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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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  • Charles
  • Gilbert, AZ, United States
  • 02-07-15

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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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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Savage!

The author uses the word savage a bit too often, but it is a fun, light hearted and energetic tribute to the DnD stories of old. If you grew up playing advanced dungeons and dragons or even second edition set in the world of grey hawk this will be an excellent listen!

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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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Dungeon Crawling at its Best!

Love the story - it keeps getting better and better.
Just n Es are the Best! Cinders is Aeesome!

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Nostalgic

I loved this book years ago, and this was a nice edition.
I would have made Enid's voice a bit more girly and Cinders' a bit more silly. Otherwise, very nice job by the narrator.

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Kidd Does It Again

Would you listen to Descent Into the Depths of the Earth again? Why?

Yes, I will listen again, because his characters are so lovable

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

The Underdark is described in great detail

Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Ive listened to two other books in the Greyhawk series, they are all good

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a few laughs

Any additional comments?

Great books for fans of D&D, especially those old school gamers who grew up playing the early editions.

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I still love the second book!

The Justicar series is still my favorite out of everything I've read so far. I love the humor, fantasy, action and wonderful character development. Each main character is quite unique and has their own personality, logic, and tone. LOVE!

For readers: the language isn't too bad, sexual topics are mentioned but aren't heavily discussed, but the battles can have some detailed gore.

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  • The Paulverine
  • 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!