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 narrator mispronounced practically every character's name and then would flip-flop from one incorrect pronunciation to another. Really frustrating and distracting. That, and his mostly toneless and flat voice along with his lack of differentiation between character's voices made it incredibly difficult to get into the story. I will avoid his future work.
The narrator Ax Norman is almost unbearable. After steamrolling through the book I left with a headache both days of listening. The lack of distinction in character commentary, the horrid attempts at emoting language and the constant mispronunciation "Toss" and "paladin" make me sick to my stomach. 20 dollars is far too much for this narration, it is downright shameful that you even sell this garbage. Utterly disgusted.
Title says it all. While Ax Norman's diction is good and understandable, his performance is lack - luster at best. I cannot recall a more flat performance of an audio book for the past 20 years. He pronounces several names differently and I cringe each time he mispronounces Tasselhoff's shortened name as "Tahs." His breathy "yells" sound like someone trying to yell across a library. I was eager to finally have one of my favorite books from my youth finally on audible, alas I fear they will never be re-recorded.
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The story was great but the narrator was awful in his telling. please get a better narrator.
Ax Norman left a lot to be desired as a narrator, VERY little character voice differentiation, mangled character names ( says Tasslehoff in full name but pronounces it Toss instead of Tass in the shortened form)
The story is excellent but the narrator seems to not care much for the story he is telling. Many dramatic points during the story have a feeling of dullness as he monotones over them. He also has this odd habit of inflecting up at the end of many sentences that always jolted me back out of the story.
Best - the story is classic Weis/Hickman, the continuing story of Raistlin and Caramon is engaging and entertaining.Worst - narrator! He mispronounces characters names so often I get annoyed (btw the name is Sturm not Strum, he's not a guitar!). He's completely without passion or even interest in the subject it seems, and I have no interest in listening to him read when the closest analogy is Ben Stein's teacher from Ferris Bueller (Tanis?... Tanis?)
The complexity of Raistlin's plan
No, but only because the narrator made it so.
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