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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Audiobook
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Written by: 
N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: 
Casaundra Freeman
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Audiobook

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

©2010 N.K. Jemisin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Jemisin’s engaging debut grabs readers right from the start…a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 02-02-14
    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding"

    I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-19-14
    Nicole MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Read.This.Book. Or listen to it. Or whatever."

    I loved this book. Loved. I am a fantasy fan in general, but have been a little frustrated with the quality of the writing in my last few reads. Sometimes I think that the driving plots I so enjoy force good writing to a distant second priority. I did not find that to be this case with this surprising novel (is this her first novel? astonishing), which called to my mind old favorites by Ursula K LeGuin.

    And the reader cannot be neglected: she is amazing. Although her pace is a little quick, and it took a while to get used to, I honestly can't imagine reading this book without the benefit of Freeman's voice to add dimension to the characters. Sieh in particular was just as irresistible to me as he was to Yeine herself, and I can still hear his childlike voice in my head.

    I'm going to read it again. And I never do that!

    I hope the other two in the trilogy are half as good...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 11-25-10
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 11-25-10 Member Since 2016
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    "I enjoyed this audiobook."

    I love fantasy, but have tired of elves, trolls, and demons plots. This was refreshing and I will listen to the Broken Kingdom next.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Aslan 09-23-15
    Aslan 09-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Underdeveloped and Unrelatable"

    I'm not even sure this story had potential. I tried so hard to get into the audiobook because I like to keep an open mind about variation in readers and literature, but after the first few chapters I became convinced that either the book just didn't have substance or the narrator was making it seem that way. Freeman's performance was over-exaggerated, unnecessarily angsty, and made me hate the protagonist more quickly than I would have liked. The only realistic performance I enjoyed was her portrayal of Sieh. Other than that, the other characters seemed shallow, trite, melodramatic, and inauthentic. I chose to continue giving it a chance until halfway through the audiobook. It was then that I decided to switch to the physical book to asses if it was merely the performance or the writing too that was at fault. Reading this book instead of listening to it helped remedy the annoying qualities of the audiobook, but unfortunately there was little redeeming quality about the writing itself. The protagonist and the relationships she establishes lack substance. The plot is extremely underdeveloped as far as a science fiction/fantasy novel usually goes. This book felt like a medium for portraying shallow relationships rather than focusing on fleshing out the poorly matured strife of the people outside of the palace walls and the rules and history by which the gods live. The rules of the gods was unconvincing and improperly ambiguous. All of these issues culminated in an inability to suspend disbelief in the reality within the story. It simply was not captivating and left me relieved to read the last page of the last chapter. I will not be reading the sequels.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 11-18-14
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story and narration"
    Would you listen to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms again? Why?

    Yes. This story is rich characters and world-building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world-building was unique and interesting. There was a lot more depth to this book than I was expecting.


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

    This is the only book I've listened to that was narrated by Casaundra Freeman. She was FANTASTIC. I hope to encounter more audio books narrated by her.


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

    I have no idea.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Patchogue, NY, United States 10-16-11
    Matthew Patchogue, NY, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    I don't usually bother with reviews, but I found this book to out and out excellent, and the performance to be of equal quality. Jemisin has a great voice, and, not to be too literal here, so does Freeman. Going to start the next in the series tonight.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 01-23-15
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy and fast read but a LOT of sexual tension"

    This was a easy, fast and comfortable read but mostly due to the writing style and not the plot.
    A girl from a 'savage' tribe is summoned to the capital where the monarchy have gods as their slaves. The story starts off sounding like it will be political but that plays very little. There is a LOT of sexual tension and innuendo in this book which seems to be the main focus as well as relationships..
    Explores themes of corruption, desire, and history interpretations. Lot of world building at the start and figuring out how the god system works. The book is enjoyable while I was read but reflecting it afterwards, it seems to lack substance, like junk food.
    I'm not sure if I'll read the sequels.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 12-26-13
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book"

    My only 2 qualms about this book are that the ending was identified too far in advance and that the main character had very little agency throughout the book. Besides those, this book was excellent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JChild US 05-31-16
    JChild US 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing world, characters, and narration"
    What did you love best about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms?

    The vividness of the environment. I feel like I can recall it from first-person memory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The leaps and twists as you come to understand the protagonists plight as she herself begins to understand it.


    What about Casaundra Freeman’s performance did you like?

    Her clarity and distinction between character voices.


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

    No; that would be exhausting. This should be consumed in parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, Wa 05-13-16
    Amazon Customer Seattle, Wa 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting debut"

    Lots of interesting ideas and a fresh perspective in what is otherwise a very predictable, run of the mill kind of fantasy. The set up for book two is a lot more exciting than the end of this story. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    The narration is pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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