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The Sleeping Dragon: Guardians of the Flame, Book 1 | [Joel Rosenberg]

The Sleeping Dragon: Guardians of the Flame, Book 1

It began as just another evening of fantasy gaming with James, Karl, Andrea, and the rest ready to assume their various roles as wizard, cleric, warrior, or thief. But sorcerous gamemaster Professor Deighton had something else planned for this unsuspecting group of college students. And the "game" soon became a matter of life and death as the seven adventurers found themselves transported to an alternate world and into the bodies of the actual characters they had been pretending to be....
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It began as just another evening of fantasy gaming with James, Karl, Andrea, and the rest ready to assume their various roles as wizard, cleric, warrior, or thief. But sorcerous gamemaster Professor Deighton had something else planned for this unsuspecting group of college students. And the "game" soon became a matter of life and death as the seven adventurers found themselves transported to an alternate world and into the bodies of the actual characters they had been pretending to be.

Cast into a land where magic worked all too well, dragons were a fire-breathing menace, and only those quick enough with a sword or their wits survived, the young gamers faced a terrible task. For the only way they would ever see Earth again was if they could find the legendary Gate Between Worlds - a place guarded by the most terrifying and deadly enemy of all....

©1983 Joel Rosenberg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 11-24-12
    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Memories From My Teenage Years!"
    What did you love best about The Sleeping Dragon?

    I first read this book as a kid and I loved the idea of it being based on kids playing a D&D like game and getting transported into it.


    What other book might you compare The Sleeping Dragon to and why?

    Dream Park by Larry Niven. It is another great example of people playing a role-playing game in real life.


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

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fantasy Becomes Reality!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a lover of dungeons and dragons or role-playing games you will enjoy this book. I hope the other books in this series will be available soon.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-12-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Favorite Fantasy Series Of Mine From Long Ago..."

    I've just completed a long review for Jordan's Last novel, so in fairness, I must keep this one brief.

    I first came across this book decades ago, and it pulled me into a fantasy series that offered great reading and loads of fun. It starts a bit slow, but then it builds into a wonderfully detailed fantasy world without being tedious, and sets a journey that will take the entire series to complete. It deals with modern and timeless moral issues, and does it very well.

    This series is one of the earlier "modern people thrust into a fantasy realm" that really had meat to it, real "bite" similar to Andre Norton's earlier effort, Quag Keep. Rich characters, great plot, a detailed world and just plain good writing. Machiavellian and magical, and I like both together. This series has it in spades.

    The narrator Silverstein is great for this work, and I hope to hear more of him in future listens.

    I liked this first Audible novel in the series so much, I bought the entire series, and I do NOT regret it.

    If you like Dungeons and Dragons, if you play dungeon crawler games, if you like action in a fantasy realm, you'll enjoy this. A LOT.

    Plain and simple. it's GOOD. Enjoy!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-19-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-19-13 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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    "A Self Image Cast in Stone Could Shatter"

    SOMETIMES I'M SO CLEVER I DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND MYSELF.
    This book starts out sounding like a teen book, but it is not. Though details are not usually given there is gang rape and murder. I am one generation too old to have played D&D, but my kids did and I do believe I would have enjoyed it. I believe gamers will like this book better then those who are not gamers.

    I found I had to but my common sense on the shelf. In the same way that Burroughs gets Carter to Mars, similarly JR gets this group to this fantasy world. I did not really like the characters in this, most of them seemed to be selfish and rude to each other. I found it hard to believe that a group of kids this rude to each other would continue to meet on a regular basis and spend time with each other. The rudeness and selfishness got worse as they became there characters, but that was probably on purpose to show the thinking of medieval people.

    I thought I was going to give up on this book several times, but when it would get to the end of the chapter I found I wanted to know what was going to happen next. These kids go on a quest and nothing goes easy for them. The author does not cope out, by giving them special powers that work wonderfully helping them escape at the last minute. Most of the time there inability to work their magic properly gets them in deeper.

    I don't know how to advise you on this book. Some of you are going to love it and some are going to hate it. I give the story three stars and I am not going to listen to the rest in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Mair Utah 05-16-13
    Brent Mair Utah 05-16-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Didn't enjoy the language and cruelty"
    What disappointed you about The Sleeping Dragon?

    Crude language and content. Too much for me, probably not an issue for many listeners.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joel Rosenberg? Why or why not?

    No. It all begins here. I expect more of the same.


    Which character – as performed by Keith Silverstein – was your favorite?

    They were all pretty good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sleeping Dragon?

    I'd change the language and modify a few scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was very good.
    I also expect that listeners interested in following a D&D type story will like this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 05-29-13
    Heather 05-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A dark story about flawed people who make mistakes"

    I read this series as a young adult and enjoyed it, so I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and listen to it again as an adult.

