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The Black Prism Audiobook

The Black Prism

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
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Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

©2010 Brent Weeks (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Susan 02-27-15
    Susan 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I really couldn't stand the reader"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Prism the most enjoyable?

    Once I sort of figured out the colors I really enjoyed the story about the people.


    What didn’t you like about Cristofer Jean’s performance?

    I didn't like it at all. He was way too stilted, I consider this to be one of the more poorly read books that I've listened to.


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

    I loved the twist midway, Seeing as I don't want to write a spoiler I won't say what it was. But it was really a fun one.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to continue the series but I'll buy the book and read it myself. I almost stopped listening to the book but the story was so good I had to continue.

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    Barbara Brookin Fiddletown, CA USA 02-23-15
    Barbara Brookin Fiddletown, CA USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Forewarned & Fine"

    Yes, the narrator is goofy. He sometimes sounds like Scooby-Doo's Shaggy. Power through - it's a great story. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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    Chris D Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 02-19-15
    Chris D Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 02-19-15
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    "It really grew on me!"

    When I first started reading the Black Prism, I thought it was going to be interesting based on the reviews, but I didn't expect to get much farther than book one. I thought the magic system was a little hokey at first but the way it was used as a way to develop the characters certainly grabbed my interest.
    I bought the next two books and I'm ready to go!
    The only downside for me was the vocal performance. It was very professional and well read but I've never been a big fan of American accents in fantasy and Gavin started to sound more like a surfer dude than a fantasy hero and it kind of threw me...

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    andrew j egger 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    Can't wait to see what happens next.
    Amazing voice and great writing.
    Keep up the great work.

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    DF Canton, OH, United States 02-11-15
    DF Canton, OH, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Needs recorded again with a different narrator."

    The story is good but the narrator will make you cringe. I recommend purchasing a written copy.

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    Colin griffin 02-10-15
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    "The Worst Narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Cristofer Jean’s performances?

    You couldn't pay me to listen to another book read by Cristofer Jean. He should be banned from reading and acting and repay every single person who accidentally bought this audio book. Cristofer Jean is garbage and should be ashamed for how completely he missed the mark here.


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    Drow HENDERSON, NV, United States 02-03-15
    Drow HENDERSON, NV, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brent Weeks should sue Cristofer Jean!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This narrator was atrocious...he was beyond terrible. It's unreal that Audible/Amazon is continuing to sell this as it. If it wasn't Brent Weeks I would not of suffered it...I can't wait to hear Simon Vance's voice on the sequel!!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cristofer Jean?

    almost anyone...but Micheal Kramer and Kate Redding are my favorates.


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    Fashaezzle 01-29-15
    Fashaezzle 01-29-15
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    "Great story but depressing"

    Great story with very unique elements. But there was nothing happy to celebrate in the whole book. It started in a downer AND it ended in a total downer. I won't be reading the sequel. Also, I didn't care for the narrator at all.

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    Atle 01-25-15
    Atle 01-25-15 Member Since 2012

    Teacher & musician.

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    "A must for all epic fantasy readers!"

    The magic system (Magic the Gathering like) is deeply embedded from the start and both importantly complex and understandably simple, suitable for all readers.

    The story is seldom dulled down by unimportant fillers, but the average reader might need a reminder that all stories need good soil, and carefull tenting, to grow into full perfect bloom. DO NOT SKIP THIS FIRST BOOK!

    The narration of the story seems to have been slowed down by the audio-producer, and on my Samsung S5, at high quality, it was best listened to at 1.5x speed. The reader portays a young mind pretty well, and there are quite a few different voices applied to secondary characters. SPEED UP TO at least 1.25x or you will get frustrated! (and the next books are read by one of the greatest narrators ever!)

    The author is a master writer, who must have a great team surrounding him. I believe this series will be counted amongst the best fantasy epics ever written once finished. BUY, LISTEN & ENJOY! :)

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    jerry 01-18-15
    jerry 01-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story....horrible narrator"

    Always looking for new series. This one should be good as long as the narrator is fired. Will never listen to another book by this narrator.

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