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Publisher's Summary

Keep on the Borderlands was one of the very first D&D adventures, so seasoned gamers remember this product from their early days, and newer gamers will recognize it from the 25th anniversary rerelease. Greyhawk novels are based on the classic D&D modules from this world and provide listeners with the same kind of feeling that they get playing classic D&D modules.

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  • Graymouser65
  • 13-09-2014

The module is better than the book

What did you like best about Keep on the Borderlands? What did you like least?

I really wanted to like this book, but it was okay at best. The performance was fine, the story just takes entirely too long to get going. Those of you who are D&D players likely like me have fond memories of this module. Remember how the background and information about the environment around the keep was there but relatively short, and the information about the caves was extensive? This book is the opposite. I did not hate the book, it was an okay read, but I was disappointed and it is by far the weakest book of the six in this series.

Has Keep on the Borderlands turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

Character voices.

Was Keep on the Borderlands worth the listening time?

Yes, but just barely. I finished it and didn't quit listening, if that means anything.

Any additional comments?

Read the other books in this series, there are some real gems in there.

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  • Jfnelson
  • 03-01-2018

Just what it needed to be.

Many have panned this book's pacing, but I disagree. The long build up to the climax helps to flesh out the key characters, and give the world an lived in feel. More than any other Forgotten Realms, or Pathfinder Tales novel this really does feel like a D&D campaign. I feel it should be required reading as an example of how to plan for an adventure.

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  • Bryan Warren
  • 03-08-2016

boring story, very little action

of the greyhawks series, this one has been the worst. Very slow story and not enough character development

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  • Joe K
  • 27-06-2016

good

slow for first 3 quarters but got exciting at end with cave battes. narrator was good

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  • John R. Munn
  • 13-10-2021

Huh?

Why are the adventurers Scottish or British? And the writer got hung up on focusing on some kid that isn't even relevant. Terrible writing.

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  • Dave Adams
  • 07-10-2021

As Was Previously Reported

If you are an old school gamer, good for a read. Otherwise, not so much. The characters are two-dimensional, campy, and annoying. The dungeon-crawl aspect, a majority of the book, becomes repetitive and burdensome. The narrator does a good job in all aspects, though, and that redeems the audiobook a bit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-2021

Good Stuff

The story was just as I remembered going through Keep on the Borderlands back in the day playing D&D. The story took us through those caves again... the kobolds, the goblins with the ogre, most of it was there in the story. It was a nice reminder of how the old game was.

The characters could have been flushed out a bit more, but that's they way the were back then.

I enjoyed the story.

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  • Arcane Scroll
  • 16-09-2021

It was pretty good

The only complaint is that the narrator just announced the chapter numbers rather than prefixing it with "chapter". It's not a big deal, but it was a little jarring each time. other than that it was really good.

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  • Midwest Andy
  • 09-08-2021

Meh… zero plot

The narrator does an excellent job, but the story is just one random encounter after another. To be fair though, the Caves of Chaos adventure, Keep on the Borderlands, is just a string of random encounters with almost no plot. Worst in the Greyhawk series.

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  • Evan H. Klein
  • 10-06-2021

Old school fun.

Loved this and you will too. Old school hack and slash adventure. Kept me engaged from start to finish.

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  • J. Bert
  • 18-09-2013

Very dull story

I've listened to all the Greyhawk adventures so far. I enjoyed the stories with the Justicar: they had some good jokes, exciting situations and memorable characters.

This story doesn't. It's basically an account of a group of adventurers that arrive at a keep and plan an excursion against bandits. All the characters are annoying and non-memorable. The scenery doesn't evoke a sense of wonder. Nothing much to recommend.

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  • Mr. S. P. Stockdale
  • 09-03-2021

Good Story, Dodgy Accents

I don't know where the narrator picked up his British English and Scottish (I was waiting for an "och aye tha noo"), but as a native speaker of both, they were, frankly, awful. Couldn't he just have used dialects/accents of American English? The story itself is a classic D&D romp, so if you can get past the narrator's dodgy accents, the story is quite enjoyable.

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  • Mr A M Smedley
  • 20-02-2021

Classic adventure

Really enjoyed this story. Story reads like a classic adventure from tavern to temple. Good narration once again.

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  • A. Byrne
  • 07-12-2018

Nice Listen

not the same without justicar and co but still a pleasant listen, not a serious story but good for passive listeners

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