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The Temple of Elemental Evil: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 3 | [Thomas M. Reid]

The Temple of Elemental Evil: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 3

A sinister force, long thought destroyed, stirs in the land. As a she-demon bent on wreaking worldwide havoc struggles to escape her prison and a foul demigod plots to bend her to his will, a band of desperate heroes must infiltrate the very heart of darkness in a daring attempt to stop them both.
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A sinister force, long thought destroyed, stirs in the land. As a she-demon bent on wreaking worldwide havoc struggles to escape her prison and a foul demigod plots to bend her to his will, a band of desperate heroes must infiltrate the very heart of darkness in a daring attempt to stop them both.

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    J. Brunner Illinois, USA 07-01-15
    J. Brunner Illinois, USA 07-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A "sort of" Classic"

    While the adventure path is a classic, this book is rather boorish and uninspired. The actual performance/reading is acceptable. The issue is really more the author's lack of literary flare. The words are just dry when sentences are so similar in length and structure. The lack of a more colorful vocabulary probably would lend itself more towards young readers/listeners, but surely it must still seem a bit dull and unchallenging even then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Moore Morgan Hill, CA 02-03-14
    Michael Moore Morgan Hill, CA 02-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just couldn't get into the writing style"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Love this series, but quite a change from Paul Kidd's engaging storytelling. Just couldn't get into this writer's style of writing. A little too much detail where I didn't expect, and the converse elsewhere.


    What was most disappointing about Thomas M. Reid’s story?

    The action scenes read like a play-by-play rather than a flowing narrative.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This guy is an incredible narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Samuel Dillon 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "D&D Novelization, Quick Listen, Nostalgia Inducing"
    Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened to with Mr. Clark as the narrator. He did a good job and maintained different inflections and accents for the different characters pretty well.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is entertaining and somewhat engaging. It follows a group of adventurer's (heroes of a sort) attempting to destroy an evil temple near the kindly village of Hommlet. It is a quick read based upon an almost universally well regarded fantasy roleplaying game adventure series (T1-4 The Temple of Elemental Evil, produced for use with the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons RPG). That is a work I know pretty well and many of the characters in the book felt familiar to me (e.g. Elmo, the druids, Bern, Zert, and most of the townsfolk). The locations have a familiar ring as well (e.g. the villages of Hommlet and Nulb, and the moathouse and temple itself), and the main sources of evil (Iuz, Lolth, and Zuggtmoy) are the expected ones. In other words, the book hewed pretty close to original source material in several ways - enough to make them feel known to me.

    Having said that, I did wish for more character development through the book - there was almost none at all, making several of the characters feel very flat throughout. Even so, a player of D&D could easily pick out the different character classes represented by each main character, even if the author didn't include the characters calling each other druid, knight, or wizard occasionally. In fact, referring to a character by their class is something I usually dislike quite a bit, but it wasn't so intrusive in this book.

    The writing and story are mediocre - neither exceptionally poor nor exceptionally well done. I knew going into this that it wouldn't be the most fantastic work of literature I have ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes upon. I did enjoy it as a quick read and entertaining diversion. It hit the right notes for a fantasy novel based on a well known D&D property.

    I recommend it to anyone who will feel the tug of nostalgia when listening to a story about Hommlet, Iuz, and the Temple itself (and to learn the fate of Elmo). I do not recommend it for someone looking for a fantastically written epic heroes' tale with rich language, explanations about the magical universe, or extremely well thought out characterizations.

    3 solid stars for the enjoy-ability and nostalgia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 04-06-15
    Timothy 04-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable book and top notch narration from"

    Exceptional job by Setaro Clark in narrating the novel and made my daily drive to had from work more enjoyable.

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    James 08-11-14
    James 08-11-14
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    "Not Paul Kidd"
    Would you try another book from Thomas M. Reid and/or Bernard Setaro Clark?

    I would not try another book from Thomas M. Reid. This books was really boring. The romance put into the storyline was really bad. Main character seemed weak.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas M. Reid again?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

    The thief was good.


    Was The Temple of Elemental Evil worth the listening time?

    NO. Skip book 3. It has nothing to do with the first two.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this book and go straight to book 4. You will be happy you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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