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 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.
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.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
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. 😱
Good (not great) fantasy, in the Zelazny tradition.
You won't be disappointed.
Excellent performance, one of the best I've heard!
This cover epitomizes the old adage. Just ignore that orange thing and pretend it's a dragon or a butterfly or something.
Anyway, this book was written in the style of someone who plays lots of old school RPGs. Maybe even MUDs. I can feel my fingers typing the commands for these characters. "She nods." "He shrugs." A lot of the time, they don't even have adverbs, and the ones that are used are pretty standard. "She nods slowly." Even the characters fit into the old RPG stereotypes. Thieves, assassins, sorcerers, warriors, etc.
And yet somehow, the narrator pulls it off. Perhaps it's because it's a first person perspective, but the amateurish writing just becomes part of Vlad's demeanor and personality. He's not the type to get overly flowery, so the direct, occasionally choppy, occasionally stiff dialogue becomes natural.
All told, this is a fun book with an interesting world. It does not drag out any longer than it needs to be, and I'm happy to see there are sequels, though I may wait until they are on sale to pick them up. The breadcrumbs about the characters' back stories are more like bricks to the head, but I'll admit. I'm curious!
Not worth it. The only consolation is that I only got 1 book. If you enjoy Game of Thrones or any Brandon Sanderson novel, this is a far cry from them.
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Yes. Jake Gyllenhall.
#1 Good pace & character interplay, with small bits of humor + it has no bla bla filler.
#2 Interesting world story/history.
#3 It talks about magic or has magic use, that is just enough to be good.
Here is a magical world full of factions & people struggling to gain more power or to just survive. The main character is an assin & witch. Most of the other characters use magic & know how to fight or hire those that do. The book is about the assin/witch on an epic job. Not to spoli it tomuch, but the job will deside weather or not a war starts :}
BE WARNED SPOILER HERE & the only weakness the book has: Their is only 1 true fight in the hole book. A book with the main character who is an assin & witch, with other fighter & magic types & IT HAS 1 SHORT GOOD FIGHT !!!
As i have said in my other reviews I am a stickler for bad language.. I got this book off of another review for good books. And if the language was not in it I would have finished it. It was hard for me to stop listing to, so if you dont mind language you will enjoy it.. I think.
I give this book a poor rating for language
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