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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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.
The narrator did a poor job with voices and names, and was hard to understand at times.
The audio quality was terrible!
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.
Maybe, the narrator is horribly monotone and sounds like a computer generated voice...
I am going to try the second book for love of the story and am hoping his performance improves.
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.
Elminster you fools! He's like a Drizzt. Just but not perfect. Very relatable on purpose.
Elminster. However, John Pruden is my favorite FR narrator. Bevine a close second.
Eh no. It's FR.
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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back story of elminster loved the lore
yes you need to know the history
I can not quite put my finger on it, but he was just... well Just. I have listened to quite a few of the books here on Audible, and a few I own on CD and his, John Pruden's, telling of this story is just well, just mhe.
I have always loved this series of books, and it was a lucky find here on Audible.The Narrator, was ok I guess, nothing special and a little bit lack luster. It is a worthwhile listen anyway, once you get over the well, I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about his reading of this story was just... just ok I don't want to give what I feel it is lacking a name because it was just the Narrator and not the book. The Book is great, the narrator was mhe, together you can enjoy it once you get over his telling of this tale, and hear the book, not the story teller.
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