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  • The Gates of Thorbardin

  • Dragonlance: Heroes, Book 5
  • By: Dan Parkinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Topol
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Deep beneath the mountain fortress of Skullcap, legend has it, are the remains of the dark wizard Fistandantilus and the path to the gates of the dwarven kingdom of Thorbardin. Buried somewhere along that perilous path is the magical helm of Grallen, son of King Duncan, tragic hero of the Dwarfgate War. The finder of Grallen's helm, it is prophesized, will be rewarded and honored by a united Thorbardin - but he will also open the gates of the realm to fresh horror and chaos.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How was this allowed to be published?

  • By perrin435 on 12-28-18

How was this allowed to be published?

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

None of this happened. It completely ignored the events in the core novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Like they never happened. How could Rastlin, Sturm and the gang found the helm if it'd been found like in this book? And the mountain dwarves trading, or traveling outside? The gates location being more or less common knowledge? This book is an affront to the whole of Dragonlance

  • Stormblade

  • Dragonlance: Heroes, Book 2
  • By: Nancy Varian Berberick
  • Narrated by: Richard Topol
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Deep in the cavern kingdom of Thorbardin, the powerful Stormblade is secretly crafted by an elderly dwarf-master. A Kingsword, it is intended to break the deadlock among the ruling council of Thanes. When Stormblade is stolen and turns up years later, a series of exciting and deadly events are set in motion. Only a heroic dwarf knows the magic of the legendary blade, and he sets out to recover the lost weapon. To do so, he must travel to a land rife with war and treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely phenomenal.

  • By Anna on 03-24-17

It's like the author never read dragonlance before

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

If this was the first dragonlance book you've picked up it might actually be good. But if you've read the works of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, then it's horrible. Not a thing in this book is accurate to the original story. Characters, names, places, time line, plots etc are all completely wrong. It's a wonder if was allowed to be published. Curse "creative license". The author should be sued for defamation or something. These books from other authors are meant to fill in the story. Give further detail to events that are glossed over in the main series. This does nothing but make a mess of everything

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  • The Legend of Huma

  • Dragonlance: Heroes, Book 1
  • By: Richard A. Knaak
  • Narrated by: Richard Topol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Only fragments of the account of Huma survived the Cataclysm that broke the world of Krynn. The fullness of his tale has never been told – until now. One man took up the call to defend the world against the Queen of Darkness. He was the first Hero of the Lance, driven by his devotion to the Oath and the Measure and his love for a silver dragon. His life made him a hero. Here is the tale that made him a legend….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • poor performance, good story

  • By Tim U. on 10-25-16

Great story, bland narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Story was very good, though a little inaccurate at times. But the narrator was very boring.

  • Amber and Iron

  • Dragonlance: Dark Disciple, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Weis
  • Narrated by: Leslie Bellair
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The world of Krynn is ever changing, and even the gods can be taken by surprise. And if that’s true of the gods, what chance can a mere mortal have? Caught up in forces none of them could hope to face alone, a small but determined band of adventurers come together in a desperate attempt to stop an invasion. Mina, as enigmatic as ever, escapes imprisonment to set off on a quest that will test even her considerable will. All the while, evil spreads across the land, gaining ground with each new day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Pieter Jan Alexander Halkema on 07-09-15

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

While the narrator is good with accents, there are too many, and people from the same place have wildly varying accents. Also, her voice, while pleasant enough, does not lend itself well at all to voicing male characters, or to the fantasy genre in general

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  • The Lake of Death

  • Dragonlance: The Age of Mortals, Book 6
  • By: Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by: Pat Young
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The latest title in a series based on characters from the best-selling War of Souls trilogy. This title is the next in a series that explores the lives of key characters from Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman's New York Times best-selling War of Souls trilogy. The Lake of Death describes events that directly overlap events during the War of Souls and is an unofficial sequel to Rabe's Dhamon Saga trilogy. Author Jean Rabe is well known by both recent and long-term Dragonlance novel fans.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst yet

  • By perrin435 on 10-12-18

Worst yet

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I had hoped that Jean Rabe would have continued her slow but steady path in the improvement of her place in the world of Dragonlance. But no, this book is by far the worst of her collection surrounding Dhamon. It was extremely shallow. Entire character personalities change from the previous book. For example, Raagh reads like he's a Kender now. And the narrator was horrible to, but not so much as to compare to the trash that is this book. The characters deserved much better than they got

  • Downfall

  • Dragonlance: Dhamon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by: Sam Riegel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

How far can a hero fall? Far enough to lose his soul? Dhamon Grimwulf, once a Hero of the Heart, has sunk into a bitter life of crime and squalor. Now, as the great dragon overlords of the Fifth Age coldly plot to strengthen their rule and to destroy their enemies, he must somehow find the will to redeem himself. But perhaps it is too late. Downfall marks the return of Dhamon and other characters from author Jean Rabe's bestselling Dragons of a New Age trilogy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sucks

  • By perrin435 on 09-27-18

Narrator sucks

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Better than Rabes first attempt at the dragonlance series for sure. But the narrator is horrible. Can't pronounce anything properly. Many names of characters and places are horribly mispronounced, so much so that it takes a while sometimes to actually figure out who/where he is taking about. The most grating of which was his pronunciation of Sky. Seriously? It's Sky. How much easier does it get.

  • The Day of the Tempest

  • Dragonlance: Dragons of a New Age, Book 2
  • By: Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

The Summer of Chaos has ended. Ansalon’s nightmare has only just begun.

The gods have departed the world, heralding a new Age of Mortals. But before the dust of war can settle, vast shadows cover the land. Dragons have come to Ansalon, larger and more powerful than any ever seen, and they will wreak havoc on nations still trembling from war. As the lands themselves begin to change under the dire magic of the new dragon overlords, new heroes arise to lead the fight for freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much like it's predecessor

  • By MasterTorian on 10-09-18

Shallow and inaccurate

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Performance was still lack luster at best. Lots of mispronounciations. And Rabe still can't grasp the world of krynn

  • The Second Generation

  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Years have passed since the end of the War of the Lance. The people of Ansalon have rebuilt their lives, their houses, their families. The Companions of the Lance, too, have returned to their homes, raising children and putting the days of their heroic deeds behind them. But peace on Krynn comes at a price. The forces of darkness are ever vigilant, searching for ways to erode the balance of power and take control. When subtle changes begin to permeate the fragile peace, new lives are drawn into the web of fate woven around all the races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Tom Hiltbrunn on 01-04-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Narrator was good, though a little too dramatic at times. Second best narrator so far.

  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths

  • The Lost Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • weird reading

  • By Greg on 11-09-12

Good story, not good narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

It's nice that the narrator have each character a unique voice, but the voices were... Painful. She made just about every male character sound dumb as a box of rocks. None worse than poor tasselhoff

  • Test of the Twins

  • Dragonlance: Legends, Book 3
  • By: Tracy Hickman, Margaret Weis
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 727

Defying the fate that claimed his evil predecessor, Raistlin opens the Portal to the Abyss and passes through. With Crysania at his side, he engages the Queen of Darkness in a battle for the ultimate prize - a seat among the gods. At the same time, Caramon and Tasslehoff are transported to the future. There they come to understand the consequences of Raistlin’s quest - and Caramon at last realizes the painful sacrifice he must make to prevent his brother’s success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Once Again: Great Story, Horrible Narrator

  • By Matthew on 09-06-13

Dull narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Narrator has no personality. Every character has the same voice. Also, lots of incorrect (and inconsistent) pronunciations