The Collected Stories (The Legend of Drizzt)
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The Collected Stories (The Legend of Drizzt)

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Classic short stories that expand the epic Legend of Drizzt®!

For years, the Legend of Drizzt has included short stories published in Forgotten Realms® anthologies and Dragon™ magazine. Collected here for the first time are all the classic stories—and one all new tale—by The New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore!

From the startling origin of Drizzt’s panther comp...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Seak (Bryce L.)
Wizards of the Coast outdid themselves on this one and brought in a cast that's actually hard to believe unless you start listening. It's a free download at the moment, so go at it while it's FREE.

Besides Ice-T, "[o]ther audiobook readers include Felicia Day (The Guild), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), David Duchovny (The X-Files), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Greg Grunberg (Heroes)...more
Travis
The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore

The Legend of Drizzt Anthology: The Collected Stories was released February 2011 and published by Wizards of the Coast LLC. This anthology was edited by Philip Athans. The anthology contains all the short stories that R. A. Salvatore has written that are set in the Forgotten Realms and concern the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden and companions. This anthology is set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons....more
Tammie
I listened to this in the car while on vacation. Some of the stories were quite entertaining, while others were rather boring. The writing style was a bit lacking to me, without a whole lot of character development and there were also some fight scenes that could have been very exciting, but were completely dull because of the way they were written. However I am aware these are short stories that tie into several books which I have not read, so I'm not going to be too overly critical of them. Ho...more
Billy Rodriguez
The First Notch 4/5

Dark Mirror 4/5

The Third Level 4/5 *

Guenhwyvar 4/5 *

That Curious Sword 4/5

Wickless In The Nether 4/5

The Dowery 4/5

Comrades At Odds 4/5

If They Ever Happened Upon My Lair 4/5 *

Bones and Stones 4/5

Iruladoon 4/5 *

-Oh my gosh! I absolutely loved where this story went. I was absolutely pissed at the ending of Ghost King (at what happened), and this makes it known that Salvatore didn't just throw away important (from my view) characters, due to not liking where the Realms were pushed...more
Joel Pearson
While 14-year old me loved Salvatore, 29 year old me finds it too simplistic, a bit too hamfisted and a bit boring.

The all-star cast narrating this was kinda fun - Ice-T was actually surprisingly good, and Weird Al was fun. In the end, a bit underwhelming.
Kristie
Well, this was an easy read. I had actually read most of the stories that are collected here. Drizzt is one of my favorite characters of all time, making this really easy and fun to read.
Donald Reynolds
I had read about half of these when they were originally released in various anthologies (Realms of Valor, Realms of Infamy, Realms of Magic, etc). They are some of the best stories by Salvatore! He somehow manages to build into these tiny stories the emotion and intensity of all of his novels and trilogies.

You get to see the origin or Guenhwyvar, patient Zhengyi building his army of dracoliches, Bruenor earning his axe's first notch, and Entreri's ascension as an assassin (before he's even a t...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
Fan-FREAKING-tastic! So many stories and loose ends tied up here!

We're finally caught up with Wulfgar and what he's been doing since he left the Companions in search of his daughter.

Drizzt FINALLY gets closure for Ellafain, the elf maiden who was consumed with a misguided need for vengeance against Drizzt, who Drizzt had no choice but to kill.

Lovely little tidbits of Jarlaxle and Entreri's partnership, and we get to see in full (mostly) Entreri's beginings in Calimport.

Sweet little peice about P...more
Twig
Dieses Buch hat mich unglaublich tief berührt. Die Kurzgeschichten haben mich öfters zu Tränen gerührt. Aber nicht nur weil es so traurig war es gab auch die ein oder andere Stelle die einfach witzig war.

Es hat einfach so viel Spaß gemacht diese kleinen Hintergrundsgeschichten zu lesen und mehr über die tollen Charaktere zu erfahren. Besonders die Geschichten über Artmis und Jarlaxle, das genialste Schurken Duo aller Zeiten aber auch die Geschichte über Thibbledorf Pwent haben mich besonders ber...more
AH
8/12/14 - Audible audio book free download expires 9/20/14. Grab it!
Rob Ladefoged
This is my first venture into audiobooks, thanks to the free book on Audible.com. The Drizzt stories have been an eventual interest in mine, and this actually sparked some new further intent to read some other books in the series.

