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  • Brothers In Arms

  • Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Weis, Don Perrin
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

In the fiery siege of the city of Hope’s End the young mage Raistlin must leave behind his ideals to save himself and his brother. Yet as Raistlin and Caramon train as mercenaries, far away another soul is forged in the heat of battle. Another path is chosen, and a future dragon highlord begins her rise to power. She is Kitiara Uth Matar, the twins’ half sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for the Dragonlance junkie.

  • By Anonymous User on 10-18-18

Finally Dragonlance gets a competent narrator.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I love these books and finally I run across one with a competent narrator. The first 11 books had horrible narration.

  • War of the Twins

  • Dragonlance: Legends, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

One hundred years have passed since the fiery Cataclysm that changed the face of Krynn forever. For one hundred years, the people of Krynn have struggled to survive. But for some, those one hundred years have passed in the blink of an eye. Catapulted forward in time by Raistlin’s powerful magic, Caramon and Crysania find themselves aiding the mage’s unholy quest to master the Queen of Darkness. To his dismay, Raistlin discovers along the way that the annals of Time are not so easily bent to his will. Neither are the longings of his heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sigh

  • By elboogie on 05-30-15

His name is Taz... Not Toz.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Also try actually yelling or just talk. No whispered yelling. I love these books, but this one kinda lost something with the narration.

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  • Time of the Twins

  • Dragonlance: Legends, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I should have read the reviews...

  • By Emily on 08-02-13

Once again great book, bad narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I do not understand why they cannot hire a good narrator. in this book you must listen to Taz be pronounced toss, and endure whispered yelling that is cringworthy. Basic English words mispronounced. ug.

  • Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

  • The Lost Chronicles, Volume 3
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Raistlin Majere has become a Black Robe wizard and travels to Neraka, the lord city of the Dark Queen, ostensibly to work for her, though in reality he means to further his own quest for power. But Takhisis finds out that the dragon orb has entered her city and sends her draconians to find and destroy the wizard who has it in his possession. Before her agents can strike, though, Raistlin finds out that Takhisis means to take control of all wizardly magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • narrator blows

  • By terry on 02-17-16

voice is better than the last two. but still bad.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

It is a Great book. Get Nick Offerman to read it, then it would be epic.

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163

Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • COULDN'T FINISH LISTENING

  • By Eleanor H. on 04-01-15

Love these books. Terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I'd rather listen to this guy than the next narrator that does the in between novels. Dwarven Depths, Highlord skies, and Hourglass Mage. That said, this guy isn't great.

He. Reads. The. Book. Like. A. Bad. Impression. Of. Shatner. There's. Something. On. The. Wing. Some. Thing.

  • 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

Narration worse than Boehman from the first three.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I love these books, but man they hired bad narrators. This one sounds like Daisy Duck is reading the story most of the time, more pronounced as Tika. Tasselhof sounds like a bad impression of Yoda, and all the male voices are terrible and sound stupefied. Then there are the Draconian voices..... which are so agonizingly slow you want to skip them but can't because it is part of the story.

Great book. Bad narration.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,224

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Pen Name on 08-08-17

The Potter Books are Outstanding. Narration: 8/10

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

No, print is always better..... however I cannot read while driving or working. I can listen to a book while doing both, which is awesome.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hagred. He is awesome.

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Almost every line is whiny. Don't get me wrong, the narration is not horrible, but it is whiny anytime the characters are asking for something. I wish there was more than one choice of narration, I'd try another for book 2 and then choose my favorite for the rest.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If I were to make a film... the tag line would read... sorry I don't have 30 million or so dollars to make this any good.....

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