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The Way of Shadows Audiobook

The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

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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

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    Amanda 03-16-15
    Amanda 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm in love!"

    Beautiful and complicated and wholly satisfying. Heartbreaking in it's reality concerning human frailty and evil. Looking forward to the next one.

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    SGilgallon 03-16-15
    SGilgallon 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the main characters"

    I love this author and his characters. The characters were the strongest aspect of this novel however the plot got a bit lost. There was no clear purpose for the hero and there were so many minor characters that I had to keep going back to figure out who certain people were. It was also a lot more violent than I tend to enjoy.

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    TM BEAVERTON, OR, United States 03-04-15
    TM BEAVERTON, OR, United States 03-04-15
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    "didnt care for the narrator"
    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Paul Boehmer?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Brent Weeks before, how does this one compare?

    Na


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator soundslike a computer program donr


    Could you see The Way of Shadows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    Feels like a computer is reading to me. Just awful

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    Mat 03-04-15
    Mat 03-04-15
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    "Way of Shadows"

    The narrator rarely pauses long enough between scene changes, which can be confusing at first when switching between characters. A short rewind solves this issue.

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    andrew j egger 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good job"

    Can't wait to see what happens next.
    Amazing voice and great writing.
    Keep up the great work.

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    Amazon Customer 02-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good series to start."

    good story line. good character development although there was a gap that was quickly explained away. overall really good and enjoyable!

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    WEP 02-15-15
    WEP 02-15-15

    I LOVE audio books. I drive 20 hours per week on average and use that time to listen to books. I love long books, and multi book series.

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    "Good Fantasy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    This is a good adult fantasy series, certainly worth the time and credits. Great story.


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

    In my humble opinion performers working in the fantasy genre often perform the story as though for a "young reader" audience, even when the content is clearly adult. Such was the case in this performance. Boehmer repeatedly imposed a whiney petulance to the tone of the characters dialogue that was over done and not believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the story, especially as it developed through the next 2 books in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 02-05-15
    Victor 02-05-15
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    "Story has potential, but mostly falls flat."
    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Paul Boehmer?

    No, not in this series, anyway.


    What was most disappointing about Brent Weeks’s story?

    [Possible spoiler alert] Basic story has been used probably in thousands of other fantasy novels - traumatizing childhood experience forces protagonist to become hard and train under "unconventional" master --> Master makes protagonist to question his beliefs and force growth --> all hell breaks loose when protagonist disobeys master --> somehow it's resolved (I'm guessing. I still have 8 or so hours to go). Either way, plot feels lazy and the narrative structure is overused.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Boehmer’s performances?

    Probably not. Several better readers out there - Michael Kramer, Steven Pacey, Roy Dotrice, Nick Podehl, even Will Wheaton or Victor Bevine. Boehmer talks like he's telling a fairy tale to a little kid, like the audience won't get that a scene is supposed to have tension, or is ominous. It's patronizing.


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

    [Spoiler alert] The few times it discusses or implies larger socio-political motivations and mechanisms at work (hopefully to be developed in future books) were the most interesting parts to me - that the characters who thought the consequences of their actions had a limited scope when they actually were just a small part of a much larger plan of other players. This shows potential for tremendous improvement over the tired and lazy world and character development that this book has spent the majority of its time explaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Character and plot development was tired and lazy. Book spends more time outright explaining how and why things were the way they are rather than letting reasons come out organically. It takes the reader/listener out of the experience.

    Pacing felt erratic. I sometimes got confused when listening. Sometimes, I can't figure out why the author spents a significant number of pages on a seemingly inauspicious event, then breeze through more interesting ones like action sequences or character crossroads.

    Introduction of world elements or story-specific terms is weak. I was often left wondering what the hell the narrator was talking about, if I missed something earlier. New terms feel like they come up without warning.

    Also, and it might just be me as a fan of grimdark, but I felt that the author couldn't decide if he was writing for young adults or adults looking for something serious that doesn't hold back. Earlier in the book, while there are very serious and dark situations, descriptions felt sanitized and broad, and actively avoided more gruesome specifics. Later in the book, violence is described in great detail, enough that I suspended skepticism and really visualized. Anything involving sex was also written like it could (almost) be included in a Harry Potter novel.

    All in all, I was mostly bored and disappointed, especially after mostly 4-star reviews. I'm going to finish it because I hate leaving books unfinished, and I'm hoping for more interesting events towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gjm round rock, TX, United States 01-24-15
    gjm round rock, TX, United States 01-24-15
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    "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
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    Steve 01-21-15
    Steve 01-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "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

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