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.
the reasonable reviewer
The storyline and characters are simply fantastic!
The plot and development of characters were the best part of this story.
Bring back the original narrator, Paul Boehmer!
Yes, but with Paul Boehmer as the narrator.
The original narrator, Paul Boehmer, of the first three books brought each character to life. However, Ax Norman's voice is flat and boring; all characters sound the same and have no life at all.
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
The story it's self is great as you delve deeper in the Twins life.
pronouncing names right.
also he doesn't give any personality to what he reads very bland
not one the whole thing.
read the books
I would say it was better if the narrator was somebody else.
It's a shame that the narrator ruined this book.
Please re-record with the narrator that did the 4 Chronicle Books.
Ax is by far the worst narrator I've heard on here, he is contantly getting names wrong, like pronouncing majere "majure" and palidine "palidin", when he reads dialog there's no change in tone and conversations are most of the time confusing and I often find myself having to constantly rewind and listen to sections again. I can not get into this story as much as I loved the first 3 books because of ax's boring mono tone naration, please, PLEASE, have paul boehmer renarrate these novels as he did a great job with the first 3 books, I won't be purchasing the other two books of this series until you audible gets rid of Ax.
the man with the plan
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?
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.
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.
I would hope!
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.
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.
Not at all. Im certain a different narrator would change my opinion.
There are many, The Wheel of Time for example.
Ax honestly RUINED the book.
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.
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