Sequestered in the blackness of the dreaded Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas, surrounded by nameless creatures of evil, Raistlin Majere weaves a plan to conquer the darkness - to bring it under his control.
Crysania, a beautiful and devoted cleric of Paladine, tries to use her faith to lead Raistlin from the darkness. She is blind to his shadowed designs, and he draws her slowly into his neatly woven trap.
Made aware of Raistlin’s plan, a distraught Caramon travels back in time to the doomed city of Istar in the days before the Cataclysm. There, together with the ever-present kender Tasslehoff, Caramon will make his stand to save Raistlin’s soul.
Or so he believes.
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Yes, the book is amazing. Really such a great story (too bad the narration is so poor).
I just cringe listening to Ax Norman. He speeds up when the narration is supposed to be slow. He speaks quietly when it's an exciting moment. It's almost as if he is reading the text for the very first time when he showed up to do this recording. Also, his pronunciation is simply atrocious. If you're not sure how to pronounce something, the authors could very easily help, as could a website, as could have the original (abridged) recordings.
Thankfully his narration improves in the sequels, but is absolutely horrendous in this first book. I know he's done other narrations in the past, my only guess is that he either had a very late night, they paid him bottom basement dollar, or he didn't bother (as I mentioned earlier) to read the text before narrating. And, so too, goes the blame to the editor as well. Who could've honestly been in the recording booth listening to him record, and not have him give it another go (or two, or three).
Fantasy geek, literature lover!
It is the first installment of the second Dragonlance trilogy, probabibly better written than the first. It's less heavily game-oriented (D&D) and, as such, give room to the authors to better explore their fictional world.
Ax Norman should have paid more attention to characters. Sometimes, it's difficult to tell Raistlin and Caramon apart. Even though I'm not overly fond of "uber" character personification, he should have paid more attention to that. Still, I like his diction and I wouldn't mind if he rerecorded the books with that goal in mind.
This is a great Dragonlance story, a must for every fantasy and D&D geek reader/listener.
The book, yes. The audiobook, absolutely not.
Weis and Hickman have learned from writing the Chronicles, and it shows. The characters grow in interesting ways, there are more mature concepts tackled (for what this book is, at least), and the story is far more original. Everything is more focused, and there isn't the sense one gets in the Chronicles of having missed important events off-page. For the first time, a Dragonlance book is exactly the length it should be. I highly recommend it.
Ax Norman may be one of the worst narrators of audiobooks I've ever heard. So bad, in fact, that I gave up on the audio a quarter of the way through and just bought a physical copy instead. There is no emotion, no differentiation between characters, no inflection-- Norman sounds as if he is reading the book for the first time and he doesn't like it all that much. He can't even be bothered to read the title at the beginning. I've never encountered a narrator more passionless or lazy.
No. Read it, but SAVE YOUR MONEY.
I won't be buying the audiobooks for the rest of the trilogy. I'll be reading them, but not through Audible. I don't know why Ax was hired. His performance is SHOCKINGLY bad. I'm usually against re-recording books, but this one is begging for it. It would actually be better not to have an audiobook at all. Audible, you can do better. Much, much better.
Found the narration to be flat and rife with errors. Characters names tripped over, emphasis put at the wrong parts of sentences, etc. After reading the Dragons trilogies, this one was a disappointment. Go listen to Sandra instead! Dragons of the Highlord Skies was fantastic.
I have loved the Dragonlance series since I was a teen and was looking forward to hearing another great performance of my favorite stories, but this narration really failed to impress. This is possibly because I started this audiobook right after finishing Brothers in Arms, another Raistlin tale, which was narrated by the wonderful Chris Sorensen. I loved the distinction he put between voices, and even did a convincing impression of female voices. Ax Norman, on the other hand, puts almost zero distinction between kender, man, and woman voices, making it really difficult for me to tell who is talking. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy as opposed to listening to it.
monotone and lackluster. I lived this book as a kid and the narrator ruined it for me. names were mispronounced and everyone had the exact same voice. whoever directed this is also to blame, if not more so.
I love this story, I've read the book many times so that is not the failing. The narrator of this book is absolutely TERRIBLE. He changes pronunciations of names from one sentence to the next. He stops in the middle of sentences and runs together different pieces of dialogue leaving you uncertain as to which character is speaking. Its so bad I can barely listen. I wanted so badly to listen to this trilogy but seeing as the same worthless sot reads all three... I guess I'll just have to stay disappointed
The novel itself is wonderful
Changing the pronunciation of names from one sentence to the next, running sentences together, stopping to breath at terrible places, not distinguishing between different character's dialogues. I've heard children read in class better than this.
It was hard to have a reaction when the reading is so terrible you can't concentrate on the novel.
The narrator only does one voice well, that being Tasslehoff's. Otherwise I'd have given him one star. Why didn't they just reuse the narrator from the Chronicles Trilogy (Paul Boehmer)?
I have loved this story for years and will continue to love it forever. By this driving force did I drag myself through Ax Norman' performance of this book. It was as if he was reading from a phone book or take out menu, not a beautiful rich fantasy novel. Ax would pronounce names differently from chapter to chapter. His quite yelling when the characters screamed was super annoying. Ax's words were clear and it was easy to follow along. So I suggest this book if you'd like to have it read to you. If your are looking for the narrator to add anything to the story , then you will be disappointed. Ax Norman is dull and sucks for this type of novel. Perhaps he'd be better suited to narrating the voice mail at a doctor's office.
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