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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brent weeks, always. Cristofer Jean, Never.
Literally made me suffer at certain scenes.
Please Re-Record this book with a different narrator, like the narrator from book 2. i would Use another credit to get this book with almost any other narrator.
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
The story is interesting. The concept of the color related magic is something unique and cool. The world itself is an interesting fantasy construction and Weeks is great at the twist ending.
I would say it is more Robert Jordan style fantasy then George RR Martin. So far his other series The Night Angel Trilogy drew me in more. Although I think one of the issues i am having getting hooked is the AWFUL Narrator.
He is killing this for me. He bounces around between various charactures of voices that have much more of a modern feel then a fantasy one. (California Surfer wizard, Forrest Gump, mockery of an effeminate man) He also uses a lot of broken phrasing that makes it seem like he didn’t even read the book before trying to perform it in one take. His standard narration voice has a mocking quality almost like he is making fun of the material while reading it. I twittered Brent Weeks and he said he had nothing to do with the narration choice but that he did weigh in for book 2. Anyone would be an improvement.
Yes I think it would work in film. Although A Night Angel Film would be better. (More dark fast past action)
Don't make the mistake i did and buy the audiobook. Just buy a paperback or kindle version. I wish i had my $30 back soley because of the narrator.
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