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  • Draconian Measures

  • Dragonlance: Kang's Regiment, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Weis, Don Perrin
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

The regiment of draconian engineers featured in The Doom Brigade seek a safe haven for their precious cargo of young draconians. All they have to do is stay alive. Surely that shouldn't be too hard. But Commander Kang puzzles over a sinister mystery. Why are some of his men vanishing? Kang will have to use draconian measures to defeat his foes and save his race. They'd better be enough - the fate of his entire race hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful story!

  • By Tom Hiltbrunn on 02-03-15

Great Dragonlance series...best Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Amazing story with right amount of every aspect in the DL universe. Nick Sullivan is by far the best narrator yet of all the 30+ DL audiobooks I've listened to. I wish he did them all...perfect tone, pronunciation, accents, inflection, and overall great storyteller!

  • The Eve of the Maelstrom

  • Dragons of a New Age, Book 3
  • By: Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In an age of tyranny, one evil rises above all others.The Summer of Chaos swept its devastation across the world of Krynn. In its wake, foul dragon overlords of immeasurable power conquered Ansalon and remade the lands in their own image. But Malystryx, the greatest and most evil of all the dragons, is no longer content with ruling her domain. She wants to ascend to godhood, and only one band of stalwart heroes stands in her way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong close

  • By MasterTorian on 10-10-18

Complete nose dive!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

What an incomplete/rushed effort to finish this series. :( The first two books had amazing promise of an epic storyline... This book started off well where the 2nd ended... and that's all I can say that was positive. It seemed as though the author just ran out of time or creativity...and mailed it in. Sad, because I felt this had potential to rival Chronicles and Legends. Why bother to develop characters just to give them an unknown/anonymous fate, regardless of what series follows. This is not how you close out a trilogy.

The reader/narrator...I tolerated through the first two books because of great story...I couldn't any longer. Absolutely horrible voices for dragons and kender. Never thought I would envision mighty dragons as geriatric douche bags...the moaning and groaning voices were better suited for Gargamel. The hillbilly kender...wow, I firmly expected the reader to throw in a "Roll Tide!" each time he spoke for Blister. Somehow I think he screwed around intentionally...changing the most known words and pronunciations in the DL saga to something just terrible. Magius sounded like Muh-gina. Huma sounded like Hooma, and Ariakan....yeah, you get the idea. Do the producers of these audiobooks not do any type of screening? While authors and stories be hit and miss...no excuse for the the readers. That being said...I live the Dragonlance universe! This would be a better read than listen.

  • The Dawning of a New Age

  • Dragonlance: Dragons of a New Age, Book 1
  • By: Jean Rabe
  • Narrated by: Josh Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this is terrible, can’t keep going

  • By Robert on 03-01-19

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Best DL story since Chronicles! Excellent, well developed characters and story. A bit of a odd start, but soon became a very engrossing epic! The narrator was pretty good, maybe my second favorite behind Richard Topol. Although, like some other have noted...the dragon and kender voices are a head scratcher. The dragon voices make me think of a constipated and irritable elderly person who has run out of prune juice. The kender...sound like hillbillies...a voice much more suited for gully dwarves. It throws me off when I envision Blister, who is a very likeable character. Other than that...spot on performance by the Josh Clark! Looking forward to the next book!

  • 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

Excellent DL novel

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Great story and narrator. The narrator, Topol, is among my favorites in the DL series. Has excellent range, tone and pronunciation. He is also consistent across all his readings. There were a couple oddities...like Kalonda...wtf? A powerful female commander, who sounds like a sniveling Veruca Salt-esque voice . But he has certainly earned a mulligan! As for the story...amazing work by the author. Although the story thoroughly conflicts with other novels that cover this place and time (Dragons of the Dwarven Depths), this story along Storm Blade blow DDD away with characters, story and relevance. my one beef is the last two chapters...they fell completely flat. It's almost as if the deadline was approaching and the author had to wrap it up fast. Disappointing, but the overall story was well worth it. I am a fan of all Mr Parkinson's books.

  • 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 3,376
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161

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

Nostalgia....

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Absolutely love the Dragonlance chronicles and all of the subsequent books! I first read chronicles back in the early 90s...and was hooked instantly. Great story and characters by the authors (Weiss & Hickman). I just found them here on audible...25 years later...like it was yesterday. And now...that dragonlance is huge...so many books beyond the Preludes, Tales, Legends, etc... My life is much busier now, so I will try to find any audio book edition I can, but if that fails...nothing wrong with picking up a paperback...like the old days! :) Book was amazing. The narrator was good...it took me awhile to come around on his Tas & Tika...but by the end I was used to them and the story had sucked me back in. Highly recommend to anyone who read the DL universe as well as any lover of the fantasy/D&D genre.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,661

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Epic!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

This was my second "live action" audio book in the Alien genre (River of Pain & Out of the Dark). Totally immersive experience! If you are a fan of the Aliens movies...these are great additions to the lore. The actor who voices Ripley...amazing! Sounds just like Sigourney! Great time, hope there are more to follow by Mr. Maggs

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,621

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Outstanding story and narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

I was pleasantly surprised with both the story and the narration. The story is a great compliment to the Game of Thrones series. Gives some great back story about some of the events referenced in GoT. I highly recommend this audiobook!

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,809

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Great story! Poor story telling :(

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Amazing story by GRRM! I will admit that I started the audio books after season 4 of the TV series ended. I was actually pleased with some of the subtle and not so subtle differences between the books and tv series. Now being caught up through season 6 and finishing book 5 I am still happy with some of the major differences. It's like alternate endings. I know the TV series tends to pander to viewers to maximize viewer interest, but I also feel they made some relevant and necessary diversions. I think this is a great reason for people to read/listen to the books even if they are already watching the HBO series. It will give depth and background to a lot of characters, locations and histories.

As far as the narration...It was so hard to follow. Mr Dotrice has an absolutely amazing voice...just not for this particular series. He doesn't have enough range to cover so many different strong characters. Every male character sounds the same...differentiated only about the amount of phlegm gargling the narrator uses to project the characters age or importance. They all sound like Lord Borington Garglesworth III or a Flamboyant Pirate in search of his buried cough drops. I find myself with urge to clear my throat and spit while listening. As for female voices... absolute cringe worthy. Young, old, beautiful or ugly...each female voice has you imaging an old toothless witch reading Shakespeare while eating oysters.

With that being said...if you have imagination and patience or hate reading, you can get through the audio books and still enjoy the story.

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,104

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Love the GoT books! Roy Dotrice is a great reader but not when it comes to female voices. I cringe in the chapters for Arya, Cersei, and Brienne. Also...butchering some of the names like Bry-eene and Pee-tire. He does best when he just reads with his normal voice which is bad ass! Otherwise I envision everyone as an old, flamboyant pirate by the voice he uses.