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Eric

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  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (354)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Very well done, leaves you wanting more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is really two short stories. The stories are set against the same background events but have main characters whose lives do not intersect. The two stories did not really belong together. Also, maybe because they are short, the plots do not seem to be completely wound up. You are left wanting to know more about what happened to the characters. I wonder, is this a beginning of a series of stories or a longer novel?

    I would recommend this book. The stories are very well imagined, exciting, and fast-paced. Of course, since these are fantasy stories you have to suspend disbelief, but the writers make you believe enough to care about the characters and the situation.

    The narration is very well done.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Jonathan Davis's narration before. He is uniformly excellent. I had never listened to Katherine Kellgren before, but she did a fine job with this story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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