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Homeland Audiobook

Homeland: Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

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    Bruce Perth, Australia 10-31-13
    Bruce Perth, Australia 10-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A bit dark"

    I enjoyed it but I found it difficult for a long time to find a character to like. The book has a bit of a dark feel about it and definitely wouldn't call it uplifting.

    Having said that, things do change and it's worth persisting with.Without giving away the ending of the first book, it ends in a way that the second book sounds as if things may be a bit brighter. I'll probably get the second book.

    Excellent performance by Vic Bevine.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer colorado springs, CO, United States 04-20-13
    Amazon Customer colorado springs, CO, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A indepth dark story"
    What made the experience of listening to Homeland the most enjoyable?

    It was a look inside drow society. It explains alot of how why and makes you understand the true depth of evil of the drow and of how couragiouse drizzit truly is to become the hero we know and love. If your new to R.A. salvator;s Drizzit then this is the first book of all of his adventures and sets the stage magnificently.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    The voice acotr was awesome truly brought the story to life. He brought life to the charecters and did diffrent accents and was very easy to determine naration of differing charecters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Plain City, OH, United States 04-10-13
    Tim Plain City, OH, United States 04-10-13

    I read R. A. Salvatore's stories, "The Legend of Drizzt".

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    "Just Beautiful!"
    If you could sum up Homeland in three words, what would they be?

    It Begins Here!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! I love this story and now I can listen to it over and over again!


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does the voices great! Hes getting a lot better with voicing Dwarfs.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Legend Begins Here


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a great story with even greater fights R. A. Salvatore is your guy! Buy Homeland and begin your journey with Drizzt Do'Urden!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-11-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Intriguing story, easy listen, but short of great"

    It is a quick easy listen with intriguing concept. The story is about a dark elf (Drizzt) upbringing in a society that seems to have a lot of unique elements. Story arcs around the struggle between various leading houses. Each house is led by a female cleric. This society seems to be dominated by females where males sometimes thought of as less capable and usually subservient to their female family members.
    The struggle between the houses is not about a throne, but it is about being favored by their deity. Back stabbing between houses is actually promoted as long as it is done with certain precision. In general, it is described to be a very paranoid and cynical society. Drizzt growing up in this environment struggle with his inner voice and expectations from his family and society.
    Book has enough elements to keep things very interesting from over all story perspective, but a lot of hack and slash along with strange dialogue between characters keep the book less than great. For instance, a female who use to be in leadership position will not have to put male in their place all the time. I would suspect a command would simply be accepted as a matter of fact.
    Also, book lacks any sense of humor which is understandable that story takes place in a very dark and in an alien environment.
    Narrator does a good enough job here. Narration is at the edge of being too dramatic, but it is tolerable. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I will pick up the next one to see where the overall story takes us. It is a good book, but not a great one. Recommend picking the book up when waiting for your favorite authors to complete their book :)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-28-13
    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.

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    "The Epic Journey Begins!"

    This is truly one of the best series in the field of fantasy. Buy it, put on your headphones, and enjoy the ride! Once again I am giving this book my stamp of approval.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Clemence GELDERN, Germany 01-06-14
    Clemence GELDERN, Germany 01-06-14
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    "Amazing book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Got me hooked to the character and the universe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drizzt


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Victor delivers lines with true emotion, appropriately getting excited as you are and delivering spoken lines in a way that conveys the emotion of the speaker. It made the fight scenes more intense as he pulls you in, and the conversations more fun to listen to. Great delivery overall and probably the main reason I'll buy the rest of the series..


