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Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for three hundred years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

He turned to the first page and read: “I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known....” He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?

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Standard Vampire Protagonist with a deeper plot.

The novel was enjoyable to listen to for the most part. Perhaps the novel reads better in paper format yet the introduction of another protagonist (does that make sense) not necessarily confused the plot, but seemed to draw away from what I really wanted to hear. What I really wanted to hear was Strahd go on a vampiric rampage, in a quest to find his loved one, and more emphasis on heroes trying to kill Strahd, and while this was touched on in parts, which was good, the story didn't overly impress me. Yet I would recommend this if you can spare the time and are inclined to enjoy a true Ravenloft novel.

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  • Stevan
  • 05-07-17

loved it so much

I loved the whole story. was interested in ravenloft mitology for a long time. I especially enjoyed the characterisation of both major characters.

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  • David Kelemen
  • 15-04-17

A great continuation to the first book.

What started off as a robotic narration quickly turned into goosebump inducing creepy narration, and aside from the rather abrupt ending this book is a worthy continuation of the first one. Gothic horror with a legendary dark villain as the main character. Can not recommend enough.

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  • George
  • 04-10-18

I very much enjoyed this

This is a great ator with an Outstanding narration. I'm sure everyone go is a vampire fan or D&D fan will love it.

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  • Sam
  • 01-08-18

More great insight into Strahd.

Great to follow some of what his life is like after he becomes a vampire in I, Strahd.

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  • C. A. Rawson
  • 22-03-17

Enjoyed. Hoping for more.

Would you listen to I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin again? Why?

Maybe, if I couldn't remember something, that I forgot.

Any additional comments?

Hoping for the third in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-17

Couldn't give a higher recommendation

Loved the story. Loved the narration. The only audio fantasy book I've enjoyed more is the first one in this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-16

classic

I miss Ravenloft, Azalin,Lord Soth,Harkonlucas..Azrael.all my bad boys from childhood late nights flashlight under blankets.

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  • marshall
  • 04-04-16

In Darkness, Nightmares Wait ...

Darkly mesmerizing ... We need more of your work in Ravenloft, P.N. Elrod, the Hated Mother awaits

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  • Christopher Lemke
  • 26-03-15

Fun story

Being a fan of the old D&DISM stories this is an enjoyable book, worth the time and all around fun.

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  • Jason
  • 20-02-14

Great Fantasy for Gamers (And Non-Gamers)

Where does I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was surprisingly well-written,and the performance was fantastic. Overall, it is among one of the better 'books-on-tape' I have listened to. It is on par with the "I, Strahd" book before it, with a little more agency.

What did you like best about this story?

Given that the character of Strahd has a more palpable antagonist in Azalin, I would say that their relationship (one of protagonist and antagonist) is well represented, and adds enjoyment to the audio book as a whole.

Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

While Strahd stands out, I would say Mr. Boehmer's performance as Azalin stands out as a rather devious villain. Despite Strahd's own failings, the lich is even more of a "heel" thanks to the reader's performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As an avid gamer of both tabletop and video RPG's, I have to say that this 'book' gave much inspiration in my own works of fiction. Both Strahd and Azalin represent two powerful, albeit different, undead foils to each other.

Any additional comments?

I wish there was third in the series, as I am hesitant to commit to other Ravenloft fiction not written by the author.