The people of Krynn have known war in past ages. Some are still alive who remember the triumph of good at the conclusion of the War of the Lance. Still more remember the devastation of the Chaos War, which ended the Fourth Age of the world.
But now a new war is about to begin, more terrible than any have known. This war is one for the very heart and soul of the world itself.
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I buy these audiobooks for my mother who is blind, She has listened to the first three Dragonlance Chronicles books and the Legends Triology and she enjoyed them immensely. She was looking forward to the next series. Unfortunately she was unable to supply an accurate rating for the story since she was only able to listen to the first section of this book before giving up due to the dreary, unending drone of the narrators voice which was unbearably irritating. I will certainly not be downloading any more books narrated by Marieve Herington.
I was disappointed in the narrative. I like Margaret Weiss and have read and listened to several of her other titles, but this story has too much historical background woven into the story. It detracts and makes it confusing.
This book was one of the very few I have not been able to finish. I would return it to get my credit back if I could.
Marieve Herington has the wrong voice for reading this kind of narrative. A children's book perhaps but not this.
Also there is absolutely no flow to her reading. It is a monotonous stacato drone that is so irritating that I cannot listen for more than 15 minutes at a time without irritation. This takes away all possibility of involvement and enjoyment of the story.
I will be removing the other titles in this series from my wish list.
"Good story marred by odd non-standard pronuncation"
I enjoyed the story - as I have all of Weis and Hickman's previous Dragonlance stories.
The storytelling, the chance to visit old, well loved, characters
Learn how to pronounce "glower" (it rhymes with "flower.")
There are a few other fairly common English words that she has cringeworthy non-standard pronunciations, but "glower" is the most common.
"Worst narrator I've heard. Read this one instead."
No the narration is painful and ruins the book
Great to see a new story with old favorites.
Anyone anyone at all. She makes me sorry I bought this.
Old friends with new life
I can get past the common word mispronouncing, and even the character names which are frequent. It is the character voices that make it simply unbearably awful. The high pitched child like tone of the elven characters make it sound as though military orders or tense conversations are coming from santa's Christmas elf...that has been castrated. It's the first audiobook I wish I hadn't bought...
"Well written, well read"
There's something different in this new trilogy from the "classical" ones, the Chronicles and the Legends. The authors evidently decided that something different must be done to revitalize the brand. Herington's performance is very good, even though her portrayal of some of the elves is slightly comical (Samar for instance).
My favourite character is, and always will be, Laurana. Since the first trilogy, she stands apart because she grows as a person in a "believable" way. From elfmaiden to general and first class politician,
Too long. But the performer's reading was just about right, It is a pleasure to listen to.
I'll certainly buy the other two titles in the series. Eagerly anticipating Ax Norman's new versions of the Chrinicles. I'm sure he's done an excellent job.
"Story - Fabulous!! Narrator - ANNOYING!!"
I love the story especially the return of one of my favorite characters.
All the other Dragonlance books are similar in feel to Tolkien's books.
Listening to shon instead of shown and glow-er instead of glower is steadily driving me crazy. And that is not even talking about the elves sounding like hyper children (shouldn't that be the Kender?) or the mispronouncing of names. The narrator has a beautiful voice, too bad her pronunciations will have me avoiding anything she reads after this trilogy.
"love the narriators voice, it's angelic."
The story is all one expects from Weiss and Hickman. However the narrator though gifted with an angelic voice lacks the knowledge to pronounce words like Thorbardin. It will make some cringe as I have witnessed. Also she lacks the vocal range needed to keep characters straight in one's mind. Just be ready.
When the source of the loss of magic begins to reveal itself.
The narriation should have been performed by both a man and a woman or at least by somone with more vocal range.
Yes, but narration stopped me at times.
It's worth hearing. Worth the money especially if you are already a Dragon Lance fan.
"the narrator constantly mispronounced key names"
found this most frustrating, Paul was a better narrator, and did better voice play, and acting.
"Marvelous continuation of an immense world."
Fantastic book continuing with old favorite characters and introducing new, powerful, and sincere characters. The authors produced another great story with intriguing style and imagination. My only complaint is the performance of the narrator. While she may be capable of reading for other works, this was not one. Her MASSACRE of the pronunciation of many characters is truly distracting. As was her artistic take on many common English words.
"Great story (so far). Narrator? Not so much..."
Love the story - hate the narration on this one.
No. Her voice is beautiful but she should have listened to at least a little bit of the previous narrations. I think her pronunciation of "Majere" as "Majerry" is going to make me crazy before I finish this book!
Haven't finished it yet. The story is intriguing - I just hope I can survive the narrator's mispronounciations.
"I, of course, love this series! But..."
My grandmother got me into this series and I love it! The universe surroundings the Dragonlance series is beautiful and Rich in development as are those wonderful heros, villains and ordinary folk who inhabit it. My ONLY critique is with the narrator and it's a minor issue at most. I found her range of character voices to be lacking, and while this is only a minor part, it is a part of the whole. Her voices for most of the even males are high pitched and nasally bordering on chipmunk. No accent variation. Now, that being said, her reading otherwise was very nice. Her voice is very smooth and sweet and pleasant to listen to. All in all, go ahead and give this a listen. 9/10
"So much potential... horrible narration kills it"
I listened to all of the main Dragonlance works on audio. I am on the last book of this series and struggling to listen to the rest of it. It amazes me that Wizards of the Coast are taking such a lax role in protecting the integrity of this license. my main gripes in this trilogy:
1. There is absolutely no thought put on pronunciation of major characters whatsoever: It's "Tuh-key-sus", not "Ta-kis-iss". and "Muh-jare", not "Muh-jeer-ey".
2. Elves do not sound like "The Chipmunks". Not sure if this is the result of casting a voice actor with a natural voice similar to Lisa Simpson or if the actor actually thinks that the elves here are Keebler elves.
3. The voice actors over annunciation is maddening. especially after 3 books. Her over emphasis of "p" at the end of "sleep" is like nails ona chalk board
4. If I hear, "The one Gaawd" one more time, I'll slit my wrists
5. I get why they cast a female actor for this series. But Mina could have been portrayed by a male just as easily and better service paid to all the other characters in the series at the same time. Her dialogue is flat and monotone, making characters sound like robots. This actor may be great for children's stories but horrible for fantasy stories filled with humongous dragons, minataurs, powerful warriors, lumbering ogres and all manner of evil nasties.
6. I do like the story. Its what has kept me going. I just wish Weiss and Hickman would not have leaned so heavily on usage of, "The one god" phrase. it really got old fast.
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