• Sojourn

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12,682 ratings)

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Sojourn

By: R. A. Salvatore
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
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R. A. Salvatore's New York Times best-selling novel! Drizzt DoUrden has forsaken his subterranean home for the harsh unknown of the surface. The young warrior begins a sojourn through a world utterly unlike his own - and finds that acceptance among the surface-dwellers will only come at a great price....

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A great sense of adventure

This is the last and best book of the series. Book starts with Drizzt living in cave trying to make sense of an alien environment. At this point, reader knows enough about the character to really understand how one might feel and experience when face with such circumstances. Author did a great job of actually going through a lot of detail about how surface / light / environment impacted Drizzt. A small thing such as weather change, which we might take for granted, was not well understood by Drizzt.

Since a reader could feel for the character, book provides a great sense of adventure as if reader itself is walking out to the world for the first time. For seasoned readers, it is a sense that does not easily achieved and I really appreciated it.

Once somewhat comfortable with his new environment, Drizzt tries to establish relationships which really back fires. These attempts and his appearance / race lends him in trouble. There underline theme of pre-conceptions people have and how they are quick to judge based on appearance.

His attempts to establish relationships eventually bare fruits, and his adventure continues in a different direction.

All in all, this is a good book with a great sense of adventure. Narration seems correct for this type of book, and story zips along at a brisk pace. It is a good 3.5 to 4 star book. I liked the book enough that I will be picking up the next book from the author about the character.

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Waste....

I was very interested in the idea of the first book: taking the viewpoint of the Tolkien-style "evil" races and exploring an individual's experience and ethical growth in the face of an "evil" culture, leadership, and deity. I stuck through progressively worse books, all in hope the author was going to take that idea to its fruition.

I liked the story of the first book--despite the very week development of the mythology, history, and characters. I thought that the paper thin facade of the background story of "good" vs "evil" was just that--a "facade"--and that the author was setting it up just to tear it down in the second and third book (as a great trilogy author would). I put up with the lack of any rules to the character's abilities (a new magical ability or skill seems to pop out of thin air as the author needs it to push the story along). I also put up with the main character's inanate physical abilities (which conveniently for the story-telling are alternately awe inspiring and then insufficient throughout the series) AND WORSE innate "goodness" without any real explanation or development (only weak, underdeveloped hints as to the influence of the father or sister or third book "goddess/heart").

But to my great dismay, the second book was even less nuanced and only detracted from the depth of the character--adding in childish ("young adult") motivations, dialog, and actions. From this book forward, everyone he meets is either pure good (open minded, accepting, kind--always after a short adjustment period) or through and through "Cruella De Vil" evil (so borring!).

It got exponentially worse in the third and final book. The author almost entirely dropped the mythology of the first book; only at times making a surface nod towards a larger idea (e.g. the main character has issues with one of his abilities on the surface, but that is never explored). Worse the author exchanged the underdeveloped villains of the first and second book--who had some potential for depth/interest (spider goddess, main character's family, mercenary group) for pathetic caricatures of recycled Disney villians (mountain troll gang leader, then mountain orc gang leader, then vindictive mountain man).

Loved the original idea--hated the execution.

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a must for any fantasy fan

Would you listen to Sojourn again? Why?

Absolutely I love the stories.. all three of them they have been a favorite of mine for close to 20 years now.

Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

I do not have a favorite character that Victor preformed, I'm just thrilled at the job Victor did at narrating these books. While their is nothing difficult about reading the books the way R.A Salvatore wrights i was afraid that the fighting sequences would come of as lame.I am thrilled to say that they did not not at all.

Any additional comments?

If you have never tried this series I urge anyone to start with book one and stick with them. the first book starts off a little slow but only because their is such a big world that needs to be created in your mind. midway through the book you will be cursing the times that you have to stop listening to do anything else.

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  • 11-02-13

Outstanding story

Sojourn brings the "Dark Elf Trilogy" to a close. If you enjoy Fantasy, you will enjoy this book and the trilogy. It is a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful series. The book is set on the surface so it is different feel from the first two books but I found I enjoyed it even more. I am looking forward to reading more about the character. I only hope that other books involving this character are as well written and told.

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Great Series for the whole family!

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!

