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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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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
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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
    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher beaver dam, WI, United States 08-08-15
    Christopher beaver dam, WI, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow Going"
    Would you try another book from Ed Greenwood and/or John Pruden?

    I have and are currently finishing the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less people.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    John is fine took me a while to get used to it.


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

    Check to see if Archmage was out yet.


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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
    Joseph 01-27-15 Member Since 2012
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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.


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