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Emily

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  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (657)

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    "Amazing performance!"
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    If you could sum up Swordspoint in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy swashbuckling politicoes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard and Alec are kind of terrible but I love them in spite of themselves. Although hmm, the Duchess might beat them.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well, I've heard Ellen read in person before, so sort of? She's a fantastic reader, and loves her characters and her settings so much. This was a great performance, and the sound effects and other actors for the dramatized scenes really added such richness to the recording.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Oh, those mad, bad boys.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book a few years ago, and just loved it then. Having such a fantastic audio version made me wriggly with joy. The last line of dialog is so simple and, out of context, utterly mundane, and the fact that it made me weep into my steering wheel is a testament to Kushner's ability to make a reader care so much about the characters that all of the context can fit into such a short line.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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