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Kushiel's Dart Audiobook

Kushiel's Dart

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Publisher's Summary

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond.

Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart - a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new.

©2008 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This brilliant and daring debut catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists." (Publishers Weekly)
"A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating audiobook." (Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series)

What Members Say

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    Miller Fenton, MO, United States 02-11-13
    Miller Fenton, MO, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Long but intriguing"

    The story is intricate and subtle. As the story weaves its web you are drawn in and find it hard to believe that you have reached the end even after all the hours required to get there. Time passes quickly as you are waiting for the next harrowing chapter. Simply loved it!

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    Rod Morgan 01-24-13
    Rod Morgan 01-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Unclejack

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    "OUTSTANDING ADVENTURE - a treasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Author Jacqueline Carey's prose lingers lustfully over every syllable. As she invents nations, customs, creeds, gods and half-a-dozen languages, she twists her syllables around with care and wit. When narrator Anne Flosnik pronounces a word strangely, it usually seems like a reasonable alternative. This perfect pairing of story and narration is quickly captivating so that one begins searching the schedule to find time to hear more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a ride, an extravagent adventure that surpasses anything I've encountered before and my most satisfying audiobook experience yet. Characters grow and learn in realistic if unexpected ways. The storyline grows with them, in fact, with vividly depicted scenes in a remarkably real world.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    She doesn't enact the story, but the quiet urgency in her tone sounds like she's as interested in the next page as we listeners are.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots of them, all of which are too important to the narrative to reveal here. Joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, challenges met and missed are all woven into this mesmerizing narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    Every hero must have an Achilles heel. For Phaedra, it is her intoxication with pain. But do not mistake this for a formulaic Middle Ages S&M saga. The author's skill and taste do not linger explicitly but use this kink - and other behaviors sexual, tender, noble, greedy and violent - to form extraordinary characters in a bold, energetic storyline of how powerfully will and duty can drive a person, and a nation, forward. Phaedra starts the book as a lost child with no resources and two curses; I assure you she doesn't stay in that condition for long.

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    Mary LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 01-11-13
    Mary LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 01-11-13
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    "LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book."
    If you could sum up Kushiel's Dart in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbinding. Heroine. Exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kushiel's Dart?

    When Phedra was being skinned alive.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    I love her voice - her many voices. If I don't like the voice of the person reading the book, it's next to impossible to listen to the book. I love her voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Phedra and Jocelyn realize they love each other.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much. I can't wait to read/listen to all of the books in the trilogy. I'm completely and totally hooked on this series. It was highly recommended to me and I'm highly recommending it to everyone who will listen to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 11-28-12
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2002
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    "A great series beginning"
    What made the experience of listening to Kushiel's Dart the most enjoyable?

    The detailed description of how Kushiel's maiden was brought into his service and the deceit and intrigue of the nobility that drives the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her Castilene guard was my favorite, he takes on te distasteful task of guarding Kushiels chosen but does it with all of his ability.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they are captured and enslaved after being betrayed by a supposed ally.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was a very interesting story and I probably could have listened to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is interesting enough to encourage me to get the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katalin New York, NY, United States 10-19-12
    Katalin New York, NY, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

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    "Good, but won't get the next one."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were so many characters, names of places, and general history, it was hard to keep track of who did what to whom and why... Made it easier for me to "forget" to listen. Other books (like Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay) do deep/complicated intrigue much better, by keeping things simpler and easier to follow.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I could see where the story plots were headed from a mile away, so in that respect the story wasn't all that interesting, as it kept confirming my guesses.The most interesting element I guess was the religious aspects of the world. It was an interesting idea.


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

    No, this was my first time listening to her. I think her voice suited the main character well.


    Do you think Kushiel's Dart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It doesn't *need* one, but there were a few story elements that were left open, and indeed there's a follow-up book already.


    Any additional comments?

    The story felt a bit slow and the steamy parts (the reason why a friend recommended the book to me) weren't great. Not a bad read, but not a great one either. I'm glad the story concluded as it did, because it left me with the certainty that I don't need to read the next book of the series... reading the publisher's summary was enough.

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    Heather 08-17-12
    Heather 08-17-12
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    "Just bored"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you want world building followed by BDSM, then this could work for you.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Move the pace faster.


    What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s voice?

    quiet and slow


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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    Sandra Brentwood, TN, United States 07-12-12
    Sandra Brentwood, TN, United States 07-12-12
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    "Be Prepared for Explicit"
    What disappointed you about Kushiel's Dart?

    This was a bit too much explicit BDSM for me. I don't mind sex in a book, but this was a bit beyond where I can go and enjoy it.


    Has Kushiel's Dart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've enjoyed Anne's voice in other stories such as the Dragonkeeper stories by Hobb. Her voice takes a little getting used to, but now I love it.


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    nelson ROLLA, MO, United States 07-04-12
    nelson ROLLA, MO, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing mix of court suspense and eroticism"
    What made the experience of listening to Kushiel's Dart the most enjoyable?

    This is not my usual type of book. The story of young girl sold into servitude similar to a geisha. Add the backdrop a a society rife with ambitious Counts, Marquis, of various sexes and appetites. Good story but the sex is bdsm and other alt lifestyle. The children are raised to be spies.


    Would you recommend Kushiel's Dart to your friends? Why or why not?

    This book is geared to the erotic taste. I fast forwarded though a lot of the sex scenes. They were just to rough for my taste.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    Phedre was done very well. She is the main character.


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    Alex Turner San Diego, CA 05-22-12
    Alex Turner San Diego, CA 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A really great story, lots of fun"

    I have listened to the second trilogy in this series already, and I found it very engaging too. This book, the first of three parts is an excellent read/listen. The story is very good, and I found the characters engaging and fun. The narrator herself was solid, but I found her labored annunciation of the character names and places to be a bit annoying at times. The male narrator in the second trilogy was far better on this point. Overall, I really liked this and would definitely recommend.

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    SkyTigress 04-16-12
    SkyTigress 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    SkyTigress

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    "Sexually excited by pain? You'd be a good spy."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book carefully, because of the amount of kinky sex.


    What other book might you compare Kushiel's Dart to and why?

    Wow. I'm not sure I've read anything quite like it. The closest thing I can think of is the movie The Secretary... only set on another planet in a King-Arthur style world. And the Secretary is a spy.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    She was perfect for the part. The main character/narrator is very melodramatic, and Anne Flosnik was able to capture her personality perfectly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, I'll be honest. Sometimes the painful sex scenes made me have to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    The initial shock aside, this character grows into an amazing woman, who uses her 'god given gifts' to be a spy and save the kingdom. About a third of the way through the book, the sex tones down a little (or you get used to it?) and I began to love her character and I was hooked. The idea that sex is worshiped and being a sexual object of desire makes you priest(ess)-like in nature makes this book a must read for anyone who likes to stretch their definitions of how the world works and think about things in a slightly different way.

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