This review is going to be a little non-traditional just because it's my first audiobook and because I'm not used to the format yet. I listened to this while at work, and I often found myself listening with very little retention. Since I don't have any basis for this pr...more
Jeff Miller
Nice collection of stories gathered over two decades regarding Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall.

This was free on Audible and the narration is done by an all-star cast. Quite a variety of people were involved and mostly well done. Will Wheaton who has done audiobooks before turned in a stellar performance and his Dragon was just about perfect. Wield Al was also involved and also turned in a good performance and his voicing for Thibbledorf Pwent was just right.

The stories themselves were wort...more
Diana Glewwe
Let me start this with the statement that I have never read any of R.A. Salvatore's other works but I thought this would be an interesting place to jump in and see if other books were worth picking up. I got the audio version because I love many of the actors that are lending their voices to these stories.

The first tale, of goblins and dwarves, was fun and sometimes humorous. But it lacked the background in the story to really understand the world that this took place in. Not a huge deal, but if...more
Thomas
This is an uneven collection. Much like my view of the Drizzt stories themselves, some were dry and forgettable, and some were lively, full of action and intrigue, and thoroughly enjoyable. I loved Drizzt and his companions when I first read them in high school. I could identify with them. When I read more stories in my mid-twenties, I felt that I had aged, but Drizzt had not - he was still the same. I felt like I had grown beyond Drizzt. Reading some of the stories in this collection, I recaptu...more
J.D.
I 'read' this via a free audiobook from Audible.com. I'm not a big reader of what I call Pure Fantasy, but since it was free I gave it a whirl. The fact that the book is named for a Drow Elf with a Black Panther for a companion was also a major draw for me (my alter ego being the Wampuscat and all :) ) It is based in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms series and takes place on the continent of Faerûn. It centers around the Drow Elf Drizzt Do' Urden and other tie-in characters and events...more
Alex
Sep 12, 2014 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: Felicia
The audio edition of this book is pretty awesome. While some of the stories would be debatably inspiring on the page, the narrations really brought them to life. I could imagine Samwise Gamgee reading me a story to help me forget that we're approaching the dead marshes.

It seems evident that Robert E. Howard had a strong influence on Salvatore. The two-fisted pulpy action of Howard helped inspire D&D. And now we're full circle with stories that feel very much like the culminations of chapters...more
Charles
I should start by saying that the two star rating is split, between five stars for the readers, they did an excellent job, and the selling of this as an "all-star cast" is absolutely underselling their talents.

On the other hand, there's Salvatore's writing. I don't dislike him, as a rule. I'm one of the few people who thought that Vector Prime was handled well, including Chewbacca's death. However...these stories were terrible. The first one was one of the worst I've ever read (well, heard) with...more
Aldo Ojeda
Sep 03, 2014 Aldo Ojeda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New readers to the Forgotten Realms.
Shelves: fantasy
I got The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories as a free audiobook on Audible. It gathers twelve compelling stories written by R.A. Salvatore, originally published in the Dragon magazine. It is narrated by a bunch of awesome people and is a great way to introduce new readers to the Forgotten Realms and Drizzt Do'Urden. The First Notch narrated by Felicia Day gets you just in the mood of the setting and her voice as the goblins is fun and charming. Dan Harmon’s voice as Drizzt in Dark Mirror i...more
Silas
I had previously read this collection of short stories, but since I had heard about Ice-T narrating a D&D book months ago, and thought that would be amusing, and this happened to be free (at the time of posting, it should still be free for a couple of weeks), I decided to download it and give it a listen. The stories remain as good as ever, and while there was a certain novelty to the celebrity narrators, it really didn't make a big difference... and I didn't know who half of them were, anyw...more
Dorin
I listened to the audiobook done in Audible Studios and I thought the voice acting was quite good. I was particularly impressed with the rendition of young Bruenor by Felicia Day (absolutely lovely) and the voice of David Duchovny that really helps create this amazing atmosphere in the story of Wulfgar's end.

