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Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1 | [R. A. Salvatore]

Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.
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This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

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    Pi STATE COLLEGE, PA, United States 04-26-13
    Pi STATE COLLEGE, PA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Shamelessly geeky; mathematically delicious.

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    "Among the drow, all trust is foolish."

    Drizzt is, by far, the most iconic drow character in fantasy literature. He's so popular that within the circles of roleplaying gamers, both tabletop and computer, it's a common joke that every drow is a two-sword wielding goodie goodie, despite their race's fierce reputation. Players will name their characters in an homage to Drizzt, just as they might with Legolas or Gandalf. That's some high praise, right there.

    Homeland is the first book of the Dark Elf Trilogy and the (truly massive) Legend of Drizzt Saga. While it's not the first appearance of Drizzt, it's the place for new readers to start, because here you'll learn of both his origins and his background. Homeland describes the City of Menzoberranzan, home of the drow, and the struggles for power that take place there.

    If you've never read a book about the drow, you'll quickly find that there's a lot to learn here. Salvatore assumes that the reader is unfamiliar with his setting, and he exposes the reader to the atrocities committed in the name of drow culture through the eyes of the naive and innocent Drizzt. By the end of the book, you will have a good feel for what the drow are all about, and likely be hungry for more of their plots and intrigue.

    The story features many interesting characters: the insidious matron Malice, the vengeful Alton Devir, the noble Zaknafein. Drizzt is the primary hero, but to be perfectly honest, I found his character arc the weakest in the book. His naïveté and indomitable innocence are meant to be his best qualities, but I felt robbed of the potential for a redemption story that could have made him much more interesting. Surrounded by characters who are falling into ruin through their own actions or finding spiritual redemption for their crimes, Drizzt's transition from naive to slightly-less-naive doesn't feel very spectacular. This is, however, a matter of taste. The tone of this novel really sets up the heroic tone the larger series is known for.

    As for the delivery, Bevine does an admirable job. I have quibbles on pronunciation, here and there, but since all of these words were born on paper, there probably is no solid agreement on any of them. Bevine does a good job of transitioning between the harsh calculating characters like Matron Malice and the more idealistic Drizzt, which is rather impressive.

    Ultimately, if you are interested in learning more about the drow or getting into the Drizzt series of novels, this is a great place to start. The intrigue and plots are interesting, but there's enough action to keep you interested if that's more your speed.

    39 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    OLD WOLF (aka Glenn) Gastonia, NC, United States 04-13-13
    OLD WOLF (aka Glenn) Gastonia, NC, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2010

    No matter where you go, there you are!

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    "Glad this is finally available!"
    Would you listen to Homeland again? Why?

    Absolutely! And I can't wait to hear the other novels in this series (and all of R.A. Salvatore's other works as well). Books by D&D authors sometimes go unnoticed and unread because people think they are "toy books" or "gaming non-sense". NOT TRUE. The books by Salvatore are quite in-depth, exciting and wonderfully written. You can loose yourself in his combat scenes, feeling the moment rather than reading (or listening) to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is actually a "flashback", written after the Icewind Dale Trilogy, so it was thrilling to learn of the past and home-life of my favorite purple eyed dark elf...


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    Victor Bevine's Drizzt was wonderful, but he brought Zaknafein to life for me.I was certainly glad he didn't affect any silly Earth-ly "accents" in his reading. A faked Irish or Scottish accent would have destroyed this work. Victor Bevine did a 5 Star job with this novel. I certainly hope he reads more of these works!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually did listen to it all in one go. I am privileged to work in an environment that allows me to listen to my iPod while I work my 10 hour shift, so I finished this one in 1 day :)


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book years ago when it was first printed, having been an R.A. Salvatore fan (hooked since The Crystal Shard, his first work), and I was pleasantly surprised to see this wonderful work made available on Audible. The books of Salvatore were my mainstay reading when I was beginning my journey into the fantasy world of The Forgotten Realms, at my own gaming table and on my bookshelf. this is a WIN for Audible Frontiers!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Grafton, MA United States 03-27-13
    Brad Grafton, MA United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2010

    crazyreader

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    "Good job, Audible!"

