• Spellfire

  • Forgotten Realms: Shandril's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ed Greenwood
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (285 ratings)

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Spellfire

By: Ed Greenwood
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

The fire that burns...

It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior.

It is the most sought-after magical power in all Faern.

And it is in the reluctant hands of Shandril of Highmoon, a young, orphaned kitchen-lass.

Now she's on the run from half of the evil sorcerers in the land, not to mention their relentless minions. But with the help of a handsome young wizard, some rough-and-tumble Knights of Myth Drannor, and a certain old mage of Shadowdale, she just might manage to stay alive.

At least until tomorrow.

An all-new expanded version of Ed Greenwood's classic tale, including a new forward by the author.

One of Ed Greenwood's most popular novels, Spellfire is being rereleased in an all-new audio edition. This version has been completely reedited and contains added material that bring new excitement to the story. This edition is classified as the first title in the brand-new Forgotten Realms series Shandril's Saga.

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Not Ed's Best Work

Would you try another book from Ed Greenwood and/or James Patrick Cronin?

Oddly, I enjoy reading/listen to Ed Greenwood's work. I usually find it mildly funny and charming in a high fantasy/young adult line of books. This one however, was just horrible from the start and stayed down the entire time.

James Patrick Cronin was abysmal. I have listened to JPC in other Realm's series (Brotherhood of the Griffon) and he wasn't bad. But, for some reason he destroys a few of the main characters here with a sloppy English accent. You'll never want to hear the word "Lady" (he pronounces it lay-day) again.

Has Spellfire turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm over 50 books deep on FR on audible. I'll keep going but not with James Patrick Cronin.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Patrick Cronin?

Honestly, anyone would have been better. He mispronounces some of the names (people and places) and some of the characters sound horrible with his choice of voice. Of course, a narrator like Victor Bevine would have been much better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spellfire?

At 17 hours long... the first 4 hours are a confusing mess. Ed is known for this but it's long winded just to be long winded. I found myself starting and stopping the first 8 hours countless times just so I could stop hearing James Patrick Cronin and Ed's trivial scenes.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed both the narrator and author before but this book was very tough to get through. Perhaps reading this novel would have been a better choice. Listen to the preview (I don't know if JPC choice for Norm and Chandrill are in there... but they're bad).

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grab the paperback!

I hate to give a great book a bad review,but having read this when I was younger I was looking forward to listening to the audio. Not worth it. the reader is not cut out for this book at all, I couldn't even finish it! pick up the paperback or re read your old copy.

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Takes a minute to get going, but worth it.

I'm going to get the worst parts out of the way. The narrator is nothing special. Often times he drones on in a complete monotone drudge, and my personal pet peeve with some narrators, he adds no emphasis, emotion, or intonation to the characters he's reading, so often times I have to mentally go back after a vocal scene, and replay it in my head with the correct emotional portrayal between the characters.

The story however is fantastic. it starts slow, but picks up at a quickening pace. By the end of the book, I was able to forgive bad narration in favor of how the actual story played out. As for the story let's not play dumb, this is a Dungeons and Dragons book. Specifically set in The Forgotten Realms. There is going to be silliness and some slapstick banter between The cast. In that regard it mimics well the banter you may see at a gaming table. But take the book and story for what it is, and you can enjoy it well.

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Great story; horrible voicing

Absolutely terrible voice acting. Nearly every female was daftly British and the bad guys were old, Chicago-like mobsters. Guards and good guys sounded mostly like stupid ogres. I've loved this story for over 20 years and this "actor" has nearly ruined the whole series for me.

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Enjoyed the book

Narrator was awesome! He does voices for every character in book. Very good story especially the last chapter was 5 stars. Have listened to a good number of Forgotten Realms books. This one was one of the better ones I have listened to. Alot of charming characters. Elminsters view of evil characters. Makes you feel bad for them. A little too much doting over Shandril and Narm. By the Knights. Is kind of annoying. And makes you wonder why? When they just met. Is why I removed a star. But overall a very good book.

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=)

One of my favs...Well done, Ed greenwood's novels are always worth your time. hail Elminster!

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Don’t waste your credits..get it on kindle

I read this book as a kid and enjoyed it. When I got the chance to listen on audible I was very excited. The narrator was very annoying with his accents. I understand creating different voices for the characters, but one main character had a horrible English type accent; since he was a main character I had to hear it constantly.

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great narration

narrator was amazing as always. story was good as well. 5 stars.

:) :)

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Had to stop listening...

I really like this book series and was excited to listen to it wile I was at work. Unfortunately I had to stop because the narrator was terrible. I have listened to other books with bad narration but this one was more than I could handle.

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iconic d&d but horrible narration

i read this often as a kid and was delighted that it was available. i'm sure the narrator is a fan and a great person but i have a hard time listening to him. he reads many voices in opposition to how they are quoted and tends to read women's voices in a very shrill affectation. l realize that this can be a subjective standard but it significantly effected the suspension of disbelief making it hard for me to concentrate on the story.

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  • geoffrey
  • 08-29-18

Narrators voice

Painful voice overs for the characters. Couldn’t listen through to the end. Please don’t use this narrator again. Ever

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  • Vanessa Hillebrandt
  • 04-04-21

Terrible Narration!

I loved this book growing up but I was quite disappointed with the badly done accents and inflections, especially when it came to female characters and Narm. Not every character has to have a different accent and when I heard a "southern" accent I lost all hope that it would get better. I never imagined Elminster sounding feeble and pretty much all the characters sounding like lifeless robots.

Unfortunately, the rest of the series is narrated by the same person so I will not be purchasing them.

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  • Typhus.
  • 05-27-22

Good story

I read this story long ago so was looking forward to listening to it but the narrator was not my favourite and I did not like his pronunciation of some words.