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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I first read this series nigh on to 20 years ago. A young friend insisted that I read the first one, and I was hooked. There are lots of "follow-up" books, but I think I liked the first three the best. The story of Drizzt is a familiar one for many. He does not fit the mold in his society, and he becomes an outcast by choice. He has integrity and a moral code that clashes on every level with that of his peers. The narrator does an excellent job of pronouncing odd names and words. The inflections and feelings that he uses add greatly to the experience. If you are a fan of fantasy, give this one a try. You will end up with all three.
this book was amazing there where 2 one sec glitches in the reading but really good i love it
It is a quick easy listen with intriguing concept. The story is about a dark elf (Drizzt) upbringing in a society that seems to have a lot of unique elements. Story arcs around the struggle between various leading houses. Each house is led by a female cleric. This society seems to be dominated by females where males sometimes thought of as less capable and usually subservient to their female family members.
The struggle between the houses is not about a throne, but it is about being favored by their deity. Back stabbing between houses is actually promoted as long as it is done with certain precision. In general, it is described to be a very paranoid and cynical society. Drizzt growing up in this environment struggle with his inner voice and expectations from his family and society.
Book has enough elements to keep things very interesting from over all story perspective, but a lot of hack and slash along with strange dialogue between characters keep the book less than great. For instance, a female who use to be in leadership position will not have to put male in their place all the time. I would suspect a command would simply be accepted as a matter of fact.
Also, book lacks any sense of humor which is understandable that story takes place in a very dark and in an alien environment.
Narrator does a good enough job here. Narration is at the edge of being too dramatic, but it is tolerable. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I will pick up the next one to see where the overall story takes us. It is a good book, but not a great one. Recommend picking the book up when waiting for your favorite authors to complete their book :)
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
This is truly one of the best series in the field of fantasy. Buy it, put on your headphones, and enjoy the ride! Once again I am giving this book my stamp of approval.
Salvatore's GREATEST character he created for the forgotten realms series. Drizzt. Story of his origins and early years. Well written and well told by a great narrator. It will keep you hooked from beginning to end waiting for more. Dark elves, dwarves, gnomes, monsters, swords and sorcery, intrigue, death destruction and hope
the start of this book/series is alot like others, it's a struggle to figure out whats going on until a few chapters in. but past that it's a great book with great narrative. but definitely times he gets way too into the book lol
I've been reading the series since I was a kid and recently decided to revisit. The audio performance is superb and really brings you into the tainted world of the dark elves. The lore and world that RA has helped develop over the years provides a perfect backdrop for the complex culture of the dark elves of the under dark. Light fantasy this is not, but if you're looking for a tale of vast magic, powerful deities, enchanted items, impossible feats, and dangerous deeds you're probably in the right place. The best thing is, if you fall for this book, there are so many more tales of Drizzt to look forward to.
This was an interesting and well written fantasy.
Maybe it's the feminist in me, but I really like a world where females are in control, even if their personalities rhyme with " witch".
The main character is male, of course, but he is well written, although he has the usual heroic attributes common to fantasy heroes.
All in all , a good read, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I knew nothing about this author and his many books and at the beginning of the story thought that I was not going to be dawn in. But drawn in and riveted I was. What was there to care about in this dark and menacing world that was so alien to me? But as the tale unravelled quickly so did I start to care for Drizzit and Zak, hoping that they would prevail against intimidating odds. So I would definitely recommend this novel, it's a fast compelling ride.
I had always heard that Drizzt's story was one that was loaded with angst and anger, which greatly impeded my desire to give the series a chance. I finally bit the bullet and gave this first book a try, and I'm pleased to say that I couldn't have been any more happier that I was wrong. Drizzt is one of the least angsty characters in the book...at least in the traditional sense. He certainly does have much "angst", but it's focused on how much he is in constant struggle with his city's (and race's) evil ways. His story was surprisingly a breath of fresh air.
Also, the narrator's soft spoken voice makes the story beautiful. It suited the location of the story.
"Absolutely amazing. "
Wow! I just can't believe how well told the story of Drizzt is, loved it
"Simple, solid story well told."
Not just a tie to the famous role playing game series, the famous Drow ranger has his origin story told and every character is brought to life by the narration well.
"Must be one of the best starts to a legend ever!"
A must read for any d&d fan. This awesome book starts the journey for Drizzt do Urden and makes you want to read the rest! I already own the paperback version but just had to get the audiobook. Victor Bevine narrates it just perfectly!
"Origins of a legendary tabletop gaming character"
Absolutely. Many of my friends know my love of fiction and gaming, particularly the imagination and fun of pen-and-paper role-playing games like D&D. Anyone familiar with D&D knows of Drizzt from Menzoberranzan, the franchise's legendary dark elf. Salvatore, through Bevine's excellent performance, brings this two-dimensional icon to life. What's not to like?
Adding this dimension to a much-admired gaming legend allows the reader to experience the Forgotten Realms brought to life, through the early years of one of its most memorable characters. Bevine's performance adds the right amount of suspense, darkness, elation and trepidation.
The cat. (Trying to avoid spoilers).
I particularly like this series for the reasons mentioned above, but standing alone from their D&D background I believe they make an interesting fantasy story. No prior knowledge of polyhedral dice or character sheets is required. The story stands on its own merits.
"Great audio adaptation"
Pretty highly, I'm a big fan of the Drizzt books so finding them as unabridged audio books makes me very happy... although perhaps gives them an unfair advantage as they start high up the list compared to some of the others in my library!
Drizzt! I love the character! More fairly I have to say Zaknafein as he's very well portrayed by the narrator, with Alton De'Vir coming in as close second, the narrator does a fabulous job with his slightly insane vengeance.
Really looking forward to listening to the rest of the Drizzt books I'm hoarding in my library now I've got some free time!
"My all time favourite author."
The book is wonderfully written. Had trouble with the narrator's choices at times. overall - excellent.
The story of Drizzt is amazing. Brilliant writing from R.A Salvatore, and excellent performance from Victor Bevine. I have listened to this one book five times, I loved it that much!
Loved it! Brilliant story and Characters. R. A. Salvatore is a brilliant and creative man who doesn't get the credit he deserves. Onto the next book!
"Loved every minute"
Great listen. Very well performed. I've loved the drizzt nooks since I was a teenaher, havomg them to listen to is great.
"Intro to Drizz"
I found it a bit slow to start as you would expect .... But It became gripping and I need to listen to the next in the trilogy as soon as i can
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