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  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Ryan says: "great writing, won't appeal to everyone"
    "Classic SF literature; excellent reading"
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    "The Book of the New Sun" is one of science fiction's greatest works of literature--dense, elliptical, allusive and elusive--and Jonathan Davis reads the challenging text (which uses many archaic words to create the feeling of a time removed from the present that's still linked to the past) with superb sensitivity. Gene Wolfe's narrator Severian is a careful, methodical person, which helps modulate the book's bizarre and confusing world (which looks and feels like fantasy but is actually SF), and Davis strikes just the right tone of hushed deliberation to anchor the listener without overplaying the parts and turning it into a more dramatic or mannered "performance."

    A must for anyone interested in classic SF or simply good writing. Audible Frontiers, more Gene Wolfe, please!

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