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Homeland Audiobook

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

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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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    Patrick B. 10-21-13
    Patrick B. 10-21-13
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    "Good story, 3 or 4 glitches in the audio"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was good. It is about a Dark Elf, living in the Underdark region of the Forgotten Realms (a large series of underground caverns and caves set in a section of the Dungeon and Dragons world, for those not familiar - the Underdark contains a number of various humanoid and beast like creatures).
    The Dark elf, Drizzt, is raised by his noble Dark Elf family and taught the morally corrupt ways of Dark Elf society, but he finds that he doesn't fit in. The story covers his coming of age, so to speak, and how he deals with the struggles between his own conscience and life within the morally bankrupt society he was born into.

    I would have given this 4 stars. It was a good story, but very formulaeic at times. I downgraded the book to 3 stars because of a number of audio hicups where sections of audio (1-2 secunds at a time) would be distorted and the narration impossible to understand. It was enough to be distracting in those passages, and once it seemed to cover up some of the meaning of the story (not an inconsequential part of the story).

    I'm probably going to return my copy, solely because of the bad audio. It would be like buying a regular book with 2 or 3 sentences completely blacked out by marker. Hopefully they fix this, because otherwise this was a good story with good (not great) narration and story telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptive nature of RA Salvatore is excellent, as usual. And the narration was good (though several characters voices began to blend together after a while).


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His diction and pronounciation of some more difficult words from the Dungeons & Dragons lexicon is quite nice and listening to him is very effortless.


    Was Homeland worth the listening time?

    Yes - I enjoyed the story


    Any additional comments?

    just fix the audio quality.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    justin 06-15-13
    justin 06-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A legend is born."
    If you could sum up Homeland in three words, what would they be?

    The perfect start.


    What other book might you compare Homeland to and why?

    To put it in a better wording, this series is what I use to compare all other fantasy stories. The immense story line, fast paced action scenes, and incredibly detailed fighting narration of R.A. Salvatore just can not be beat.


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

    Zaknafein. The voice of Zaknafein really came to life for me. This first story having a lot to do with his roll in shaping Drizzt to the character he becomes later in the series, and learning his roots. He is by far my favorite character in Homeland.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is much to see in the pitch black of the underdark.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first audio book I have listened to on audible. It was a very enjoyable experience. The narration and dialog was well done. I use the audible app for the iPad, and it is easy to use and flawless in design. I would recommend audible to anyone. As goes the same for this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DDTAN 04-17-13
    DDTAN 04-17-13

    “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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem 06-28-16

    Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.

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    "How does good develop in a world of evil?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Homeland to be better than the print version?

    Not really. I read the printed version before listen to the audiobook, but I feel I got more out of simply reading it. The Narrator does an okay job, but does not add or subtract to the presentation of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zaknafein Do'Urden was my favorite character in this book, because of how confused and broken he was while maintaining a hopeful outlook for his son. Zaknafein is a good guy deep down, but all alone, without exposure to another good person throughout his life. He knows how tragically twisted an evil his own kind has become and does what he can do to survive in it. Then he meets his son, Drizzt and everything seems to change for him. Zak tries to warn and protect his son when they meet, seeing that spark of life, goodness, and hope so very familiar to his own once upon a time.


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s performance?

    Decent.


    Any additional comments?

    The forgotten realms novel series is based off of the Dungeons & Dragons game. This series has a ridiculous amount of books featuring a wide range of characters. Drizzt Do'urden is easily considered the most popular character out of all of them. Created by R. A. Salvatore over twenty years ago, Drizzt has been featured in every type of media from comic books to video games and has historical content that spans over thirty novels alone.

    The Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy Book 1 "Homeland" is the very beginning of Drizzt's origin story. It describes his birth and how he was raised to adulthood. Interesting stuff, but to get the complete tale of his escape from the evil of his family and into the surface world of the first time the next two books are pretty much required. "Homeland" and the next two books "Exile" and "Sojourn" form the trilogy that fully explains Drizzt's tormented youth and how he decided to set out on the path becoming the heroic character he is in the rest of the books featuring him.

    These three books would make a great movie trilogy in their own right. A story about how a good person that came alone from a world so bent on staying evil is a story that inspires, that's for certain. While there is not much humor in the story, the depth of this tale as a whole is fairly powerful. The special effects and fighting scenes would also be awesome, but that's beside the point.

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    Mani Snaer Larsen 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "best book ever."

    this is the best book ever written. looking forward to hearing the next one. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    USMCMundo Ca 06-20-16
    USMCMundo Ca 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing introduction book to the a world unknown,"

    Loved the detail bring the story alive giving you a feeling of being and seeing the events and unfold before you. I not only enjoyed reading this book but even more hearing it. When will it become a movie or cartoon if not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 06-13-16
    Timothy 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"

    R.A. Salvatore paints the most stunning paintings with his words. His battle scenes are second to none. I feel as though I can feel the weapons in my own hands. Narrator should be louder.

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    Kay Ling 06-13-16
    Kay Ling 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unique plot and character"

    I had heard about Drittz, but haven't read or listened to any of this series. I really enjoyed the story and admired the strength of Drittz's resolve to do what was right even when it meant turning his back on his own kinsfolk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dayna Gilliland 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow start, good finish"

    A little struggle in the beginning. Caught my interest more in the second half of the book through to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 06-08-16
    Michelle 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Drizzt!"

    Such a great Trilogy, was always a favorite of mine. This is such a wonderful series and one I can listen to this over and over. It's a must read for any fan of fantasy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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