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Knight of the Black Rose

Ravenloft: Terror of Lord Soth, Book 1
Written by: James Lowder
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins

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Publisher's Summary

On the fabled world of Krynn, Lord Soth finally learns that there is a price to pay for his long history of evil deeds, a price even an undead warrior might find horrifying. Dark powers transport Soth to Barovia, and there the death knight must face the dread minions of Count Strahn Von Zarovich, the vampire lord of the nightmare land. But with only a captive Vistani woman and an untrustworthy ghost for allies, Lord Soth soon discovers that he may have to join forces with the powerful vampire if he is ever to escape the realm of terror. Knight of the Black Rose is the second in an open-ended series of Gothic horror tales dealing with the masters and monsters of the Ravenloft dark fantasy setting.

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  • David R Sullivan
  • 08-02-18

Good story / OK narration

Good story, Good pace. the narrator could have been a bit more dramatic / invested in the telling.

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  • Damien
  • 11-02-16

ONLY For Serious Fans Who Have Read the Book!!!

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I am a huge fan of this book and the story of both Lord Soth individually and of his experience in Ravenloft. I have read the book in paperback several times. As such, for the sake of a story I so thoroughly enjoy, I am able to sufficiently put up with what is probably the single worst audiobook narrator I have EVER listened to.

First problem with the narrator: the gentleman is very evidently attempting to capture the nuanced dictation style of a news reporter instead of the loose and engaging style of someone reading a story or play. His attempts to be intentionally deliberate with enunciation just shred the narrative to pieces.

Second problem with the narrator: the MISPRONUNCIATIONS and ERRORS!!! I'm not sure if this is the fault of the narrator or the editors, but WOW! The mistakes stated in previous reviews cannot be understated. They are highly distracting. Due to my enjoyment of the story, though, I am largely able to just laugh this off. But NO ONE should be laughing ANYTHING off during a RAVENLOFT BOOK!!!

Third problem with the narrator: Not only does he sound like a news reporter. He sounds like an old curmudgeon news reporter. He sounds like what would have happened if Walter Cronkite were given a lobotomy.

In conclusion, I really think this audiobook would have been a massive success if they had gotten a creepier sounding (and more gifted) narrator. So, if you have read the story before and love it like I do, and would listen to it for nostalgia, sure. bear with the narrator and go for it. (You can do it! I believe in you!) But if you have never read this story before, PLEASE, for the sake of the story and all that it's worth, AVOID THIS AUDIOBOOK LIKE THE PLAGUE!

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  • Joe Soliz
  • 21-01-20

Wonderful dark audio book

Excellent book, audio books are new to me & I enjoyed this one very much.

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  • Tina tietz
  • 13-01-20

Pretty great with some notable problems.

This story takes place in a fantastical world based on the Dungeons and Dragons world of Ravenloft. Before I go further, note that I did enjoy this book very much, despite some issues, one of which may be my own personal problem. James Lowder has a mixed comprehension of this world and its creatures. The performance of the Death Knight Soth is amazing and those he allies with are engaging. However, the key of the Ravenloft world, Lord Strahd Von Zarovich, was not his regular self. This Strahd was a noble host to a monster of equal horror to his own, something Strahd would never do. Despite it being unreliable to compare two authors, the work of P. F. Elrod’s “I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin” finds Strahd doing all in his power to keep the lich away from him once he discovers the creatures identity. Danny Campbell, this story’s mostly skilled and charismatic narrator sometimes stumbles over words, mixing up two similar words such as Strahd and Soth to form Stroth and made me have to rewind the chapter in a form of double take, as well as the occasional mix-up of his voices for the story’s characters. However, these problems in this Audible presentation are minor flaws in what is a rather wonderful experience. James Lowder and Danny Campbell gave me a book that I will revisit with great joy as a more permanent member of my Audible library.

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  • Peter
  • 29-12-19

Lord Soth's One Demensional Characteristics

The Character of Lord Soth doesn't seem to have any flaws, weaknesses, or draw backs to his undead condition. He has nearly godly powers and Strahd isn't even regarded as a threat. in fact, he literally patronizes the count knowing full well nothing can come of it which only dilutes the near non existent risks. This type of character is boring, and I found myself not caring at all about him, or what would become of him. the character is not likeable, nor rooted in any foundations that connect the reader with the character.

That being said, it was somewhat interesting to learn more of Barovia and the monsters within Castle Ravenloft (the gargoyle, and Black Dragon etc). but toward the end of the book, I found myself eagerly awaiting the end, to which was predictable and lack luster of any real conclusion.

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  • John Cole
  • 03-06-19

Not how I remembered... 😴

I read this book many years ago and thought I would like the audio version. The narrator gives a very monotone performance and makes the story quite boring.. It could be that I am now used to high quality narration like, John Pruden, Neil Hellegers, Jonathan Davis, Victor Bevine, etc.. Sorry, but returning book..

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  • Scott
  • 22-12-18

A missed opportunity

The narrator was great. Admittedly, I only picked up this book to learn more about Strahd, and to that end I found this book helpful. Soth is not a great lead character in my opinion. His backstory is kinda interesting and the lore is ok, but his whole Night of the Black Rose persona is a snooze fest. Azreal, the lycanthrope dwarf, was a more interesting character by far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-18

EVIL

Loved the Lore brought to this book Strahd is so cunning, Soth is a such an interesting character.

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  • Thomas
  • 19-09-17

this should be a movie

this should be a movie I say. I love it and I love it and I love it

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  • Adrian Crowell
  • 11-09-17

narrator has a boring voice.

loved the story. narrator felt like an old guy who doesn't like fantasy and was forced to read it.

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  • Stuart
  • 17-06-13

Not Good

The story is meandering, the plot largely inconsequential, and the narrator makes several glaring errors, most annoyingly pronouncing Soth's as "Sothis".

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