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Dragons of Autumn Twilight Audiobook

Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

No one expected them to be heroes.

Least of all, them.

©1984 TSR, Inc., Cover Copyright 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Kenneth BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-13-13
    Kenneth BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-13-13

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    "Odd Narration, but character voices not bad"
    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

    Like others, Paul Boehmer's cadence is really strange, and so noticeable that it really is distracting. This is not just Paul's fault, but also of whoever directed and produced this. That said, an interesting difference is when he is doing character voices, that whole stuttered cadence thing that happens in narration seems to disappear. So dialog is just fine I thought.


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    Amazon Customer 08-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Narrator!!!!!"

    Chronicles was a childhood favorite and I decided to try the narrated version. Paul Boehmer did a fantastic job with a myriad of character voices and bringing emotion where it was required. I look forward to hearing more of his work!

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    Frae 08-03-17
    Frae 08-03-17 Member Since 2015

    Aspiring author, classic literature scholar, fantasy and horror junkie, all wrapped up in a cute little package.

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    "The one and only."

    I don't know how to put into words the meaning that this story has to me, and to pop culture in general. These tales have been around for decades, and yet, are still vastly obscure, which is unfortunate.

    This is a wartime series, that follows the tale of the heroes trying to save their world. There are Knights, and Dragons, and Wizards. This is probably the best example of Swords and Sorcery writing that is out for the masses, today.

    If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, at all, and have not read these books, do it now, and thank me later.

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    Amazon Customer 08-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent fantasy book"
    What made the experience of listening to Dragons of Autumn Twilight the most enjoyable?

    The voice narration for this book (and the ones in the series beyond this) is fantastic. The differences in characters through narration was enough to discern each different character and far less jarring than I initially anticipated it may have been.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has several great aspects, but my favorite by far is watching each character grow and struggle with their own individual faults.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    The character he provided to each voice he did was distinct, yet not distracting from the mental image of each individual character as you learned more about them and listened to their story unfold.


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

    Yes, but spoilers are the worst.


    Any additional comments?

    This and the 3 books that follow it in the 4 book series are fantastic fantasy stories. I originally discovered these when I was a teenager, and through audible I have found the time to re-read them and enjoy the fantastic story they have to offer yet again.

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    Steelwing13 08-01-17
    Steelwing13 08-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A classic story of swords and sorcery"

    this is an old favorite written by true masters of fantasy I highly recommended to anyone who loves dragons

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    Bad Delivery 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Nostalgia...."

    Absolutely love the Dragonlance chronicles and all of the subsequent books! I first read chronicles back in the early 90s...and was hooked instantly. Great story and characters by the authors (Weiss & Hickman). I just found them here on audible...25 years later...like it was yesterday. And now...that dragonlance is huge...so many books beyond the Preludes, Tales, Legends, etc... My life is much busier now, so I will try to find any audio book edition I can, but if that fails...nothing wrong with picking up a paperback...like the old days! :) Book was amazing. The narrator was good...it took me awhile to come around on his Tas & Tika...but by the end I was used to them and the story had sucked me back in. Highly recommend to anyone who read the DL universe as well as any lover of the fantasy/D&D genre.

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    Christopher 07-31-17
    Christopher 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome memories"

    I have loved dragonlance since I was in middle school. They were my introduction to fantasy, its awesome to be able to re-experience them now in adulthood

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    Jeff Cotrou 07-21-17
    Jeff Cotrou 07-21-17
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    "The Best Reading You'll Find For This Series"
    Where does Dragons of Autumn Twilight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far, this is the most immersive, engaging, and beautifully done reading I've heard among any of the audiobooks I've purchased. It is also one of many attempts over the years to deliver an audio version, all of which - until now - have suffered from what I can only describe as the readers' complacency regarding the material. This particular reading by Paul Boehmer is extraordinary.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragons of Autumn Twilight?

