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 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!
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.
This was the Conner stone for this amazing line. R. A. Salvatore nailed this perfectly with a total description so well detailed that, his readers) could get a complete minds eye of the way the young dark elf started his long life.
His relationship with his weapons instructor was the turning point of his life, this touched me the most
No, I have read this series and didn't realize how much I had not taken in until listening to the sureal voice that I now know as the many voices of the dark elf trilogy
Homeland, let the adventures begin
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.
The story was good, but the overall sound quality was horrible. At some points I'd have to replay parts and blast the volume just to hear the story.
I've read this volume countless times. The tales of Drizzt never fails to inspire me in several ways. This Audible version does the story of Drizzt credit and it is highly recommended by a lifelong reader.
"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.
"When you home is not where your heart is..."
I had to listen to all three in this series, because I could not believe how much I enjoyed the first or the second... I kept expecting disappointment.
I found none! A truly magical tale.
"Excellent story, okay narrator"
What a gripping tale about drow society and the man himself, Drizzt. A great story from start to finish. The complex names really threw me off to begin with and I was genuinely concerned that I would not be able to follow the story, but it all works itself out as the tale progresses.
The narrator does an okay job of reading the story, he has a deep sullen voice, but he can been a little monotonous and struggles to give different characters a unique voice.
I was a little thrown by the long bizarre names at first but gave it a further 10-15mins and absolutely love every second. brilliant listen :)
"Amazing, thrilling fantasy "
An amazing fantasy novel filled with insights into drow society. An amazing story and as a DnD player an excellent reference for all things drow.
i loved listening to this book. it was simply epic.victor Bevine naration was great, full of spirit
"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!
"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!
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