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Elminster: The Making of a Mage Audiobook

Elminster: The Making of a Mage: Forgotten Realms: Elminster, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In ancient days, sorcerers sought to learn the One True Spell that would give them power over all the world and understanding of all magic....

The One True Spell was a woman, and her name was Mystra - and her kisses were wonderful.

It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. In these ancient days, Elminster is but a shepherd boy, dreaming of adventure and heroics. When a dragon-riding magelord sweeps down upon him, though, the boy is thrust into a world of harsh realities, corrupt rulers, and evil sorcerers.

With patience and grit, Elminster sets about to change all that. The result of his labors is a world reborn and a mage made.

©2010 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michael Crosby
    11/09/15
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    "Dislike"

    Not sure if it was the writing or the person reading it, but who talks like that?! The speech was all wooden and slow, like it was written by a 6 year old. I found that the speaking between characters ruined the whole story for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shawn Johnson
    12/07/14
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    "the narrator sucked and the sound wasn't better"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did a poor job with voices and names, and was hard to understand at times.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality was terrible!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cesar
    3/12/13
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    "Absolutely Horrible Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audiobook because I really like the paper version. However, the narrator makes it very difficult to listen to the story. I could not get through the first chapter before giving up. The narrator speaks mostly in a bored voice while reading the story. It is also very obvious that he is only reading the book, not trying to perform. From the way he reads, I have to assume he tried reading the book version and just found it too boring. Because that is what he brings to his performance.The main problem with this audiobook is that the overall quality of the audio performance is very bad. Even for a relatively unknown book the quality put into this audiobook is way below acceptable. Please save yourself the trouble and avoid this audiobook.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Zeke
    10/08/16
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    "Good book, terrible performance"

    I loved this book as a child and it was just as fun reading it again years later. That said, the narrator was awful. It felt like it was being read by Ben Stein, dry and bland. There was no feeling in the performance, his reading cadence was cumbersome and he barely varied his tone to indicate different characters. It felt like someone ponderously reading a book to me instead of someone performing a story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wesley McLendon
    Pascagoula, MS USA
    20/11/15
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    "Love El, Classic to me."

    Story of El is always great.

    Narrator needed to break up the different scenes better. Flows together and unless you can anticipate or pay close attention, you may miss where the break is. Though good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    New Orleans, LA
    23/02/13
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    "Stands apart in the Forgotten Realms. Tremendous!"

    If you've read my reviews, you know I love some of the Forgotten Realms audiobooks, such as the Dragonlance and Drizzt series. I was holding onnto hope that the Elminster series would be part of what Amazon would bring to the table for Audible's listeners. Finally, they have done so, and it's well worth the wait.

    I read the Elminster novels many years ago, when they first hit the shelves. Ed Greenwood is a prolific writer with an excellent style, and I absorbed each of his Elminster novels, soaking in the superb storytelling strengths this author brings to the table.

    Every aspect of this novel and the subsequent novels in the first and additional series are exceptional listening. Wonderful broad plot strokes, deep story lines and character development.

    Once again, no spoilers at all. It would only ruin the listening journey.

    If you like high magic fantasy, this makes for an exciting listen. And as to the rest of the series, Greenwood does't disappoint. I love this series so much, i bought them all.

    You owe it to yourself to listen to this, the very first in the series.

    I'm betting you'll want the rest, as I did.

    Enjoy!

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • john c haanraadts 2
    22/03/17
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    "👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 really enjoyed this."

    It was a fun ride listening to this book. Looking forward to more adventures of Elminster. Narrator did a fine job. I recommend this to all who love fantasy. Hi John and Sarah.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Kincaid
    Bradley, WV, US
    8/02/17
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    "Love Elminster and Ed Greenwood"

    I liked this book as a kid and have enjoyed it again an audio book as an adult

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Willem_Swanepoel
    25/01/17
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    "Good start to the Legend"

    - slight spoilers, maybe - Book is very entertaining, though as he is studying I sometimes feel disjointed as we jump a year or so ahead. Overall pretty good though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B McCue II
    27/04/17
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    "Inadequate development; annoying usage of "ye""
    What would have made Elminster: The Making of a Mage better?

    The use of "ye" and other language to give the story a medieval feel is irritating to say the least. Eliminating these poorly executed attempts to give the story a feeling of a medieval setting would help. Perhaps hearing this language is more irritating than it would have been to read the same text. More problematic and difficult to correct is the lack of adequate development of background to support Elminster's choices to engage in immoral acts such as joining a band of outlaw knights, and then engaging in thievery, violence, and murder.


    What could Ed Greenwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is difficult to think of Elminster as a hero, when his acts early in his life are not morally justifiable by the storyline prior to his engaging in murder and thievery. The degree to which all of the mage lords are corrupt does not become fully apparent until after Elminster has killed quite a few of their guards / swordsmen, and the justification for robing the wealthy merchants never seems fully justified.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author is providing characters and storylines for the Forgotten Realms, which enhances the ability of others to build rich Dungeons & Dragons adventures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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