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The Falcon Throne Audiobook

The Falcon Throne

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Publisher's Summary

When kingdoms clash, every crown will be tarnished by the bloody price of ambition.

A royal widow plots to win her daughter's freedom from the ambitious lords who would control them both. An orphaned prince sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne. And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn that the greater the power, the more dangerous the game.

A masterful tale of the thirst for power and the cost of betrayal. Epic fantasy at its bloodiest, action-packed best.

©2014 Karen Miller (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Well-constructed fantasy.... This is a dark fantasy that should appeal to fans of Game of Thrones." (RT Book Reviews on The Falcon Throne)

What Members Say

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    L. Tatum Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-10-14
    L. Tatum Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Tatum

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    "Enjoyable, dark epic tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Falcon Throne to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What other book might you compare The Falcon Throne to and why?

    Other epic fantasy works by Miller (but not her lighter, funny "alter-ego" K. E. Mills), Joe Abercrombie, Richard K. Morgan, K.J. Parker, Scott Lynch, and yes, George R. R. Martin. And in a good way!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was okay with morally "good" characters, but I agree with someone's line that he made all the villains sound like evil cartoon characters. I wish I had read it instead. But if he scales that nasally-villain voice back for the next book, he'd be fine.


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

    The anti-Jane Austen story-- do not marry. Under any circumstance.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many reviewers are claiming this to be a "Game of Thrones" rip-off, but I guess have never read any of Miller's earlier series like Kingmaker, Kingbreaker or "Empress." All her epic fantasy is dark and grim, and her world-building is wonderful. Yes, "The Falcon Throne" has the same pseudo-medieval feel as "GoT" and other epic fantasy, but the story (which kept me listening almost non-stop despite the narrator) varies enough between different characters that I enjoyed it a lot. If you're a fan of this genre like me, I can recommend "The Falcon Throne" highly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 10-10-14
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Story is better than it sounds!"

    The narration of this book is let down by the way the dialogue is handled. The characters seem to be shouting at each other about 75% of the time and the voices used would be fine if they were in a fairy tale. Real human beings don't talk like that, however.
    It's too bad for the author because the story is quite good and the review would have been much better if it wasn't for the distracting voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pontiac6k 08-11-16
    pontiac6k 08-11-16
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    "An Awesome Audio Adventure"

    I had started reading the hardcover edition from my library and realized it should lend itself well to the audio format, after which I purchased the audio version from Audible and thoroughly enjoyed it. The reader, whom I believe I had heard on a number of other, unrelated books, gave a tremendous performance, giving each character a special, unique voice. It took many car rides to finally finish the book, and I look forward to more once the next work in the series emerges.

    Some reviewers complain that it's not _Game of Thrones_, but, having read those books in print, that is OK by me. This story is similar in some ways but does not give me the impression that I came in late. Rather, I felt that I was in on the ground floor with this series and found it so much easier to keep the story straight and to follow it.

    As pointed out by at least one other reviewer, a lot of the characters are unlikable, but I prefer to see them as imperfect, which makes them more realistic. Unlikable or not, the characters had motives which were clearly explained and usually had some redeeming features even if they were pretty much evil. The book ends with a few of the main characters finally together in an odd predicament and without having revealed too many aspects of what appears to be an overarching, vast scheme, the details of which I am sure will be coming in the sequels.

    Bravo, Karen Miller! I eagerly await the next book, and please make sure there is an audio version with the same reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Aguilar 07-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A lesson in fustration."
    What disappointed you about The Falcon Throne?

    How incompetent the good guys were.


    What could Karen Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Karen could have put a little more spine into the main character.


    Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i have not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew 02-07-16
    andrew 02-07-16
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    "wish I could get my credit back for this one....."

    The narrators performance was wonderful the story was halfway decent but it seems a waste of time in the end. The story ends poorly and seems a bit rushed. As I stated above the whole book in the end seems pointless. I wish I could get my credit refunded . if you like soap operas similar to the game of thrones then this might be for you, but if you like the Lord of the Rings style story's avoid this one like the plague.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brinn United States 12-09-14
    Brinn United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't be a Figgit"
    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration and character voices!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first read by this author and a good start to the series. Even though a print copy would be thick, this audiobook did not seem too long. I will look for more titles by Karen Miller .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 10-01-14
    Chris 10-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Clap tongue and listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend


    Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time I've listend to this narrator and I will look for more by him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one session


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Game of Thrones I would recommend this book. Similar in scale and the warring between duchies. Has some magic but not too fanciful. Good character development.The narration is excellent. Has liberal use of expletives, so be warned if you're offended by that. I'm looking forward to the next release.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 01-16-15
    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.

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    "Gritty dark tale"
    Any additional comments?

    First of all this is not G.O.T.
    However is was a pretty good story. lots of action.Kept my attention. Characters were done well.Check it out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bax 09-25-14
    Bax 09-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Melodrama Between Shallow Characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of daytime soap operas.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Miller again?

    Probably not. She paints a nice scene/picture but the plot and character development is weak and action is brushed over in favor of more melodrama.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gildart Jackson’s performances?

    No. The male characters all sounded like cartoon bad guys. This didn't help convey character depth.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Karen does do a good job of putting you into the scene with detailed descriptions and nuances.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony newark, CA, United States 03-09-15
    Anthony newark, CA, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing it was bad


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Miller again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    they were ok


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    wish i had not bought it


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth it

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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