• The Sword of Bedwyr

  • The Crimson Shadow
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)
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The Sword of Bedwyr

By: R. A. Salvatore
Narrated by: David Drummond
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Publisher's summary

Young noble Luthien Bedwyr is too privileged to understand that his once-proud land, Eriador, suffers under the demonic oppression of Wizard-King Greensparrow. That is, until the day Luthien seeks justice for a friend's murder---only to become a fugitive fleeing the king's monstrous cyclopian soldiers. Befriended by the irrepressible "highwayhalfling" Oliver deBurrows, and enlisted by an ancient, mysterious mage, Luthien's exile will become an enchanted quest to steal a mystic prize from a dragon's hoard.

Suddenly, Eriador's enslaved humans, elves, and dwarfs begin to rally around rumored tales of a freedom fighter who strikes Greensparrow's foul minions...an unknown hero who wields a legendary sword and magic cape...a warrior who is invisible but who casts the "Crimson Shadow."

©1995 R. A. Salvatore (P)2010 Tantor

Critic reviews

“Salvatore describes and choreographs battle scenes better than any other contemporary fantasist, as this first tale of the adventures of Luthien Bedwyr amply demonstrates.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Entertaining, funny , a little predictable

A good story. I enjoyed it. I really liked the highwAyman character. He made me laugh. The rest was a little predictable. I definately enjoyed it. Its a good inbetween book... I finished some AWSOME epics, couldnt find any new ones, so I read this one. Short and entertaining. Like a good tv episode. Just not earth shattering.

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Going to sleep

What disappointed you about The Sword of Bedwyr?

The book is very complex for an Audible book. Like reading an extensive history lesson and my BA was in history...So the book may be fine, but I was a bit overwhelmed by the deluge of information instead of a more gradual introduction. I love elaborate stories, but this one just did not work for me.

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

The narration was uninspiring. There are so many excellent narrators and this was not one of them.

What didn’t you like about David Drummond’s performance?

His monotone. Reading it like its a history of Rome, not a fantasy novel.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

RA Salvatore is a wonderful writer and I may read, rather than listen to this book. Once I have the reading down, I may switch back to the less than stellar narrator.

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Great but not the best of R.A. Salvatore

R.A. Salvatore has set a very high standard for his books while I very much enjoyed this book I did not find myself obsessing over it as I usually do I feel it was shorter and therefor lacking in the character development the love interest while usually very developed was pretty 2d

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Dashing story with a striking narrator!

Another great tale written by Salvatore! David Drummond provides a memorable narration to the story and brings out the full character for Oliver DeBurrows!

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Always Delivers

I thoroughly enjoy Salvatore and all of his stories and the performance added here was a complimentary towards the stellar writing.

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In the end a great story.

Overall, the beginning was lackluster as far as the Ra salvatore story goes. But in the end, it was a phenomenal story. In the end of reflection, it feels like a very earlier work which it was.

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Predictable story delivered in a monotone

R. A. Salvatore used to be a great writer. It seems as if his talent has left its homeland, gone into exile, and sojourned forth to camp in icewind dale until retirement. Mr. Drummond seems to have forgotten to put any hint of variety of inflection in his voice.

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Great story with great characters.

I've read this story three times and it's still a great story.

Thank you Bob.

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This book got better with every chapter.

I stumbled across this book by accident. I was familiar with the author, but not the story. For a short book, it was full of unexpected turns, and great characters. I look forward to continuing this trilogy.

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up and down

Well I was coming off the heals of Driizt's first trilogy so my expectations were high. I wanted to get into this one but I just couldnt get into the main character. His sidekick was cool, but the story had trouble holding me. There were moments I listened intently and moments I zombied through. Still, it ended on a high note and I'm planning on the sequel.

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