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

    After the first 2 chapters or so which are quite slow, the book hits a highpoint that it never lets go of.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no experience with the series, the character or D&D in general, and came in hoping for a good fantasy novel. It's one of the best I've ever read and I can't wait to listen to the next one. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy books. Excellent writing and spot on delivery.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick B. 10-21-13
    Patrick B. 10-21-13
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    "Good story, 3 or 4 glitches in the audio"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was good. It is about a Dark Elf, living in the Underdark region of the Forgotten Realms (a large series of underground caverns and caves set in a section of the Dungeon and Dragons world, for those not familiar - the Underdark contains a number of various humanoid and beast like creatures).<br/>The Dark elf, Drizzt, is raised by his noble Dark Elf family and taught the morally corrupt ways of Dark Elf society, but he finds that he doesn't fit in. The story covers his coming of age, so to speak, and how he deals with the struggles between his own conscience and life within the morally bankrupt society he was born into. <br/><br/>I would have given this 4 stars. It was a good story, but very formulaeic at times. I downgraded the book to 3 stars because of a number of audio hicups where sections of audio (1-2 secunds at a time) would be distorted and the narration impossible to understand. It was enough to be distracting in those passages, and once it seemed to cover up some of the meaning of the story (not an inconsequential part of the story). <br/><br/>I'm probably going to return my copy, solely because of the bad audio. It would be like buying a regular book with 2 or 3 sentences completely blacked out by marker. Hopefully they fix this, because otherwise this was a good story with good (not great) narration and story telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptive nature of RA Salvatore is excellent, as usual. And the narration was good (though several characters voices began to blend together after a while).


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His diction and pronounciation of some more difficult words from the Dungeons & Dragons lexicon is quite nice and listening to him is very effortless.


    Was Homeland worth the listening time?

    Yes - I enjoyed the story


    Any additional comments?

    just fix the audio quality.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marco Italy 08-26-13
    Marco Italy 08-26-13 Member Since 2017

    Fantasy geek, literature lover!

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    "Action, action and Action"
    If you could sum up Homeland in three words, what would they be?

    I've already done that in the headline. Of course, there's more, but this is a action-packed novel, suitable to anyone who's into D&D or into combat-oriented fantasy. There are of course other themes here as well, but they are just tackled with no real intention to go deeper (gender situation, friendship, family ties, etc.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This novel is not a chorus of different characters, all equally important. Here there's a clear distinction between main characters and extras. Of course, the reader is strongly encouraged to like the protagonist and the mentor, that is to say his father. There are a couple of other interesting characters (the masked wizard, Drittz's sister Vierna) but they are underdeveloped.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Bevine did mostly a good job. He's a pro, so he knows his craft. Still, sometimes he reads a little too fast, even though the reason is comprehensible (an action-packed novel calls for... well, action). As in this trilogy Drittz is very young, I would have preferred a younger voice but that is a matter of personal preference, no fault with the performer.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gr 08-17-13
    Gr 08-17-13 Member Since 2013

    The best days in life are spent on a beach with a good book.

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    "Salvatore you have earned a new fan"

    Reading through various recommendations from other Fantasy readers, I stumbled upon this book and figured I would give it a try. What an outstanding surprise, and I look forward to enjoying other books by RA Salvatore. A novel of intense passion and inner turmoil. Wonderful character development and an intriguing society. It has been a long time since I've enjoyed a book that sucks me in as effortlessly as Homeland. The narrators style compliments the writing and the story is exciting and detailed. Very well done. Do not miss this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A United States 08-15-13
    A United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Salvatore creates the perfect character in Drizzt"

    Many years ago, I read this series and the Crystal Shard trilogy when they were first published and have followed the life and experiences of Drizzt the Drow Elf for many years. When it was released by Audible on audiobook, I was excited to jump back in and re-live those stories...I am so glad I did. Hearing these novels read by Victor Bevine is fantastic! His voice is perfect and he brings each character to life in their own unique way! Have downloaded this trilogy and the Crystal Shard trilogy to listen to again and again. I'm also sharing these audiobooks with my 10 and 11 year old children and teaching them the principles of the books...you can rise above your environment. You can become whatever you want, and living a principled life may not be easy, but it is worth it! Thanks Audible for bringing me back to these great books!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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