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  • Venom in Her Veins

  • A Forgotten Realms Novel
  • By: Tim Pratt
  • Narrated by: T. David Rutherford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Zaltys is a girl like any other to grow up ranging thejungles of the Southern Lluirwood. She’s a crack shot with a bow and no stranger to the dangers that lurk beneath the deep forest canopy. On expedition with her family to harvest the forbidden terazul flower, a powerful drug that has gathered many a dreamer into its narcotic embrace, Zaltys is about to unearth a truth long buried by the feculent loam of deception.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stroy

  • By Bugzee3 on 02-04-13

Simple and straight forward.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

'Venom in Her Veins' is pretty much a classic D&D adventure; it is a short journey into danger for reasons simple and noble. People won't get anything special from this book other than a minour look into the life of a region rarely visited in the Forgotten Realms, but that is also enough. The book's main draw is its charismatic and unique characters and how they deal with issues. Overall, this book isn't a masterpiece, but neither is there anything wrong with it. It is simply offering simple fun and adventure. Absolutely worth a listen if you simple want something light and easy to listen to for some hours of enjoyment.

  • Prince of Lies

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 4
  • By: James Lowder
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

An all-new version of one of the key titles in the entire Forgotten Realms novel line. This title is the fourth 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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narrator.

  • By Robert A Vaughan on 06-06-16

It is hard to believe how far we've come.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Sitting here after having finished the "Prince of Lies"
is best described as a surreal experience.
The overwhelming quality of this book can hardly be believed
to have any connections at all to the dumpster-fires that were
"Waterdeep" and "Tantras."
That I've now been through a story so good that even the
acts of occasional stupidity within the main-characters come
off as intriguing character-features calling for a reader's
analysis of their mindsets, as opposed to simply being
facepalm-inducing, is more than a breath of fresh air.

The narrator is always still bad, but she appears to deliver
a more varied performance this time around, when compared
to earlier readings, and even then, her somewhat robotic
delivery makes for a somewhat fitting interpretation of the
alien minds of the gods when given voice.

Overall, a great book, and an overwhelming improvement
to the general series, do not miss this one.

  • The Ring of Winter

  • Forgotten Realms: The Harpers, Book 5
  • By: James Lowder
  • Narrated by: Marty Moran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

One of the Harpers (a secret organization fighting for good) searches the jungle for a missing explorer and happens on a lost civilization--complete with dinosaurs--and the evil Cult of Frost, which tries to steal his magic ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ideas for Tomb of Annihilation

  • By Andrew Bohrer on 02-15-18

Indiana Jones with Dinosaurs

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Though this book is nothing remarkable, it is highly entertaining and the very definition of the word "Adventure." This is not a story one needs to experience more than once, but that one time a reader/listener will struggle not to smile at every minour or major event. This story is not incredible or life-changing. No. What this story is, is endless, simple FUN. So if you feel like just being happy while being told a story, this is the perfect place to find it.

  • Waterdeep

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 3
  • By: Troy Denning
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

The streets of Waterdeep... Where danger lurks round every corner as the avatars of the gods seek the Tablets of Fate. Where Cyric and Myrkul, god of death, plot to capture Midnight and twist the Tablets to their own dark ends, imperiling the very existence of Faern.Where the destiny of the world will be decided and a new pantheon of gods will rise into the heaven.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better than the first two

  • By Scott Kirkland on 03-26-15

We are finally here!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Ppffew!
It was a long journey, but we are finally here, "Waterdeep."
Both "Shadowdale" and "Tantras" were overall terrible books,
but with the switch-out of writers to Troy Denning, we finally
acquire the Times of Troubles-story we were hoping for!

Our narrator is still bad, but if one has gotten this far, one has
presumably gotten used to her and simply tries to get something
out of what she is reading, and with "Waterdeep" she has finally
something to read!

