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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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.
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).
His diction and pronounciation of some more difficult words from the Dungeons & Dragons lexicon is quite nice and listening to him is very effortless.
Yes - I enjoyed the story
just fix the audio quality.
The perfect start.
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.
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.
There is much to see in the pitch black of the underdark.
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.
“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."
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.
Drizzt rising up against Menzoberranzan evilness...and the sacrifice made at the end.
Victor Bevine did a wonderful job. He was a good choice to be narrator for this gruesome world.
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.
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.
I love these stories. the only complaint I have for the performance is that often he would get quiet, whisper, so it became difficult to understand. I know that it was on purpose to add flair to the performance, just a bit annoying
Intriguing, Dramatic, Amazing.
I couldn't stop listening.
Amazing start to an incredible series. I am not a fan of science fiction novels but this book was enough to have me purchase the remainder of the series. The narration is incredibly rich and has just enough changes to keep the listener interested not sleepy.
Excellent character development, plot, and surprises.
One of R.A. Salvatore's best works, this book I'll always be in my top 5. Salvatore's writing style has some of the best word painting I've ever read. His style allows you to feel the emotions of the characters as your own, and lose yourself in the beauty of his descriptions. His creation of this world is masterful and all the intricacies he includes bring it to life.
Great book with an incredible reading. it was a little tough to grasp at first if you don't know anything about this preexisting universe; however the author does a good job of bringing you up to speed.
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