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Publisher's Summary

In The Demon Awakens, best-selling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for listeners to explore - and an intrepid hero to lead the way: Elbryan Wynden, who must confront the dark tides of destiny in his epic search for justice and peace....

A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elbryan is raised to become a formidable ranger - a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontation.

Meanwhile, on a far-off island, a shower of gemstones will fall onto the black-sand shores. These heaven-sent stones carry within them an incredible power - the key to all that is good in the world and all that is evil, and it is up to one young monk to liberate them from the corrupt monastery that harvests them. Pray that they don't fall into the wrong clawed hands....

©1996 R. A. Salvatore (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Really great intro to R.A.

I really enjoyed this book, I started homeland but couldn't get into it. This one had me from the start & I'll be checking out book 2 along with other RA Salvatore books. Also Tim Gérard Reynolds was amazing as always. .. "Ohhho What!?" is stuck in my head, love it!

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Action packed, well written, expertly read

I absolutely loved the story and am ready to start on the second book. Tim Gerard Reynolds was the main reason I took the plunge but was rewarded with a wonderful story filled with very well developed characters (good and evil) and well paced parallel sub plots and storylines. Salvatore does a great job bringing these characters together as the separate storylines converge. One notable feature of this story that is not typical with many trilogies that I've read is that it does not spend an inordinate amount of time laying a foundation before getting into the story.

The main characters are noble if not flawed, sacrifice much as the story progresses, and in some cases perform the impossible. All in all, a great start to the DemonWars trilogy. If you enjoy Tim Gerard Reynolds, you will especially enjoy his performance in this book. Kudos to Salvatore for a well written epic fantasy.

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A well written and expertly narrated fantasy

Here we pit a motley crew of Hero, Heroin, Priestly Monk, a carnivorous centaur and a bunch of impish elves against an inhuman primal evil and his pitiless army of goblins, dwarfs and giants who are hell-bent to vanquish every human to the last living soul.

What follows is actually a fairly entertaining story.

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Good story but anoying changing char traits

I love the over all story but what I don't like is something that is unfortunatly common to many writers. Writers tend to drive the story by making the main char's brilliant one moment and stupid the next to keep a story going. Ignoring learning events and everything the char has been through. Often something is learned then seemingly forgotten for just the right moment. I'm starting book three as I write this but I just turned it off. If i was reading it I likely would not have finished book 2. I like the over all story enough i may try to go back to book 3 again in a month or but not sure. Inconstancy in personalities that just don't fit the char are at best annoying and most of the time a deal breaker for me.

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Really struggled with this

I recently listened to the newest Salvatore Corona books and really loved them. So I decided to try his earlier work. I’m glad (or sad?) to say he has thankfully improved much over the years.
This book was all over the place. It started out pretty nicely, with some interesting characters and premise, but somewhere around it’s first half it became down right boring. I really struggled to finish it. The characters stopped developing, the plot became monotonous, and all we really got was one battle description after another. I really wanted to like this, but I’m afraid I just didn’t.

Not even Tim Gerard Reynolds wonderful narration could save this. Too bad.

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Love the narrator, not the author

When the first sentence contains the word "Demon-dactyle", you know you're in for an endless eye-roller.

I suffered through it anyway, and it did not pay off. This book is incredibly unoriginal and contains some of the most annoying characters. One character obnoxiously exclaims "Ho ho, what?" almost every single time he speaks. Ho ho, what-the-f*ck was the author thinking?

The romance between two of the main characters couldn't get any cheesier. I found myself hoping one of them would die so I didn't have to hear any more of "his beloved love".

I really don't know how this book or this author has so many good reviews. Tim Gerard Reynolds is an amazing narrator, none of the fault lies with him. I'm offended that he had to waste his time on a book like this.

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Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would recommend very highly all of them. Most Read. No more to say.

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awsome hunt need more

awosome and a thrilling hunt !!! need more. R.A. is the best .A+++ Great book

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loved it

I really enjoyed this story, it had a lot of character development which is typical in the Salvatore books, and you will really like the characters.

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Love RA Salvatore

I really love RA Salvatore. His characters are always well thought out, and the storyline is solid.

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  • 02-09-17

Give it a miss

Can't believe this is by the same guy who gave us Drizzt. Found this book dull and for at least the first half it seems to flail for direction and the numerous time skips leave it disjointed. Tried to stick it out but zoned out a bit for the last couple of chapters, which is a shame as by then it had started to pick up pace, but too little to late (I stuck it out because I'd already invested so much time listening to it but overall the story was too much of a drag to bother going back and listening to the two or so chapters I missed).

The only good thing is the narrator, who tries to give it some energy and does a few good voices, but even he is only average really. I wouldn't be adverse to hearing more books he read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hunt them down. Same can't be said for this series - while I would (and plan to) get audiobooks of the Drizzt books, I have no intention of getting the sequels to this book.

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  • Boerneef
  • 06-26-19

Just brilliant.

Can be enjoyed as a stand alone book. I cannot wait for the next one in the series. Well narrate. Well written and it kept me interested throughout.

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  • Head Coach
  • 01-03-17

Very Disappointing

What was most disappointing about R. A. Salvatore’s story?

The writing is very poor: thin characters who keep doing the same things that I find I don't really identify with; endless gory fighting scenes that aren't at all scary; implausible narrow escapes; a big demon who seems very easy to defeat.

There are much better derivative Lord of the Rings sort of books out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-17

Just as great as the legend of Drizzt books!!

The characters are fantastic as is the world and the land of Honce the Bear. I waited a long time before reading this as I've been reading the Drizzt books since the 90s but this is fantastic and I can't wait to listen to book2