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  • Master of Devils

  • By: Dave Gross
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

On a mysterious errand for the Pathfinder Society, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard, Radovan, journey to the distant land of Tian Xia. When disaster forces him to take shelter in a warrior monastery, "Brother" Jeggare finds himself competing with the disciples of Dragon Temple as he unravels a royal mystery. Meanwhile, Radovan - trapped in the body of a devil - must serve a twisted master by defeating the land's deadliest champions and learning the secret of slaying an immortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • kung fu at its finest

  • By Anonymous User on 11-07-18

Big trouble in little Tian Xi

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Varian and Radovan go to Pathfinder Asialand in their second adventure that sees the pair separated and forced to learn martial arts under very different and opposing circumstances. Paul Boehmer brings the two to life, as usual. I've heard him do the original Dragonlance trilogy, expertly giving voice to Raistlin and Caramon Majere, but it's Varian and Radovan that I'll remember him for.

  • Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

  • By: Scott Hungerford, Jeff Grubb, Michael A. Stackpole, and others
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The essential elements for building a world. Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome world building tool.

  • By Kyle on 11-18-17

Some good ideas, some wasted space

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

The actual worldbuilding essays are great for that most part. Not sure why they devoted a chapter to licensing when like 0.005% of the readers will find themselves in such a situation, not to mention the implied pro-copyright tone that's sure to chafe gaming fans. Mediocre effort.

  • World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235

That night, visions mocked Vol’jin. He found himself in the midst of fighters, each of whom he recognized. He’d gathered them for that final assault on Zalazane, to end his madness and free the Echo Isles for the Darkspears. Each of the combatants took on aspects of a jihui cube, faced to be at their maximum power. Not a fireship among them, but this did not surprise Vol’jin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read for Warcraft players.

  • By lazyaerie on 09-05-13

One of the better WoW novels

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

The untold story of that guy who was warchief for a whole expansion, notable for... that one cutscene where he congratulates you on your tier 3 garrison. Did you know he also helped fight off an army of zandalari trolls using kung fu, with just a few dozen panda monks and his human BFF that never gets mentioned again? Apparently that wasn't cool enough for Mists of Pandaria. Stop whining and do your dailies.

  • 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 3,320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109

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

A meaty story and a good performance

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Glad I finally got around to this series. The story and setting are not overly complex, nor are the characters, but there is a lot of personality to it. In particular, Raistlin the wizard steals the show with his biting wit and mysterious natural.

Narrator gets a lot of flak, and the prose that precedes the story does not leave a good first impression, but I adapted to his style soon enough and enjoyed his voices.

It's just a pity that Krynn is a bit of a dead setting these days, both in terms of novels and D&D in general.