommended.

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    Wesley McLendon Pascagoula, MS USA 11-20-15
    Wesley McLendon Pascagoula, MS USA 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love El, Classic to me."

    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.

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    brydan 09-30-15
    brydan 09-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    ed greenwood has quite a way with words, this book was well performed as well, a nice raspy voice

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    Jim 09-23-15
    Jim 09-23-15
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    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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    Michael Crosby 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    Not sure if it was the writing or the person reading it, but who talks like that?! The speech was all wooden and slow, like it was written by a 6 year old. I found that the speaking between characters ruined the whole story for me.

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    Gregg Anderson Grand Forks, BC Canada 08-19-15
    Gregg Anderson Grand Forks, BC Canada 08-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Good but not great..."

    It's a legendary fantasy series but for me this first installment just seemed to never really get going. There are some great parts but overall... It's just okay.

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