Vlad Taltos is a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha. A member of the Great House of Jhereg (named for the tiny dragon-like creatures native to Dragaera), Taltos is given the largest contract of his career but the job is even more complicated than he expects.
The first book in Stephen Brust's "Vlad Taltos" series, Jhereg has also been adapted into a graphic novel by Marvel Comics. Here, Bernard Setaro Clark brings the tale to life in a rousing performance.
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As you listen, you get to experience Vlad putting all the pieces together, and there is some beautiful plot craftsmanship unfolding here.
I really enjoyed Kragar, Vlad's partner and right hand in his assassin dealings. Kragar is intelligent, and a bit snarky, making all of the interactions between him and Vlad really entertaining to hear.
The voices are superb and bring an added dimension that I don't typically add as a reader.
It was a bit slow in the beginning, so not initially, but once the action really got going I wanted to find out what happened sooner rather than later.
I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
Exciting, funny, clever
Loiosh, Vlad's jhereg familiar, consistently adds the wise crack to a situation that already has the reader grinning. He is quick witted, clever, and provides for a reasonable dialog even when Vlad is alone, or internalizing. I have read the paperbacks until the covers have worn thin, but i still laugh at his quick witted remarks.
I thought he did a great job with Vlad, and all of the main characters. I wasn't thrilled with Loiosh's accent, but after reading it for so long, its unlikely to hear all the voices the way the performer does them. In all, he is very talented, and I'll listen to this over and over.
This book is good--but the series is fantastic. The main character is a short-lived human in a world where hulking "elves" rule over them as less-than-equals. Vlad's way of working the organized crime angle, being a witch, an assassin--and still being the hero in the tale makes this a very unique read. Some books from your teen years don't hold up over time--this one is just as entertaining now as it was then.
I buy long books--short books are annoying to figure it all out just to have it end. There are LOTS of these books in the series...so the story just keeps going, you don't have to keep starting over! Prequels and sequels--I think this one is in the middle somewhere.
I don't listen to audio books more than once. I also don't often read books more than once. I've read this book and knew my husband would like it, so we listened to it together. He was blown away and I found myself enjoying a story I already knew.
The voice acting is superb, especially the psionic whisperings of Vlad's sidekick, Loiosh.
Clark's reading is everything you want it to be--well-paced, distinctive voicings without overacting, unobtrusive and yet layered with appropriate cadence and nuance.
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This book was an enjoyable tale, the series starts off deceptively simply but layers complexity with each subsequent story.
I really do like Vlad's character and the character development is well done throughout the series.
The naration when i first started to listen i thought was pretty average but after listening for a short while you find that the naration is all pretty good throughout with good variation between characters and a style that sucks you in!
I really enjoyed the humour throughout this book and the full series and have let out a few belly laughs in otherwise quiet locations.
I would thoroughly recomend the book and the rest of the series
Vlad is a human easterner that has the ability to do some witchcraft. He summons a Jhereg (small dragon the size of a cat with human like intelligence) and receives an egg. Vlad bonds with the Jhereg and they have a mental bond. Vlad sales his fathers restaurant to become an assassin working for Dragaerans (they live for thousands of years and have several unique ability's of their own). There's a twist in this world just because you're killed doesn't mean you're really dead, people can be brought back to life.
I read this series years ago, but never finished it. Glad it showed up on Audible. Wonderful narration. These "Sam Spade style" detective novels can be fun, though sometimes hard to stomach in large quantities. Brust makes the genre pretty fun, though! Downloading the next book!
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
Yes this book was very well laid out and you understood what was going on in the story. Some things were predictable but others was a surprise.
The Dragon was the best character in this story.
If you want a good story about magic, dragons, assassins, multiple races, and families. There is a lot of depth to this book
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
SMILING COMES FROM THE EARLY FORM OF SHOWING YOUR TEETH.
Unlike one of the other reviewers, the cover of the books drew me to this. I also knew he co wrote a book with Robin Hobb. Maybe I am prejudice, but I find most of the fantasy of the 80's and before to be very lacking. I always have trouble connecting with the characters in these early fantasy novels. I should have enjoyed the relationship between the main character and the dragon like character, but little was done with this. There were several attempts at humor and I got the jokes, they just were not funny. It might have been the narrator. He didn't seem to have much expression in his voice. If this had been written today, I would have gone on about over doing the assassin type story, but since it predates Brent Weeks and others I can't say that.
This has gotten lots of good reviews by reviewers with huge followings, but if you share my taste, I have to say No to this book. I have been spoiled by Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Jean Auel and the early Orson Scott Card, pre 1990.
IF I HAD WANTED HIM TO KNOW THE RULES, I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN THEN OUT.
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