Sequestered in the blackness of the dreaded Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas, surrounded by nameless creatures of evil, Raistlin Majere weaves a plan to conquer the darkness - to bring it under his control.
Crysania, a beautiful and devoted cleric of Paladine, tries to use her faith to lead Raistlin from the darkness. She is blind to his shadowed designs, and he draws her slowly into his neatly woven trap.
Made aware of Raistlin's plan, a distraught Caramon travels back in time to the doomed city of Istar in the days before the Cataclysm. There, together with the ever-present kender Tasslehoff, Caramon will make his stand to save Raistlin's soul.
Or so he believes.
©1986 TSR, Inc., 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Loved these books which I read over and over when I was young. Great to listen to the story again. The change in narrator from the first trilogy took a bit of getting used to as Ax Norman reads quickly, otherwise fabulous.
"TERRIBLE, Passionless, and Dry Narration"
The Dragonlance story, in my opinion, is one of the best fantasy series ever written; "Chronicles" and "Legends" being the pinnacle of the vessel launched by Weis and Hickman in the early 80s.
"Chronicles" narrator, (Paul) Boehmer, not only captured the feel of the world in books, but the essence of the characters - something that creates the true magic of these stories. These characters' depths of feeling, devotion to each other, inner turmoil, struggle with both the good and the evil within and without, and so on is what draws a reader in and captures them!
This, however, was nearly obliterated by (Ax) Norman, the narrator for "Legends," who left the books dry and without emotion. He should truly have given a listen to Boehmer before he started or, at very least, done research of his own - perhaps consulting with Weis and/or Hickman before slaughtering pronunciations, draining the passion of the characters, and making flavorless the overall feel of the World of Krynn and all those "living" upon it.
At very least, he should have gone back to previous recordings and, hearing his own voice, remained consistent in his pronunciations and overall rhythm and tempo of his tale. Is it Paladin, or PalaDINE? Is it RAStlin, or RAIstlin? TANE-is or TANis? Good gods, man - pick one, even if you're slaughtering it, and stick with it!
Perhaps one of the dullest narrators ever employed, but moreso because his narration removes the essence and life of the story. Funny moments were made bland; serious and important moments made to seem not only ordinary, but that almost make the reader uncaring.
We can only hope that these can one day be redone by Boehmer or, perhaps, another narrator who knows how to perform, and who obviously cares that the listener be drawn in, entertained, and transported rather than one interested in gathering an easy paycheck.
"I should have read the reviews..."
Yes, I will try another of Weis and Hickman, but I will avoid like the plague any book narrated by Ax Norman
The story is compelling but I will be buying the book and reading for myself.
Not with this narrator....
After listening to the Chronicles series, this narrator falls so short, I couldn't even finish half of the book.
"Dragonlance Classic... narrator wasn't"
Mr. Norman should've done his homework before agreeing to reading this classic Dragonlance series, it is obviously apparent that he hasn't read this series prior to narrating it. Character names are mispronounced but he does get better as he goes along. But he is unable to pronounce Paladine's name correctly the entire book. Mr. Norman - it's Paladine not Paladin.
"Time for Some Patience!!!"
This is the reason for my review. While Ax Norman's voice is pleasant to listen to his performance is HORRIBLE. Mispronounced names, monotone reading, and whispered shouts are all part of this dismal performance. I would not recommend this reading for those who are new to the world of Dragonlance. At times I could engross myself in the story and completely forget the pitiful presentation.I know that I've been spoiled with all of the other wonderful narrators. There really are too many to mention. Ax should learn from some of them.
"Story carries flat reading"
The craft of Weis & Hickman.
The fantastic trek through a future of a past most of us have read.
I feel the reading was flat. There wasn't much in the way of 'bringing the story to life..."
The reader says a line with excitement, then reads that the line was mumbled...
This is a book series that I have followed or the better part of 20 years. I love both the Legends and Chronicles trilogies. These are exciting stories that tend to sweep up the reader more with each page.
If you have read the Chronicles trilogy (http://www.amazon.com/Dragonlance-Chronicles-Trilogy-Gift-Set/dp/0786926813) and need more, you've come to the right place.
As has been noted in other reviews the author has no background in these stories. It seems he did little to no research and there is no passion, or much of any emotion actually, as he reads.