    It's a rare genre that I have a soft spot for: a group of college-aged kids who roleplay together end up in the game for real, no longer playing characters but actually living their lives, with the knowledge and skills from their own lives. It's a pretty awesome idea - take your average teenager and give them the body and skills of Conan the Barbarian, or Merlin the Wizard, and you have an idea of what fun it could be. But that's not what this book is about. The fun is temporary - the book focuses on how flawed everything is - the world, its people, and even the main characters.

    The characters in it are all flawed people. They're not BAD people, but they're also not without problems. The novel stresses the idea that people can grow out of childishness and into heroes. But in the meantime, you get a group of people who can be self-absorbed, petty, and rubbing against each other in the worst possible ways. There are love triangles, unresolved issues, and lots more going on behind the scenes.

    The whole book is full of mistakes the characters make - some accidental, some caused by their personality quirks, some because they are seeking to become heroes - that cause bad things to happen to them, from losing their spellbooks right away to a main character dying to the girls getting raped. THIS BOOK IS DARK. Bad things happen to good people. It's not always the fault of the protagonists, but they usually contribute to it through naivete and mistakes. While the worst events take place off-screen, the effects aren't just brushed aside - the book dwells on them and how big events change people, and not always for the better.

    The book gets better the more you read, but it can be slow going. The first chapter in particular was a little painful to listen to - it introduced each of the main characters as they went to their weekly gaming session. With a whole group to introduce, you can't really get to know any of them, so they ended up feeling like two-dimensional stereotypes. That may have been on purpose, though - as the characters go through strife and suffering in the fantasy world, we see them grow up and become more three-dimensional. And the heroes begin to realize that the fantasy world they are so eager to leave needs someone from our world to bring some badly needed enlightenment - at the point of a sword. Thus beginning a series.

    In terms of writing style and reader performance, both were a bit lacking at first. The reader had to speak dozens of different voices from different genders, ages, and races, and did a fine job of keeping them all separate and distinct, yet some of them sounded a little too comical. However, as the story went on, I began to notice this less and less. In terms of literary quality - well, this is no great American novel, but the writing style isn't horrid, either. While it is tough to get through the first two chapters, and while the group still seems selfish and childish halfway through the book, it all starts to seem worth it once the group meets the dragon halfway through the book. Then, the book takes the rug from beneath your feet, and changes everything in the last chapters of the book.

    This is a book about growing up, about losing your innocence, and about redefining what heroism means. It's also a book about roleplaying rules, roleplaying groups and roleplaying quests. if you're not into fantasy or you're not into roleplaying games, I'd suggest giving this a pass. But if you're into roleplaying games, especially tabletop ones, and if you've ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time or into your favourite movie, this could be the book for you.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RabbitAdoption 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic! Narration and story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sleeping Dragon to be better than the print version?

    Yes! I loved the print version, but the narration was charmingly done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vibrancy of the descriptions made me feel as if I were there. The story grabbed my attention and did nog let go until it was done.


    What about Keith Silverstein’s performance did you like?

    His ability to honestly bring the characters to life.


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

    I sat on the edge listening as the scene unfolded. My heart broke for the girls after the rape.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the next books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 02-12-13
    Greg 02-12-13

    KJV Mid Acts Man

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    "Good story line"

    I loved this series when I was a teenager and belonged to the Science fiction book club.
    I have read around 5 of his books and really like his writings.

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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 02-11-13
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 02-11-13
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    "As good as the first time I read the book"
    Where does The Sleeping Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    average


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I adore the whole concept of this story


    Any additional comments?

    Much like the book, it took me a while to get back into it. but Half way through it picks up and the rest of the series does not let down, you just have to struggle to that halfway point

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-08-13
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Audible, Please GetTthe Rest Of Them,,,"
    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series to fan of the fantasy genre who are looking for a fun filler series while waiting for the heavier stuff, ie, Stormlight, Demon Cycle, Song of Ice and FIre, to drop. Any ex or current RPG'ers should check them out, too. I never read or even heard of this series when I was younger so was pleasantly surprised by what I found, They are fun and even a little gritty at times. Check them out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andres David Valencia Cali 11-03-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Not the best in the fantasy genre"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't, the book reads like an immature Role Playing session, the characters are silly, and really immature (although they are teenagers, they read a little bit more like kids really), the whole story is nonsensical.


    Has The Sleeping Dragon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not on the genre but I won't be reading anything else from this series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't really think of anything remarkable


    Could you see The Sleeping Dragon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Please don't


    Any additional comments?

    You might get a kick or two from some scenes if you have ever played RPGs, that's really the only thing that kept me listening, I was hoping it to improve a little by the end, but I really wish I had returned this book.
    The performance is great as usual, good reader, but it doesn't rescue the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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