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Throne of the Crescent Moon Audiobook

Throne of the Crescent Moon

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Publisher's Summary

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings:

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the lion-shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time - and struggle against their own misgivings - to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

©2012 Saladin Ahmed (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn Durham, NC USA 02-07-12
    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn Durham, NC USA 02-07-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in.

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    "A welcome new voice in fantasy, read with aplomb"

    Ahmed???s debut is a welcome new voice in fantasy. Beginning with a short, dark prologue of torture which introduces us to a powerful, evil raiser of ghuls known as ???the gaunt man??? and his jackal-faced assistant, we are then introduced to our atypical hero, Dr. Adoulla, ghulhunter: set in a teahouse rather than an inn; set with cardamon tea and a book of poetry rather than stew and a tankard of ale; set with a 60-year old, portly, tired protagonist who longs for retirement rather a group of young adventurers longing for fame and treasure. Haunted by a lingering dream of his beloved city run through by a river of blood ??? a vision introduced in more sinister detail in the prologue ??? Adoulla nonetheless finds the strength to??? stand up from his tea and face the day. In terms of the narration, Gigante???s characterizations really are something here, from the voices of demonic jackal-ghuls to the somewhat pompous and sarcastic Adoulla, to a far-flung cast of characters from cross-eyed restaurateurs to the regal Falcon Prince, beggars, on and on. The principal narration is performed in a tone which fits both the dark and yet somehow also, in its way, playful content, as Ahmed???s abiding love for fantasy and D&D as source material are evident. I'm looking forward to more in this series.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    JoR S.F. Utah 04-06-12
    JoR S.F. Utah 04-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun, light fantasy"

    Throne of the Crescent Moon is a pretty good debut novel. I thought the characters were great, the plot fun, and the world a nice change from medieval Europe. The magic is the weakest part of the book, because it seems to be used too easy by the characters, with little or no cost involved. The plot is straight forward and predictable, but entertaining.

    The gem in this book is the narrator. I've never listened to a Phil Gigante performance, but I can say he is among the top narrators available on Audible.

    If you enjoy sword and sorcery fantasy Throne will be worth your credit. I only gave it 3 stars because I felt it was a bit empty when all was said and done. I like my fantasy with a little more meat to it, but I'll be listening to book 2 when it comes out.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Charlottesville, VA, United States 03-07-12
    Elizabeth Charlottesville, VA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fabulous voices!"
    Would you listen to Throne of the Crescent Moon again? Why?

    The voice acting of Throne of the Crescent Moon by Gigante is superb. I listen to a lot of audios and this one is one of the best out there. This isn't just a recitation of a paper product, this is stage acting.

    One of the strongest points of this book is Ahmed's the phenomenal characterization. These are real people with real motivations and concerns that I really care about. Gigante's acting is illustrative of the depth of personalities that Ahmed has written.

    I love that you can hear Adoulla's tired old bones and Raseed's righteous indignation. You can hear the busyness of the Dhamsawaat streets.

    And it sounds to me like things are pronounced correctly, which is so critical to making an audio version being immersive, as Throne of the Crescent Moon is.

    The first time I heard Mouw Awa? yeah, my hair stood on end. It's *that* good.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurene New York 07-01-12
    Laurene New York 07-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun adventure story, but the narrator is too hammy"

    I have a feeling I'd take this novel more seriously if it were read by someone who didn't feel compelled to overact. Phil Gigante seems popular, but I found him often nearly painful to listen to. His conceptions of the characters are cartoonish -- each one has only one mood as far as he's concerned. Since the Bedouin girl is initially angry and snappish, she always sounds angry and snappish, even when she's supposed to be talking about tender feelings. I might try another Saladin Ahmed novel in the future. I like the Middle Eastern context, and I have hopes he'll get past the modified superhero storyline, but I'll stay away from Gigante narrations from now on.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    E. Alvarado Illinois 04-13-15
    E. Alvarado Illinois 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great (non European!) Fantasy"
    What other book might you compare Throne of the Crescent Moon to and why?

    I bought this book after reading the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms trilogy and was looking for another fantasy novel with persons of color. This fit the bill perfectly!


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoy listening to fantasy audiobooks because I can hear how different words are pronounced. Gigante also does creepy voices really well which makes the villains come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a little predictable and I felt the ending was a little rushed, but I would definitely read/listen to another book by Ahmed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Birmingham, AL, United States 04-08-12
    Robert Birmingham, AL, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A ghulish tale"
    If you could sum up Throne of the Crescent Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Good against evil


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Throne of the Crescent Moon?

    While the book seemingly focuses on the fight of good against evil, really it is a book about introspection. The key characters in the book are all reassessing their lives during their struggle. Their inner struggles trump the outer struggles in my mind. Looking forward to their future adventures.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Cannot pick one


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

    I never want to listen in one sitting


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-24-16
    Mike 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pleasent listen!"

    Very pleasent listen. Performance is great! The story isn't the most in depth one in the world but if you are looking for a nice chilly book to listen to then this will help you out!
    Enjoy!

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    Kelsey United States 08-09-16
    Kelsey United States 08-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "An Interesting Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because of the great performance by the reader and it's an interesting story to read.


    Would you recommend Throne of the Crescent Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would. It was fun to read a fantasy novel that took place in somewhere other than a Tolkien type universe.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    The voices for all the separate characters were fantastic.


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

    It wasn't. I was originally reading it for a book club where we were going by chapters so I didn't want to get too far ahead. The length of the audio was fairly short though so I could see it being listened to in one sitting.


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    Sheila Sine 08-03-16
    Sheila Sine 08-03-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantasy Lovers Read this Book!"

    Narrator is fantastic. Everything about this story: characters, setting, pacing, stakes is excellent. A must read for fantasy lovers.

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    Matthew Rosenbaum 07-11-16
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    "Well done"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The adventure and spooky enemies made the book interesting at first, but I was more drawn in to the relationships that developed among all the characters - each of which are very important. It was interesting to see how Ahmed portrayed people with varying degrees of spirituality, or at least the spectrum of how we decide to interpret religious works. I really recommend reading it.

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    "Sci-fi infused w/ Asian, Arabic Culture & Religion"

    Without giving much away, this story tells of the supposed last adventure of a old, ready-to-retire ghoul hunter, Adoulla in the company of his sanctimonious young apprentice, Raseed. In seeking out a terrible ghul backed by ancient dark magic, the duo uncover a political coup and a long forgotten legend relating to the history of the monarchy.

    The narrator is brilliant in bringing to life a story rich with Arabic and/or Indian myths, culture and religious anecdotes and touched by tales of long lasting love, friendship and duty. It is this Arabian/Asian infusion that sets this sci-fi book apart from those I've read. I really did enjoy it, failing to put it down as while it may have been slightly predictable in issues of romance, much of the book leaves the reader in great suspense, even fear and arouses intellectual curiosity and intrigue throughout. I would gladly follow this kind/class of sci-fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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