Book Review: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories (Audio Book)

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Title: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

Author: R.A. Salvatore

Genre: Audio Book, Fantasy, Anthology, Adventure

Rating: 5 Stars

Narrators: Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chicklis, & David Duchovny

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Description/Synopsis:

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

For years, the Legend of Drizzt has included short stories published in Forgotten Realms anthologies and Dragon magazine. Available here for the first time in audio are all the classic stories by the New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore!

From the startling origin of Drizzt’s panther companion, to the tale of Jarlaxle and Entreri’s first encounter with the dragon sisters, the tales in The Collected Stories enrich this vividly-imagined series by building the world around Drizzt through exploring the backstories of side characters and magical locations.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I’ve never been a fan of Dungeons and Dragons books. In fact, before now, I’d never read anything by R.A. Salvatore either. Sure, I’ve played D&D, but playing and reading about it are vastly different things. However, when I heard that Audible was giving away The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore for free for a short period of time, I leapt at the chance to download it. I’ll admit, it was mostly because of the star-studded cast of narrators the book boasted; I make no qualms about being a huge Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and Sean Astin fan girl.

Oddly enough, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I actually really enjoyed this anthology of short stories revolving around D&D and one of it’s most beloved characters—a dark elf named Drizzt. The stories were short, but well-written. They were full of humor, wit, and colorful characters with ridiculous names that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. The narration was superb and well-voiced by an array of actors…. honestly, I was a bit blown away by how much I enjoyed the anthology. I never thought I’d see the day where I physically wanted to hug a little goblin… but that day has certainly come. So adorable, I tell you!

There are so many great stories in this set that it’s hard to pinpoint any single one as my favorite (although the first story was probably my honest-to-goodness favorite), but I would recommend that anyone who loves Dungeons & Dragons or fantasy give this audio book a try. You won’t regret it.

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One thought on “Book Review: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories (Audio Book)

  1. Oh you should read The Dark Elf Trilogy and The Icewind Dale Trilogy, the tales of Drizzt and his friends (and enemies) from the very beginning, they are quite magical. They are not like game books either, but like normal fantasy novels which made R.A. Salvatore famous. We all fell in love with Drizzt after reading these. You will definitely not regret it (especially if you liked the stories!)

    I also downloaded the audiobooks from the D&D big anniversary deal, but haven’t had a chance to go through them yet. I’m glad you enjoyed those, Forgotten Realms is such an awesome universe.

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