• Tantras

  • Forgotten Realms: The Avatar, Book 2
  • By: Scott Ciencin
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Tantras

By: Scott Ciencin
Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
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Publisher's Summary

This title is the second in a series of recovers of the popular Avatar series. 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.

Heroes stand trial!

When Elminster, the Old Sage of Shadowdale, is apparently slain, Midnight and Adon stand trial for his murder. When Bane, god of murder, and his allies seek the lost Tablets of Fate, a slender dark-haired woman is all that stands between Faern and disaster.

When a friend betrays them, Midnight and her companions can trust no one.

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

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Very well done

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Another excellent performance by Nicole Greevy. The narrator really brings the book to life! Can't wait to listen to the remaining books in the series.

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terrible narrator, meh story

once again an abysmal narrator reading a mediocre story, nostalgia definately drove me to the finish line

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Great book, but ...

As is the case for the entire series, the books are great - but the narrator leaves a bit to be desired - just not engaging IMHO.

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3rd time I've listened

my second favorite narrator the voice of Mistra in my head. haters are gonna hate. thank you

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Great Story! Horrible Narration!!!

Classic story with everything you want from a forgotten realms book! And the worst narrator in the history of audible books, my dog has more emotion and inflection than this woman!!!!

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I like the idea of the fallen gods.
Voice actor was ok but not well suited for this story.

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not fond of this narrator at all, but good story

book one is not so good. this one picks up, but it's worth wading thru to book 3

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Drowning in the Sins of the Past

Sigh.... This book almost works.
"Shadowdale" was a complete catastrophe as I spent quite a lot of time on explaining.
Sadly, "Tantras" stands in an even worse situation; where "Shadowdale" was simply just a failure from start to finish, "Tantras" stands in a position where the entire first half of the book is completely tainted because of how terrible its predecessor was, now forcing this book to try and clean up the mess it made, but having little to no way of doing so without making an absolute mess out of it.

Let me say it outright; every second spend away from the city of Tantras in this book is terrible, every character is an idiot with no ability to think what-so-ever and plot-points drag on at a snail's pace while simultaneously being so predictable that one knows the outcome of the next four chapters ahead of time, ruining the pace even further.

Things get A LOT more fun once the characters arrive in Tantras, but by then the damage is already done.
Luckily, if one was to get through this book, let me assure everyone that brighter experiences are to come within the next book, "Waterdeep."

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Enjoyed the story but the narrator...

enjoyed the book but you could have had Siri or Cortana narrated this better. Seriously, I'm sorry Nicole, please stop while you're ahead. You annoyed me even more saying Bhaal wrong. it's not Bu-haul. It's "Baul".

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Only Continued Reading Because Series Gets Better

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

I like the overall story line. Keep in mind the author did not write the storyline or plot.

What could Scott Ciencin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not sure. It was difficult to stay interested as most of the content seemed unnecessary. Almost felt like the author was trying to make a page count so that this story could be a trilogy. Noting that it ended up being five books, may have been better if book 1 and 2 of the series were one book.

What aspect of Nicole Greevy’s performance would you have changed?

She is okay. Not bad. I enjoy other readers much more though.

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

Yes. Of course I cheat here as all five are already written.

Any additional comments?

I'm listening to the third right now. Troy Denning (keep in mind this was his first hit or one of his first; prior to Dark Sun books) saves this series with much better writing and overall plot organization. Meaningless characters like the assassins drop off quickly. Gods become much more intelligent and powerful. The characters stop making the entire plot about their relationship Midnight and Kelemport. Ceric and the Halfling Thief character kind of steal the show; or they are the most interesting characters. Helps a lot that Elminister is in this story much more. Anyhow, I've read/listened to over 100 Dungeons and Dragons books. This was one of the most frustrating. It was a lot like the Raveloft books that don't deal with Strahd. I'd say these characters aren't anywhere near the favorites. They aren't very intelligent and will step into any trap and be saved through what seems to be Dungeon Master pity. Reads like a 10 to 14 year old role playing group would act. And even thou Troy Denning writes it better, the characters are still not great.

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  • 01-05-21

annoying

really struggled with this. the narrator sounded like she was in different sound boothes, great book but not great narration. sorry.

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  • Rita Chan
  • 02-19-22

I feel more for the characters by the 2nd book

I am interested in the story of the fallen gods.

first book I couldn't give a dame about Kelemvore or the rogue but now I'm finding it interesting what they are up to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

story good, narrator grates on nerves

narrator in this series sounds like she's never read out loud before. I struggled through the books because of her stumbling through names. don't get me started on the mispronounciation of names...