Legends

Stories by the Masters of Fantasy, Volume 1
Series: Legends, Book 1, Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Revisit the famous and fantastic realms conjured up by the world's most celebrated authors of fantasy in Legends - the greatest collection of original fantasy short novels ever published, where the best of the best tell all-new original tales set in the lands they created. Each audiobook presents the novels complete and unabridged, and will be sensational listening for the millions of fans of these writers and worlds.

In Legends, Volume One, Stephen King presents an untold chapter from his Dark Tower series wherein we follow Roland the Gunslinger along his epic quest for an elusive magician in The Little Sisters of Eluria. It is performed by Frank Muller.

Robert Silverberg returns to Majipoor and Lord Valentine's astonishing adventure in an ancient tomb in The Seventh Shrine. It is performed by Sam Tsoutouvas.

The Legends audiobook series will span four audio volumes. Volume Two has stories from: Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, and Orson Scott Card, performed, by Sam Tsoutsouvas, Kathryn Walker and Frank Muller, respectively. Volume Three has Terry Goodkind, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Tad Williams. Volume Four, available in April 1999, has Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, and Raymond E. Feist.

©1998 Stephen King (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Harper Audio, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

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A GREAT REDISCOVERY

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would most certainly recommend this book to any fantasy fan. If you are not familiar with Robert Silverberg world of Maijpoor he provided enough of a back story to help the listener understand the history of the people and their motivations. Stephen King is dead on with his side tale of Roland’s adventure with the Sisters. In my opinion his story is classic Dark Tower writing and fits well into the universe of a world that has “moved on”.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Legends?

The most memorable moment for me was having had read the book when it first published I gained a better understanding of the ending of the “The Seventh Shrine”.

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller and Sam Tsoutsouvas ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Frank Muller is audio royalty in my opinion. It was his narration of several of the Dark Tower books and The Talisman that got me hooked on audio books. Sam Tsoutsouvas’s rich voice and clear narration gave a depth to the story that I missed when I read the book.

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

I had no extreme reactions to the story other than a really enjoyed the book.

Any additional comments?

I had read this book when it was published over the course of a few plane trips. At the time I was also reading the Dark Tower series, so I was interged with the Sisters story and how it fit in. However I was also unfamiliar with Robert Silverberg’s work, so I have to admit I was lost by the end of it. With the great reading by Sam Tsoutsouvas I got a lot more out of the story this around and may even revisit Robert Silverberg’s world of Maijpoor again to see what other adventures Lord Valentine finds himself in.

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More than worth it for just the Dark Tower part!

(disclaimer) I love the Dark Tower series and have read them all. For Stephen King to write a "in-between" story between two early books was wonderful. Frank Muller is a fantastic narrator/story teller and I was delighted that they got someone sounding familiar to do it rather than (sorry) Stephen King doing it. Great writer, bad narrator in his last Dark Tower book. Having Roland of Gilead - the Gunslinger, wander through his world again in his quest for the tower was nothing but ear candy. While not his best work, the story deserves high praise for keeping to the lineage but not contradicting what has already been written. "The Little Sisters of Eluria" stands alone on its own which is a feat in of itself.
The second part by Robert Silverberg is good, not great but well written. Narration is acceptable and professional.
I found myself asking the author to fast forward several parts that did not seem to add to the story line and were slow.

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It wasn't for me. Nothing to keep you invested.

It wasn't for me. Nothing to keep you invested, rather predictable but opinions are what they are.

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50/50

The book by King, was enjoyable ! I'm a huge fan of the Dark Tower series. The second book was entertaining while I was busy. But to much like a romance novel with out romance. Also kept waiting for John Carter to jump into the story.

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king story

I love the Dark Tower series. The other story didn't care for. I am not into that type of fantasy.

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Legends. Good short stories.

I loved both of these stories and their narrators. They made me want to hear more

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Little Sisters of Eluria

This story is part of the Dark Tower extended series. While it happened in a different time for the main character Roland, it was still a good story on its own. Frank Muller is amazing as Roland as usual.

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book 1 great, book 2 was a story none the less

being a huge Stephen King listener I loved the first story. the second story of the audible performance was less familiar to me and was more strenuous to get through, though it was a good story indeed

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great short storys

they were both great short stories really loved the dark tower one wish there were more on that series the new one I will have to give a closer read

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King was good.

The dark tower story was good, the other one probably was too. I just had never heard of him and it literally turned into a word salad referencing things I didn't know or care about.