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Colin A. Brodd

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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A collection of the weird fiction of Clark Ashton Smith . . .

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Clark Ashton Smith was a brilliant and talented author of weird fiction, part of the Lovecraft circle, who is often considered the most glaring omission from Gygax's Appendix N. I was never able to find much of his writing in the past, but now it is becoming available in a variety of formats, including Audible audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed "reading" some of us work for the first time, as a well-produced and high-quality audiobook! Fans of weird fiction should check it out!

Another return to the D&D classics!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Listened to this on Audible audiobook - another in the series based on classic D&D modules. This story was not as engaging as the previous ones in the series, but it was still enjoyable - recommended if you enjoyed the others in the series!

Very short and very creepy story!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Amazingly compact and concise, but also an extraordinarily creepy story! The narration is truly outstanding! Definitely worth the short time it takes to listen to this one!

"I want to believe"... in a return to the X-Files!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

"I want to believe" . . . in a new full-cast X-Files series of short stories revisiting some of the cold cases that were never fully solved . . . This was actually better than I expected, although some of the scripting seemed a bit stiff to me. Still, fun for me to go back again 20+ years later . . .

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Another novelization of a classic D&D module!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

More enjoyable than the previous audiobook in this series ("White Plume Mountain"), also named for and based on a classic D&D module; like the prior book, this one has a plot with only a passing relation to the module (this one was a bit closer, I think), but I did recognize several scenes as being based on encounters and locations in the module. The quirky characters introduced in White Plume Mountain continue their adventures in this book. I enjoyed it!

A novelization of a classic D&D module . . .

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I got this from Audible as an audiobook; the narration was amazing and the writing was excellent. The story itself meanders a bit - the protagonists don't even arrive at the eponymous White Plume Mountain until halfway through the book. It was interesting to me to read a novel based on a classic D&D module (although more accurately, I believe this is based on the 2nd edition "Return to White Plume Mountain," not the original 1st edition module "White Plume Mountain").

Contractually obligated to follow orders . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

A great audio performance of a book that was on Gary Gygax's "Appendix N" list, the story of the demon Zdim from from mortals call the 12th plane. He is summoned to the prime plane and required to obey the commands of the one who summoned him, or of anyone to whom his contract has been sold. He is contractually obligated to follow orders to the letter . . . even if that would be to the detriment of the one giving the orders! It is easy to see one of the great inspirations for the fantasy RPG convention that summoned beings may try to twist the commands they are given, following their letter but not their spirit, even though Zdim himself is not malicious or trying to twist anything, he's just trying to understand the confusing mindset of mortals . . .

The epic conclusion to the masterpiece series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Audible puts together an excellent audiobook version of the huge third book in this undeniably epic fantasy adventure! Fair warning - this book is BIG! My paperback edition had to divide the book into two volumes to make it fit; Audible evidently ran into size difficulties as well and had to divide the recording into 6 sections in order to make it easier to download! But this book is absolutely amazing, a masterpiece of the fantasy genre in its own right and the capstone to an epic trilogy - you don't want to miss this one!

The second book in the masterpiece fantasy trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Tad Williams is one of the great underappreciated gems of fantasy fiction, and the original "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" trilogy of Osten Ard is pure genius. The audio version really brings the story to life! I look forward to finishing my re-"read" of the series by audiobook, and to the new "Witchwood Crown" stories!

The beginning of an amazing adventure . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I love Tad William's work and I don't think it gets the recognition it deserves. It is great fantasy, high fantasy in conception with a very realistic, sometimes even gritty, execution. The characters are all fully realized and three dimensional. And the world-building is simply wonderful - Williams is one of the few authors who takes seriously the dimensions of language in fantasy without having to go full-on Tolkien and invent complete grammars and histories of the languages. And now, having "re-read" the books on audio, I can say that the narrator does an amazing job of capturing the variety of languages, accents, and sounds of Williams' world.