"Waterdeep" is a truly excellent tale with the stakes running
high and several factions fighting for the powers of the gods,
for different reasons, at all times.
The book does contain plenty of weaknesses, but they are
typically minor, and the book even attempts to deal with some
of the failings of the two first books.

"Waterdeep" is by no means a perfect book, but with what we
had to sit through to get here, I'd say that there is time for a
victory lap with simply being given a product of significant,
consistent quality.

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  • Tantras

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 2
  • By: Scott Ciencin
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not fond of this narrator at all, but good story

  • By Robert on 10-01-18

Drowning in the Sins of the Past

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Sigh.... This book almost works.
"Shadowdale" was a complete catastrophe as I spent quite a lot of time on explaining.
Sadly, "Tantras" stands in an even worse situation; where "Shadowdale" was simply just a failure from start to finish, "Tantras" stands in a position where the entire first half of the book is completely tainted because of how terrible its predecessor was, now forcing this book to try and clean up the mess it made, but having little to no way of doing so without making an absolute mess out of it.

Let me say it outright; every second spend away from the city of Tantras in this book is terrible, every character is an idiot with no ability to think what-so-ever and plot-points drag on at a snail's pace while simultaneously being so predictable that one knows the outcome of the next four chapters ahead of time, ruining the pace even further.

Things get A LOT more fun once the characters arrive in Tantras, but by then the damage is already done.
Luckily, if one was to get through this book, let me assure everyone that brighter experiences are to come within the next book, "Waterdeep."

  • Shadowdale

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 1
  • By: Scott Ciencin
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faern in the guise of mortals. When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder. When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Middling storyline and uninspired delivery

  • By Adam on 04-06-13

Misguided tropes

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Let's shoot straight.
The Times of Troubles is an epic event about a deeply interesting premise; The gods confirmably walking the lands of the living as mortals.
At the very beginning, this book is everything one could hope for, describing the alien experiences of the gods facing punishment at the hands of something even greater than them.
Additionally, the direct confrontations veteran several of the gods are quite satisfying as well.

However, this is where the enjoyment ends.
The entire rest of the book is spend in the company of characters so generic and bland that it becomes completely unbearable.
- Several characters are actively condescending or outright sexist to one another for no reason other than to cause a pretense of drama so characters can overcome them.
- Kelemvor is described by several characters as being either harsh and cold or inspiring and approachable; all while in reality being a character engaged in little other than complaining all the time.
This complaining is due to a valid reason, but a reason that has made his character completely unbearable to listen to and with no chance for the better until what will likely be the very end of the series.
All of this just adds to how totally contrived his romance with Midnight is.
- Speaking of Midnight, she is a character who does several things throughout the book with no clear motivation for them.
The worst of these is her random romance to Kelemvor, despite the both of them wanting nothing to do with each other initially, and her being the target of constant sexist mistreatment by the group.
Then suddenly they are just pronouncing an interest in one another, despite no change in relations or tone having occurred.
- New characters are constantly introduced to the story, typically either just to die so the characters can pretend to care, or to be contrively stupid and want to hurt or hinder the characters for no reason that couldn't be resolved with a few seconds of thinking.
All simply resulting in enormous amounts for padding for the story; the Spider Forest being a significantly large, lame and predictable offender.

Lastly, we have the matter of the narrator, who honestly sounds like nothing other than a Reading-Program for people struggling with reading.
She fails utterly to even attempt to breath some life into this dreadful piece.


I hope things will improve as the series proceeds.

  • Baldur's Gate

  • By: Philip Athans
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79

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

Doesn't offer much.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Sadly, there isn't much to this book. The narration is only alright, while the story itself fails to capture much beyond the bare-bones of the original story of the game, and absolutely nothing of its feel. This would presumably be fine if the book was good in its own right, but here it fails as well, killing off most characters before they leave an impact beyond offense of their misrepresented personalities. However, the biggest nail-in-the-coffin of this book is the main-character himself, whom completely fails to be a likable protagonist, and only manages to be bareable by the very end. No one has any reason to go through this book, and if a person likes Khalid and Jaheira, it should be avoided like the plague for its crimes against these characters.

