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.
©1983 Steven K. Z. Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I have read this book as well as the rest of the Vald Taltos series many times. They are great reads and this was a very well done Audiobook performance.
If you are a fan of the wise-cracking, well-meaning but not always best acting hero then you will enjoy this book and the rest of the series.
Burst does a good job of filling in the details on the world of Vlad Taltos without burying the reader in too much history all at once. The details are delivered in context in and relevance to each stage of the story as you progress.
The story is light hearted, fast paced with likable and relatable characters. Who doesn't like the idea of a loyal but snarky familiar.
It is a fun, entertaining fantasy novel with as much or as little depth as you would like. Its a great listen when you want a good adventure with plenty of chuckles along the way. Good for tweens, teens and adults.
The Narrator is the only reason I'm disappointed. I own these in paper back, and wanted to experience the audio book.
Other than the rest of the series? Probably Lies of Locke Lamora, due to the nature of the lead characters. and The over arching humor through out the respective series.
Honestly, probably a better Narrator, Bernard just lacks a certain flavor and smart ass humor in his voice. He has, in this narration at least, a very bland and flat demeanor when he's reading.
The story is one of the best I've ever read.
"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham
The first novel in a long-running and much-loved fantasy series. The characters are good, as is the world building, though the plot runs a little thin at times. Clark's narration was solid. His character voice variations were great, just enough to give each a distinct sound without sounding silly (with the exception of his jhereg voice that made me think of Ren and Stimpy).
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I bought this audio book on a Daily Sale. I bought it quite some time ago, and honestly, had forgotten about it. As I was scrolling through my library deciding what to listen to next, this one caught my eye, and I thought, what the heck. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! I liked this book much more than I thought I would. Excellent world created by the author, and the characters were true. Great experience, and I will be purchasing the next book in the series!
One cannot listen to the Vlad Taltos books without appreciating the history of that world and how it plays into current events. Further, the speaker is really good at providing different voices for all the characters.
I enjoy Kragar and Loiosh - both of these characters have their own, unique form of adding humor to the story. Yet, at the same time, they both possess that ability to go from a humorous character to a more serious role as their jobs within the story develop.
Still gotta go with Kragar and Loiosh. These two have very distinct voices that make them easy to identify.
My initial step into this world was this book and I did not intend to finish it in one sitting. However, I do realize after finishing this one that these books would make excellent road trip accompaniments. I have finished some of the later books in one sitting and had no problem doing so.
The only issue I have with this and the other books I've read in the series are the sometimes scant details describing a person or place. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and it can keep the book short. As such, one of my favorite times to listen to a Vlad Taltos book is when I'm needing a break from a heavier, more involved book. It's a nice break.
I Own the paper book. I love the story but this narrator ruined it for me. Wile he did have unique voices for each character it doesn't seem that he bothered to match their personality to that voice. I listened to "The Phoenix Guard" another Brust story before this and found that quite enjoyable. I do recommend this Book despite.
A voracious reader from the age of five, I'm quite new to audiobooks, but looking forward to hearing some great stories. I loathe vampires.
The opening narration felt rather flat at first and I was concerned, but then other characters came into play and I realized that the flat affect of the POV character was intentional, and perfectly suitable. The narrator does a huge variety of voices, all consistently, and it brings the story really alive. Terrific combination of book and narrator.
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
Well written tale of assassinations, trickery, risks, a little mystery/detective work, problem solving, political complexities, diverse skills of allies and enemies, and powerful magic. No romance or over the top blood and gore or rape or anything done for shock value; just a good story very well narrated. Kept me interested. Didn't end on a cliff hanger but made me want to hear more stories of these characters in the future. I' put the next few in the series in my wish list and hope to catch them on sale. I recommend this if this fits one of your preferred genre.
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With Lords and Ladies and Floating Castles and Assasins plying their tradecraft.
Oh, and did I mention amultispecies world?
A pretty incredible 1st book for this series. 😱
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