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Publisher's Summary

The book of the Official Advanced Dungeons and Dragons computer game.

©1989 TSR, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Rose-tinted glasses are a powerful thing

This was the first novel I ever read to completion. As a 14 year old, I learned about Dungeons and Dragons. How excited I was to find there were entire books with these types of stories!

I was hooked. I thought the book was great. But I was 14. Nostalgia is another powerful thing.

Listening to it some 30 years later, it's very basic and not very good. The plot holes really stood out, and some of the love stories seemed out of place.

The narrator, while quite adept at reading children's novels, does not take well to this type of narration.

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Simple enjoyable story, bad narration

So I remember reading this when I was a kid. It is a pretty good low thought dnd book. I can enjoy the book and the story for what it is.

The performer, though, left a lot to desire. Her accents and voice differences for characters were.... bad. Also she pauses when she shouldn’t, and doesn’t when she should. She mispronounced a lot of words and sometimes misspoke and said the wrong word altogether.

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I loved this Book when I was a kid, It was for me, an excellent step away from the Forgotten Realms regulars and developed some of the most enjoyable characters I ever read in the genre.

If you are a F.R. fan give this a try.

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Nostalgia was not enough...

I wanted to love this but learned to live with. The narrator was a bad choice for this book. The story was tolerable lots of things just did not work. I am almost gave this one up but after the first chapters it gets better. I loved the computer game and bought the d&d module and hoped the book would be good as well but it fell a bit short. I am still going to keep it and some parts were good. For devoted fans this might be enough. Just slightly disappointed. The narrator was no doubt a pro but just better for another type of audiobook.

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Pools

Great book read it years ago so wanted to hear it rather than read in my old age

Not very fond of the narrator she read it the same way as I would read to a child

But all in all worth a listen haven't read the other books in the series but will be over next few months

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1st Book In The Pools Series

This is the first Book in the Pools series, and I really enjoyed it. I love the way we were introduced to the main three characters by describing how they got their start as Adventures and giving each a goal. If you like D&D you will like this story. I highly recommend it.

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Needs a different narrator...

While the book is a fun D&D book, the narrator butchers the whole thing with her character voices. too corny.

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For DnD Enthusiasts

I really like this genre, so, even if its not stellar writing im still hooked on the fantasy world and get pulled into the DnD universe. The story telling and cliffhangers are not near as good as many other books. For example, one telling factor is when it becomes extremely difficult to put the book down at the end of a chapter... i didnt exactly get that feeling for most chapters... but, I was thoroughly entertained. I still looked forward to continue the story and imo this is well worth a read.

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listen when you are too lazy to play an ad&d game

This book scratches the itch for gameplay feeling but not suitable for literary satisfaction.
There are too many plotholes.
The first chapter begins with equipping one of the heroes with so many deus ex machine type uber artifacts.
As for other reviewers' complaints with narrator's voice, my solution is listening with x1.25 speed. It makes the reading a lot more serious.

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The book that got me started on Forgotten Realms.

A wonderful book! The only issue I have with the story is when a certain creature "slips on some ice" even though the creature is incorporeal...

The narration does well with voice variations, but semi-frequent stumbling over a word here or there was a distraction for me.

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  • 03-16-18

the best

want to get next one. good dnd. good magic. backgrounds n progression of characters. abra ca dab ra

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  • 09-26-17

Fantastic Fantasy

loved every minute of it, easy to follow story with some very charming characters.
The narrator seemed like they were reading to a child and that took away from the immersion a little, but altogether a great book