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The Elvenbane Audiobook

The Elvenbane

Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.
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Two masters of epic fantasy have combined in this brilliant collaboration to create a rousing tale. This is the story of Shana, a half-breed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father with a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, Shana was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or human kind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

©1991 Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A splendid blend of the talents of two excellent storytellers” (Anne McCaffrey)

"One of the season’s liveliest and most appealing fantasy epics.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A brisk, glittering yarn that packs as much action, suspense, and twisting of conventions into one novel as many writers invest in whole trilogies.” (Amazing Stories)

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    JEFFREY Gainesville, VA, United States 09-16-15
    JEFFREY Gainesville, VA, United States 09-16-15 Member Since 2011

    Geeks rule the world!

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    "Good Story"
    Would you listen to The Elvenbane again? Why?

    Maybe, it's not like the Wheel of Time or the David Eddings books, but it's enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very different from other magical stories. The relationship/differences between the 3 races and the multiple struggles for direction were extremely interesting.
    I always like watching characters evolve, and I was surprised in this book - pleasantly.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader brought each character to life quite well. The way the book is written, changes in chapters, context or story are very quick - for example the story might shift from Shana in the desert to Alara calming the weather but there will be no chapter break, pause, nothing to indicate such a shift has occurred and if you aren't listening carefully you can easily miss the context change. This happens constantly thru the book and it's quite annoying, I don't understand why the author has so few chapters or breaks when they change subjects. Maybe for reading this is ok, but for a narrator - they need to somehow pause.


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

    Some parts were funny, nothing extreme.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alan boise, ID, United States 08-03-15
    alan boise, ID, United States 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it- consistently kept my attention."

    I have to admit I kept expecting more treachery from the characters .F ortunately the storyline was so intriguing it wasn't needed . The pacing of the story was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this book.

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    Craig 03-29-15
    Craig 03-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Have always enjoyed this book. Having it in audible format just makes it that much easier when I have other things that must be done too.

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    Bart 03-04-15
    Bart 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "masterful fantasy story telling"

    a very well written and performed tale with depth and an enthralling story. The ending of the story comes too quickly.

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    Wonderbrat 02-26-15
    Wonderbrat 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not nice elves"

    These are not nice elves
    These are not mean dragons
    I loved the role reversals in this story and that the hero is a heroine.
    Very well read by Aasne Vigesaa.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    killer7956 02-26-15
    killer7956 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed"

    Enjoyed book, good if you like elves, dragons and magic.ten words remaining before they let me close this screen Ugh!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 01-26-15
    Pen Name 01-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Starts very slowly but grows on you real QUiCK!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    At first the writing (a narrated style) feels quite tiresome and (*evil grin*....) that's exactly why you'll be caught unaware.I think I rarely encountered writers able to be THAT engaging while writing from so many different character viewpoint.


    What other book might you compare The Elvenbane to and why?

    After listening to this, I recommend listening to The Black Jewels Trilogy and novels Tangled Webs, The Shadow Queen, The Shalador Lady and Twilight's Dawn.I discovered Elvenbane by reading an Anne Bishop interview where she says Andre Norton's novels broadened her horizons.Although different, Anne Bishop's work indeed owes something to Andre Norton's work.


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

    This is my first time listening to this narrator. She is brilliant.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Deards CA USA 01-14-15
    C. Deards CA USA 01-14-15
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    "Fun read"

    I liked this book when I read it some years ago. Enjoyed listening to it. Not my favorite narrator, but ok.

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    MN_Grumpy 01-07-15
    MN_Grumpy 01-07-15
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    "Excellent Dragon Elven Human conflict fantasy"

    In my opinion this work stands alone - even though it is the first in a series that ended with the passing of Andre Norton with the third book. At the moment I am inclined to not read any of the remaining two books. This was a good work - reading the synopsis of 2 and 3, I think I will pass!

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    Amazon Customer 08-07-12
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    "Watch Out, Elves!"

    A continuation of The Elven Blood, Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey team up to reveal more of the rich world they created in the first novel, with our favorite Dragons aligning themselves with our Wizard Heroine to help defeat the High Elves and free all of their slaves - a task easier said than done. Aasne Vigesaa did a great job of narrating both stories, with many different voices for all of the characters, and there were plenty of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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