    The entire series is so loaded with memorable moments that it would be difficult to pick one. For this particular book, I think Tas Burfoot's escapades with Fizban, the befuddled wizard, are not only entertaining, but touching.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Here's the think about Paul Boehmer's reading: For one thing, I'm delighted that I ignored some of the more misapprehending reviews of these audiobooks. A couple of the critiques seemed to insinuate that Boehmer overplayed the material for dramatic effect. That's hardly the case. There is such a wide range of characters that I'm honestly blown away by his ability to differentiate them with his very capable delivery of accents and inflection. Other readings I've heard have been bland and flavorless. The Dragonlance Chronicles is a series best classified as Romantic Fantasy. The reading is perfect for it.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the abiding criticisms of this series - particularly the first book of the three - is that sometimes a contemporary colloquialism creeps in. In less capable hands than Margaret Weiss's, this could positively derail the story. Fortunately, what we have here is a fully realized world created by Tracy and Laura Hickman and then invested with the special spark Margaret Weiss provides. The real strength of the books is the depth of the characters, which is really the reason it's remained such a prominent title among the many novels produced by TSR or Wizards Of The Coast. Bear in the mind, this was the first of those. And considering it was written under a deadline of something like three months, the other two books have perhaps more to offer. In any case, I can't think of a better narrator for these books. And I sincerely hope what I've had to say about it can lay to rest any worries over whether or not it's worth your time if you enjoy fantasy or simply want to escape the world for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey Gagner Tigard, OR United States 07-19-17
    Geoffrey Gagner Tigard, OR United States 07-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great audio version."

    Great narration and characterization. If you play RPGs the Dragonlance series is a must read. It is a novelization of the authors game campaign. Not the best literature but great fun.

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    Mr Dangerous Los Angeles, Ca 07-15-17
    Mr Dangerous Los Angeles, Ca 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hell of a fast paced adventure."

    This book moves fast. So much happens. Characters start off thin, but as you go along you learn a bit more here and there. Very fun. Good cast of characters.

    The narrator is ok. and is better once you speed him up to 1.25 or 1.5

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  • Sean
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Great story but there are issues with narration"
    Would you try another book written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman or narrated by Paul Boehmer?

    I would certainly try another book written by Margaret Weis and/or Tracy Hickman.


    What other book might you compare Dragons of Autumn Twilight to, and why?

    This book is basically a Dungeons & Dragons adventure turned into a novel. Imagine the best D&D game you've had, but written down as a novel.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Boehmer’s performances?

    Probably not. I have a problem with his delivery. His intonation and pacing is often wrong. My main issue is the way he reads the comma after dialogue as a full stop. <br/><br/>e.g. "Take hold of the staff!", Raistlin said. <br/><br/>is read by the narrator as:<br/><br/>"Take hold of the staff!". Raistlin said.<br/><br/>He intones upwards instead of down in these situations , after too great a pause and it grates on me somewhat.<br/>


    Could you see Dragons of Autumn Twilight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    It would make a very good TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a shame Michael Kramer didn't get the job of reading this story.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Matt L.
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    "Dreadful Performance"

    Stuttering, monotone and slow. There was no rhythm or performance. Unlistenable. The story itself is a childhood favourite and is fantastic.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Torquay, United Kingdom
    6/28/14
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    "Fantastic story but unemotional narrative"
    Where does Dragons of Autumn Twilight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high because I just love this classic story, iti s everything that Dungeons and Dragons ought to be, put into story form and brought to life through an exciting storyline and colourful characters that have a depth and life of their own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raistlin, always the underdog, always hated and mistrusted yet the only one throughout the entire series with the greatest amount of power... and that underlying sense of moral guidance that redeems his character just at the last moment.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Terrible, too mechanical and totally unemotional. Every word is enunciated to the last syllable and the timing is well off. This narrator does not have a feel for the story, and it seems he is just narrating a bunch of meaningless words from a page which has been put in front of him for no other purpose than to read it out loud. Ax Norman would have been a MUCH better choice in my humble opinion...


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

    There were many not just one, but to mention a few, the moment when Tasslehof dies trying to open a door for Tika when they are under the spell of Lorac... the moment when Raistlin finally gets the dragon orb under control and the sense of pure ecstasy that he felt once it's knowledge was his... the final battle with the queen of darkness... need I say more?


