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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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    Randy 06-27-14
    Randy 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I miss Victor Bevine!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Orc King to be better than the print version?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    So if you've been listening to all of these Drizzt books be prepared for a new narrator. He changes the pronunciation of every name. I get he wants to put a flare of his own scent on this but seriously... Luskin is pretty dang basic yet he calls it Louskon. I almost didn't continue the story at first because of this.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    eastbayrae Raccoon City 04-28-14
    eastbayrae Raccoon City 04-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Sometimes you have to club a seal with a kitten

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    "The reader is horrid!"
    What would have made The Orc King better?

    Have Victor Bovine read it!


    Would you ever listen to anything by R. A. Salvatore again?

    Yes, I like his style of writing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    Victor Bovine! Mark is horrid. His pronunciation is terrible, little to no change in tone regardless of what is happening, almost no difference between male and female characters. He ruined this series of books.


    What character would you cut from The Orc King?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had listened to the sample of this narrators voice. He ruined this entire series! Let the man Victor Bovine read these books. If I had it to do again I would have bought the kindle version of these books and read them by hand like a caveman. Seriously disappointed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles charlesyon, SC, USA 01-22-10
    Charles charlesyon, SC, USA 01-22-10
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    "More Drizzzt"

    If you have read Salvatore and have grown (like me) to enjoy the dark elf and his adventures then this is for you.

    If not then read up some of he older books otherwise its like watching Die Harder with no idea who John McClane is.

    It's like fantasy porn with descriptive fights, philisophical rants that mirror our society and evil beings getting stabbed.

    It is like a cliche but I happen to enjoy a grumpy dwarf and if you do then this is the book for you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Ellwood City, PA, United States 12-14-13
    Joshua Ellwood City, PA, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a good starting point by any means"
    What made the experience of listening to The Orc King the most enjoyable?

    Continuing to accompany Drizzt Do'Urden and his friends on another adventure


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

    After listening to a dozen books in the Drizzt Do'Urden series narrated by Victor Bevine, the narration from Mark Bramhall was utterly jarring. I expected a difference, for sure, but I was unable to find any redeeming qualities in this performance. It sounded like a lecture from a textbook - Mark's spirit seemed far removed from the book in front of him. The character voices were distinguishable but flat, Drizzt was harsh and angry, and the dwarfs were just poor imitations of Irish accents. I wonder sometimes with his inflection if he actually understood anything he was reading. Victor Bevine may have just set the bar way too high, because his reads are nothing short of fantastic. I am dreading listening to the rest of the "Transitions" series with Mark Bramhall reading them...


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a good place to get into the Drizzt Do'Urden series... it really is foolish to jump into the series here without reading the earlier novels. The author already assumes you know a lot about the characters at this point. Start with earlier books in the series both for the sake of the story and characters, and also to hear Victor Bevine give a narration that will make you fall in love with these beautifully written stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 06-24-14
    Aaron 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, bad narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you are a fan of R.A. Salvitore novels you will want to hear this story. It is a good story, although I think some of his other books are slightly superior.


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

    Bad. Granted I've grown used to Victor Bevine's narration, but Mark Bramhall was just bad. Not only did he mispronounce "made up" words like Bruenor and Drizzt, but he also badly mispronounced some of the standard English language. I can only presume that other narrators were unavailable, or that Mark Bramhall was extremely inexpensive.


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

    No, the story was good, but the constant narration errors were grating.


    5 of 5 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 2008
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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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel C Gallagher 08-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    Very disappointed with the performance on this one. I understand that things are going to change when a new person is reading... but this just shows a great lack of effort. After spending hundreds of hours listening to this series I was appalled that the Bramhall, or someone in charge of production, couldn't take the time to at least maintain the previous pronunciations of the characters' names. The reading is flat, almost as though Bramhall is reading through a list and not a story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bentley MURRAY, UT, United States 07-29-14
    Bentley MURRAY, UT, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Needs to be re recorded with Victor Bevine!"

    Awesome book, but needs to be re recorded with the voice of Victor Bevine. Mark Bramhall does not have the same rhythm, finesse, and grasp of character that Victor does. After listening to Victors previous 16 performances in this amazing series, I was devastated that they decided to change actors for these three books. BRING BACK VICTOR!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raz 07-25-14
    Raz 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrid Narration. Read it instead."
    What did you like best about The Orc King? What did you like least?

    Story is great. It continues the adventure. But the narration makes me want to ask for my credits back or have audible send me the books so i can read them my self.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drizzt for obvious reason but again how could you even let this go out with such bad narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    Victor Bevine. Hands down the best choice for this.


    Was The Orc King worth the listening time?

    I could not even finish listening to part one let alone the whole book. The voice is dry and the narrator reads it as if reading the news or pronouncing one word at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    If would like to get a refund of my credit or the physical books so i can read them. This stop the story for me right in the middle of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Faltesek 06-22-14
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    "Performance Shaky"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    Victor Bevine has been doing a great job on the other books in the Legend of Drizzt. Mark's portrayal of Drizzt makes him sound bitter and angry as at least one other reviewer has noted. Mark also pronounces some of the names of the characters in ways that vary so greatly from Victor's that it is confusing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "My first Drizzt Novel"

    After listening to the audio book for a short time I was not worried about having not read other novels in the Drizzt series before. The narration was a welcoming sound and I enjoyed being led into the adventure of Drizzt and his adventuring companions with fluid verse.

    Dungeons and Dragons is a game which you might have heard of, and a huge part of the game is story-telling. This lends itself well to a rich universe for the creators of D&D to make some extremely entertaining characters and novels based on those characters and adventures.

    If you like high fantasy, then the Dungeons & Dragons multi-universe is going to be your cup of tea. Characters evolve, and so do the lands they live. Drizzt Do'Urdens' adventures are a great place to start.

    He is a contemporary character with several recent novels being released. You can expect many great adventures, for a lawfully aligned Drow, he sure lives a long time, and that's a lot of room for stories.

    R.A Salvatore is a good writer, he fleshes out description and pushes the tale along, so you don't feel you are being told what just happened.

    I play quite a lot of Dungeons & Dragons, and I'm also a local Dungeon Master for official events on the Isle of Wight. I love rolling dice, and now thanks to audible can listen to novels while at my regular job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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