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Awesome

This was a very good series. Almost start to finish. I am pleasantly surprise to see another series that has branched off from this. Yaay!

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good

the weakest of the three books but still a necessary read. Love this trilogy. the narrator is nothing short of excellent.

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If it's black with a white strip, not a friend.

Drizzt is having a hard time trying to acclimate above ground. Some of it is fun other times tragic. There are new friends and lots of enemies. This story has some of the formula characters such as humans, elves, dwarves but there are many new ones too. It does take a twist when you get dwarves that are dandies and not so much as miners. As usual with RA Salvatore he takes us on a vivid and grand adventure. Narrator is good.

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Mediocre at best...

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This book really lacks substance. I get that they are trying to impart Dritzzt's lack of experience of above ground living, but what we receive is a skunk (that stench was a true foreshadow) and a episode of Little House on the Prairie (who choose to ignore the local beasties threat).

As to the narration, I felt like the book was being read by Mr. Rogers (first 20 minutes). Unless this book was targeting 4 year old's he really missed the mark.

Finally, the final straw was the "Hey, who is that Dark Elf stranger? Uh-oh he looks like he may be nice, so lets start a bad PR for him by... let's say... umm, an overly befuddled plan where I get to play dress up?"

Stopped listening there... skip this book and move along... nothing to see here.

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Mild

Victor Bevine is an amazing narrator. Unfortunately, I think this is the weakest of Salvatore's work ( I started with the ice wind dale trilogy which I loved). Too much time spent in Drizzts internal conflicts. This book felt small, as if the whole thing occurred within a 10 mile radius and in a boring neighborhood complete with real animals like owls, bears, skunks, and rabbits.

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  • JR Angell
  • 05-17-18

Epic.

I was apprehensive when I first started listening to this series but I am so very glad that I did. The last few minutes of this book really hit me where it counts.

If you have even a passing interest in fantasy then I highly recommend you get cracking on this series. It's worth mentioning that this story is only set in the dungeons and dragons universe, you really do not need any knowledge or love for the franchise to enjoy these (I had no knowledge).

I recommend you start from the beginning, it gives the whole tale a truly epic feel.

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  • Panos
  • 09-17-20

Great closure to the trilogy

Narration 8/10
The narration is pretty solid. The voices do fit the characters, the speed is just right and overall it is well done. However I'd like a bit more "soul" to it, something extra to make it a bit more exciting and reaching to the listener, but overall it's really solid and well done.

Story 7.5/10
Continuing the story for the previous two books in the trilogy Drizzt has left the underdark and is now trying to live on the surface.
This book is the best in the trilogy, We see Drizzt struggling to become part of groups on the surface, trying to prove what he really is while everyone is being racist towards him, considering him evil because he is a Dark Elf. Overall I found the interactions with the other races really great, along with the evolution of the character, his realizations, him seeking for a purpose and finding a god to follow.

Overall I'd recommend this to any fantasy fan, even though I'd say it is more suited for younger ages rather than adults. If you just want something to pleasantly spend your time not expecting anything special out of it, go for it.

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  • robert
  • 07-05-18

Narrators is good but...

I really enjoyed the book and Victor Bevine does a wonderful job, however there were a few times in the story where something was “short lived” but he said lived like lie-ved. Like a live electric cable, took me out of the book every time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-20

amazing book

Loved it! a good and compelling story, with a great narrator. Looking forward to read more!

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  • Vincent Boelaart
  • 08-06-21

Salvatore is brilliant

despite some errors (naming and mix up of race) I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of Sojourn.

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  • CaZ
  • 06-29-21

exceptional!

Really enjoy these 3 books. Narration is probably the best I heard. will defo try more by the author.

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  • Master
  • 10-25-19

Great story read poorly

No soul to the reading no acting ability. Mispronounced words... It is "shore lived" not "short lye-ved" and others.... Sigh... Someone needs to quality check the readers of the book that audible are charging money for for quality... sigh...

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  • SotiCoto
  • 10-26-18

I wouldn't give R.A.S roleplaying XP for this...

And the Character Backstory Trilogy reaches its conclusion, where "conclusion" means a sequence of loosely connected events cobbled together as excuses for setting up everything Drizzt can do in the Icewind Dale trilogy.
Once again, R.A.Salvatore manages to utterly fail at tension. There can be no surprises when everything is explained to the reader (or listener) instantly.

