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Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 20 hrs
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Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

No one expected them to be heroes.

Least of all, them.

©1984 TSR, Inc., Cover Copyright 2000 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Good start, but falls short later

In the first half of the book the narration was decent, but in the second half, it sounds almost like the narrator was no longer happy to do the reading. Nonetheless it is good to see a recording of a popular classic.

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Poor Narration But Great Story

The narrator sounds like a robot and is impossible to listen to on normal speed. Strange emphasis on unnecessary words. The book however is a great read and I would love to get the next in the saga but am reluctant to listen to the same narrator.

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A Beloved Story That Endures Rather Well

I've been a fan of the Dragonlance novels for years, though less so in my adulthood than I was as a teenager. The world of Krynn is expansive, intriguing, and well-developed by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and this is where it all began. It's well worth a purchase! Mr. Boehmer does excellent work as a narrator, adopting unique and interesting voices for the characters. My only small criticism of his work here is his pronunciation of certain names and words, in particular 'draconian', which he pronounces as 'DRAY-conian'. I would normally ignore that, but given how often the word appears, it never stops being a little bit jarring. That small nitpick aside, I would recommend this reading to any fan of the books, or to anyone looking to explore a new and spellbinding world.

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Still good 30 years later

I first read Dragons of Autumn Twilight when I was twelve years old and instantly fell in love with the series. I read most of the Dragonlance books in the 1980s to mid 1990s catalogue until I felt I had outgrown the genre. Years later I picked up reading fantasy again, now populated with edgy anti-heroes and "gritty realism", and though I like some of new books I found myself increasingly drawn back to the fantasies I was first introduced to. So out of curiosity I checked Audible and was happy to see it was available and have decided to write a review for the #Audible1 contest.

Fantasy writing has improved greatly since the 1980s. There are many things one could criticize about this book. The writing is not the highest quality - it was based on D&D sessions and at times it shows (especially if you played D&D and recognize the conventions shining through) and it was their first novel. It is derivative of Tolkien, the premise is not overly strong, and some of the characters are either flat or downright stereotypical, and the female characters can be cringe worthy at times especially by this decade's standards. Nonetheless, despite all the myriad flaws I love the story. Undoubtedly some of that is nostalgia but I think it more than just that. One can tell that Weis & Hickman have a love for the fantasy genre, for the story, for the world they helped build, for the characters and the places that they describe. It is hard not to be drawn in by that passion.

And there is one thing I respect about this story - its unapologetic religious themes. They aren't afraid to show characters of faith or motivated by their faith or describing their faith. They aren't afraid to show characters that use religions as a means to power or as a crutch either. Some of the characters ask the difficult questions to people of faith and of the gods themselves. Is it a deep examination of spiritual issues? No, but it is an integral part of the story and the lives of the characters that many authors and/or publishers, I suspect sometimes just because they are afraid of alienating their audience, edit out.

The narration is good. Others have pointed out, and I agree, that sometimes he can pause for too long or pause in the wrong places. His high pitched Tasselhoff could pierce my brain sometimes and I found his delivery of Tika at the beginning of Book 2 distracting. Without spoiling anything she is very upset, understandably so, but the off putting delivery distracted from the emotional impact the scene should have had. Overall though I thought the narrator was good.

I'm glad I purchased this book and revisited the story after all these years. It still has the power to draw me in and I would recommend it to any Dragonlance fan and any fantasy fan.

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Paul Boehmer is by far the worst narrator.

Paul Boehmer is by far the worst narrator any story has ever had the misfortune of being told by. He seems to feel the need to add pauses in places where no commas or periods are in the text. His accents for the characters make no sense. This man is continually changing his pronunciation of names and places. It is an amazing book and deserves a better reader. If i was Margaret Weis, I would be sorely disappointed to have Paul Boehmer ruining my work with his half assed attempt at narration.

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Give the narrator a chance, he is a master!

When I started this book I found Paul Boehmer excruciatingly bad. Odd speech pattern, pauses in odd places, emphasis on random words in the sentence. He also seemed to have the wrong idea about some of the characters' personalities. Halfway through this book I was dreaming about the next trilogy with a different narrator. Somewhere towards the end of book 2 Dragons of Winter Night, I realized that Boehmer wasn't so bad. He had the characters figured out, did a great job with voices and dialog giving characters different styles and accents. By the end of book 3 I became outraged to think that anyone else would be allowed to narrate these characters, because Boehmer IS this story. I sadly just refunded book 1 of the following Legends trilogy because the next narrator is really bad, but I would pay double if they could redo it with Boehmer.

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I loved as much as reading over the years<br />

I have owed the books for many years and readed them often but the audible version was like being there fighting with the companions.

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Awful Narration

Enjoyed reading the book but the narrator made the story almost unbearable for me. Won't be downloading more by this narrator.

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RoboMan

I love these books, great story. The narrator is terrible though, I won’t listen to the rest of the series solely because of him. Sounds like a robot, emphasizes random words. Honestly have no idea how he got the job.

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What a great book to listen to on long drives.

I loved reading this as a teenager and listening to it brings back all my imagining from when I was younger.
The story telling is amazing and the voices used for the characters in the book are fantastic.
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  • Eleanor H.
  • 2015-04-01

COULDN'T FINISH LISTENING

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Love this book - but will not recommend ANYONE to listen to the audiobook version. I'm so very disappointed and upset that I wasted a credit on it. :(

How could the performance have been better?

