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Shadowdale: Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 1 | [Scott Ciencin]

Shadowdale: Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 1

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faern in the guise of mortals. When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder. When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.
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Publisher's Summary

An all-new audio version of one of the key titles in the entire Forgotten Realms novel line.

At the time of its original release, this series presented key events that impacted the entire Forgotten Realms world, and the effects of those events are still felt in current novels. This title was originally released under the author's pseudonym, Richard Awlinson.

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faern in the guise of mortals.

When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder.

When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.

©1989 TSR, Inc., 2003 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    troy Baton Rouge, LA, United States 01-29-13
    troy Baton Rouge, LA, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadowdale the most enjoyable?

    This is one of my all time favorite series in the Forgotten Realms setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the first book in the series. It's a great beginning to an epic adventure.


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

    I'm not sure where Nicole Greevy came from, but she does an amazing job portraying the characters in the book. It was great to hear all of my favorite characters come to life! Great job on finding Nicole Greevy audible! I would listen to more books narrated by her any time!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear the rest of the books in the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Skaggs United States 04-12-13
    B. Skaggs United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A trip back in time"
    What did you love best about Shadowdale?

    The simple story with a great cast of characters that takes me back to the first time I read this story.


    What other book might you compare Shadowdale to and why?

    The other books in the series, Tantras and Waterdeep. It continues the story of the main characters with good development and plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cyric talking about his past to Midnight.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, I wanted to spread it out and take my time to enjoy it more...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Langhorne, PA, United States 04-06-13
    Adam Langhorne, PA, United States 04-06-13
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    "Middling storyline and uninspired delivery"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this for readers who want to expand their knowledge of the Forgotten Realms and provide a backdrop for other novels in the universe. I would not recommend it to someone looking to enjoy a standalone book. There is a fair amount of filler. After a somewhat jarring introduction, the plot lags for most of the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The latter quarter or so of the story is the most exciting, and I think the ending is well-written and rounds out the plot nicely. Of course, not all ends are tied up, as this is merely the first book in a series.


    What three words best describe Nicole Greevy’s performance?

    Monotone, bland, and unconvincing. The only characters who I felt Greevy portrayed well were Mystra and Midnight. When voicing male characters, Greevy often sounds as if she is making fun of them.


    Do you think Shadowdale needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, clearly. There is much more to this story arc.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Somerville, MA, United States 02-28-13
    Kelsey Somerville, MA, United States 02-28-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great book, not so great audiobook"
    What did you like best about Shadowdale? What did you like least?

    The story was good and I enjoyed hearing about the early days of Forgotten Realms gods. But I had a hard time listening to it. The book is written in 3rd person omniscient voice which makes everything very passive and not that engaging a listen. I would rather hear what the characters are doing rather than ABOUT what they are doing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Greevy’s performances?

    I don't think so. While I'm sure she reads well, I found her a bit monotone and her acting was not very good at all. I think an audiobook reader needs some acting ability to make the characters come to life. Hearing her do Bane, the god of fear hatred and tyrrany, made him sound like a whiny teenager.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Buddy 07-17-14
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    "Great Start to the Series"
    Where does Shadowdale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably number 3 or 4. I loved performances from World War Z Complete and Snow Crash, and the story is great, but the narration is just a bit off. Great if you speed up the playback to 1.25. It actually adds more to the narration that way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intriguing characters, a hint of romance, and the interesting plot dynamic of unpredictable magic make for a fun tale.


    Which character – as performed by Nicole Greevy – was your favorite?

    Surprisingly, it was Adon. I wasn't expecting much from the male characters after the first few chapters. She's a tad unconvincing as a male character, but her female characters and non dialogue narration are great. The convincingness of Adon and his arc near the finale of the book really hooked me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were some humorous parts, but as all "first stories," it is meant to set up the world and what's going on. I have a feeling the real action is going to amp up in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for those new to the Dungeons and Dragons universe, or just new to Forgotten Realms. If I was reading this during the initial release, I would have loved it even more since it ties into the changes between editions of the game. For non fans of Dungeons and Dragons, it is a solid fantasy tale that shakes up a world that existed, which actually adds to the ease of introduction. My wife, a non-fan of Dungeons and Dragons, found herself listening in when I was listening, and was just as intrigued by the story as I was. Great time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Roseville, CA USA 05-12-13
    Amazon Customer Roseville, CA USA 05-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good start to the series"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadowdale the most enjoyable?

    Story built throughout with an explosive conclusion


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it fills into the rest of the written Forgotten Realms mythology


    Did Nicole Greevy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but I'll admit that I had difficulty with her rendition at first - I'm well used to it now.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening of character's backgrounds which begin to clue the reader into motivations


    Any additional comments?

    Because this is the first in the series the start is slow - so slow that I almost stopped the book. I'm glad I gutted through the slower parts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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