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Dragonlance books, they are very well written and there is so much depth and history to the world which is brought to life by the characters under the guidance of the authors. I cannot praise these books highly enough.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jaci Littlewood
    UK
    12/28/13
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    "Disappointed with the reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved the books but was very disappointed by the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded like a robot or digital voice. Had no feeling


    Was Dragons of Autumn Twilight worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have purchased the trilogy and am no looking forward to listening to the rest of them with this narrator

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    enniskeane, Ireland
    2/4/13
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    "Disappointed"

    This was the first fantasy book I ever read, 22 years ago to be exact so when i saw it audible i was excited but the narration was awful. Every character has exactly the same voice and whispers and shouts are the same pitch. Its left down an amazing story and I'm glad I didn't but all the books at once. A real shame.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Knock, Ireland
    12/4/13
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    "A fun story that brought back many memories"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    That headline probably tells you all you need to know about how to approach this review. Myself and this book have a past so my feelings towards it are cradled in the warm glow of nostalgia. To my delight, it held up well, though it certainly has many flaws. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a breezy fantasy romp. It doesn't demand too much from the reader, but it delivers a fun world with strong characters, great action, and a nice smattering of humour to leaven the heavier dramatic elements. At times it is all too clear that the narrative was constructed from Dungeons & Dragons game modules, but there is more than enough merit in the story to make it worthwhile.


    What other book might you compare Dragons of Autumn Twilight to, and why?

    Magician by Raymond E. Feist. The works of David Eddings. Lord of The Rings. I would compare it to the former two as I discovered them all at the same point in my life. I went from one series to the other and they made wonderful companion pieces. I compare it to the latter as all fantasy inevitably comes back to Tolkien.


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

    Clear. Warm. Posh.


    Could you see Dragons of Autumn Twilight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I have seen it made into a movie; an awful animated one! Watch it at your peril. However, I think that in the right hands it could make a great film.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    1/4/17
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    "Classic"

    Loved this as a kid and enjoyed listening again. The narration was ok although I think he forgot which accents he'd associated to certain characters at certain points which took away from the performance for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frazer
    8/18/14
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    "Why do I never learn"

    Loved this book when I first read it in my teens, sent me off reading the whole Dragonlance series, forgotten realms etc.
    I think this is a book for young teens and not for the older geezas!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Dragons of Autumn Twilight"
    Would you listen to Dragons of Autumn Twilight again? Why?

    One of the first books I read when first taking my head out of comics, no pictures to help with the story and yet I could see everything so clearly in my head, the story pulled me along making me finish it as soon as possible. The thing I like most about theses audible versions is that it forces me to a set pace where I can absorb everything and pick up on things I may have glossed over during my pervious 4 or 5 readings of the book.


    Did Paul Boehmer do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I cant say that Paul did the best job, sometimes it seemed that he was simply reading the lines and as such the necessary emphasises were not in right place and for me this disrupted the flow of the story, however at other times I felt Paul provided gravitas to various situations which drew me deeper into the story. Still I would have liked a greater distinction between the characters such as the grumbling dwarf and the carefree kender


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    8/30/14
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    "Audible. Please consider your audience."

    First of all, the story: yeah, it's ok. Showing its age, full of incomprehensible back story, useless in its depiction of women, but a reasonable adventure for a bit of nostalgia.

    Now, the narration.
    Audible, this story has been written for kids. (And before anyone over 18 is tempted to yell, "Dungeons and Dragons isn't for kids!", I suggest you take a good look at your life.
    This is a book with a target audience of about sixteen. It's Gateway Fantasy. More specifically, it's aimed at boys.

    Sixteen year old boys like action, excitement, passion, pace, and drama. Anyone who works with this audience will tell you that keeping teens interested requires imagination, effort and drive, and these are the qualities which are missing from this Audible production.
    Paul narrates this story with all the energy and fervour of a chemistry essay.

    I got this to keep my kids (both older teens) entertained on a long journey, and by the middle of chapter 3, they were begging me to put the radio on.
    "He's just terrible." Was my daughter's verdict. My son took great delight in doing impressions of his stilted monotone for much of the next week.

    I came back to it some weeks later and discovered that it was just about bearable if I selected a listening speed of 1.5. I'm sorry, Paul, but I simply can't process information as slowly as you read it.

    Other reviewers have hit the nail on the head here. The pace and intonation are way off. While every word is clear, the sentences make no sense, with the conclusion of each sentence sounding like a fresh proposition.

    Action sequences, comic relief, intrigue, description, all roll by at the same pace, with no emphasis or excitement creeping in to break up the monotony.

    Come on, Audible. I challenge you to do better. This is apparently a re-recording of this work because the previous effort was so poor. Surely you guys have quality control? Auditions? Producers who check work for listenability?

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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