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The Orc King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1 | [R. A. Salvatore]

The Orc King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.
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Publisher's Summary

Drizzt is back, and facing a world changed forever!

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build.

But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World. Powerful individuals on both sides may have to change the way they see each other. They may have to start to talk. And it won't be easy.

This book wasn't just the next installment in the long-running saga of the famous dark elf, but the beginning of a bold new trilogy that will help change the face of the Forgotten Realms world forever.

©2008 R. A. Salvatore; (P)2009 Random House

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    robert dallas, TX, United States 10-06-13
    robert dallas, TX, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked Victor Bevine as the narrator like all of the other books in the series. MARK BRAMHALL no only is it a different voice which doesn't match with all of the other books I have leaned to. But he talks so slow that I have to concentrate real hard so I don't start day dreaming and loose focus with the book.


    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    He talks to slow that I have a hard time staying with the book. Its better to keep with the same narrater when doing a series of books.


    Was The Orc King worth the listening time?

    Necessary to do this series of you want to lesion to the next series so you can keep up with the past


    Any additional comments?

    Books should have been read by victor Bevine I would have enjoyed the series much better

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-12-14
    Michael 11-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bring back the original narrator!"

    This is going to sound harsh, but I simply cannot stand this narrator.

    After listening to Victor Bevine narrate the entire series up to this point, I can't bear to hear the story from another person's voice. He butchers the names and the voices are all "off". It's too jarring a transition.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. LaMonte 02-07-15
    T. LaMonte 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "ReDo the Transitions series"
    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    Mark reads this series like an instruction manual. His voice never changes tone. He adds his own commas, breaks, pauses and periods. The only reason I didn't fall asleep listening to him is because of the voice changes between characters. Drizzt always sounds pissed off. The Orcs sound human. The dwarves sound like a bunch of drunk Irish or Scotts. His pronunciation is extremely horrible. He changed Bruenor's name from 2 syllables to 3. Luskin is pronounced Lou Skin etc.... Did he even listen to Victor's previous readings? You don't come in the middle of a series like this and start making up your own pronunciations. Readers/Listeners are looking for continuity, especially after hearing Victor for so many books. I wasn't even remotely able to enjoy this book because the only thing I could think about was how excruciating Mark's voice was while he was murdering the read!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm extremely disappointed in Audible and whoever is responsible for hiring the readers. You charge 3 times what the book costs to buy and you pick someone like Mark? Why didn't you quality check your own product? If you did quality check it, fire that person because he/she doesn't know how to do their job. You shamed yourselves, your listeners and R.A. Salvatore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Weekendranger 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "More typical R.A. Salvatore, but the Narrator.."
    Would you try another book from R. A. Salvatore and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Yes, I am enjoying the on-going story of Drizzt and the Friends of the Hall.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orc King?

    Unfortunately the change in pronunciations... I am sure there is no actual correct way to say the names of people and places but the changes from the last book to this one are jarring... It seems a different series...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Bramhall’s performances?

    I may turn the non-auto book for the rest of the series. I might have liked Mark Bramhall's reading if I had started the long saga with him but I simply find it odd...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely. I love these kinds of stories and love to see them on the screen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lane W Kling 11-07-14
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    "victor bevine?"
    What disappointed you about The Orc King?

    the narrator sucked. what happened to victor? this guy butchered the names, the voices and the overall tone of the story. Not gonna buy the rest of the series, after really enjoying all the previous.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Alamo, TX, United States 09-04-14
    Debra Alamo, TX, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Like Audio books, love to be read to. Am retired, spend a lot a time at pool so listen to music, & audio books when have them, now I will have ones I like.

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    What disappointed you about The Orc King?

    The Narrator is all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did not like the way he tried to change his voice for the charators was very bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess listened to many books where Victor Bevine was narrator, I Love all the R.A. Salvatore books, but a few have had to return was not what had expected. Other wise enjoying the the books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer ORLANDO, FL, United States 12-07-09
    Jennifer ORLANDO, FL, United States 12-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Salvatore Masterpiece"

    R.A.Salvatore has enchanted readers for 20 + years with his tale of a rouge Dark elf (Drizzt do'Urden and his friends. This book is no different, action packed, exciting, and filled with romance, intreague and epic battle it once more leads the reader on a merry fantastical romp through the forgotten realms. Well written, and epic as always, This book is well worth the listen and definitely one of the best YET. The orc king says a lot about racial politics, war, and how misunderstandings start terrible conflicts. If you like Drizzt this is a definite, if your looking for something new and different from other fantasy worlds this is the best!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin mason, OH, United States 10-24-09
    Kevin mason, OH, United States 10-24-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    First off, I am a pretty big fan of Salvatore's works, I have always enjoyed his action packed writing style, and human interest essays in the Drizzt books. However, this is not his best work. Don't get me wrong it is still a good story, but it is not as involved and suspenseful as many of his other books. I still enjoyed the listen, but I found that it was hard to concentrate on the story, especially when doing other things at the moment (I multi-task a lot).
    Overall the reader did a good job with the reading. But I look forward to the day when earlier Drizzt books are made into an audio format. If you are a fan of these books and the Drizzt series I recommend this book if you have a credit to spend. If you have not read any books featuring the character Drizzt, then stop by the book store or library to pick up the Dark elf Trilogy first.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Omar Garcia 02-25-15
    Omar Garcia 02-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    Excellent story. Great performance. Overall excellent job. I recommend it if you enjoy the other Drow stories. Looking forward to the others.

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    Steven 02-18-15
    Steven 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome book, decent narrator."

    Not a fan of this narrator. they should have stuck with Victor bevine. The difference in tone and pronunciation is very noticable.

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