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  • Silverfall: Stories of the Seven Sisters

  • By: Ed Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Rise, and be not afraid. Widespread and many-tentacled is the evil that threatens Faern. Before its heart can be found, all of the Seven Sisters will play a part, and all too much blood will be spilled...drow blood. Seven linked novellas tell seven stories of seven sisters by the creator of the Forgotten Realms world!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great collection of tales

  • By James Williamson on 01-31-18

Listen for The Simbul

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

This book doesn't do much to separate the personalities of the sisters, except for a few very distinct individuals. The mystery within the story is intriguing, but is resolution leaves a lot to be desired, the internal logic and motivations of the villains quite vague and headscratching. Things are also not helped by the fact that the narrator does little to try and keep the sisters' voices unique (with a few exceptions), and that all other characters are voiced passably at best. However, this is all worth it for the wondrous experience of the penultimate chapter. Simply its first line is enough to show how much fun it is: " The Simbul; Wizard Hunting Season" This chapter is nearly two hours of pure badassery, gloriously enhanced by a great performance of T he Simbul herself by the narrator. Experiencing this chapter of pure joy is reason enough in itself to listen to this book.

  • The Devil You Know

  • A Brimstone Angels Novel
  • By: Erin M. Evans
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Before Farideh took a devil's pact, before she was Chosen by the god-king of the Hells, before any of this started, there was Bryseis Kakistos, the original Brimstone Angel, first of Farideh's line. Now, at the end, there is also Bryseis Kakistos - but this time, instead of helping the king of the Hells achieve godhood, she's going to kill him. All she needs is a little help from Farideh - which she should, by all accounts, be happy to give. After all, who could object to killing the king of the Hells?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome as always

  • By M. wells on 04-30-18

An things come together.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Erin once again proves that she deserves far more credit than she get.
In an interview she once expressed her happiness at the prospect of being allowed to finish her story, even if at short notice.
Well, she has certainly managed to end her tale with a bang, creating a grand finally both managing to present several new things, while simultaneously managing to try together seemingly endless plot-threads, in addition to some created by others than her own writing (like the physical change of Erinyes between 4th and 5th edition D&D).

Erin also manages to give small bods to several older characters, not having played a role in the story for 1+ books, like Tam Zawad and Queen Raedra Obarskyr.

Lastly, the story is just epic, with tensions running high throughout most-every scene.

My only complaint is that the narrator struggles a bit with delivering consistent representations of the various characters. This being a problem not present in other narrations of hers.

  • Fire in the Blood

  • A Brimstone Angels Novel
  • By: Erin M. Evans
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In a direct follow-up to the third book in the Sundering series, The Adversary, young warlock Farideh falls into the midst of a battle for the throne of Cormyr. As the war brought on by the Sundering rages across Faern, princes and princesses, wizards and rogues scheme to capture the seat of power of the Land of the Purple Dragon - with Farideh and her allies caught squarely in the middle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Series!

  • By Scott Mosher on 02-12-15

An epic culmination of past threads.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Erin has outdone herself with this book. It earns the spot as my favourite in the series by leagues.

Every aspect of the story is truly fascinating and the character-relations complex and enjoyable.
A more specific improvement of note in this book within this book is the confidence of Farideh herself, her character finally being allowed to trust and approve of her own decisions, this book instead focusing on her relations to the people she cares about and how her unique "gifts" can benefit people regardless of the source.

The addition of princess Raedra Obarskyr is a wonderful aspect of the book, giving the original cast of characters a foil without being a bad person at all.
Instead making the reader/listener consider whether the choices of the characters are wrong or not.

Lastly, my favourite character, Dahl Peredur truly gets to shine in this book, getting far more nuanced interactions than before, while additionally getting a culmination to his story-so-far along with the building-blocks for his story going forward.

A masterpiece, if Erin manages to top this book I would be astonished.