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  • 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 757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 718

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

A worthy end. More compelling and better paced.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

A worthy end. More compelling and better paced.

The final book ties up the twins dynamic while leaving some resounding thoughts to echo. An enjoyable romp through Krynn with our family of characters and a dark examination of motivation and even morality.

Regarding the reader.

Ax still declined to vary his voicing much but has it appears learned the main characters personalities enough to speak more as if each is distinct. His raised voice of characters shouting is still distinctly under his breath and teenage. His energy does deserves praise though and I'd be lying if I said I did not enjoy his reading of this final book.

I thus recommend this books story and after two books previous read by Ax I will say he did a fair job on this title.

  • 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 757
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

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

Darker again than previous books

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Darker and yet still fullfilling in the story. Sometimes Characters and story progression are a little up and down but nothing off putting IMO. There is solid exploration of the brothers somewhat erratic dynamic.

Ax Norman is not a terrible reader. There is effort and nuance.

He still unfortunately voices almost every person the same. His timing and pacing is solid if sometimes rapid but not off putting. His screams. are almost teenage silent screams ..and don't add any depth to some moments that require them.

I recommend if you are up to imagining some subtle voice changes in your mind and want to continue your journey with the twins.

  • Dragons of Spring Dawning

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

The war against the dragon minions of Queen Takhisis rages on. Armed with the mysterious, magical dragon orbs and the shining, silver dragonlance, the companions bring hope to the world. But now, in the dawn of a new day, the dark secrets that have long shadowed the hearts of the friends come to the light. Betrayal, treachery, frailty, and weakness will nearly destroy all that they have accomplished. The greatest battle they have left to fight is within each of them. Yet, in the end, they will be heroes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Good, but narration got weaker

  • By Linda on 11-15-13

Read as a teen. Listened to again as an adult.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I listened to the trilogy again after reading them all as a teen. The narrative can be disjointed at times. It can feel at times too fast and too slowly paced. Occasionally it seems abridged (which it is not) The characters can be somewhat over dramatic and some word use or sentences can repetitive. Despite these flaws I still heartily recommend this book and the other two in the trilogy.

Regardless of any drawbacks the entire trilogy creates an excellently fleshed out world and an entire universe upon which to stage it's sequels. The story progresses despite the above misgivings. It is complex enough yet easily followed and has sufficient twists and turns to still have me sat quite still to listen closely at times.

The characters well formed, well written and be the third book well loved as the old friends they are to each other in the tale.

A special nod to the narrator. Paul made these stories come alive. He was unfaltering in his enthusiasm and separated characters well by voice changes. His depiction of Raistlin was particularly fine.

I recommend all three books in this initial Dragonlance trilogy to both old and young. They still hold a fine place in the sword and sorcery genre.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

Genuinely useful.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Russell is honest, clear, funny and above all again... honest. He swears on and through it will compassion and glee.

Never thought I would listen to a ten step or need one. Never thought a comic I was never fond of ten years ago would be a man I would listen to read an entire book. I did. It was all worth listening too.

Thank you for all the effort making it. Thanks for free podcasts that brought me here. Oh and yeah...it works.

I'm aware of my addictions. Day by day I'm getting better at discarding them and enjoying being more present in my own life than ever.