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  • The Demon Awakens

  • Book I of the DemonWars Saga
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elbryan is raised to become a formidable ranger - a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well written and expertly narrated fantasy

  • By Sailfish on 11-15-16

Another great tale!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Ho ho what?! Another great story written by Salvatore and the narration was done brilliantly! On to the next book!

  • The Dragon King

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

In Volume One of the Crimson Shadow series, young Luthien Bedwyr rebelled against the vicious rule of Wizard-King Greensparrow and his cruel wizard-lords. In Volume Two, he made use of a magical cape that renders its wearer invisible---except for a lingering crimson silhouette.

Now, the evil Greensparrow is back - and with a vengeance. Using dark, hideous magic, Greensparrow has taken the form of a massive dragon - a virtually unstoppable force that only Luthien can defeat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the previous ones

  • By Luis on 02-22-13

David Drummond is amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Loved this trilogy. Drummond did an amazing job bringing Salvatore's tale alive. A must read...err listen!

  • The Sword of Bedwyr

  • The Crimson Shadow
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Young noble Luthien Bedwyr is too privileged to understand that his once-proud land, Eriador, suffers under the demonic oppression of Wizard-King Greensparrow. Until the day Luthien seeks justice for a friend's murder---only to become a fugitive fleeing the king's monstrous cyclopian soldiers. Befriended by the irrepressible "highwayhalfling" Oliver deBurrows, and enlisted by an ancient, mysterious mage, Luthien's exile will become an enchanted quest to steal a mystic prize from a dragon's hoard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dashing story with a striking narrator!

  • By Jeri Castagno on 09-09-17

Dashing story with a striking narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Another great tale written by Salvatore! David Drummond provides a memorable narration to the story and brings out the full character for Oliver DeBurrows!

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  • Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 5
  • By: Troy Denning
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

This title is the final in a series of recovers of the popular Avatar series. At the time of its original release, this series presented key events that impacted the entire Forgotten Realms world, and the effects of those events are still felt in current novels. This re-released series features a cohesive cover design and all-new art and was written by New York Times best-selling author Troy Denning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • FIRE NICOLE GREEVY!!!

  • By Shannon on 10-27-18

If one word is false then they all are.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Another great story by Mr. Denning. Just not impressed with Nicole's story telling abilities. Still, a great story.

  • Tantras

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 2
  • By: Scott Ciencin
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Heroes stand trial! When Elminster, the Old Sage of Shadowdale, is apparently slain, Midnight and Adon stand trial for his murder. When Bane, god of murder, and his allies seek the lost Tablets of Fate, a slender dark-haired woman is all that stands between Faern and disaster. When a friend betrays them, Midnight and her companions can trust no one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Rcs on 04-12-19

Enjoyed the story but the narrator...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

enjoyed the book but you could have had Siri or Cortana narrated this better. Seriously, I'm sorry Nicole, please stop while you're ahead. You annoyed me even more saying Bhaal wrong. it's not Bu-haul. It's "Baul".

  • Night Masks

  • Forgotten Realms: The Cleric Quintet, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Salvatore's The Cleric Quintet tells the tale of the scholar-priest Cadderly, who is plucked from the halls of the Edificant Library to fulfill a heroic quest across the land of Faern. The assassins of the Night Masks stalk the shadowy streets of the city of Carradoon, led by the sinister killer known as Ghost. Cadderly struggles against the dreaded Chaos Curse in these dark, evil-haunted alleyways, with a silent death around every corner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, blah narrator.

  • By Cody Nelson on 02-21-19

Another masterpiece by Salvatore and Bevine!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Would recommend any and all work done by these two. I only wish the stories lasted longer or would never end.

  • Baldur's Gate

  • By: Philip Athans
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89

Bhaal must be stopped! Someone is sabotaging the iron mines of the Sword Coast, pushing powerful realms toward a bloody war, and a young mercenary toward an unimaginable secret. Evil gods, giant spiders, murderous doppelgangers, flesh-eating ghouls, and wicked Zhentarim come to life in the action-packed novelization of the Baldur's Gate computer game form BioWare and Interplay.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Novelization of Good Source Material

  • By David A Berube on 10-06-17

Good story but average narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Having been an avid fan of the Baldur's Gate games then listening to this story I went in with the expectation that the story would not match the game. However, it was enjoyable I still couldn't help to think this was a world that Mr Athans didn't quite understand or couldn't picture very well. Mr Cooper constantly fumbled words and names throughout the book. Names he would say correct multiple times then incorrectly a chapter or two later. Katana, Abdel, Jaheira, Sarevok to name just a few but overall he did a good job with the voice complexion for the main characters.

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  • Hero

  • Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming, Book III
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,198

Something akin to peace has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do'Urden. Even so, it becomes clear to one matriarch after another that while the renegade drow may come and go, Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, will crawl forever on. And so Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface once again. Scores are settled as lives are cut short, yet other lives move on. For the lone drow, there is only a single final quest: a search for peace, for family, for home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... that was a ride!

  • By Richard Owen on 11-02-16

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Fantastic story by Salvatore and perfect performance by Bevine. A fitting end to this trilogy and until WoTC resumes the FR book franchise.

  • The Godborn

  • Forgotten Realms: The Sundering, Book II
  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale’s son Vasen - unmoored in time by the god Mask - has thus far been shielded from the archdevil’s dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth. Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get past the accent

  • By Gareth on 07-23-17

Great as usual.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Another great story by Paul S Kemp and narration by John Pruden. Thank you again for making my drive time bearable.

  • Shadowbred

  • Forgotten Realms: The Twilight War, Book 1
  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

The Lady has spoken to me. It has already begun. Shadows move out of the shrinking desert, south to the rich and arrogant cities of Sembia. "Be brave, little man," says the shadowman, and the boy thinks his voice is surprisingly soft. "Stay with your mother. This will be over soon." The shadows swallow him and he is gone. On the edge of a war that will change the face of Faern, the world will find that not all shadows serve Shade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Continuance

  • By Shane on 04-18-14

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-16

A must read...listen to. John tells the story marvelously and Paul writes an adventure you won't forget.