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Tigana | [Guy Gavriel Kay]

Tigana

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

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Publisher's Summary

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

©2009 Guy Gavriel Kay; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Brian Sanford, FL, United States 04-29-13
    Brian Sanford, FL, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Bloated, fabricated drama and poorly edited."
    What did you like best about Tigana? What did you like least?

    The story idea was great, loved the characters.


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

    Great narrator. He propped up a poorly executed book.


    Was Tigana worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author would restate the thoughts and descriptions over and over again, sometimes the same way, sometimes a new way. Very distracting to the story line. Fabricated drama by dropping obvious teasers, but not fill in things you should know at that point.

    Found myself day dreaming about other things while the narrator did his best to keep me engaged. I will be skipping all books by this author going forward.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Walker USA 03-13-13
    B. Walker USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2013

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    "good narration, obnoxious sensual interludes"
    What disappointed you about Tigana?

    I found myself pulling for one of the antagonists and found the protagonists to have little motivation other than a vague nationalism to drive them. Tigana is better left dead,


    What could Guy Gavriel Kay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave the sexual content to the imagination. One could infer that the sensual was taking place without completely breaking the momentum of the story. I understand "gritty" is what a lot of authors are striving for, when gritty seems forced into the narration I found myself just thinking: "This author is a complete perv". The point of fantasy is to be carried along with the story... after the second round of "passion" I was snapped out of the fantasy every time one of these laughable interludes began.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. Very good accents.


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

    Excellent prose.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is gifted, this tale was lackluster and did not live up to the hype.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-02-11
    Jeremy Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful"

    Perfect narration, exciting story, heart-rending tragedy... couldn't recommend more. One of (if not the) best fantasy books I've ever had the pleasure of reading (listening).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 05-28-10
    Jason 05-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "All heresy, no action"

    For every section of the book where something actually happens, then are 3 sections where characters just sit around talking about what happened. I wish Mr. Kay had just cut about 60% of the dialogue and instead wrote a few more action sequences or at least character confrontations. And the "Mud-people"? Really?
    I hung on for way too long, got about 2/3 of the way through, but just couldn't deal with all the characters pining for long lost Tigana. Now, if the author had actually written the story about the fall of Tigana, now that might have been worth reading.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    karen Fountain Hills, AZ, United States 10-20-11
    karen Fountain Hills, AZ, United States 10-20-11
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    "Absolute perfection"

    I loved everything about this book. Kay is one of the best writers around, in any genre. I will listen to this one again and again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Longwood, FL, USA 07-15-10
    Matthew Longwood, FL, USA 07-15-10
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    "No Idea"

    I don't know if it was the writing or the choice of speaker, but I found myself daydreaming whenever I played this book. Realized I was on the second section and had no idea what was going on and stopped.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin 12-05-11 Member Since 2011

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    "I can't get into this audiobook!"
    What would have made Tigana better?

    The names, places and settings are confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't get into this audiobook. I listen to books via my iphone, when I'm in the car or relaxing at home. I tried about seven times to get through the first part, thinking once I got further into the audiobook I might actually get interested. Unfortunately each time I tried, I ended up either falling asleep or calling someone because I couldn't take it any longer. I just got bored with the story and its slow pace. I guess I'm gonna keep trying but I doubt it'll be any time soon

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Lawrenceville, GA, United States 01-30-11
    Jason Lawrenceville, GA, United States 01-30-11
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    "Good, but long"

    I truly believe this was a well-crafted novel. The characters, plot and reading are incredible. However, I think it was also too long and could have probably been condensed somewhat.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lubbock, TX, USA 07-13-09
    Michael Lubbock, TX, USA 07-13-09
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    "Sigh"

    This is the hardest book to get into. I would rather listen to War and Peace.

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley south jordan, UT, USA 06-21-09
    Ashley south jordan, UT, USA 06-21-09
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    "HUGE WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!"

    The author of this book must be horribly disturbed. The entire book is one large incest ridden orgie! Obviously his little head wrote this book. Awful, horrble, sick. Not to mention that the story line is dry and rather boring, I kept finding my mind wondering while listening to this book. I am not even going to bother finishing the horrible thing. Don't bother, you will regret it!

    6 of 66 people found this review helpful
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