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Baldur's Gate Audiobook

Baldur's Gate

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Publisher's Summary

Bhaal must be stopped! Someone is sabotaging the iron mines of the Sword Coast, pushing powerful realms toward a bloody war, and a young mercenary toward an unimaginable secret. Evil gods, giant spiders, murderous doppelgangers, flesh-eating ghouls, and wicked Zhentarim come to life in the action-packed novelization of the Baldur's Gate computer game form BioWare and Interplay.

©1999 TSR, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    P. Teece Mold, Wales, UK 01/12/2016
    P. Teece Mold, Wales, UK 01/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "It was ok"

    Apparently Phillip Athans had a deadline of two months to write this book. If this is true then it might explain the poor writing, however he was replaced for the third book so this suggests TSR/WoTC had ran out of patience after his second attempt.

    I am currently running Murder in Baldurs Gate, a 5e D&D adventure that has Abdel and the Bhaalspawn as its main plot, I wanted to read this solely for background having not played the Baldurs Gate computer games for which the book is based on.

    For those who don't know the Computer game is set in the D&D campaign world created by Ed Greenwood.

    Now onto the performance of the Narrator.

    His voice acting is great, he has a wide vocabulary of accents he can dip in and out of, and believe me this is a skill, as a Dungeon Master this has always been something I have struggled with, there are those that can do accents and those that can't this guy can. This is the only reason he gets 3 stars.

    However he is just a poor reader.

    Simple sentences have incorrect intonation, he emphasises words in sentences that don't need emphasising, it's a real shame, I hope he listened back to his performance and realises for the second book because I'm not looking forward to it.

    If you are a fan of D&D then it might be worth reading/listening, if you have no clue what I have babbled on about then don't bother, trust me, it's awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jason
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    04/02/13
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    "Does not follow the game's story at all"
    What would have made Baldur's Gate better?

    The story seems to be completely made up and does not follow the story what so ever.


    What could Philip Athans have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Author needs to seriously play through the game before attempting to recreate the story in novel form.


    Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

    Performance was ok at best. Characters we somewhat believable however, I get the impression that the narrator never played the games either.


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

    No redeeming qualities in this book. I can not even finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Baldur's Gate flavored story with characters and locations from the game but does not justify the epic story that was the original game.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Ryan
    18/03/15
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    "Just play the game, the book is too goofy."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The main character is simple and boring, easily forgettable. His dialogue and actions remind you it's a guy playing a video game,impish and far too casual. The story was great in the game, but this re-telling fails.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jose
    Melbourne, Australia
    04/02/13
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    "I loved this book!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Baldur's Gate to be better than the print version?

    Can't tell, i haven't checked the written version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way it moves through the video game campaigns, and how it narrates the battles.
    In addition, I really enjoyed Abdel's personality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It might be a spoiler, so spoiler alert here.
    I loved that scene when Jaheira asks Abdel if knows who killed Khalid.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Into the Maw of Madness


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is awesome! He probably makes all the difference, he gets really involved, in character, and makes the story so much fun.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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