I've read this book several years ago and LOVE the series, but I was absolutely disappointed with the audiobook by this reader. I had to stop listening. It was so very poorly read that I couldn't listen to the book itself. When others say "Shatneresque" quality - they truly weren't kidding. Why would anyone hire this person to read an audio book for them? I've never stopped listening before, but I just couldn't continue. It was so distracting. I only gave one star for performance because it wouldn't let me leave it with "0" stars.

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  • Kitty
  • 2013-09-09

Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

I would have loved to have heard this narrated by Micheal Kramer or Dick Hill or really, almost anyone else. I'm really having a hard time understanding why anyone would go to the trouble of creating a whole new recording and not put in the effort to find a competent reader. The pace is jerky, and comes off almost as an advanced automatic reader program. The dialogue is better than the narration, but this only makes the entire performance more jarring as it switches between dialogue and narration. Another reviewer used "Shattner-esque" to describe the delivery, and I thought that was absolutely spot-on.

Any additional comments?

This book is a classic favorite for a lot of people, so it is very disappointing that a competent voice actor could not have been assigned to do the reading.

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  • Christopher
  • 2015-09-05

Poor Narration

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

Paul makes the story way to choppy. His narration is very bumpy and makes listening to the story very difficult. After about a couple hours I just couldn't listen anymore.

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  • Cërona
  • 2015-07-27

Painful to listen to

The story was very good, but the narrator had a lot of weird pauses in his reading. It was like random commas were thrown into the book and he was having to adjust for them.

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  • Noel
  • 2013-05-14

Shatner-esque reading distracting

What disappointed you about Dragons of Autumn Twilight?

The narrator randomly changes tempo and inflection between words. The voices are a little better than the story, but the Shatner-esque style of this narrator burns through even during his heaviest intonations.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

Michael Kramer would have been excellent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. This narrator makes it very hard to concentrate on the story.

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  • Frank Boothby
  • 2015-05-09

Classic book; terrible narration

Would you listen to Dragons of Autumn Twilight again? Why?

No. Not until they decide to get a competent narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Classic fantasy based in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Descriptive language and colorful characters.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

He reads like a robot and emphasized every syllable in every word. He reminds me of some of the folks on NPR..not in a good way.

Any additional comments?

Do not waste your money on this audiobook until they get a proper narrator. Buy a physical copy and read it in your own voice, you will be much happier.

51 of 56 people found this review helpful

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  • Jimmy L.
  • 2015-06-16

Great book. Poor performance.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book was great. The BOOK. It was great when I first read it back in the 80s. This audio performance, not so much. The narrator's attempt to add more drama is a failure. The pauses and stops make the story choppy. If it were a boat ride, I'd be sea-sick. He mispronounces half the names in the books.

What did you like best about this story?

The book, itself, is fantastic. You get a variety of characters and personalities and the scope is epic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

Anyone that can read and speak English as their native language.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dragons of Autumn Twilight?

None.

Any additional comments?

As previously stated, the books are fantastic but I wouldn't be able to recommend this audiiobook unless it was re-recorded with a new narrator.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Bowen
  • 2013-05-15

Bland Performance Ruins Great Story

Why is Paul Boehmer getting work narrating fantasy? I suffered through his inept performance of Brent Weeks' Way of Shadows Trilogy. I purchased the Dragonlance Chronicles out of love for the story and in hopes that Boehmer had gotten better. No such luck. Boehmer gives us a lesson in diction and pronunciation rather than a dramatic performance. His voice characterizations are weak and often don't fit the character as described in the text. Many are so similar as to confuse the listener about which character is speaking. His pacing is awkward and does not match the action or pace the story demands (i.e. scenes of relaxed conversation are performed with the same level of emotion as scenes of combat and suspense). He punches every word in a sentence as if he went to the William Shatner School for the Dramatic Arts. Arrgh! I love these books but cringe every other minute as I listen to Boehmer's precise recitation of each consonant in every word! I long for a performance of the Chronicles by Steven Pacey or Roy Dotrice, even the original reading by Peter MacNichol was better.

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  • Claudia
  • 2013-08-31

Painful

The narration made this book unlistenable!! Very monotone, it felt like the narrator was reading a children's book!! Pass on this one.

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  • Brad C.
  • 2015-02-11

Narration almost ruins the experience for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The Dragonlance Chronicles were my gateway to becoming a diehard fan of fantasy novels. I first read them as a kid and if it were not for the amazing story and character development in this series, I might not be the fan of fantasy/sci-fi that I am today.

An absolute amazing adventure ride that every fantasy fan should experience.

Now if only the narration in the audiobook wasn't so atrocious at times. :(

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragons of Autumn Twilight?

Oh no you didn't!

No spoilers here!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto......Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto.Not really! Unfortunately Mr. Roboto ruins this audiobook for me. :(

While the dialogue isn't so bad, the narration sounds like a robotic, automated mess at times.If only they could have instead gotten Marc Thompson from the Star Wars

Audiobooks to do these. He is a rock star among narrators! If you haven't heard him yet, you're missing out!

Was Dragons of Autumn Twilight worth the listening time?

Yes, because it is Dragonlance, it is worth the listening time, but it's tolerable rather than being a pleasure to listen to.

Any additional comments?

As I said, would have loved it if this audiobook was narrated by Marc Thompson (or anyone else for that matter). Paul Boehmer is just too robotic at times and it unfortunately detracts from an otherwise epic adventure.

The book itself is a masterpiece IMHO, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.

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