    I was somewhat worried before buying this book, due in large part to the butchering Audible gave to the Dragonlance Chronicles, which, like this series, I'd read when I was younger. Also, I'd tried reading/listening to Salvatore's Neverwinter Saga, and found it overly dramatic and simple (considering it's a lead-in to a computer game, and I'd heard Salvatore wasn't too happy about writing it the way his publishers wanted, it may not be his best effort).
    But, having loved this series and the Icewind Dale trilogy years ago, I decided to give it a shot in audio, wanting to re-experience these stories.
    And I'm glad I did.
    Victor Bevine's narration is very good- he conveys both the emotions of the characters and the urgency of a battle scene very well, and overall delivers a great listening experience. And, in my opinion, Salvatore's early work is superior to his later novels.
    If you're expecting a lot of politicking and other "tedium" that can slow down other books, you may be disappointed. These books are fast-paced and action-packed. Salvatore's writing style is different from the likes of Jordan, Sanderson, and Erikson (all of whom I enjoy), but that is not a negative. They're just plain fun.
    I can't wait for the next books to be released. And that doesn't happen too often.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Danville, Ky, United States 04-04-13
    Travis Danville, Ky, United States 04-04-13

    Drizzt Do'Urden is why I come here.

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    "a legend is born"
    What did you love best about Homeland?

    a legend was born


    What did you like best about this story?

    Drizzt's story begins


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    he is a very good reader


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I neither laughed nor cried but am happy Drizzt spends time with his father.


    Any additional comments?

    having already read it I knew what was gonna happen, I bought it anyways on audio. I imagine the rest of the series will be read by the same man and equally as good. the whole series so far up to where I have read is great. I started with homeland and have bought all the books except the neverwinter saga. I plan on buying all the drizzt on audio. just waiting for movies now.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    paul MEDFORD, MA, United States 04-22-13
    paul MEDFORD, MA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The beginning of a great hero GREAT"

    R A Salvatore is one of the greatest fantasy writers ever. when you read his books you they just grab you and you can't stop reading. I have read all his books and their is not 1 that I don't like.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer colorado springs, CO, United States 04-20-13
    Amazon Customer colorado springs, CO, United States 04-20-13
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    "A indepth dark story"
    What made the experience of listening to Homeland the most enjoyable?

    It was a look inside drow society. It explains alot of how why and makes you understand the true depth of evil of the drow and of how couragiouse drizzit truly is to become the hero we know and love. If your new to R.A. salvator;s Drizzit then this is the first book of all of his adventures and sets the stage magnificently.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    The voice acotr was awesome truly brought the story to life. He brought life to the charecters and did diffrent accents and was very easy to determine naration of differing charecters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Gretna, LA, USA 03-26-13
    Michael Gretna, LA, USA 03-26-13 Member Since 2006

    Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.

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    "A 'Must Have' For Any Audible Fantasy Library!"

    I'm noticing that the more I love an author's work, the longer the review.

    So, strap in. And be warned. This will NOT be short. This work deserves a detailed review. You deserve more than a cursory review on this series.

    Keep in mind that I read this series many, many years ago, and began writing this review in the hopes that once I listened to it as soon as it hit my library, it would be a positive work. And it is. I'm glad, because I also was ready to give it a scathing review if poorly produced.

    Let's begin.

    First a bit of background on the author. I've thoroughly enjoyed R.A. Savaltore's fantasy writing for many years, and consider a fair portion of his writing (and listening) to be essential additions to any Audible listener's library. Granted, no author's entire body of work is perfect, and Salvatore' is definitely NOT an exception to this tried and true literary rule. Some of his earlier work reflects an author still finding his way, and is uninspired and drifting. However, when he penned the Drizzt origin trilogy, he moved into a more masterful and inspired writing direction, creating dynamic and page-turning writing enjoyed by fantasy readers and listeners around the world.

    Today, Salvatore is, essentially, a stand-apart Wordsmith among the myriad of fantasy authors to whom you've listened. Anyone who's read his DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms, and Star Wars novels understands why I appreciate what this fantastic author brings to the literary table.

    So, on to this first in the Drizzt origin trilogy.

    Why is this series so important, and therefore, such an essential fantasy addition to your Audible library?

    Salvatore's trilogy has some of the most engaging fantasy writing you'll quite possibly read. His sweeping and vivid descriptions of Menzoberranzan, the cavernous underdark kingdom of the drow elves, the intricate machiavellian backstabbing plots between the drow ruling houses, and even within Drizzt's own horribly dysfunctional family, and the spot on engaging storyline were well received by the public. The trilogy eventually launched numerous sequels and novels by Salvatore and other enjoyable novels in the crow universe by equally inspired authors (See my Audible Spider Queen series review, and expect my Icewind Dale review in the future!). This fantastic body of work has made a HUGE impact on modern epic fantasy, and it raised the bar on what we could, and SHOULD, expect from good fantasy writing.

    And in this case, our very valuable Audible credits.

