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The Fifth Season Audiobook

The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends. For the last time.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal,and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

A new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award-nominated author N. K. Jemisin.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 N.K. Jemisin (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Fantasy 12-01-15
    Fantasy 12-01-15
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    "ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!"

    An intriguing concept and story. It wanders far and then comes back to tie up loose ends. Very well performed and beautifully -- poetically -- written. Robin Miles is one of those great narrators who becomes the book so that you don't notice her at all because she is the characters, she is the story. I will be very happy to recommend this one to everyone who likes speculative fiction and very interested to read the next episodes!

    The description is a bit deceptive. It sound depressing, but it isn't, not at all. There is magic ... of a kind. Not traditional magic or traditional magicians. No elves, wizards, or other standard fantasy elements. This is the first book I've read in quite a while that has not been derivative of someone else's foundation story. A breath of fresh air after a long run of Tolkien wannabe tales.

    It is set in a time outside of time. It could as easily be before now or anytime in the future. You will have to decide for yourself. The author doesn't tell you. Lots of hints, but nothing specific enough to use as evidence. I suspect more will be revealed in subsequent books.

    It's also, in its own way, rather sexy. Non-traditionally sexy -- so if you are one of the "traditional family values" crowd, this is probably not for you.

    50 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-21-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-21-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "LET'S START WITH THE END OF THE WORLD"

    EVIL EARTH
    It was a slow start, if I was to grade the first Eight chapters, it would go C+, B-, B, B+, B+, A-, A- and A. Mr. Impatient me, did listen to all 15 and a half hours. Jemison creates an interesting world and the reader learns about it through showing and not telling. There are 23 chapters and something interesting happens in each. I hung on for the whole thing, as I wanted to learn more about the end of the world. The whole book is well written, with some interesting surprises. Jack Vance would approve. There are also some similarities to Steve Erickson's series. The story is told through three people, kind of. While two of them are told in third person, the other is told in second person? I think. You, did this, You thought this, You, You, You. I found this way of story telling to be irritating. By the end of the book, I was also depressed and ready to be out of this depressing world. There is no comic relief and no happy people.

    HE UNDERSTANDS THAT SHE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND
    The reader either read very slow, or someone in production slowed things down. I put my MP3 player on fast and the reader sounded normal.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Roland Ho 12-14-16
    Roland Ho 12-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible book!"

    So slow, so dull... I fell asleep. The narration was okay but oh my god, the flashback then flash forward and the umpteen names save your money

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 12-01-15
    Leslie 12-01-15

    reader, teacher, writer=happy person

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    "5 star!"

    Ursula LeGuin has an heir for the 21st century. Not like any high fantasy I have read before. Read it.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Fitzwoman 10-30-15
    Fitzwoman 10-30-15 Member Since 2015

    Reader, reviewer, blogger

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    "Great narration with interesting magical system"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that it was somewhat of a slog to get through this book, at least until the end. The plot is divided among three main stories with several characters each, and the chapters alternate the focus. The change in voice is not an issue for me, but may be a little disconcerting for some. I wondered how the stories were related, and that is resolved at the end. But I think using plot devices like this is unnecessary if the story itself is unique and interesting enough. As a reader/listener, I don't like being dragged along.

    This being the first of a series, the ending leaves a big (really big) question, and most will want to move to the next book.

    The magical system is very interesting, although also kind of depressing.

    The narration was absolutely wonderful, and I will be adding Ms. Miles to my list of favorite readers.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne Miller 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste audible credit."

    Evil eating earth, this book was pretty bad. Love sci Fi. love post apocalypse. don't love vague ideas in a made up world. Didn't like that she couldn't describe something that is indescribable for the characters. You are the author, help me understand.
    Orogeny was pretty cool. The rest of the book just sucks

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    tosbanzai 11-11-15
    tosbanzai 11-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really slow start, but pulls through"

    I wasn't into this book until about hour three. I heard so much good stuff about it that I figured if I just waited long enough it would eventually get to the good part which is exactly what went down.

    Don't consider this a purchase-killer though. I had a tough time getting through the first 100 pages of Game of Thrones. I'm glad I didn't give up on that series so soon.

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    Keith 10-20-16
    Keith 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "15 Hours of Backstory"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Wow, this book was very slow and difficult to finish. I do not understand where all of these high ratings are coming from. It's almost as if I listened to a different book. I kept waiting for something to happen only to find out toward the end that most of the book was just background.

    Seriously, nothing actually happened in this story. You could read the supplemental information that came with the audiobook, along with the book description, and be ready to listen to book 2. However, there's not a chance of me moving on to the next book.


    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dillon 03-24-16
    Dillon 03-24-16
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    "original and compelling"

    Robin Miles's narration is powerful, and nuanced, and moving, and is worth the price of admission on its own. The sort of narration that made me immediately look up the narrator to find more.

    Jemisin's story starts a bit off kilter, but let it wash over you and soon you'll be swept away. The tale is intricate and sometimes meandering, but every diversion is well worth it. The world she has crafted is truly unique and interesting, the characters and drama compelling.

    Jemison uses the narrative to tackle many complex issues, but it doesnt ever feel too heavy handed or preachy. She brings a critical and questioning eye to bear on motherhood, slavery, sex, monogamy, racism, power, religion, violence, death... Nothing goes unquestioned or untouched, and she doesn't pull her punches. The result is a fantasy novel unlike any other, and Jemison's best novel yet.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jesslyn H 08-09-15
    Jesslyn H 08-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too good for word"

    Holy crap that was good! THis book was a labyrinth. A slow, wandering, desperate, sad and exciting look into a dystopia that was truly frightening.

    I really don't have the words for this one. It was completely unexpected and I just....wow. I consider myself truly lucky to have stumbled on Ms Jemisin. So, so good. I recommend to anyone that loves fantasy.

    In addition, the narration by Robin Miles was superb. She was perfection.

    29 of 36 people found this review helpful

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