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
A long time reading junky that has moved to audiobooks to continue the addiction despite the busy work and family life.
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.
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.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
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.
Well thought out!
The complexity of the magic and the limitations to it.
I kept expecting him to say Dude! He does not read with inflection. He reads like Bill and Ted's excellent adventure.
The twist of identities between the main characters.
I will buy the next book, because it is narrated by someone else.
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.
I really like Brent Weeks, but the narrator kills this book for me, and apparently a lot of other people.
Can I have my credit back?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Would wait for the ratings.
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.
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