All events in this book just serve to add the Ranger template to Drizzt and move his location to Icewind Dale. The events between are mostly just filler, and consist of tedious combat sequences and the idiotic Drow determining which races it is alright to kill without it being morally wrong... or for that matter whether the disposable characters along the way should be treated as new bestest best friends or targets for righteous evisceration.

It also doesn't help that Victor Bevine tries to be melodramatic about it, but just makes characters in supposedly serious situations sound goofy, and seems to struggle with certain D&D terminology. Also he doesn't understand that "live" doesn't always rhyme with "dive", but then all audiobook narrators seem to have at least one word they're incapable of pronouncing correctly.

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  • veradosamamadosa
  • 02-17-22

Ra Salvatore

One of the best fantasy books written,apart from the accents given to the characters clearly America's love of them overriding best practice of not writting about things you haven't experienced,however it's a minor trips on a great took

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  • Kathy
  • 01-25-22

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A different direction for our drow protagonist on this third installment. Drizzt has made it out of the underdark and into the surface world. However, he soon finds that his life will still be full of challenges and ones quite different from those he's face before.

- I enjoyed the change of environment and the way the plot placed fresh obstacles in Drizzt's way for him to overcome. Not all challenges can be solved with drow magic or scimitar blades.

- I thoroughly enjoyed the sections with Mooshi and his role in mentoring Drizzt. I love a good fantasy mentor and find the relationship very comforting.

- Throughout this book (and the earlier ones too), I enjoyed the narrative around morals and discussions on what makes a person. Drizzt and other characters face quandaries based on stereotypes, assumptions of their character, the discord between others' perceptions and their own internal conscience. Whilst the trilogy does feel like a traditional good Vs bad fantasy, there are times where it explores the grey areas of morality and how different people come to find peace within themselves.

I've really enjoyed following Drizzt and will return to him again in the future. Definitely recommended for lit RPG fans, those who enjoy fantasy about other races and twisting, episodic storylines.

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  • Mark
  • 06-26-19

Great for a younger audience

Not a bad book by any stretch but not amazing either. Drizzt is a very a very likeable protagonist but these books are really designed for a younger audience, early teens I would say.

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  • Typhus.
  • 06-12-22

Endings.

I liked this story as an ending to this trilogy but the narrator I'd not my favourite as I do not like the mispronunciation of certain words but that us a small complaint overall a good story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-22

amazing

fantastic end to the trilogy. I was constantly thrilled and urged to keep listening. R.A. Salvatore is a genius and the way this series is written paints a vivid picture, as if you were there watching it in third person.

highly recommend the whole trilogy.

thank you to R.A. Salvatore, the narrator and to all involved in the production of this series.

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  • Melissa
  • 12-06-21

great read

loved it, hung up on every word. Takes you away to invision yourself being there too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-21

What there's more!

when I started this trilogy I didn't realise there was more than 30 titles in the series. But the story so far has been so awesome, bring em on!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-19

A truth

I enjoy the stories of "good versus evil" as in Gemmell, but beyond these tales are those few who hold to principles based in reality born of experience and learning to understand others. Meet Drizzt, an example for children and a measure few adults dare to strive for.

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  • Timothy J. Camilleri
  • 12-23-18

Straight Outta Underdark

Drizzt's travels into the surface realm leads him on a far more philosophical trial than previous books. A drow without a home in a land that fears and mistrusts him, this is a great fish out of water tale. He must learn there is a difference between a so called "good race" and a "good person". For if he, a drow, can have the potential to be good, then the opposite potential can be true for humans. RA Salvatore has cleverly used the philosophy of Martin Luther King in the form of allegory in this tale of prejudice, redemption, and ultimately humility. A great end to this trilogy. The voice of Victor Bevine once again brings soul to the characters, both light and grim.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

Complete Package!

Well written by Salvatore and well performed as an audio book by Victor.

An amazing story and adventure.

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  • Glenn
  • 11-21-17

Just amazing

Another fantastic story wonderfully written by R. A. Salvatore as always, and Victor Bevine is incredible

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  • Garry Kirby
  • 04-07-17

Enjoyable book

A easy listening book with a solid story line. I look forward to the rest of the series.