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.
©1986 TSR, Inc., 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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)?
He pronounced almost every name wrong. Every time he said the name "Tass" he pronounced it "Toss", "Sturm" was "Strum" and "Fizban" was "Fizbon". So frustrating.
While Weis/Hickman created a compelling world when they wrote the Dragon Lance series, the narration provided by Ax Norman is flat and boring and those are the "nice" things I have to say about it.
I was in high school when these books were first released and they are still cherished, favorite friend 27+ years later.
There is a distinct lack of consistency in the narrators pronunciation of main character names through out the story which is very distracting. As an example Raistlin is pronounced as Raist (ray-st) Raistlin (ray-st-lyn) and Raistlin (RAST-lyn) through out.
It's not even worth trying to figure out how to communicate how Norman butchers Par-Salian name repeatedly!!!
The narration style is very flat to the point of boring and it's very easy to become distracted and miss parts of the story because you just sort of tune out due to the monotony of the narrator.
Time of the Twins has is part of a 3 book series Dragon Lance Legends and is inclusive (and integral ) to the Dragon Lance World.
The first trilogy by these author's are the Dragon Lance Chronicles books and the trio are all narrated by Paul Boehmer who did a wonderful job.
The narration by Ax Norman on the Legends trio is so horrific I feel as if Audible should be paying *ME* to listen to it.
It's a double tragedy because these books are so iconic to an entire generation. Audible really missed out on a opportunity by choosing this narrator. Those of us who waited with bated breath for the next installment of these books to be released have shared them with our children and now our grandchildren.
I can say without hesitation while I would pass on the paper back or eBook format of the Legends series to the grand-babies when they are old enough, I would not share the Audio book version from Audible with anyone due to the horrible
Miss pronounced names are irritating. Tas and Paladine especially. Narrator eventually corrects Raistlin and Majere thank goodness.
It was difficult to follow what was going on at the beginning of the book since the narrator hardly distinguished voices between characters conversing and between when someone is actually speaking versus normal text.
One of my favorite series. However, I was forced to give up and return the book after only the first chapter. This narrator cannot properly pronounce any of the major characters.
Let see, in just the first chapter alone, he had pronounced Elistan as Elisin, Palidine as Palidin, Huma as Hooma, and Raistlin as Rastlin. OMG. How did the publisher allow the release of this butchery?
I would give anything to have these books re-narrated by the excellent Paul Boehmer, who did such an excellent job bringing the first trilogy to life.
Aside from the above, buyers should be aware that, unlike the first trilogy; this narration is merely a stoic simple reading with no attempt at characterization.
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.
Dialogue was emotionless. Pronunciation of Tas' name was irritating. The general narration tone was OK
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