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Publisher's Summary

An all-new audio version of one of the key titles in the entire Forgotten Realms novel line.

At the time of its original release, this series presented key events that impacted the entire Forgotten Realms world, and the effects of those events are still felt in current novels. This title was originally released under the author's pseudonym, Richard Awlinson.

When the gods are banished from the heavens, they must travel through Faern in the guise of mortals.

When four companions, last survivors of the Company of the Lynx, find themselves in possession of a mysterious amulet, they must escape death at the hand of Bane, god of murder.

When magic itself runs wild, no one can say that the most innocent of spells will not destroy the world.

©1989 TSR, Inc., 2003 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Middling storyline and uninspired delivery

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this for readers who want to expand their knowledge of the Forgotten Realms and provide a backdrop for other novels in the universe. I would not recommend it to someone looking to enjoy a standalone book. There is a fair amount of filler. After a somewhat jarring introduction, the plot lags for most of the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The latter quarter or so of the story is the most exciting, and I think the ending is well-written and rounds out the plot nicely. Of course, not all ends are tied up, as this is merely the first book in a series.

What three words best describe Nicole Greevy’s performance?

Monotone, bland, and unconvincing. The only characters who I felt Greevy portrayed well were Mystra and Midnight. When voicing male characters, Greevy often sounds as if she is making fun of them.

Do you think Shadowdale needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, clearly. There is much more to this story arc.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Keystone event in the realm.

it's a shame that the centerpiece reads like a soap opera. must grrr through these... must continue on. but it is painful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book, not so great audiobook

What did you like best about Shadowdale? What did you like least?

The story was good and I enjoyed hearing about the early days of Forgotten Realms gods. But I had a hard time listening to it. The book is written in 3rd person omniscient voice which makes everything very passive and not that engaging a listen. I would rather hear what the characters are doing rather than ABOUT what they are doing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Greevy’s performances?

I don't think so. While I'm sure she reads well, I found her a bit monotone and her acting was not very good at all. I think an audiobook reader needs some acting ability to make the characters come to life. Hearing her do Bane, the god of fear hatred and tyrrany, made him sound like a whiny teenager.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Amazing!

What made the experience of listening to Shadowdale the most enjoyable?

This is one of my all time favorite series in the Forgotten Realms setting.

What did you like best about this story?

This is the first book in the series. It's a great beginning to an epic adventure.

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

I'm not sure where Nicole Greevy came from, but she does an amazing job portraying the characters in the book. It was great to hear all of my favorite characters come to life! Great job on finding Nicole Greevy audible! I would listen to more books narrated by her any time!

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear the rest of the books in the series!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Do like listening to Siri?

It's unfortunate that the performer for this story sounds like a robot. No emotion and really does sound like Siri or Alexa.

The story is good but you would be better off picking up the actual book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of the best FR stories! Worst FR narration!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. seriously. how does she even get jobs?

What did you like best about this story?

Gods made flesh? Elminster of Shadowdale? Stairways to heaven? The fall of Mystra?!?! What more could you want?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There are not words to describe the horrible job done by this lady.

Could you see Shadowdale being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, and I have no idea.

Any additional comments?

My cat could narrate this book better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrative aweful

One of my favorite trilogies falls completely flat due to uninspired and monotonous narration. There is nothing but whining from male characters when some are gods and are angry or threatening. Mad them sound like spoiled children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A trip back in time

What did you love best about Shadowdale?

The simple story with a great cast of characters that takes me back to the first time I read this story.

What other book might you compare Shadowdale to and why?

The other books in the series, Tantras and Waterdeep. It continues the story of the main characters with good development and plot.

Which scene was your favorite?

Cyric talking about his past to Midnight.

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

Not really, I wanted to spread it out and take my time to enjoy it more...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Misguided tropes

Let's shoot straight.
The Times of Troubles is an epic event about a deeply interesting premise; The gods confirmably walking the lands of the living as mortals.
At the very beginning, this book is everything one could hope for, describing the alien experiences of the gods facing punishment at the hands of something even greater than them.
Additionally, the direct confrontations veteran several of the gods are quite satisfying as well.

However, this is where the enjoyment ends.
The entire rest of the book is spend in the company of characters so generic and bland that it becomes completely unbearable.
- Several characters are actively condescending or outright sexist to one another for no reason other than to cause a pretense of drama so characters can overcome them.
- Kelemvor is described by several characters as being either harsh and cold or inspiring and approachable; all while in reality being a character engaged in little other than complaining all the time.
This complaining is due to a valid reason, but a reason that has made his character completely unbearable to listen to and with no chance for the better until what will likely be the very end of the series.
All of this just adds to how totally contrived his romance with Midnight is.
- Speaking of Midnight, she is a character who does several things throughout the book with no clear motivation for them.
The worst of these is her random romance to Kelemvor, despite the both of them wanting nothing to do with each other initially, and her being the target of constant sexist mistreatment by the group.
Then suddenly they are just pronouncing an interest in one another, despite no change in relations or tone having occurred.
- New characters are constantly introduced to the story, typically either just to die so the characters can pretend to care, or to be contrively stupid and want to hurt or hinder the characters for no reason that couldn't be resolved with a few seconds of thinking.
All simply resulting in enormous amounts for padding for the story; the Spider Forest being a significantly large, lame and predictable offender.

Lastly, we have the matter of the narrator, who honestly sounds like nothing other than a Reading-Program for people struggling with reading.
She fails utterly to even attempt to breath some life into this dreadful piece.


I hope things will improve as the series proceeds.

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She's so boring

This book/story is great, who they chose to deliver it was horrible. Bane and Myrkul sound like whiney teenagers, in fact all the male voices are horribly done. Do yourself a favor and buy the books, no need to listen to her boring monotone delivery with no character depth.