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The Spine of the World: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 2

Written by: R. A. Salvatore
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Join the world's most famous drow elf in the penultimate chapter of the Legend of Drizzt series! Spending time in the unimaginable torture chambers of the Abyss for even a day would be enough to break even the heartiest soul, and the barbarian Wulfgar was there for years. When he returns, his friends find him a changed man, and not changed for the better. But Wulfgar's road to redemption is one he must travel on his own, even if it leads to the bottle.

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Worst by far of all the Drizzt books

Terrible side story which weakened the overall allure of these books. Salvatore is aloud a miss...

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Great job from Victor Bevine, story wasn't good.

Solid and well done performance as usual from Victor Bevine. However this side story was not near as interesting as the other novels in the "Legend of Drizzt" series. So far the worst one I've listened to. Mostly due to the fact I found it boring in comparison to the other books preceding this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-08-19

Not Salvatore's best work

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

This book is for Wulfgar fans, that are interested in seeing the character spiral down into a drunken fool by making poor decision after poor decision. I'm about half way through the book and still no Drizzt, Bruenor, Regis, or Catti-brie.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Sea of Swords and I'll be praying that it's good enough for me to keep going in the Drizzt world.

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

Disappointment. I usually love the Drizzt books finishing them in a day or two tops. I've been trying to get through this for over a month and I'm still only half way through.

Any additional comments?

If I could do it again. I'd just find a plot summary of the book and skip this one. It was a waste of a credit.

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  • Vickie
  • 2018-09-16

Worst book in all Drizzt-related series

This is the first time in my years of listening to audio books that I skipped entire chapters. I'm not a fan of Wulfgar and don't feel he brings much to the storyline, so an entire book about him was too much for me. I also think the writing in this book was beneath what I've Co e to expect from other Salvatore books. I managed to struggle through to the end in the hope that the rest of the crew would have larger parts (I don't want to miss any key plot points for later books), but I feel as though I wasted my time.

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  • Rick B
  • 2018-04-09

rinse and repeat

Would you try another book from R. A. Salvatore and/or Victor Bevine?

yes - there have been many good books prior to this flop

Would you ever listen to anything by R. A. Salvatore again?

Yes

What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

excellent attempt to not let the repetition affect the listener

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

no

Any additional comments?

Salvatore really mailed it in on this one. He has one plot line that is repeated over and over again. This is just a filler book. I am willing to bet that this book could be skipped in its entirety from the Drizzt saga.

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  • Gr
  • 2014-12-26

Tough Read

Not the typical story of Drizzt. This story concentrates on Wulfgar's struggles to come to terms with his past and his demons. Watching Wulfgar’s decent into depravity, was not enjoyable. I tried but did not enjoy the story of the peasant girl and it was very hard to push through this novel. Victor Bevine is a very good narrator and he made the story tolerable. I hope that the next book picks up.

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  • Ian Brock
  • 2015-11-05

boring!

this book was mostly about Wolfgar and some random kids. I was not impressed. seems like the author had no ideas for a plot and wrote a bunch of crap to make money. Skip this book.

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  • Michelle J.
  • 2018-05-09

Dont Bother

Not a Drizzt story at all, a total mislead putting this book in the Legend of Drizzt line up! Stars Wolfgar and some random people never seen or heard of before in other Drizzt stories. Total after school special/soap opera type story. Waste of time and money storywise. To be fair though, the narrator did a fine job as in the other Drizzt books by Salvatore

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  • kyle pointer
  • 2017-10-30

Worst book of the series. (read on)

I did not like the book because I find wolfgar boring, non of the others like drizzt are I'm it and they tell a story of 2 random peasants that has so much melodrama in it I had to stop listening here or there. But if you like wolfgar and drama then this is for you.

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  • Brice
  • 2017-07-18

Salvatore's Worst Book (Some Spoilers)

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

I am assuming that Salvatore had big plans for the Wulfgar, Delly, and baby story arc at some point, and that is why he spent so much time developing these characters. Unfortunately, this slog of a book is completely worthless, because he abandons every character he forced us to learn intricate details about within a few books. Delly dies, wulfgar gives the baby back to Miralda (at which point the fiefdom is never heard from again), and then Wulfgar disappears from the series until his resurrection in the Companions. I hated this book when I read it when it was released, and I still do not enjoy it now. This book makes no sense in the series, but is the exception to the rule. the rest of Salvatore's books are fantastic, and the series gets back on track again quickly with the Sword Coast.

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  • Tgh
  • 2015-08-06

eh

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The first half keeps switching between Wulfgar and then to people that just seems to be from a romance novel or soap opera. Eventually you do figure out why these people were in the story, however it could have simply done with a few paragraphs of backstory after their paths cross with Wulfgar and didnt need all the boring crap.

Has The Spine of the World: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Was The Spine of the World: Legend of Drizzt: Paths of Darkness, Book 2 worth the listening time?

No

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  • Chris Fowlie
  • 2015-11-18

Enjoyed the story.

Struggled with momentum as I usually do with these Drizzt books. Speaking of which, where was the Drizzt? Wulfgar's troubles are interesting, but I'm ready for the gang to get back together and wreck some monsters.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful