Actor and musician Ice-T is the Dungeon Master for this emotional, anguished tale. In Comrades at Odds, Tos'un is faced with a difficult decision as Drizzt comes to odds with his grief and guilt over the tragic fate of Ellifain.
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I've read a few of Salvatore's Drizzt books and thought they were pretty good. I'm also a big fan of Ice-T, either in Law and Order:SVU or his metal band Bodycount - the guy just has a great voice!
So I saw this short story read by him and I thought it was just such a strange combination that it HAD to be cool.
And it kind of is, but ultimately isn't the best book you'll listen to this year.
The story is okay, presumably setting up a new character for later full length novels, but not a lot happens and I felt like this was probably aimed more at fans who are familiar with this era of the stories.
Ice-T's reading is quite good, but it IS reading. He doesn't try to act any of the parts and never varies his voice when it comes to different characters. He reads a woman's lines in the same voice as he reads any of the men's. To be fair, Ice-T putting on a girly voice would have seemed pretty hilarious so it's not surprising he avoided it, but it does mean the performance is lacking something.
It doesn't cost much due to the short running time, and it's overall a decent listen, so I can recommend it - just don't expect too much.
Steven A. McKay, author of "Wolf's Head"
"Ice-T just set the bar"
Now I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy a A book read to me as much as I enjoyed ice-T
"Ice T reading fantasy. Enough said."
Awesome story by Salvatore read by a rich and recognizable voice. Ice T. Awesome. Great story and great narration. Ever wonder what may come of the orc kingdom? Drizzt wonders too in this tale.
"Story was good narrator not so much"
lowest quality one I've heard.
I liked this story but I found myself actually wishing it was over and I couldn't wait until the next book to start. It seemed like the narrator was actually kind of bored reading this, it was not like he really wanted to do this and something maybe he was being forced to do.
Will Wheaton did great. there was emotion, different voices, acting...
"Great story, TERRIBLE Narrator"
I love the story and the closure Drizzt gets with the Ellifain tragedy. It is a short story so what is not to like?
The Ending, I don't want to spoil it.
I like Ice-T as an artist but he should stick to what he is best at. Who pronounces the "W" is Sword? Ice-T does. Who leaves off the "H" in Human? Ice-T does. This story contains lots of time dealing with Khazid'hea so we hear the word sWord a lot. It is so funny to me that Ice-T would learn how pronounce the names of all characters and cities perfectly but then pronounce normal words so terribly. The other issue is you can detect his reading being spliced together. I am going to listen to my O.G. Original Gangster album and remember how cool Ice-T is.
I would see any movie based on Drizzt
Despite my review, listen to this. It is a great story and it is free.
"Listen to this BECAUSE Ice-T narrated it."
This was not a great story. Not quite the worst, but hardly a stand out in a collection of cutting room floor stories.
And then they got Ice-T narrate it. And it was AWESOME.
It's not a clinical Books for the Blind reading. It's Ice-T reads D&D, and it sounds like it. Ice-T brings something magical to Forgotten Realms. I've certainly never heard violence and combat narrated with such power.
The whole collection was worth it just to hear this piece of narration.
"Story is hard to follow and even harder to listen to"
The action sequences live up to everything the previous books brought. The challenge comes when listening to the long periods of backstory that have nothing to do with the current story.
Perhaps the greatest challenge was listening to the narrator. His work cannot be characterized as a performance because there was no attempt to Animate the characters through changing voices. That is likely what made it monotonous to listen to.
I am disappointed because I have enjoyed every other book in the series.
"Found myself really bored"
I like Ice-T, but honestly I struggled to get through this. It felt less like a fantasy story and more like a lecture. Kept p putting me to sleep
"Ice T is not cut out for narration, ever."
I listened to ice T alot as a kid, but being a narrator is NOT for him. You cannot sound like a gangster when talking about anything in the form of fantasy. The producer should be ashamed for recording this. This is as bad as letting Snoop Dogg perform a Metallica song.
"Performance vs. Read By"
An actual performance by Ice-T. He read the story well but, maybe Audible/Amazon should consider what PERFORMANCE means, and use READ BY in cases like this, where the reader reads the story vs. performs it. There was no exploration into voice acting or particular attention given to emphasis in dialogue or mood. Ice-T has that ability but, I did not experience it here, as a Performance.
It was difficult to get into the story due to the bland performance. I took interest to read the story myself and imagine what certain voices sounded like, which is where I was truly transported to this world.
No. Ice-T has a good voice but, this was not a performance, it was a fairly monotonous read-through.
Again, would just like to see a real performance from an All-Star cast. Check out the actual Performances by Al Yankovic, Wil Wheaton, and Felicia Day.
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