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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 preserve 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)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brent Weeks is so good it's starting to tick me off." (Peter V. Brett, New York Times best-selling author of The Desert Spear)

"Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way." (Publishers Weekly

"The Blinding Knife is a wonderful work of high fantasy with engaging characters facing the perfect antagonists, set in a creatively-wrought and increasingly chaotic world brimful of imaginative magic and interesting politics. Weeks holds fast to the traditions of his genre while adding a compelling new flavor." (The Ranting Dragon)

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    DarlaK 08-26-16
    DarlaK 08-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you, thank you, thank you for the reissue!"
    Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

    I definitely will. I love Brent Weeks and I love Simon Vance. I have read the print version of this book multiple times and I have listened to the Blinding Knife and the Broken Eye several times as well because of the nuances in the story and performance. Unfortunately, I was only able to listen through the original audiobook version of the Black Prism once, and I think I only persevered because I had already read the book and loved it. The original narrator was horrible!!! As others have stated, he made Gavin Guile sound like Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I kept waiting for him to say "Dude" at the end of each sentence. It was painful and it was one the first books I got from Audible. At the time I didn't know I could return books, so that version is still in my Audible library taking up space. Such a waste of a credit! But this version ... I will listen again and again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Prism?

    I'm still listening through for the first time, so I may find more moments, but I think the opening scene of the book as read by Simon Vance will always be a favorite of mine. I loved the beginning of this book from the first time I read it, because it reveals Kip's personality and the world he lives in so clearly in what is really a very short (well constructed) passage. I have always loved Kip and found him so easy to relate to. He is every awkward kid I knew growing up and he is me every time I lost confidence in myself. He is convinced he is a worthless failure, yet he always manages to persevere and make things happen. He has no idea of his true worth and potential.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    In short ... everything. His characterizations, his pronunciations, his feel for the story, his pacing. He has been one of my favorite narrators ever since I heard the Blinding Knife.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Gavin Guile is respected, loved, and feared; the most powerful Prism in living memory ... or is he?I'm not very good at this, but I do hope a movie series is made based on these books ... as long as it is done by someone who respects Mr. Weeks' story.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear the Blood Mirror. I'm counting the days.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Davis 07-23-16
    Steve Davis 07-23-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm a proponent of getting books into my brain by any means available.

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    "YES!"

    Thanks for the do-over and with Simon Vance! Now the story is not only well narrated, but the voices and performance match the remaining awesome books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sam 07-18-16
    Sam 07-18-16
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    "Simon Vance Finally!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Prism to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators without a doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    I was incredibly excited that Week's got them to go back and have Simon Vance do this one. The other narrator made the characters flat and boring. Simon Vance made these books something special in the sequels and it's great to not have to suffer through the first one to get to the rest of the series anymore.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 07-23-16
    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 07-23-16 Member Since 2013

    David_in_Tennessee

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    "Great beginning - better than I expected"

    I read the Audible and Amazon reviews as well as blogs and reader sites to narrow my listening choices. If I am going to invest 10-30 hours listening to something I want it to be entertaining or thought provoking or profound. Fantasy novels are for me a guilty pleasure, and the best ones build solid foundations on multi faceted characters. I also am reluctant to take on multi-book series without having a good idea that the series improves upon the early expositions of a magic system or political setting to reward the reader later when it all comes together and the imagined underpinnings provide that exhilarating climax. That said, I am excited to move forward in this series because this was so much better than I expected: a great story with twists anchored by a talented and proven narrator.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    joel Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-26-16
    joel Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-26-16 Member Since 2016

    I binge listen to audio books faster than others can binge watch Netflix.

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    "Colourful story!"

    The magic system is new to me and neat. The characters are enjoyable and grow throughout the entire story! Simon Vance like always is on point and an amazing narrator! If you have listened to the Cycle of Arawn you will enjoy this series as well I think.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 08-24-16
    Seth 08-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Simon Vance!!!!!"

    I love this series and now the audiobook is as good as it should have been from the initial release. Thanks to all the fans that complained about the surfer dude narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Halley 08-05-16
    M. Halley 08-05-16 Member Since 2013

    Ontrac Sucks

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    "Thank God For the Re-Issue. Much better now."
    Where does The Black Prism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book (series) ranks among one of the better series I have purchased off of Audible. Great story read by great narrator. If I like the story I hear, I tend to buy the books also.


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

    I would compare The Black Prism with Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria series. A solid story that keeps a hold on you with characters that are both serious and smart asses in all the right places.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I purchased The Black Prism about a year ago but returned it as the first narrator didn't seem to put any effort into the characters leaving them all sounding like a California surfer dudes. "Kip. You're like totally my natural born son, dude.". It was the first, and so far, only book I ever returned to Audible

    Simon Vance brings the characters to life, giving each one their own personality. I rank Mr. Vance up there with the ranks of Jim Dale (Listen to the Harry Potter Book). I was very happy to notice the change in narrators, which I discovered on accident. I bought repurchased the book right away


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

    None yet, I am not completely finished with this book


    Any additional comments?

    If you bought he first rendition of The Black Prism and hated it I highly recommend you give the new version a try. If you own the first rendition I would try to contact Audible for the newer version. I don't know if they offered the new version to previous owners as I returned it and would not have received a notice

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Caruso 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story and narrator but lacks emotion"

    The story was good. The narration was good. It's an all around good book. Were there moments when I was jumping up or cheering or laughing with insanity? Maybe one. I can't tell if the story failed to get me to that point or if the narrator did. I think if there were a different type of story, maybe a spy novel or something, the narrator would have been perfect. In these types of stories you need someone with more emotion and energy. Listen to The First Law trilogy with Steven Pacey narrating. He does an amazing job with the characters. Steven Pacey saying "Stone Shitter?!" in The Blade Itself had me laughing and growling and pacing more than all moments in this book's narration combined. I understand that the previous narrator for this book was terrible, and Simon Vance has a great voice for audiobooks, but not for fantasy novels with fighting/battles in them.

    I keep mentioning the narration because it's the most important part of an audiobook. I've read mixed reviews about The Blade Itself but it is the narration that makes it awesome. My favorite books are The Stormlight Archive books. I love the story and I love Michael Kramer, but Kate Reading is terrible. Absolutely terrible. She has a few good moments but she other than those Michael Kramer does women voices better. Because of her narrating I almost stopped listening. Simon Vance is not bad; he just lacks emotion during fighting scenes. Because of his lack of emotion I was not excited to finish the story. Stormlight Archive I could sit in a chair and stair at the wall for half an hour while listening. This book I ended whenever I was done with the task I was doing while listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Apollo 10-02-16
    Apollo 10-02-16
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    "Good story"

    The story itself was entertaining. I've been spoiled by the likes of Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson. I don't think this story held up to those standards but it is good. I would recommend it for any reader though it's more young adult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LornaDavis United States 09-19-16
    LornaDavis United States 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "original and entertaining"

    I am late to this party and I guess from reading previous reviews that it is a lucky thing since I got to start right out with Simon Vance (one of my favorite readers). Actually, I found this book by looking up books read by him. I often do that with readers when I can't find something that seems to interest me. I am only about half way through the first book but the originality of this book reminds me very much of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Not because the story lines are similar so much but the fresh idea and spot on execution of the storyline. It begins with 2 storylines that mesh up in about 15 chapters and then just keeps getting better as it goes. Based on all the reviews for the rest of the books I am looking forward to many more hours of these wonderful books. How did I miss this series? If you are on the fence, think no more, just hit the button. It is well worth your time and credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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