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Hell hath such fury...

On the world of his birth he's all but a god, but when an ancient evil banishes him to the depths of the Nine Hells, he's just another lost soul. Elminster, Sage of Shadowdale, Chosen of Mystra, faces his most desperate struggle - to survive, to escape, to cling to his very sanity - and all the forces of the inferno are rallied against him.

©2002 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Disappointing offering from a great author

I love Greenwood, but this was painful almost from beginning to end. He abandons his usual flowing style for a weird, broken framing device based on gruesomely detailed physical and mental torture.

The vignettes that are framed are often intriguing, but are all too short, and it's back to the torture, literal and figurative. I was not a huge fan of The Temptation of Elminster, either, but at least it was a single, if broken, narrative, and came to an unexpectedly tight conclusion. I could enjoy the style if not always the content. This book has none of those saving graces.

Sorry, Ed. I wanted to love it, I really did.

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crappie

worst book ever... not worth a penny let alone the time it took to listen to it... man that poor narrator, hope you got paid 10x normal rate..

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mess of short stories

this was a terrible mess. A jumble of short stories that assumed you'd read half a hundred other books.

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Love love love these books

I read all 4 of the Leinster series and he really is a very engaging character. I like how he overcomes not with raw power (usually) but with wit and the skills he has worked with all his life

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Slow start but Epic battles in Hell

Slow to start but the battles in Hell are epic. Well worth the read I think

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Sooooo kludgy...

This book was so jarring to listen to with the story transitioning back and forth. If I'd hadn't heard any of his other novels, I'd have given up somewhere around the half way mark.

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Minor Spoiler Alert

I normally love the narrator and the end was pretty kickass so I still have to give it 5 stars, though the voice of the constant mental tortures of the demon were a bit tedious. Still, I can't decide if that's the narration or the writing; probably both. Still, excellent execution of a story of epic and humbling proportions.

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Amazing

Such a great story, though it wad hard to get through at times because you feel as helpless as Elminster while he suffers at the mercies of an archdevil.

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horrible storyline

I love all of the Drizzt, Brimstone angels, Sembia, Sundering series and also the previous books in the Elminster series. The storyline was absoluley horrid. It is about Elminster geting caught in hell and a devil trying to extract a spell from Elminsters memories. Elminster trys to distract the devil by projecting useless memories from his past so he doesn't give the spell . Every 5 minutes the devil exlaims stop wasting my time with useless memories! I felt like I was wasting my time listening to small boring incohesive irrelevant snippets of Elminsters memories. Every memoire has a different set of charachters so its like listening to 50 short stories that are bland and dont really connect. Perhaps the stories will make sense in future books, but this was a horrid listen. The reader is great as always, but due the content of this book I have to give it 1 star.

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I Love This Series!

I love reading about the history and life of Elminster. His story is very much interconnected with the history of Toril