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The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1 | [Gene Wolfe]

The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

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Publisher's Summary

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

Listen to more in the Book of the New Sun series.

©1980 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best science fiction novel of the last century." (Neil Gaiman)

  • World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1981
    • Favorite Audiobooks of 2010 (Fantasy Literature)

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    Jon Southlake, TX, United States 01-26-10
    Jon Southlake, TX, United States 01-26-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Do not get this book"

    It goes no where. I thought the idea was great. But all the author does is tell side story, after moral story, after day dream, after nightmare. It was dull. His writing style was filled with necessary imagery. I have been with audible for 9 years now and this is the second worst book I have ever listened too. The narrator was fine.

    3 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Erlend Trussville, AL, United States 05-08-10
    Erlend Trussville, AL, United States 05-08-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Meaningless Drivel"

    This has got to be one of the worst fantasy books of all time. I thought Terry Goodkind was bad, but he's a true genius in comparison to Mr. Wolfe's work. I would give this book negative stars if I could. I'm almost at the end and I'm still waiting for the story to start. Some of these reviews brags about Mr. Wolfe's english, well his fine words might be great, but they don't tell anything. The narrator isn't a whole lot better, while not the worst I've heard, he most definitely gets on my nerves. Stay clear of this, don't say you haven't been warned!!

    2 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    nell rayville, LA, United States 06-27-10
    nell rayville, LA, United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2013
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    "the shadow of the torturer"

    worst i have ever tried to listen to ............. and i dont know if it is the book or the narrating that was the worst. it was so bad i ff through most of it to find something less boring. it long and very bad. J. Davis did not help a bit with his monotone voice.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    J. Macholz novato 05-24-10
    J. Macholz novato 05-24-10 Member Since 2011
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    "boring"

    I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. I tried but couldn't focus. Maybe it was the narrators voice? i have read books and loved them but don't like listening to them so maybe that is the case here. Maybe it's just not my kind of book.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan oakhurst, CA, United States 02-01-10
    Ryan oakhurst, CA, United States 02-01-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Mistake!!!"

    As I write this there are 5 other people rating the book...I can only say I wish I had paid much closer attention to the ones who said it was awful!!! It is sooooooo slow and sooooooo poorly read I cant believe that there are actually 2 people who liked it...I never write reviews but this book is the first one I absolutely couldnt stand!!! Please Please Please do your self a HUGE favor and listen to the short piece thats made available. To me the title implied action and adventure and this is the farthest thing from it. The reader is so bad that I have black listed everything that now comes up with his name attached...It honest to god sounded like "Mr Rogers reads a long slow book about a boy who is supposed to be a torturer but really is just a loser". Sadly there is torture involved...Unfortunately it is the listener! Its a waste of a credit! Im not even going to keep it in my library...
    Ryan

    2 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 12-01-10
    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't listen to it"

    OK, I know I have only myself to blame--but I just have to say that, unless you enjoy REALLY graphic sadism, you are not going to be able to finish this.

    Hope this saves you a credit if you don't care for gratuitous cruelty.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Jacob US 07-27-10
    Sandra L. Jacob US 07-27-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Hated it"

    Did not finish. However beautiful Wolfe's writing might be, I could not listen to any more of this gruesome, soul-numbing cesspool.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dottie 02-04-10
    Dottie 02-04-10

    I love to read! However, since I'm exhausted when I get home, I don't really want to do anything that causes me think. So, I watch TV.

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    "horrible!"

    This was the first time I regretted purchase. I feel like I wasted my money. It was hard to follow and the narrator didn't help. Don't bother unless you are really bored.

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful
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