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Publisher's Summary

Now the people know that the dragon minions of Takhisis, Queen of Dragons, have returned. The people of all nations prepare to fight to save their homes, their lives, and their freedom. But the races have long been divided by hatred and prejudice. Elven warriors and human knights fight among themselves. It seems the battle has been lost before it begins.

The companions are separated, torn apart by war. A full season will pass before they meet again - if they meet again. As the darkness deepens, a disgraced knight, a pampered elf maiden, and a rattle-brained kender stand alone in the pale winter sunlight.

Not much in the way of heroes.

©1985 TSR, Inc., Cover Copyright 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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An old story well told

A story I read when I was a teenager just as good as I remember. An okay performance and a good Series of books.Worth a listen when all the Great stories run out or if your just stuck as to what you'll read next.

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so....many....dramatic.....pauses

the narrator needs to learn when to pause for emphasis. that was ridiculous. great book.

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Amazing! Just what I hoped for!

this book was amazing! I was definitely not disappointed. The narration was amazing and the story was as well!

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Not Pleased with new reader.

First of all I absolutely love this series. The Chronicles Series from the Dragonlance world contains so many fun charecter. This book definately takes you from the first book running through the progression of the War.

I started listening to this series with Ax Norman, and then audible switched to the reading by Paul Boehmer. Mr. Boehmer reads alot like a text to speech program meets William Shatner. He puts voices to some charecters but only a few and not consistently.

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These books are wonderful!

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out. These books are really fun to listen to. This is the second book in the series I have listened to and I feel as though I've known these characters forever. They are well written and I feel a personal attachment to them . The narrator performed very well. His character voices fit well with the images of the characters in my head. I was fully immersed in the world when listening. If you are into fantasy at all I would definitely recommend picking up this series.

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Great

Great book. Love the story. Great to listen to it after reading the series over 25 years ago

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 03-30-18

Entertaining but not groundbreaking

Still working to catch up on all the fantasy I missed out on as a kid, I’ve been going through some of the classic D&D novels. This one has the same elements established in the first book and continues what should be a highly interesting and immersive world. To me, however, the writing and the world building could have been a lot better, and generally these stories pale in comparison to true epic fantasy such as the Wheel of Time, Stormlight Archive or Malazan series. Also, I felt the author’s’ heavy-handedness at times, especially with the contrived plot elements and twists at the end. I’m planning to finish the trilogy, but it could have been a lot more.

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So good

The narrator is a little too dry in his reading. He misses a lot of jokes and lightheartedness in his reading. It was still very very good, though. I do not dislike the narration and the story was as good as I had remembered.

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One of the best fantasy novels of all time.

The story is greatly enhanced by one of the best narrations in Audible. Absolutely fantastic.

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Not as good as the first...

Not as good as the first, but still fun. The story wasn't as compelling. It jumped between so many characters that there wasn't one to focus on which was a bit of a let down. but over all i still enjoyed the ride

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  • Sean
  • 05-18-15

Great story, poor narration

What did you like most about Dragons of Winter Night?

The story is excellent. I read the book many years ago when I was still playing the Dungeons and Dragons FRP game. You can see how the game influenced the book and you get a D&D feel from the story.

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

His pacing and intonation is all wrong. He pauses in the wrong places and emphasizes the wrong words. His pronunciation is very good and clear but he seems to concentrate purely on this and not on flow and the conveyance of meaning using pace and intonation. It is very distracting and spoils the enjoyment of this book a lot and makes it hard work to listen to. This is a great shame as the story is good.

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  • Stephen
  • 06-30-14

Still a fantastic story, narrator is a bit off

Would you listen to Dragons of Winter Night again? Why?

Yes I would, repeatedly. I LOVE the Dragonlance Chronicles, it was my first proper reading experience with a true d&d book, and it will remain with me forever as the best books I have read in this genre.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragons of Winter Night?

The entry into the nightmare forest of Lorac... wow that was powerful writing throughout that entire episode of the book. Unforgettable atmosphere and character interraction, I felt I was actually "in there" with them.

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

Ah... yes he did, attempting a fair change of accent for each of the major characters, and even "warming" to a few of them. Paul is Shakespearean trained and it shows, but I find the diction and pace a little too "perfect" outside of the individual character portrayals. As the narrator he could have been a little warmer with a less formal approach to the reading.

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

I was thoroughly gripped by the Lorac episode, feeling the pains and elations of each character as the story progressed. The style of writing had the desired effect at each stage of the episode, both crying with despair at the tragedy of the characters, and laughing with relief when the nightmare ended. This, to me, was the most emotional and most powerfully written part of the book.

Any additional comments?

I can't express how much I really like these Chronicles, they hold a special place in my heart and I will always go back to them when I need to lose myself in a world of both endless despair and eternal hope. The depth of this book is vast and I would place it on a par with Middle Earth in it's complexity and history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-17

A Timeless Classic

I first read this book 28 years ago and have reread it from time to time since the audible brings an extra special element that just enriched my enjoyment of one of my favourite fantasy trilogies ever. I whole heartedly endorse this audible book and many thanks to all who brought it to life in audible format