Descent Into the Depths of the Earth

Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 2
By: Paul Kidd
Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
Series: Greyhawk, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (438 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The ranger and the faerie are back! Fresh from their encounter at White Plume Mountain, the Justicar and Escalla are on the way to Hommlet. But life around a pixie is never exactly...stable. Escalla is drawn into the intrigues of the faerie court. Before he knows it, to save her life the Justicar is on his way into the depts of the earth to fight hobgoblins, drow, and the queen of the demonweb pits. For an adventurer, it's all in a day's work.

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Mysteries in fantasy land.

Where does Descent Into the Depths of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Liked the book immensely. This ranks in my top 25th percentile. Too many things crammed together to tightly at the end made it difficult for a "light read". It was as though the author or editing staff rushed to get an ending. Still, the setup was strong and engaging, hooking the listener with strong character development and interaction. The stories mystery was wonderfully crafted and presented.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Descent Into the Depths of the Earth?

Nothing stands out strongly to me.

What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

Mr. Clark has a wonderful storytellers voice. One could easily imagine him in an old time pub telling tales that captivated listeners. Characterizations were eloquent and superb.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end I was impressed with the fairy lords love for his daughter.

Any additional comments?

A great listen to say say the least.

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It's no book 1

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really enjoyed book 1 but this one felt "phoned in" the performance was fine but once the sentient things start arguing with each other the voices became very over the top and I started to cringe when certain things would talk. The story was shoe horned into an old D&D module I enjoyed as a kid, but it really feels forced. I haven't decided if I'll give book 3 a chance yet as this was just too silly at times.

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Feel and fun of a D&D Adventure

after a lifetime of reading fantasy stories, I hsve to say that this talw is the first I've read that really captures the feel of a Dungeons and Dragons game. Building on from White Plume, the characters, act, fight amd talk in a manmer that holds disbelief, but captures the teasing, banter and pop reference comments of an actual gaming session. it does this without breaking the fourth wall, however, allowing to get the feeling you are following actual fantasy characters, while depicting some of the most fun elements of game play.

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excellent

loved it. I remember playing through all of these adventures when I was a kid. it was fun to relive it in a story. well written and funny.

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A Perfect Adventure

Have you ever played a Dungeons and Dragons game & thought that it would be a good book if you wrote down every detail? This book is like a wonderful D&D game come to life and made into a story. It's a MUST READ.
This is the second novel in a six book series but at this point I could read 20 such tales with the same characters & never tire.
Well done & thank you to both the author, Paul Kidd & the narrator, Bernard Setaro Clark. I will never forget these books. Good times.

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Great mind candy

I really enjoyed the book, and I enjoyed Bernard Setaro Clark’s reading even more. This is not great literature, but I do like to enjoy some nostalgic mind candy nonetheless. I look forward to the next adventure.

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Wonderful

Was entertained from start to finish. The narrator did a wonderful job as always. Looking forward to listening to the book of this series. I highly recommend it.

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Good old fashioned D&D

I really liked and enjoyed this entire series, wish he had written more... Characters develop as the series progresses...

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Another novelization of a classic D&D module!

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!

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More hi-jinks and fun from a great group

The Justicar, Escalla, Enith and Polk return and you get some character and background this time around. This novel focuses heavily on Escalla, where she came from and who she is before the dungeon crawl begins. I very much enjoyed the first book, White Plume Mountain, but this book does everything better. You get to know the characters but it has all the humour and over the top action the author used previously. The story is good with decent plot pacing. Like all the fancy books the ending can seem kind of rushed due to page count, but I didn't think it was bad. I'll note I listened to the Audible version and the narrator does an utterly amazing job capturing the different characters.

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  • 04-30-18

Far better than expected!

ok, it took a while to get used to the narrator doing a female Irish lilt when he voiced the fairy, but once I'd gotten over that I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the multitude of voices the narrator bought to the story. this book will benefit from you having read the previous installment White Plume Mountain based on the Dungeons and Dragons module of the same name. if you like stories about Rangers, hellhounds, and intelligent weapons this book is for you!