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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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    Lee Redmond, WA, United States 04-20-11
    Lee Redmond, WA, United States 04-20-11
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    "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."

    This Audible book has been ruined for me by the narrator, Cristofer Jean. His style of pausing and the voice he uses for all male characters makes it impossible to listen to the story. I'll have to pick this book up as a hard copy from the library as listening to it is painful.

    I'm a big fan of Brent Weeks though and would highly recommend his Night Angel Trilogy though I can't speak for the narration of the Audible version as I haven't listened to it.

    Audible was very understanding and had no problem with me returning the book, as always their customer service was great!
    Thanks!

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea LONG BEACH, CA, United States 01-21-11
    Chelsea LONG BEACH, CA, United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, bad narrator"

    This is where audiobooks can become problematic. This is an imaginatively wrought world, with an easy to understand but compelling political system. Brent Weeks is a good author, and knows how to introduce the grittier aspects of life into fantasy that many authors skim over.

    This narrator does the book no justice. His voice makes all of the characters, especially Gavin, sound douchey. I think I'll wait to get the paperback before I finish listening to this. His pacing and tone is destroying the picture I'm trying to construct in my mind as I listen.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Southlake, TX, United States 03-19-11
    Chad Southlake, TX, United States 03-19-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Dude . . ."

    The narrator sounds like a surfer dude. Like the most stereotyped surfer dude that you can think of.

    The book is pretty good, but the narration distracts from it. I would not recommend that audiobook to anyone. The narration spoils it. The book is pretty good. Weeks is very imaginative, but not great with dialog. He often insert modern-day colloquialisms in the text, which pulls me out of the story. Still, he's pretty good.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Truth Or Consequences, NM, United States 06-18-13
    Paige Truth Or Consequences, NM, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Weeks' story ruined by awful narration, dude!"

    I purchased this first installment of the Lightbringer series at the same time as the second book, The Blinding Knife. I noticed that they had different narrators but never stopped to wonder why that might be. I quickly learned, as did many of the other reviewers I've seen, that the narration done by Cristofer Jean was just absolutely horrible.

    He made Gavin sound like a surfer dude and 15 year old Kip sounded like a whiny 9 year old. His pacing was horrible and made the story hard to follow at times, and I just overall hated his voice by the time the story was over.

    I know the second book will be better as it's read by Simon Vance and he did a remarkable job on Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. In the future, I'll certainly avoid anything read by Jean and if I want to re-read the Lightbringer series, I'll pull my hardcover of book 1 off the shelf and then listen to the rest of the series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Marty United States 05-13-11
    Marty United States 05-13-11
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    ""Surfer" narrators should be banned!"

    Wow! Awful, awful, awful narration. To Hatchett Audio: whomever made the decision to put this yahoo narrator on this book should be fired. This guy actually got paid to do this narration? If I were Brent Weeks I'd be seriously upset. The narrator absolutely ruined the book. A surfer dude magician? You gotta be kidding me! I will listen to the audio samples from now on. I'm really sorry I didn't prior to downloading this one.

    As others have stated, the writing is a bit sophomoric in places, but it could have been salvaged with a decent narrator.

    One of only two books I have failed to finish after over 100 titles. You have been warned. Nuff said.

    44 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 01-21-11
    Keith 01-21-11
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    "Good Book, Horrible Narrator"

    What a shame. This was a decent book but I found it really hard to get into due the narration. If Cristofer Jean narrates the next in the series, I will skip the audiobook and read the paper version.

    18 of 19 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andy ATLANTA, GA, United States 09-17-10
    Andy ATLANTA, GA, United States 09-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good book, terrible Narrator"

    This is a pretty decent post-modern fantasy book with some great world building. It plays with the protagonist trope quite well. But the Narrator! Good Lord! I had to fight to get past the first hour, then had to grit my teeth to get through, even though the story had me hooked right away. Read it instead.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 07-29-13
    Ben United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst... Narrator... EVER!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was fantastic, but I barely got through it because of the narrator. The second book was fantastic in every way.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator made the book nearly unbearable!!! I love Brent Weeks, and I loved this story, and I loved the second book... but the narrator was the worst thing I have ever born, and after my life that is saying something!

    The narrator was bad because: Monotone; no or dumb pauses; surfer voice to the great and powerful protagonist, making him sound like an idiot; all-around awful.


    Was The Black Prism worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. Read it, don't listen to Mr. Jean reading this good story. I feel like he wanted the book to suffer.


    Any additional comments?

    RE-RECORD THIS BOOK!!! PLEASE!!!! And someone get Chris Jean some lessons... maybe by Simon Vance, or Stefan Rudnicki.

    13 of 14 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 2004
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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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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