There are some great short stories, however, after reading the Drizzt books you can see some sequences (especially related to Drizzt) that tend to repeat themselves. And I liked the fights,...more
Jeff
This is a collection of fantasy stories set in a world based on the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons setting. I got this audiobook for free from Audible in celebration of 40 years of D&D.

Each story was read by a relatively famous actor or internet celebrity. Most notably is Ice-T. His mispronunciation of "sword" was at first distracting, but became endearing. With him are the likes of Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Sean Astin, Al Yankovic, David Duchovney and others.

While they were ultimat...more
Jessica
Got this free through Audible. The voice cast is AMAZING. I hope Audible keeps doing special versions like this with all-star casts.

This collection is based in the Forgotten Realms universe. I haven't read any of the books. Unfortunately, to enjoy these stories, I believe you need to be familiar with them. A couple of them stand alone and you don't feel like you're missing huge chunks of info (Dark Mirror comes to mind.) Overall, it was a lot of talk about places and characters I didn't know no...more
Josh

Huge props to Audible for offering this as a free download! And with an all-star cast! There are some really great voices in this collection, and although some of them seemed to struggle a bit with a few words, for the most part they did an admirable job.

I have only recently started venturing into the world of D&D, so there were a lot of characters that I didn't know. I'm sure that fans of the series will enjoy this immensely. For me, there were some stories that were harder to follow than o...more
Casey Hansen
I have only read the Legacy in the series that involve Drizzt so I am by know means fanatical about the series or the author, although I did like the Legacy, but that did not hamper my enjoyment of this book at all. The stories all had very good merit on there own and it was not distracting to me not to have read the other books in the series. Every story was entertaining and even at times emotion to me, which for me is surprising in a collection of short stories bases on characters I dont know....more
Eirik Hafskjold
It would seem that I'm no Drizzt fan. I'm not all that into D&D either, so that might explain it. I had never heard of Drizzt before this. It was offered up free on Amazon with an all-star cast like Wil Wheaton, Weird Al Yankovich and Felicia Day among others. So that was cool. But, I couldnt really get into any of the short stories and did not find any of them interesting at all to be honest. Except one, or maybe two. The best one is definetaly "If They Ever Happened Upon My Lair" with the...more
Lance
I tried. I really did. Usually I enjoy fantasy, it's a main stay genre for me. Take individually, I might have enjoyed any of these stories. I did enjoy some of them. Had I been in the mood for short stories, each might rate 3-5.

But, this was presented as a collection, that assume should tell some of the highlights of a man's life. Not how it worked it. We instead are given a collection of only somewhat related stories, in perhaps not even chronological order. The stories don't even to seem to a...more
Richard
I applaud the makers of this collection for making it a free download, and getting a full star cast to narrate it. However, this can not make up for the quality of the stories. The quality of the Audiobook was second to known.
It may have been the number of years since i read the books - but it took me a fair while to acknowledge who the characters were in the stories. Even then i did not know. To a strong fan of the series i would assume this would be a fantastic addition. If not, then i would s...more
David
Very much recommended for Salvatore fans, especially fans of Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall. Each story is prefaced with comments and notes from the author himself, and they proved interesting reading in themselves.

I've already read a couple of these stories when they were originally published in other anthologies; I've enjoyed them then, and still enjoy them now. There are several new ones I haven't read before, and the overall theme of all of it is to provide more background stories, ch...more
Dominic
It’s been a while since I read any Salvatore, but Drizzt has long been one of my favourite characters and I’ve really enjoyed following the adventures of the drow and his companions. When I saw this collection of short stories then, I was quite eager to jump back into Icewind Dale and its environs and reacquaint myself with Drizzt, Cattie-Brie, Wulfgar, Bruenor and Gwenhwyvar. Having now finished the book, I can’t help but feel I’ve been the victim of false advertising.

The collection is subtitle...more
Jason
A good solid addition to the Drizzt mythos for longtime fans, but newbies may be left a bit lost. I listened to the audible audio version with the celebrity narrators and it was awesome. The biggest surprise to me was the stellar performance by Michael Chiklis, who was so good that I wouldn't even have known it was him if they hadn't said it prior. All the performers did a spectacular job and getting the opportunity to learn more about my favorite characters made this well worth the read for me.
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As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s most recent original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy (October 2004) debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-...more
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