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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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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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    Linsay ROCKMART, GA, United States 08-06-12
    Linsay ROCKMART, GA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Beautiful Story, Beautifully Read"
    Would you listen to Tigana again? Why?

    Listening to Tigana was a magical experience that I will definitely repeat. The story was very moving and relatable despite being set in an entirely fictional world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigana?

    There were many memorable moments. The prologue had tears in my eyes; the exchange in the hunting lodge; Katriana's daring mission; Baird's experience with the nightwalkers; the whole ending.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    All of his performances were amazing but Brandon was probably my favorite. The different accents, especially for the Egrathans and the Barbadians helped me hold on to the idea that these were foreign invaders. (I don't know if I'm spelling any of these names correctly.)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many, many parts that moved me to tears or laughter but the ending left a lasting impression on me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duchess of Dreams Monroe, ME 04-18-12
    Duchess of Dreams Monroe, ME 04-18-12
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    "Wish I could read it for the first time, again."

    Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my all-time favourite authors. I have all his books in hardcover and re-read them regularly to experience the richness of his worlds and the complex relationships of the characters. Here are no long, drawn-out, many-tomed series that seem never-ending. I enjoy getting into the heads of his characters and there are not so many points of view that one ever gets confused.
    Of all his books Tigana is perhaps my favourite, along with The Lions of Al Rassan. The story is epic and moving filled with camaraderie and poignant irony, a lot like life. I got this as an audio book because I thought that the story would lend itself to the oral method and I was not disappointed. Simon Vance does and admirable job telling the story and changing accents for the various peoples. My only problem, because I know the story so well, is that some of his voices were not ones I would have imagined. Still, his reading/portraying is clear and easy to understand and his pronunciations are impeccable.
    Now I will happily listen again as well as read again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sayre64 10-20-11
    Sayre64 10-20-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful language and cadence."

    Wonderful story with the best narrator possible chosen to read it! I could listen to this guy read just about anything but the story was also really good so a great buy all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tempest Portland, OR USA 01-06-11
    Tempest Portland, OR USA 01-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written"

    This story draws you in and makes you really care about the characters. The pace is great and doesn't leave you falling asleep. The imagery described and the foundation of the settings makes it all feel very real. Very well written and very well narrated. Kudos to both author and story teller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel La Verne, CA, USA 06-24-09
    Nigel La Verne, CA, USA 06-24-09
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    "Classic fantasy but not enough actions"

    I can see why the first reviewer compared this book to "Mistborn: The Final Empire". For myself, I definitely like Mistborn better. Listening to Tigana is like listening to a history lesson. An interesting history lesson, but still, you feel like you are listening to a story that have already happened.

    The author also "tells" you exactly how each character is feeling and thinking; not much is left to your own imagination. I found it hard sometime to listen to a character's flashback for 20 minutes when you already know the exact ending of his/her story.

    The other thing I dislike about the book is the lack of actions. There are lots of talking and planning and thinking, but very little actions. For a world so cruel and violent, there are surprisingly few confrontations. And also there is very little use of magic. You heard about magic all through the book, but it was used not often even by the 2 tyrants.

    I also find myself not liking any of the characters. They feel real enough, but none of them are really likable. If you have not listen to Mistborn, I suggest you go for that instead. If you have already listen to Mistborn, I think you will be disappointed with this book.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lenee CROSS PLAINS, WI, United States 08-02-10
    Lenee CROSS PLAINS, WI, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Just not that good"

    GGK has a great command of the english language and writes in a poetic style, but if you have to explains to me at the end what the book was about, i think that means you did a poor job of telling the story. Too many charaters. You don't know where the places are located, so i think it is better to by the book to see the map inside. I had no connection to any of the charaters. I just didn't care about any of them. I feel like nothing gets resolved. I thought it was very anti climactic and rushed at the end. Then there is this bizarre love story i never in a million years saw coming. I'm not sure who the main character is. Is it the boy, the chic the prince the wizard? It's hard to follow and slow in some places. Some of the stuff that's in there i thought had little or no relevance to advance the story and should have been cut out. He's just not very good with plotting. Stay away.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Sanford, FL, United States 04-29-13
    Brian Sanford, FL, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2009
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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

    Rev Kitten Stomper

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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 2014
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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).

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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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