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The Black Prism | [Brent Weeks]

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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    Jeremy Chatsworth, CA, United States 10-19-12
    Jeremy Chatsworth, CA, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story and unique magic mechanics"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Prism to be better than the print version?

    No, mainly because the Narrator sounds like a Surfer Dude... The second book changes the Narrator and it is MUCH better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kip is awesome. I am a fan of the underdog getting great powers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Change the Narrator like what was done on the second book.


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

    It was pretty consistent with action, pace, and character development


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    Chantelle East Helena, MT, United States 10-17-12
    Chantelle East Helena, MT, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Cristofer Jean?

    The narrator of this book was not good for the type of story. His voice reminded me of surfer dude or west coast skater. The story itself was wonderful and well written. I recommend it as a good read but don't listen to original narrator.


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

    He did not have the right voice for this book. He wasn't meant to read fantasy/sci-fi books


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    Donna Glendale, AZ, USA 09-10-12
    Donna Glendale, AZ, USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthwhile listen"
    Where does The Black Prism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one I will listen to again, unfortunately there I have to wait for the next book in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gavin Guile is a very likeable, I just wanted to root him on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite scene? There were several.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No overly extreme reactions.


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    Rick Visalia, CA, United States 06-12-12
    Rick Visalia, CA, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Good LIsten"
    If you could sum up The Black Prism in three words, what would they be?

    I really enjoyed this book. There was good character developement. The only problem is having to wait for the next installment.


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    James 04-25-12
    James 04-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic beginning to a series"
    Where does The Black Prism rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top 15


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Prism?

    When one of the main characters starts casting magic without trying, its quite amusing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The magic of color!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Seattle, WA, United States 03-13-12
    Kevin Seattle, WA, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Did not meet my expectations...Reader was horrible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader...this reader may be good for a young adult book about surfers. He sounds like Spicoli from fast times...

    Also the writing seems surprisingly elementary considering his work on the Night Angle Trilogy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brent Weeks? Why or why not?

    No...It seems like Brent slipped a lot from the Night Angel.


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

    Steven Pacey


    Was The Black Prism worth the listening time?

    No


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    Ross United States 03-11-12
    Ross United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Great Story, Narration needs work"
    If you could sum up The Black Prism in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, Fun, Intrigue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gavin because of the fate and tricks that were weved between the two brothers


    How could the performance have been better?

    The


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    Daven Monroe, LA, United States 02-20-12
    Daven Monroe, LA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Story hampered by narrator. . ."
    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Cristofer Jean?

    I enjoyed Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy. However, in The Black Prism,the narrator definitely was a distraction from the story. The voices he chose for the characters (especially Gavin) made it difficult for me to take the story seriously. Would likely have been a much different experience without the Keanu Reevesesque (Bill and Ted era) interpretation.


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

    James Marsters


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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 02-10-12
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I like Weeks' writing but this book was not for me"

    I like Brent Weeks writing. This book lost my interest within an hour. I don't think it is bad, but I couldn't suspend my disbelief and the fantasy world I was dropped into never resolved itself beyond the characters. I did like some of the characters and ideas. I just wasn't interested in the story enough to continue. The narration was mediocre, and he didn't seem to be able to find the beats in the story. I don't know if this is because of the story, the narrator, or both. Some people may like this book, it just wasn't for me.

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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 11-01-11
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good listen however...."

    couple annoyances i'd like to mention but they're so minor it wont take away from the story,

    First, it took me about halfway through part 1 to actually get into this book, the first half of part 1 really seemed like a drag

    Second, the voice of Gavin is god awful, yes i got used to it.... but Cristofer Jean does a terrible job, just think of the voice a narrated would use for a half-demented moron, yes..... thats what Gavin sounds like, it really just seems out of place for a character like Gavin

    Third, the magic system is very confusing, half of the time I was scratching my head trying to understand it all,


    but these are just minor annoyances and i definitively recommend this book

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