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Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1 | [Steven Brust]

Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

Vlad Taltos, a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha, is given the largest contract of his career, but the job is even more complicated than he expects.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    David D. Schneider 02-15-15 Member Since 2015

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "Sorcerers-Witches-Familiars-Swordplay & Psionics😱"

    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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    A. Foxter Long Island 02-05-15
    A. Foxter Long Island 02-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Lots of fun!"

    Good (not great) fantasy, in the Zelazny tradition.

    You won't be disappointed.

    Excellent performance, one of the best I've heard!

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    Kindle Customer 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    Good story and pacing. The performance was excellent. Well done all around. Very pleased with the series so far.

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    Miachi MD 12-05-14
    Miachi MD 12-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't let the cover turn you off!"

    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!

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    Victorm Buckeye, AZ, United States 11-05-14
    Victorm Buckeye, AZ, United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fell below my expectations."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Asa Akira's Insatiable.


    Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Could you see Jhereg being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Jake Gyllenhall.


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    chris 10-19-14
    chris 10-19-14
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    "SPOILER at the end, BE WARNED."
    What did you like best about this story?

    #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.


    Any additional comments?

    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 !!!

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    Eian Benson, AZ, United States 10-18-14
    Eian Benson, AZ, United States 10-18-14
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    "Good Concept."
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "It Gets Better"
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    I read the first 3 books in this series over the last few days. They are Fantasy, Sci-Fi Mysteries. And the first one was by far the weakest of them, I enjoyed the second 2 much more, I had a very hard time caring about this plot of the first one.

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    Adriana Martins Brasil 10-07-14
    Adriana Martins Brasil 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice story"
    Would you try another book from Steven Brust and/or Bernard Setaro Clark?

    Don't think so. But you never know, I might try a book from Steven Brust if I really like the plot.


    If you’ve listened to books by Steven Brust before, how does this one compare?

    Never listened others before.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't know how explain. I just didn't like the way he narrates.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I might have enjoyed it more with a different narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DaveG 09-24-14
    DaveG 09-24-14
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    "Good story, easy to follow and entertaining."
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book and the story but I found the characters somewhat unrealistic. These cold ruthless killers also had a strong sense of honor, duty and put friendship above their own life. These are the traits of a hero not an assassin. I don't believe so many conflicted characters could exist. The best example I can give is that the main character met his wife because she was hired to kill him and she succeeded. He was brought back to life through magic and of course they fell in love and have lived happily ever after killing others. Makes sense to me how about you?

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