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  • Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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The Crystal Shard

Written by: R. A. Salvatore
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
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Drizzt Do'Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt's help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

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Start Drizzt's collection here

This would be book 1 in the best Drizzt's trilogy:
The story is not only refreshing, fun and satisfying but the characters themselves are very well developed in this trilogy. People argue that works after this trilogy change Drizzt somewhat and I agree, however, even with that in mind, if you want to continue with the series, you can learn more about Drizzt in books 1-3 after listening to this trilogy... or continue with the story in book 7...
With an audiobook, the reader makes or breaks the book, and Victor Bevine is the best reader I've listened to in Salvatore's works. I wish he could read all of them...
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SALVATORE does it again!

R.A. Salvatore just keeps the hits coming.
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the Characters are real and thought provoking. The settings are what you would expect from Faerun, and the world of the Forgotten Realms.

Welcome to Icewind Dale, a place harsh, and unforgiving.
This book introduces us to new characters to care for and hear of the struggles of Dwarfs, Barbarians, Elves and Humans as they come together to repel a raging horde of baddies stirred up by a Magic-user.

I recommend the whole series to fans of the Forgotten Realms

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One of my favourite fantasy novels!

I remember this novel fondly from my childhood, as both the first RA Salvatore work I read, and one of the earliest Forgotten Realms novels. It's a true classic. The performance is mediocre, however. Victor Bevine has a great narration voice, but some of the characters just sound cartoonish. In particular, I really did not like the voices of the villains - they all just sounded bafoonish, including Ertu, the Major Denon. Still, the reading was passable, on an amazing book, and the spiritual beginning of the Icewind Dale and Drizzt novels, if not the chronological one.

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Right arm

Always a good read. All the Drizzt books are awesome. Go read them. Needed two more words to post. Lol

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Ah nostalgia

Been listening to these books after reading them more then 20 years ago! Takes me back!
My biggest complaint though is the narrator’s pronunciation of “lived”!

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Great narrator

1 - Narrator is great for the story.
2 - The storyline is interesting
3 - Endless possibilities for side stories or series

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Ice, Demon, Barbarians, Wizards and more

Finished the entire book over 3 days. Really enjoyed the story and the narrating. I would recommend to any fantasy based reader

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must read

aside from the frustrating mispronounced words or getting character's races mixed up, this is still one of my favorite book series

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Great writing, great narration.

It is arguable where to start this series, The Dark Elf Trilogy or The Icewind Dale Trilogy? For me? I originally read book one of The Icewind Dale Trilogy - The Crystal Shard first, many years ago, and much prefer this introduction to the series.. Victor Bevine delivers a strong consistent narration, giving each character their own personality, distinguishable from each other. He carries this high standard through the series and is very enjoyable to listen to. This is a very enjoyable audiobook, well worth your time and money.

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A great Narrator for a great book.

The narrator is one of the best that I have heard so far. he really puts his effort in keeping character voices apart especially during conversation with each other as well as setting the atmosphere of the moment. for example during a moment where tension is high and things are happening cery quickly, the narrator will speak a little more quickly. All of the stars to everyone involved with this one.

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