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Time of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 1 | [Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman]

Time of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 1

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.
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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.

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    Jessica Stewart SAVOY, IL, US 12-17-13
    Jessica Stewart SAVOY, IL, US 12-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Jump right into this series!"
    Would you listen to Time of the Twins again? Why?

    Yes, as Raistlin is my favorite character, you learn more and more about him, the good, the bad, the heart wrenching.


    What three words best describe Ax Norman’s performance?

    uninspiring, bland, not in character


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

    Listened to this book in record time, written well, couldn't wait to hear more from Raistlin.


    Any additional comments?

    I jumped over to this series right after Dragonlance Chronicles 3rd book. The story line flows right to this series. Now, I don't really have any plans to go back and read the 4th book in the Chronicles series though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Utaaaah 10-31-13
    Brett Utaaaah 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

    the man with the plan

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    "Ax Norman killed this book for me."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not so long as the Ax is at the mic no. He butchered this book and scattered the pieces over the countryside. Seriously Audible? Was this the only voice actor that was available?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time of the Twins?

    Any time Taaahz is mentioned. I'm into the story then Ax mispronounces the names so badly it jerks me back into how I hate this recording.


    How could the performance have been better?

    First, the narrator could go back and learn how to pronounce the names of the characters. Perhaps by reading the names a few times and listening to how it sounds before he takes artistic license and makes them sound like they are being pronounced with a foreign accent. Next, he can add some inflection to his voice, choose some different tones for different characters. Seriously, as you listen to this book it is difficult to differentiate between the characters as Ax has made no effort to make the voices different in any way. Very, very poor acting. I have over 30 books in my Audible library and 100's in my personal files. The narration in this one is by far the worst and most distracting of any I have ever heard which is unfortunate because it takes all joy and wonder from the story which it deserves.

    Who is Taaahz? Who is STRum? Who is Fist AND danteeluz? Who is Rast LAIN? I'm sure Ax is a great guy and successful in what he does but Ax should not be narrating these books. Choose an actor that can bring passion to a role, not just read the copy in a voice that sucks the life out of you.


    Could you see Time of the Twins being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would hope!


    Any additional comments?

    Ax Norman has ZERO understanding of how this story affected my generation (those that could read that is) His pronunciation is so horrific I turned the book off I don't know how many times. I always came back though because I wanted to hear the story. For example, who is Taaahz? You pronounce his name right when you say Tasslehoff, how does it mutate into Taaahz??? At one point the dull Ax even calls Sturm STRUM, Sturm Brightblade, a hero of the Lance and he calls him STRUM???! Did he actually READ the copy before he launched into his lackluster, monotone recitation of a book worthy of a full cast of actors? It is physically painful to listen to this book because of his maddening lack of intonation and basic reading skills. If I was listening to a tedious book on quantum physics? Maybe as I wouldn't know the first thing about pronunciation for physics. An adventure tale set in the Dragon lance Universe though? An absolute, unmitigated failure by the Ax.

    I'm BEGGING you Audible, re-record these books and give them a narrator that can do justice to the epic scope the authors intended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Haymarket, VA 10-21-13
    Mark Haymarket, VA 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Yes. Do Re-record this one."
    If you could sum up Time of the Twins in three words, what would they be?

    MAGIC, SACRIFICE, REDEEM


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's Raistlin. Dark and haunted, but supremely intelligent and cunning. Perfect villain, like Doyle's Moriarty But I liked Peter Macnichol's Raistlin better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ax Norman’s performances?

    Only to hear The other two stories again. Its been a long time and Mr. Norman seems to be on all of the trilogy! (sigh)


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

    yes, if only the pronunciations of names, places, things, were closer to the original's, or at least how they were spelled in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The most annoying mis pronunciation was of Tas's name. Please Re-record this one. Thanks. Do the other two only if this one works out with the new Narrator. Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Archie Manor, TX, United States 10-20-13
    Archie Manor, TX, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Cloud users beware..."
    Any additional comments?

    If you purchased this or any book on Audible, and like the reader, be aware that, unless you download and save your purchase, Audible can and has replaced books with an alternate reader at their whim. This is true of the Chronicles series. I bought the books when they came out. All read by Ax Norman. I like to have all of the books in a series read by the same reader, so the names and voices all sound the same. Audible has STOLEN my books and replaced them with the new reader. So if you enjoy the reader... please download and save your books. Audible says you own them... but their actions say differently. Calling customer care, all they tell me is I can get my money back.... I don't want my money I want what I paid for, what I purchased...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. P. Miller Waterville, Vermont United States 09-06-13
    J. P. Miller Waterville, Vermont United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love The book not reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't recommend the audiobook do to fact the performer miss pronounces so many names it hurts. he pronounces "a" as "o" so Fizban sounds like Fizbon


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story it's self is great as you delve deeper in the Twins life.


    How could the performance have been better?

    pronouncing names right.
    also he doesn't give any personality to what he reads very bland


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not one the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    read the books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morgen 09-19-14
    Morgen 09-19-14 Member Since 2004
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    "I Agree Ax the Ax"
    Would you listen to Time of the Twins again? Why?

    No. I had a hard enough time listening to Ax Norman the first time. I wont buy any more Narrated by him


    What didn’t you like about Ax Norman’s performance?

    He obviously had no idea of the story or the characters. His portrayal of Tas was criminal. Bring back Paul Boehmer


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Dundas, Minnesota 10-17-13
    Marc Dundas, Minnesota 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, not great narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    After listening to the Chronicles series who did a phenominal job with the narration, I decided to pick up the Legends series, as it bridges the gap between books 4 and 5 of chronicles. I was taken aback almost immediately to find a new narrator who just seemed to be reading, rather than telling a story.

    First off, he uses different pronunciations for character names. While not really a big deal, everyone has their own interpretation and their own accents, what really bothered me is he changed in pronunciations throughout the book! Seriously, pick a pronunciation and stick to it!

    While the chronicles narrator made it very easy to follow who was speaking by having custom voices for each character, this narrator varies his voices so little, I would get confused if I missed the "said Raistlin". That being said, the author of the book did a great job distinguishing the way each person was written, so that helped a lot.

    All in all, the story was fantastic, but poorly read. I would recommend this book only to people who have first read the Chronicles and way to continue reading the series, but not to someone just getting into audiobooks. I would be afraid this would turn them off from audiobooks and they would never give it another go.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Card plainfield, il United States 08-30-13
    G. Card plainfield, il United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Time of the Twins to be better than the print version?

    Not at all. Im certain a different narrator would change my opinion.


    What other book might you compare Time of the Twins to and why?

    There are many, The Wheel of Time for example.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ax Norman?

    Paul Boehmer.


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

    Excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Ax honestly RUINED the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Ax Norman Ruins This Listen... Book Is Great"

    I bought the audible version of this book because I have loved the Dragonlance series since I was a child. Because I enjoyed the stories so much, I was able to muscle through the horrific narration of Ax Norman. Don't get me wrong, the man's voice is not unpleasant to the ear. What I object to is his mangling of names and places, the lack of expression, his inability to distinguish individual characters and the obvious fact that, before he narrated this book, Ax Norman never even HEARD of the Dragonlance series, never mind read them. While I will buy the rest of the series because I love the books, I would strenuously recommend that if the series is redone, the authors/producers seriously think about returning to Paul Boehmer (from the Chronicles series). He, at least, did his homework and provided a pleasant and textured listening experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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