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The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1 | [R. A. Salvatore]

The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1

Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.
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Drizzt Do'Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt's help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

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    Christopher Cape Coral, FL, United States 05-29-13
    Christopher Cape Coral, FL, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Epic Drizzt Saga"
    Would you listen to The Crystal Shard again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. Maybe two or more times. Why? Because the nonstop action and adventure. The way that Salvatore captures the world is profound and detailed and makes me feel like I'm beside the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character in this book was Brunner. He is witty and stubborn and plays a good prank on drizzt. I couldn't help but laugh and smile whenever he was in the chapter.


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

    Victor Bevine is an awesome narrator. He makes each character feel distinguished and gives each the charm and/or personality as if he were actually that character.


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

    This book definitely made me laugh at several parts, as well as bite my nails or even feel disdain at others. Defiantly kept me at the edge of my chair.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 06-13-13
    Mark 06-13-13
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    "great book"

    I listened to the first 3 Drizzt books, And now I am glad to find this new series that carries on his adventures with other heroic characters. I ignored these books back when I used to actually read scifi/fantasy, now I wish I hadn't, excellent yarns. And by far, Bevine is the best narrator for the genre, not a fault can be found -- clear, good tone, his voice adds enthusiasm and excitement during exciting scenes, he does enough voice imitation for different characters to make it clear who is talking, but not corny either. And of course, the story was very good, else I wouldn't give it 5 stars. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bopp West Bloomfield, MI United States 07-02-13
    Kevin Bopp West Bloomfield, MI United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Intro to Drizzt"
    Where does The Crystal Shard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper-middle tier.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Like most folks, I really connected with Drizzt. I think many of us have moments where we feel like singular bastions of decency in a world that needs fixing. He is unwaveringly loyal and has a strong moral compass - I can get behind a character like that!


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    I truly enjoyed Mr. Bevine's voice talents for the various characters, along with the ease applied to speaking unusual words and names that are frequent fare in the fantasy genre.


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

    No, but that didn't make the story any less enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting the balance of the Icewind Dale trilogy, so that says something :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Onalaska, Tx, United States 06-03-13
    Russell Onalaska, Tx, United States 06-03-13
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    "The original appearance of the almighty Drizzt"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    My favorite book to date.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Drizzt is my favorite character and has been for over 20 years. I was thrilled to see these books finally hit audio.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Victor was fair to me. I an use to mark thompson from the star wars and he is my favorite preformer.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The honor in the character of Drizzt.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This is my favorite all time book and the original apperence of Drizzt. I am glad to finally see this book come to audio.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 05-30-14
    Michael 05-30-14
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    "Needs a different narrator"
    Would you try another book from R. A. Salvatore and/or Victor Bevine?

    I love the works of Salvatore, he writes the way I read. I guess I'd have to say, I'm not a fan of Victor Bevine. This books has such rich characters with passions and emotional ranges, but Victor read them in kind of a lack-luster way. And he only seems to have three voices, that's not good for a Salvatore story. There was so much potential for a voice actor from this book and I think Victor missed the mark.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 01-27-14
    David Houston, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "Flashback to old school fantasy"

    There was a time when R.A.Salvatore was one of my favorite fantasy authors. I even had him autograph my copy of "Homeland," his introduction to the Drizzt character, which was riveting and original, set as it was in the Underdark where we were introduced to an entirely novel culture of shocking matriarchal cruelty and the Spider Queen goddess of the Drow elves.

    Somehow I missed moving on to his second Drizzt trilogy, so I was looking forward to picking up the tale now after all these years. Unfortunately I found that the old school world of frost giants, dwarves, hobbits and barbarians suffers somewhat in comparison with the deluge of imagination and creativity to which we have been treated in the past thirty years. I wish I had read "Icewind Dale" when it first came out so that I could have enjoyed it without having to compare it to Sanderson and Abercrombie and Bujold and Lynch's Locke Lamora and, yes, R.R. Martin."

    Still, I enjoyed traveling with the old companions again for a few hours. Though I find Victer Bevine's delivery to be a bit wide-eyed and labored, he does maintain the energy of the work and delineate the characters clearly. Though I will not follow the rest of the "Icewind" series, I'm glad I got reacquainted with Salvatore, and I may check out some of his more recent works to see how he has responded to the development of the fantasy genre.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-10-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Had potential"

    I read this book several years ago, just to see what all the fuss was about. At the time I thought it was a three star book. I got it on audible to see if listening to it gave me better perspective. It started out great as it introduced us to several compelling characters. Then about chapter seven it turns into a battle after battle book. The characters are never really developed and so seem fairly shallow. I plan to read some more Salvatore written later to see if he starts to develop his characters.

    Would a Tyrant refer to himself as a Tyrant? You should be open minded and not judge Dark Elves, Humans, Halflings, or Dwarfs by their skin color or height, but it is okay to consider all Orcs, Giants, Frost Giants, Demons, Trolls, and goblins as bad.

    The narrator uses the same voices for most monsters and that is not a very good one. He makes the Demon sound retarded.

    I hope you get to read this before I am thrown to the back pages. Salvatore fans are very protective of their author and anyone who does not agree is angrily given an unhelpful vote. One reviewer has 0-14 for voicing his opinion, although I will agree he might have been a little harsh.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Gilbert, AZ, United States 01-03-14
    Charles Gilbert, AZ, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to The Crystal Shard the most enjoyable?

    The character development. No fiction book can succeed without the reader, listener, identifying with the story participants. The easier that occurs the better. The author achieves this very well.


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

    The "Barbarian" was my favorite. He reminded me of "Thor" mixed with "Conan".


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a bit slow in some areas, while loaded with battles that ended abruptly. These areas are not significant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 05-25-13
    Shane 05-25-13
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    "Great Story - well narrated!"
    Where does The Crystal Shard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books I've read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Constant flow through the story line and not very predictable which helps hold your attention.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm usually underwhelmed by narrators, but Victor is an exception. He does a great job in this series.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Read the pre-series before this one and everything will make better sense.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    wiznut 08-04-14
    wiznut 08-04-14 Member Since 2013

    A greater understanding is what I seek. With this I hope to enrich my knowledge of life and my legacy. Why Dad?Well here's a head start son

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    "Cultural struggle in a fantasy adventure"
    Would you listen to The Crystal Shard again? Why?

    Yes. The depth of the storyline, action, fantasy, energy are more than enough to keep me hooked for a least the next 20 years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say all the extras and how they fit in to the puzzle so nicely.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    With the exception of one or two characters (not significant ones) he did very well.


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

    The reflection chapters of main character ad credence to the story's depth.


    Any additional comments?

    Adventures rediscovered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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