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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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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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    Tom SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 10-17-12
    Tom SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2009

    A long time reading junky that has moved to audiobooks to continue the addiction despite the busy work and family life.

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    "Keanu, is that you??"
    Any additional comments?

    I was just blown away by how bad the performance is in this book. It is a wonderful story, but I almost didn't get through it because of how bad the narration was. For some crazy reason Mr. Jean decided that he was going to make the protagonist sound like Keanu Reeves in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." I just kept reminding myself he doesn't narrate the second book.
    Putting the narration aside, this book is great, the story is great, the magic system is creative and interesting. I haven't read something so innovative in fantasy since Brandon Sanderson's last book. So suck it up and get through it, because it's all down hill from here.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P. G. Robinson Los Angeles, CA 03-25-11
    P. G. Robinson Los Angeles, CA 03-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "An Interesting Book, mediocre narrator"

    The narrator is a bit spotty, and makes the all-powerful Prism sound a bit like a stoned surfer, but the book is fun, and good enough that it inspired me to get past the mediocre voice work.

    4 of 4 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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Bethel Park, Pa, United States 09-02-13
    Eric Bethel Park, Pa, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

    3 of 3 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?

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chad campbell river, BC, Canada 07-06-13
    chad campbell river, BC, Canada 07-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "OK YA POOR NRATION BUT"
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    The book is a great story. The narration is definitely sub par how ever it is also not the worst I have ever heard. If you are like me and listen audio while driving you can get over this guy easier then some I have listened to before.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lisa lacrosse, WI, United States 09-06-10
    lisa lacrosse, WI, United States 09-06-10
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    "Excellent start of a new epic fantasy!"

    I actually paid for this book as I couldn't wait for credits! At first I could not get into the story. Usually I am doing other things while I listen and found that I really needed to pay attention to the story to understand the magic system and the different characters. Once I did this I completely enjoyed this book! It is very different than The Night Angel Trilogy (awesome series) which shows the talent of Brent Weeks. I love the characters realism showing both light and darkness even in heroes. Kip has great potential, love the fact that he seems underrated (chubby,full of self doubt,a bastard) but keeps pulling off great feats and then is confused about how he did it or thinking he did poorly. My biggest complaint is now I have to wait for the next book!

    5 of 6 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 07-19-14
    Betty 07-19-14
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    "Don't Waste a Credit"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Prism to be better than the print version?

    Don't waste your time with the audio version of this book. The narration is really bad, I could not get past the first chapter and I've listen to computer generated audio narration before for an entire book. I wish I could get my credit back.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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