    As usual, I do NOT provide spoilers, nor plot giveaways in review. Again, the journey, ESPECIALLY in this series, has its own voyage of discovery that simply must be experienced firsthand. I'm confident that some of you will will mark this review as not helpful for this reason. So be it. I will not spoil this fantastic journey for the rest of you. There is so much to the drow novels, that you are going to by busy, and pleasantly so. Here's one SMALL example. Here's a list of the MAJOR drow houses, and all play a part in these fantastic novels:

    The MAJOR houses of Menzoberranzan, in order of dominance (There ARE others):
    1.Baenre
    2. Barrison Del'Armgo
    3. Oblodra (challenged by another house in another novel)
    4. DeVir (challenged by another house in this novel)
    5. Hun'ett (challenged by another house in another novel)
    6. Faen Tlabbar
    7. Xorlarrin
    8. Agrach Dyrr (challenged by another house in another novel)
    9. Mizzrym
    10. Do'Urden (later challenged by another house in another novel)
    11. Fey-Branche
    12. Tuin'Tarl
    13. Duskryn
    14. Srune'Lett
    15. Horlbar
    16. Kenafin
    17. Druu'giir
    18. Hunzrin
    19. Shobalar
    20. Vandree
    21. Symryvvin

    I challenge you - Go look on the web for the astounding collection of information and lore on the lore of these novels. It's rich. It's daunting. It's exhausting. it's consuming.

    It's fantastic.

    Now, on to Salvatore's writing style. He's not an Erikson or Moorcock. Those artists take their time in descriptive writing that requires strong focus to be enjoyed. Salvatore's style is more like the lovechild of Brooks and Chalker - Down to earth, a bit more to the point, yet vividly descriptive. I found myself getting wonderfully lost inside this trilogy, and I'm betting you will too.

    Keep in mind that years ago, there was an earlier audiobook of this trilogy. It was intolerable, due to the unpleasant narration - It truly ruined the effort. I stayed up late to download this audiobook, and begin my listening. Here, the narrator is much better, and doesn't impede the author's work. Nicely done, and a wonderful improvement, Mr. Bevine!

    So, be warned, dear Audible listener. You're going to be spoiled by this work, and you're going to demand equally good listening of your fantasy authors.

    You'll also want to get the other two audiobooks in this fantastic series, and want the rest of the drow audiobooks here at Audible.

    Finally, a tremendous "Thank you!" To R. A. Salvatore.

    I'm still enjoying your journey after all these years.

    66 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    DDTAN Narnia 04-17-13
    DDTAN Narnia 04-17-13 Member Since 2011

    “I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."

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    "Fantasy at its Best!!!"
    What did you love best about Homeland?

    The world of Menzoberranzan, it is very creative and well written; the City of the Spiders is dark and brutal place that Drizzt must endure and not succumb to it's evil ways.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Homeland?

    Drizzt rising up against Menzoberranzan evilness...and the sacrifice made at the end.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Victor Bevine did a wonderful job. He was a good choice to be narrator for this gruesome world.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought the ending was pretty good in it's hinting of what is to come. After Drizzt's decision at the end, right after what Zaknafei had to do, I think the best is yet to come.


    Any additional comments?

    I have put of this series for awhile because of it sheer epicness. I knew if I started in on it, I might become hooked and would spend the next few months devoted to reading/listening to the rest of the series and doing not much else. I fear I am hooked. Yay.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frank kristiansand, Norway 10-30-13
    Frank kristiansand, Norway 10-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Well met old friend!"

    Salvatore can barely be called competent as a writer (at the time he wrote this book), but he doesn't need to be. Some people want masterpieces, others want entertainment, this book deliver plenty of entertainment.

    Drizzt and I "met" when I was entering my teen years, and listening to Drizzt's adventures made my life that much richer. When I first heard the audiobooks, the recordings was a cassette-rip that was unbearably bad. This re-recording gives me the opportunity to pay for me enjoying the adventures of Drizzt, but also one that sounds great.

    I can recommend this book (and it's sequels) to anyone who like some great entertainment wile taking the bus or jogging. It's easy to follow, narrated excellently and gives anyone between 10 and 100 a magical world to be carried away to, from the mundanity of everyday life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrice Fairview Heights, IL, United States 04-10-13
    Patrice Fairview Heights, IL, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Return to an "old" friend!"

    I read these books years ago and have been intrigued with the enigmatic Drow that is Drizzt Do' Urden ever since. The Dark Elf Trilogy was the first of any of R.A. Salvatore's books that I had ever read and fell in love with the tales of his travels and adventures. If you've ever wondered about Drizzt and what "made" him the way that he is, this is the best place to start. Victor Bevine also does an excellent job in bringing the story to life, you can almost "see" the underdark caverns!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Good book, excellent narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Homeland the most enjoyable?

    The story is very imaginative and entertaining


    What other book might you compare Homeland to, and why?

    others by the same author


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    all of it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to enjoy it over a long time


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11/14/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Homeland again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because I love a story about the underdog.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drizzt, I like an underdog, he has so much stacked against him and yet he pulls through it all.


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