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The Black Prism Audiobook

The Black Prism

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Eric Bethel Park, Pa, United States 09-02-13
    Eric Bethel Park, Pa, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great world. Good Story. terrible narrator"
    If you could sum up The Black Prism in three words, what would they be?

    Well thought out!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the magic and the limitations to it.


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

    I kept expecting him to say Dude! He does not read with inflection. He reads like Bill and Ted's excellent adventure.


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

    The twist of identities between the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I will buy the next book, because it is narrated by someone else.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 04-04-13
    Emily 04-04-13
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    "Listen to everyone else.."
    What disappointed you about The Black Prism?

    The narrator is not good. For the setting of the book; it doesn't work. He makes me want to watch Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cristofer Jean’s performances?

    Definitely not.


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

    I really like Brent Weeks, but the narrator kills this book for me, and apparently a lot of other people.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I have my credit back?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-21-14
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "Narrator Does Irreparable Damage"

    I cannot rate the story of this book so I gave it a neutral "3." The reader is so distracting, so teeth gratingly bad, that he makes the entire audiobook experience about himself.

    What happens in the book? After seven hours, I don't know. I know I can't stand the narration. That's about all I got out of it.

    I scoffed when I saw the other reviewers describe him as sounding like a surfer dude. I now formally apologize to those reviewers for scoffing. It's just like they said. Particularly when he tries to characterize a person of slow speech or deep voice, you can hear the unspoken, "dude," or, "broseph," at the end of the sentence.

    Not only is poor accent selection a problem for this narrator, he often pauses as if he is encountering a particular word for the first time. The difference between this narration and a train wreck is that I can look away from the former.

    I can only recommend this book to the tone deaf. Maybe not even them.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Nor'easter 08-09-13
    Nor'easter 08-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good book but horrible choice of narrator"

    Some of the characters seem very familiar in the fantasy genre but, together with a very cool magic system and solid storytelling, it really works.

    The surfer dude voice used for the prism was such a travesty. I can't believe Hachette Audio allowed this to go through. Thankfully he does not narrate the second book because the series is well worth reading so far.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 09-10-10
    Andrew Stone San Diego 09-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not great..."

    This book is just not great. Interesting fantasy world and magic but the writer did not build much interest in the characters. The narrator just reads the book... Prior to listening to this I just finished Brandon Sanderson's book "The Way of Kings" which is excellent. If you have not read "The Way of Kings" or "Eye of the World" I suggest you read those books first. So many books are just so much better than this book. I also recomment "The Warded Man" and "The Name of the Wind". All the books I referenced are available on audible.

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    JJ Lincroft, NJ, United States 06-26-13
    JJ Lincroft, NJ, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, terrible reader"
    Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

    No. The audiobook reader was simply that awful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Do not let the cover fool you, this is not a book about some picturesque male-model assassin wielding a cool looking knife. This story is about making the hard choices in a world of light bending magic. The Black Prism, much as a Prism would suggest, is split between multiple perspectives. One such perspective is the rapidly changing life of a boy dealing with new found power and a life he'd never expected. Another is that of the boy's father, dealing with the existence of a son he never knew of, the weight of the entire world's worries on his shoulders, a code of honor and morality that drives him to do something about it, and great power at his fingertips makes for a transfixing read, especially since the entire story is steeped in so many secrets and plot twists that the reader may have to double check from time to time for mental whiplash.


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

    James Marsters


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

    Yes, there is a plot twist in this book that actually caused me to put the book down and just stare at the ceiling for awhile pondering all of the repercussions it had on all of the hours of story I'd already listened to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alden 07-31-15
    Alden 07-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story! Absolutely terrible narrator"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, story, world building, magic system and characters in the book. Weeks has really started off a great series with this one. The one problem, and it is a big one, is the narrator. Easily the worst narrator of an audiobook I have ever come across. How he got a job doing voice work is beyond me, because he is absolutely dreadful. If you can get past the narration though, the story is great, and the rest of the books in the series thankfully have a different narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dontu 07-20-15
    Dontu 07-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "As other said, bad narrator"
    Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

    I would not listen to The Black Prism again because the narrator is really awful. He does not have consistency in his characterizations. The "surfer" voice he uses for one of the main characters is atrocious and makes it hard to listen to. It doesn't fit the character at all. In fact, it takes this powerful character who is cunning, resourceful, and complex and makes him sound like a bumbling idiot. I listened to the entire audiobook for these reasons: 1) I don't own the hardcover, 2) I paid for the audiobook, and 3) the story is interesting and I knew that the rest of the series had a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The characterizations were awful as was his timing. He made the story seem really slow and unengaged. I would not listen to any audiobooks from this narrator again.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Bassett Avon, CO USA 04-15-15
    Brendan Bassett Avon, CO USA 04-15-15 Member Since 2016

    Brendan

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    "Terrible narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Cristofer Jean’s performances?

    No. The cadence of his speech doesnt make any sense at all. His pseudo-Californian accent isnt the issue for me really. I got used to that. My problem is that he pauses in weird places, puts emphasis on strange words, and has difficulty enunciating during key moments. It's as if he is reading the book out loud for the first time!

    His portrayal of the characters is one-dimensional.He makes Gavin Guile (the real Gavin) completely unthreatening. His character doesnt sound crazy. He sounds like an idiot. Part of what I enjoyed about this series is the incredible intelligence of each character and the very present and intense threat that each villanous person shows. Christopher's performance takes that all away, which degrades the beautiful and instense writing that made me fall in love with Brent Weeks in the first place.

    I wish I could ask for my money back. I want to start a petition imploring Audible to PLEASE stop ruining the incredible accomplishment that is this series. How many people have listened to this version and were turned off to what was for me a life-changing series? This is just wrong. It's unfair to Brent Weeks and it's unfair to every single person who has paid money for this edition.

    What a waste.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 09-21-14
    Deborah 09-21-14
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    "Good Story, Bad Editing, Crappy Reading"
    What did you like best about The Black Prism? What did you like least?

    I really like the story and for that I gave it 3 stars for overall. I did not like the narration at all. The reader is the worst I've heard and I have a very big library. If there was any editing it was poor. Funny thing is I will probably buy the next book when I have a spare credit. Like I said I do like the story. I haven't looked yet but hopefully It has a different narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Black Prism to and why?

    None


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

    It ended.


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

    Would wait for the ratings.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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