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Assassin Artemis Entreri whisks his kidnapped victim, Regis the halfling, south to Calimport and into Pasha Pook's vengeful hands. If Pook can control the magical panther Guenhwyvar, Regis will die in a real game of cat and mouse.

Using an enchanted mask, dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden hides his heritage and races with the barbarian Wulfgar to save their light-fingered friend. An unexpected ally arrives just as Entreri springs a trap. But can Regis survive unscathed?

The companions from Icewind Dale battle pirates on the famed Sword Coast, brave the deserts of Calimshan, and fight monsters from other planes to rescue their friend…and themselves.

©1990 TSR, Inc., c. 2005 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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fantastic book

R.A. Salvatore has produced yet another gripping tale of adventure and suspense as the adventurers set off to save there little friend. I thourghly enjoyed it and the narration is class can't wait for the next one

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great story with my type of syfi. Well read, faultless
hope this will continue and expand the story line.

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So how many not-actually-dead characters now?

The first two books of this trilogy were unsubtly hinting that the plot of this one would happen.
It isn't like there was any sort of over-arcing plot to the three books that would normally be implied by the term "trilogy". This book is more like tying up a loose end that was deliberately left loose to be tied up here... and giving a bit more screen-time to Drizzt's evil-opposite nemesis for no better reason than just to give Drizzt more things to angst over than just the colour of his skin.

It is a generic chase-plot. More disposable characters come and go. RAS once again writes a ridiculously boring sequence of events so immediately explained that predictability doesn't even have to factor into it. I'm not even entirely sure what happened at the end because it was just so asinine by that point that I couldn't bring myself to care. A wedding or a big gay orgy or something. I don't know. If as much time was given to finishing up the plot adequately as to writing out crappy combat scenes, maybe this wouldn't be such a disaster.


At some level I do wonder if R.A.Salvatore ever learnt "show, don't tell" ... but I'm just not willing to give these awful books any more chances. I'm not willing to wade through any more terrible stories badly narrated in the hopes that they might get better. There are actual, genuinely good fantasy books out there I could be listening to instead of this atrocious tripe.

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  • Samuel B Kofoed
  • 06-09-20

Victor Bevine should be fired

I absolutely love all of Salvatore's novels, particularly his Drizzt books, but please get rid of Victor Bevine. This guy is totally clueless when it comes to pronouncing the English language and his sultry voice cannot imitate anything remotely evil or tough sounding. To the editor for failing to catch all the incorrect pronunciations, look up "macabre", and OMG, every time I hear Bevine say "short lived" I literally scream out "it's LIVED you moron" , you should be fired for not doing your job... both of you took a great book and made it stupid because of your combined ignorance

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  • The Kraken
  • 23-07-20

excellent

Awesome book, but if the narrator does not learn the difference between alive, live and lived im going to lose my mind.

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  • Jose J. Juarez
  • 20-02-18

Adventure to the max.

This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Great storytelling. Must read/listen.

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  • Jonathan D. Rees
  • 06-05-20

performance one word grates

lived is not a hard word to read in English and unless i pronounce it wrong myself it hurts to hear him read it so... but i love the books love the voices of the characters the the feel. that word alone is my only gripe for what is other wise a perfect book.

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  • Graydon Koger
  • 29-05-21

Magnificent end to the Trilogy

Frankly, after starting with the Dark Elf Trilogy, I was having a hard time enjoying the first two books in this trilogy. While they had heir moments, I found myself getting bored and feeling they were rushed. However, this entry was amazing. Really hooked me from the start. My only real complaint is the mispronunciations of a few common words, which were more of an annoyance than anything.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-14

Icewind Dale Trilogy a winner

I enjoyed the Icewind Dale Trilogy, a story of the earliest days of Drizzt's existence above ground. I enjoyed watching the Companions develop their relationships. The story is fast paced, plenty of action. Victor Bevine did a good job of narrating.

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  • Charles
  • 18-08-17

Great ending to the trilogy! One narrator gripe :/

What did you love best about The Halfling's Gem?

The characters really make the story. The core characters and their interpersonal relationships, while questing in the Forgotten Realms, are just about classic fantasy now. Who doesn't like Drizzt?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Halfling's Gem?

When the story was taken to one of the lesser planes. The description of another plane of existence was spot-on...very good.

Any additional comments?

The third installment of The Icewind Dale Trilogy was a fun listen, although standard fantasy storytelling - no Game of Thrones type political backstabbing or shady plots...it's great D&D. I rate both the story and the narrator together, so I had to bring it down a notch. The narrator has an aggravating way of whispering during most of the book. His voices and cadence were fine, I just wish he would speak in a normal tone.

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  • Keith
  • 14-04-22

Pretty ok

Not his best, but decent. The story lacked that intensity and excitement I have grown accustomed to from Salvatore.

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  • Greg
  • 13-04-22

Great story read amazingly well.

The narrator that did this was great. He held a great natural paced flow that definitely filled the immersive feeling. Really the only way it could have been better is if he like added background sound effects. Which would make it a 7 / 5 ⭐️ rating then. Even without a solid 5 ⭐️ job.

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  • Jason
  • 01-04-22

Amazing

As I'm coming to expect, another wonderful addition to the world this story created. Very worth the read.