We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Way of Shadows Audiobook

The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics---and cultivate a flair for death.

©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (4496 )
5 star
 (2368)
4 star
 (1405)
3 star
 (475)
2 star
 (156)
1 star
 (92)
Overall
4.3 (3477 )
5 star
 (1948)
4 star
 (995)
3 star
 (361)
2 star
 (111)
1 star
 (62)
Story
4.3 (3464 )
5 star
 (1800)
4 star
 (1132)
3 star
 (366)
2 star
 (104)
1 star
 (62)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    gjm round rock, TX, United States 01-24-15
    gjm round rock, TX, United States 01-24-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrible writing, terrible narration, so-so bad"
    What would have made The Way of Shadows better?

    Hard to pinpont the worst part of this book. Immature, comically bad dialogue. nonsensical plot devices. Moronic naming conventions. Mixture of adult themes wielded by a child's understanding.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not volume 2.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    "He WALKED in the DOOR. SHE was on the OTHER side of the BED."

    Overemphasizing the wrong word in an endless stream of bad accents,lack of plot understanding, and bad acting for lack of a better word. This narrator however, fits perfectly to this awful book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Way of Shadows?

    Marble genitals comes to mind. The book needs edits more than anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve 01-21-15
    Steve 01-21-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing at best."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys weak character development and very inappropriate use of the 'F'-Bomb.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brent Weeks again?

    NO


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Narration was OK


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

    Disappointment that a potentially great story could be so poorly written.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you invest 20 hours listening to this book you'll wish you hadn't, and unfortunately you can never get it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 01-20-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engaging Story"

    To the author - please clean up the language. Very interesting story. I would have liked to continue with it, but won't because of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason roldan Hewitt NJ 01-17-15
    Jason roldan Hewitt NJ 01-17-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "if assassin's and medieval are your thing"

    this book is awesome. it had me hooked from the start. I own both the book and audible. I already got the second book and I can't wait to start it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ryan 01-16-15
    Ryan 01-16-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    71
    65
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping"

    Kinda slow and cing using to start but then you get into the book and it's like wow. Good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Somerville, MA 01-11-15
    Chris Somerville, MA 01-11-15 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Book is better than the audiobook"

    The narrator tried for too much pathos. It got wearing after a while, and it's hard to immerse yourself in a story where everything is delivered breathlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    zacket 01-11-15
    zacket 01-11-15 Member Since 2016

    My favorite books are science fiction, fantasy, and a combination of the two. I love listening to audiobooks on long distance runs.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting Ideas ruined by Bad Characterization and Ridiculous Sexism"
    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Paul Boehmer?

    I would not try another book from Brent Weeks.

    There are some genuinely interesting ideas in this book. Unfortunately, the book suffers from quite bad characterization, and ridiculous amounts of sexism.

    Massive gaps are left in the story. This is interesting when the reader is intended to infer things from the narrative. It is not interesting when it leaves out any depth of characterization. For example, we know Azoth and Jarl, as well as Logan and Kylar, are friends because we are TOLD they are. Almost any scene that would establish this fact is left largely to our own imaginations.

    Worse still, practically every female character (at least every female character worth describing) is described as beautiful, with very large breasts ("six feet of breasts" in one case... whatever that means), and defined entirely by the Virgin/Whore dichotomy. It is as if there is literally nothing else about them the reader needs to know. By the end of the book, a new female character's breasts are the only detail the author deems worth noting about them. I laughed out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of it by the mid-point.

    The only other thing I will add about the over the top sexism is that the primary female character is virtually "fridged" in the opening chapters. By definition the sole purpose of this event is to further the male protagonist's plot, and that's just lazy, bad writing.

    It is too bad really. If the author had deleted the vast swathes of text devoted to describing beauty, curves, and breasts; he might have had space to provide detail and life to all of the characters. Instead we have a collection of cardboard cutouts defined by single words (assassin, orphan, prince) and their props (virgins and whores). This would have been fantastic, because there are several characters with real potential, but they never really advance, and we never really learn anything about them.

    As it is, instead of getting a story, the author tells us a plot, in fits and starts.

    Also, if the villains weren't rapists, child abusers, and much worse; I might root for them instead, because they are actually effective, and have long term plans and goals. The protagonists spend the majority of the book clutching their brows and hesitating for extreme lengths of time, until the flow of events finally forces them to action.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brent Weeks again?

    I would not listen to anything by Brent Weeks again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was passable. Not bad. Not great. He frequently used the same voice for different characters. This would be fine, but he frequently does it when the characters are talking to each other.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Way of Shadows?

    If I were the editor, I would remove most of the expository describing how beautiful, curvaceous, and busty every single female character was, and flesh out all the main characters in detail.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is bad. Just bad. It gets so bad, that I started laughing out loud toward the end. Particularly every time a new female character is described. Again, I cannot state enough how disappointing this is, because much of the background and world building seems very, very interesting. But it isn't worth wading through drivel to get to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott 01-10-15
    Scott 01-10-15 Member Since 2012

    Looking for new titles to listen to any suggestions?

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting what you find"

    It is interesting what you find when you listen to this book while in a state of introspection and find so many things that help you get through the morass a doubt and confusion that you have in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brent 01-06-15
    Brent 01-06-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "own it"

    i absolutely love this book I want the next one. this is my style of story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Albert Sjoberg (PA) 01-03-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fails to deliver"

    This story is like your most disappointing and frustrating sexual experience.

    Several times in the narrative it promised pleasure and each time it just turned into self-conscious bumbling.

    The dialogue is forced and
    Uncomfortable, the vulgarity is juvenile.

    The experience completely forgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.