On the fabled world of Krynn, Lord Soth finally learns that there is a price to pay for his long history of evil deeds, a price even an undead warrior might find horrifying. Dark powers transport Soth to Barovia, and there the death knight must face the dread minions of Count Strahn Von Zarovich, the vampire lord of the nightmare land. But with only a captive Vistani woman and an untrustworthy ghost for allies, Lord Soth soon discovers that he may have to join forces with the powerful vampire if he is ever to escape the realm of terror. Knight of the Black Rose is the second in an open-ended series of Gothic horror tales dealing with the masters and monsters of the Ravenloft dark fantasy setting.
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I am a huge fan of this book and the story of both Lord Soth individually and of his experience in Ravenloft. I have read the book in paperback several times. As such, for the sake of a story I so thoroughly enjoy, I am able to sufficiently put up with what is probably the single worst audiobook narrator I have EVER listened to.
First problem with the narrator: the gentleman is very evidently attempting to capture the nuanced dictation style of a news reporter instead of the loose and engaging style of someone reading a story or play. His attempts to be intentionally deliberate with enunciation just shred the narrative to pieces.
Second problem with the narrator: the MISPRONUNCIATIONS and ERRORS!!! I'm not sure if this is the fault of the narrator or the editors, but WOW! The mistakes stated in previous reviews cannot be understated. They are highly distracting. Due to my enjoyment of the story, though, I am largely able to just laugh this off. But NO ONE should be laughing ANYTHING off during a RAVENLOFT BOOK!!!
Third problem with the narrator: Not only does he sound like a news reporter. He sounds like an old curmudgeon news reporter. He sounds like what would have happened if Walter Cronkite were given a lobotomy.
In conclusion, I really think this audiobook would have been a massive success if they had gotten a creepier sounding (and more gifted) narrator. So, if you have read the story before and love it like I do, and would listen to it for nostalgia, sure. bear with the narrator and go for it. (You can do it! I believe in you!) But if you have never read this story before, PLEASE, for the sake of the story and all that it's worth, AVOID THIS AUDIOBOOK LIKE THE PLAGUE!
I really love ask the Ravenloft series. the atmosphere is just great and I like how the stories are not always happy ones. this was a great story about an anti hero. I loved the characters and I thought the narrator was great!
If you were fascinated by Lord Soth in the Dragonlance books and are interested in his transfer to the Ravenloft setting and further fate therein, this book does the trick. The story is not surprising or impressively artful, but experiencing Soth's point of view lends extra interest and it is mostly well-paced and engaging.
Danny Campbell has a very long list of audio-book credits to his name. I am forced to guess from this that perhaps a poor producer or director pushed him in unfortunate directions for this reading. The voice he gives to the principle character, Lord Soth, is excellent, and other characters are passable, and his overall timbre is pleasing.
However, Mr. Campbell mispronounces such an array of words that his reading rattles and jangles. The possessive of the name Soth, Mr. Campbell, "Soth's" would be pronounced Soths, just like a plural, not "Soth-ez" Sharp teeth intended for tearing meat are in-size-ors, not in-scissors. Those missteps alone could easily be ignored, but the list goes on and on which made it difficult to enjoy the book.
I am usually very devoted to completing a series once begun, but I am unsure if I will purchase audio versions of the further novels concerning Lord Soth with Mr. Campbell as the reader.
i read this book when it came out in 1991 and i loved it i was already a fan of lord soth . this book made me cheer for him even more. if you are a fan of dragonlance then this book is a must read and or listen
I love this story, always have. I love Lord Soth, he is such an awesome character. This Narrator however is killing him and me. Considering Soth is already dead, that is a pretty spectacular feat. I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope they find someone else to redo this and do it right.
There are 2 main issues with the narration:
First there is no emotion to it. Everything is read in The. Exact. Same. Tone.
Second the narrator is taking such pains to enunciate every word with precision it makes each sentence choppy and jarring. It feels like there is a period after every single word.
I am going to force my way through this as I do so love the story and characters, and hope that it doesn't completely ruin this story. I was so excited when they got the Dragonlance world, the Ravenloft word, and Forgotten realms into audio, but if all the narration is this painful it is going to be more of travesty then not having them was.
With less expository rehashings of previously-established material, more focus on description, and a more compelling plot, this might have worked.
No. Campbell's performance was generally unremarkable, but he REPEATEDLY and CONSISTENTLY mispronounced words -- many of them quite simple. It nearly drove me mad.
It helped to further expand upon the Ravenloft setting.
So much wasted potential, it's almost heartbreaking.
I was expecting an epic tale, but the character Lord Soth is probably one of the most boring characters I've ever heard of. I might've been the narrator but I got the image of a fist clenched, scorning, dull and constantly angry bastard when I finished this audiobook. In the book we follow Lord Soth's journey to get back to his homeland Krynn from Ravenloft. It begins by him slaughtering a village of people for being lied to. The only interesting character is of course Lord Strahd, because Strahd is a good character - he has some virtues at least - while Soth seems to lack any and all manner of virtues and makes his character entirely one sided.
He doesn't develop at all during the story and the side characters are more or less one dimensional as well. A cowardly Vistani, an eager dwarf and the rest of the characters being personality ridden undead makes for a poor and starved cast. Especially if you concern that Soth is unremarkable in of himself.
No, don't even think about trying this horrible piece of work.
The story is meandering, the plot largely inconsequential, and the narrator makes several glaring errors, most annoyingly pronouncing Soth's as "Sothis".
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