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

©1989 TSR, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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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. <br/><br/>If you are a F.R. fan give this a try.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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An ok story, poor delivery.

The story starts out fine enough. It paints a main character and her plight. Following up, it quickly introduces the other main characters. Progression flows naturally at first, but quickly dwindles when the three main characters are introduced, and it doesn't get much better from there. The characters are either never sure of themselves, or are too sure of themselves, resulting in avoidable situations. As somebody who enjoys playing the game, there always seems to be a glaring disconnect between the powers of the characters in the book, and similar characters that you may play yourself. For instance, the mage claims to have trouble in her magical studies during the book, having trouble casting a level 1 spell, but quickly learns to master weather manipulation....what? She relies heavily on magical items and very little on herself most of the time.

The plot hooks and intrigue are flimsy, and a glaring plot hole kills the immersion early into the book (Will include light spoilers below). The final battle scene is incredibly anti-climactic, and throughout the story, the weaver of the intrigue is portrayed as incredibly one dimensional. The story has such potential, but it falls short.

Lastly, the narration is very spotty. The narrator hardly deviates from a static voice developed for each character, and has almost no variation for account of emotion or intent in conversations. It makes all the characters come across as dull and uninteresting, makes conversations seem lifeless, and always leaves the listener wondering what could have been. In order to even finish the story, I had to rely on curiosity for the outcome of a situation, rather than the development of a character or arc, just to keep interested. But a good story should not rely on this method. Overall it was a harsh let down for an interesting story idea.






SPOILERS: The plot hole relies on an item called a ring of three wishes, which grants up to three wishes for the wearer, but not always in the way asked for, or intended. The mage squandered 2 wishes early on accident simply by uttering the words "I wish" followed by a command, but not with the intent of using her ring. However, the ring obeyed, granting her increased physical prowess, and a teleportation to the main location of the story. However, at another point, she is thinking of her dead teacher and either says or thinks the command "I wish you could meet my new friends." but the ring does nothing. Now, she had no intent on actually using the ring at that point, but neither did she in the earlier fumbles of the ring, and the ring very much so has the power to bring back the dead, or call a spirit of the dead, But the authors choose to ignore this part, just to keep the final wish for another part of the story. It was incredibly sloppy and killed all immersion for me, but that comes from knowing how the ring works based on the rules of the item.

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D and D adventures

Wonderfully written, And I absolutely loved the journey!! I will be buying the next book in this series. Bring back the forgotten realms franchise!!!!

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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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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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It's pronounced TEER!!

The story is great, the narrator does her best, but, the deity's name is pronounced TEER! Hearing her m

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed it!

I was hesitant to purchase the audio book based on previous reviews on the narrator's performance. Listening to the sample I didn't "catch" what others had said as an issue and purchased it. Granted, previous Dungeon & Dragons novels I purchased were voiced by men, i took a few minutes to get used to the difference and warmed to a female voice. Overall, I thought she did a wonderful job in narration and enjoyed listening to a book I haven't read in overall 20 years.

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Story great, Narrator bad...

Would you try another book from James M. Ward and Jane Cooper Hong and/or Teresa DeBerry?

Story is great, Narrator is terrible and should stick with an audience under 5 years old.

What did you like best about this story?

The adventure and characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teresa DeBerry?

Anyone who doesn't read as if their audience were 5.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

It is a shame that Audible let a children's narrator ruin this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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