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I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin

Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 2
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Series: Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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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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  • David Kelemen
  • 15-04-2017

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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  • Stevan
  • 05-07-2017

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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  • Shawn M Burke
  • 03-12-2019

So Good

This was just as good as the first book. I was hoping that it did not end. Strahd is such an amazing character. Paul Boehmer with the narration has the perfect voice for this series. I'm a huge fan.

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  • Jason
  • 20-02-2014

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.

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  • Linda
  • 12-02-2014

Excellent second book

A follow up to I,Strahd The memoirs of a Vampire. I dearly hope this author and narrator continue with Strahd's story.

Strahd is a vampire out of the world of Ravenloft, one of the most powerful beings of that world. having not delved deep into his story before this I can not state how well these books stick to the cannon of that world. What I can say is that the story is excellent, it keeps you intrigued and hanging on to what is happening next. Not once during this book or the previous one did I find myself wishing it would just move on, and instead just waited early to see what would happen next.

The narrator actually sounds like I imagine and undead, ancient and somewhat tired creature would sound if he was telling the long tale of his life, which these books are the written version of that story.

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  • Thomas
  • 20-09-2013

A perfect sequel to an excellent book!

What made the experience of listening to I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin the most enjoyable?

You get to follow Strahd, who seems to be this immortal, amazingly intelligent creature operate as an underdog. It's a gripping story of intrigue where he tries to work both with and against his guest Azalin.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Strahd. His intellect is truly fascinating and his thoughts are interesting and insightful during the extent of the book.

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

Lord Strahd, he's perfect for this role!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A story of Intrigue

Any additional comments?

Just buy it!

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  • Troy
  • 06-02-2014

The Creation of the Realm

Where book 1 was largely derivative setup, book 2 is much more fun! Pitting Strahd against the necromancer lich Azalin from Forgotten Realms, this book examines not only some great characterization as these two powerhouses play off each other, it also sees the formation of the Demi-Planes of Dread that comprise the Ravenloft campaign setting. For those looking for a quick read through a fantasy / horror realm, this one is definitely worth the look. I still recommend getting book 1 just to build the foundation if nothing else, but I don't know that it's entirely necessary. This one's friendly to new readers.

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  • Ryan & Frost
  • 12-08-2019

wonderful

Read the novel before and well just had to listen to it on audio. It helped me get through a day an a half of work. Wonderful book. Wish Elrod would write some more Stradh books.

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  • Rachel
  • 10-06-2019

Good, but missed potential

For any long standing fans of Strahd and Ravenloft it is a must read, the character development of Strahd is the strongest point of it all. The introduction of Azalin seems.... lacking. Much of the book was trivial bickering long drawn out between the two. The change from that is very abrupt with little explanation into Azalin's side anyway. I get that this is written 'by' Strahd, but it's still a disjointed piece between the first 2/3 and the last, which seemed rather rushed and anti-climactic. If there had been a third book after this one the explained a lot of the major disjointedness, I would be more inclined to over look it, but alas, their is not. It left me feeling rather unfulfilled. Again, a good read, but also a lot left unexplained.

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  • Alan
  • 16-11-2018

Great Ravenloft book!

Successfully builds the world of Ravenloft, and is still an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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  • Emi Hirst
  • 21-05-2019

Good story

Kept me going during work and taught me a lot about the world of Barovia and it's titular ruler. Baffled as to why one or two words were crudely censored but it did not detract too much from my enjoyment.

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  • Alexander
  • 18-07-2016

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.