If you absolutely don't have time to read these books yourself, then I would pick up this version, However, this performance robs the book of much of it's excitement and fun so my first recommendation would be to read them yourself.
"Awesome story - terrible reader"
The story is still as entertaining as it was in the 80s. It's as interesting as the chronicles. The characters and storyline are great. I waited a very long time to get the unabridged audio versions of this series. Thank you. I hope we get more Weis and Hickman audio books.
I didn't think Dragonlance could get a WORSE reader than Boehmer from the chronicles, but this guy tops him. He reads all character voices the same. There is little to no distinction between the narration and the different characters speaking. His inflection is so flat-line, that it can even be confusing as to which character is speaking. During some parts, he changes the pronunciation of names from one sentence to the next. The story is entertaining enough, that I will still finish the series, but it could have been much better with a good narrator. I love this story and hope that Audible and the Dragonlance franchise will consider redoing the production with an performer worthy of such a classic series.
"my favorite series ruined by an awful narator"
I've been an audible listener for many years I have over 40 books in my audible library. This narator is awful. Most of the time when there are dialog between character you can't tell who is talking because he doesn't change is voice at all, even between a male and a female. But for me the biggest mistake.. between books of the same series that he all narated himself he changes his prononciation of character names and places. For me this shows extreme lazyness in the part of mr. Norman to not even go back to his previous work to keep a semblance of consistency. Its even more important in a fantasy novel because a lot of words are invented. He should have checked with the author if posible. Even if it wasn't he could at least keep the same pronunciation throughout the whole series.
"Yes, Audible, Ax the Ax."
Sorry, but I'm afraid I simply must agree with several others on this point. The Dragonlance novels are great books and I think they're being done a very poor disservice, albeit possibly unintentional. Audible, you simply MUST find a new narrator for these books. Ax Norman MUST GO! Sorry Ax, I'm sure he's a great guy, he's absolutely ruining the Audible experience for these books. If you read this review, buy the books on Kindle and read them until you see a different narrator listed for any of the Krynn novels. Anyone but Ax that is; remember ax the Ax!
"preparation, pronunciation and consistency"
I have no complaints about the book or series in general. They're well written for the intended audience and I still love to visit the world of Krynn as an adult.
Any dragonlance series.
This series is one of my favorites, however the performance was horrible. within the first five minutes the narrator changed the pronunciation of the antagonist (Raislin Majere) at least three times; finally getting it close to correct. The pronunciation of a recurring character, Elistan, was likewise mangled at least three times within the first five minutes and the pronunciation of one of the protagonists (Tasslehoff Burrfoot) was almost consistently mangled. His nickname "Tas" was normally pronounced as "Tahss" or Tahz", yet when his nickname was followed shortly by his full name it was pronounced correctly as "Tass" (as in 'ass' beginning with a T).
Pronunciation of names aside, there were very annoying mispronunciations of common words that made me think back to grade school reading exercises. For example, "adept" was pronounced as "add-dept" and indigent was misread as indignant (a common mistake, but one a professional should not make).Further, the attempt at providing an emotive reading during scenes of high tension was a complete failure. These were typically during scenes in which someone should be shouting and wound up being what can only be described as a "whispered shout."
Finally, the narrator's prosody leaves much to be desired. All these combined to quickly and often bring the listener back to reality when one should be engrossed to the point that they feel as a silent companion to the characters.
To the narrator: your voice is fine, but it appears as though you didn't spend any time in preparation. When an author is still alive, reach out to them for the authoritative pronunciation of complex or strange character / location names. if they aren't alive, reach out to others in your profession, professors or linguists. Work on your rhythm, stress and intonation. Read the book with a critical eye as well and note locations of commonly mispronounced or misread words before voicing. Practice pronunciation of difficult proper nouns. I hope this review doesn't discourage you, I can hear (especially as the story progresses) that you have a lot of potential and often I found myself engrossed in the story. Good luck to you.
To listeners: the intended audience of the series (pre-teen - mid-teen) would probably not notice any of the points I brought up and would likely enjoy the series. If you are looking to relive the wonder of Krynn you found in the '80's, I would recommend you chose the paperback or kindle edition.
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