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Tigana Audiobook

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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    Angi New Orleans, Louisiana United States 03-07-15
    Angi New Orleans, Louisiana United States 03-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting and deserving of a Second Listen"

    Tigana is a deep and convoluted tale of fantasy and political struggle that deeply imbeds itself in the strife of the people of a truly lost country.

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    Myles 02-15-15
    Myles 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story if a bit slow"

    Vance is a wonderful narrator and this story is elegantly written. Kay creates a world full of emotion with characters that are not flat and one dimensional. They struggle with difficult decisions and show their depth in many ways. My only criticism is the pacing, which tends to be very slow moving. I found it worth the wait though.

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    Julie WILSONVILLE, OR, United States 02-12-15
    Julie WILSONVILLE, OR, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "SUCH a beautiful story!"

    I loved every minute. One of those books where I feel a bit of separation anxiety when it ends. Love this book.

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    Gleep 12-03-14
    Gleep 12-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The premise could have supported a short story"

    The story completely centers around the idea of the very name of a county being taken away and the anguish it causes the characters. This maybe could have held up a short story but it was a total flop as a novel. I quickly got sick of hearing about how tortured the characters are over the loss of a name. I tried to get into it but after about 8 hours I gave up.

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    Steven L Stringfellow 06-15-14 Member Since 2016

    Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.

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    "One of the most beautiful writing styles I've read"
    What made the experience of listening to Tigana the most enjoyable?

    The author's very poetic writing style. The dialogue in particular was so authentic sounding. Characters of many fantasies sound like regular 21st century blokes, but these seemed legitimately foreign. Also his similes were so precise and insightful. I didn't hear a single world that was out of place.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigana?

    The idea that the name of a people was obliterated from memory. I'm glad the author's after word was included because it added a lot to the reading.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Someone could have told me that there was an entire cast and I would have believed them. His female voices could not pass, but I was so into the story, that they blended right in.


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

    When some of the central characters admitted that they cared for each other. There were too such moments but they were written differently so they did not seem redundant. I liked that because as I begin to care about characters, I feel like I'm part of that moment. *sniff* I'm sorry. . .


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes characters acted outside of what I considerate to be their believable range of behavior. The incest seemed to serve no purpose and neither character seemed to give it a 2nd thought. Incest is a big deal. The two romantic "hook-ups" in the end made no sense. Both sere out of the blue and had no basis. Im OK with a twist, but the twist needs to make sense. And both felt like an after thought like when Leia and Han suddenly were in love and Luke was out. It would have been good to know the rules of magic or get an exposition of what wizards could and could not do. Explain why everyone just destiny just do that head explosion thing. Or why everyone doesn't just teleport with some archers, let fly some arrows and blink out again. Also the sister of Berd, died in disgrace by doing the opposite of her mission. That's a big deal too What's up with that. And she does not even have a face to face with her lover/brother. I was expecting that confrontation, and it never came. None of this kept me from enjoying the story, but there is.

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    Dartanyon 06-04-14
    Dartanyon 06-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Huh?! I'm awake......"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was decent. The story itself, well it was dry. I felt like I was walking through a desert with little to drink.


    What was most disappointing about Guy Gavriel Kay’s story?

    The book kept going over the same principles constantly. Completely redundant.


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

    Disappointment.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-01-14
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2014

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "ALL THE ELEMENTS"

    This is a fine story, filled with memorable characters, romance and all the elements of what makes the genre so entertaining. It is given life with the talents of Simon Vance who's narrative is breathtaking.

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    Kim Chatel Pennsylvania 11-15-13
    Kim Chatel Pennsylvania 11-15-13 Member Since 2015

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    "One of the best"

    I particularly enjoyed the author's note (read by the author) at the end because it nicely summarized the way I feel about really good fantasy. Tigana has been one of my favorites for years. The heroes aren't always heroic and the bad guys aren't all bad. It's a beautiful story and Simon Vance is an excellent narrator. He brought the story to life if a new way for me, which is why I buy all my old favorites as audio books.

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    Chris MAHWAH, NJ, United States 11-11-13
    Chris MAHWAH, NJ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written with a great ending."


    This book was recommended to me by Brandon Sanderson at a book signing. He said it was one of his favorites, and after finishing it i can completely understand why.

    So very often we are roped into stories that start out well, but last for ever, and ever and ever.... ( i'm looking at you Mr RR MARTIN) Invariability these stories wind over multiple books and thousands of pages and loose a lot of potency. This is not the case with Tigana. From its open prologue to the tear jerking epilogue, Tigana flows with a grace and pacing that draws you in keeps you engaged and gently deposits you back on the shores of a beach. A natural story that lives, breathes, loves, and dies in a manner that leaves you sad for having ended, but happy to have had the experience.

    Simon Vance's Performance was OUTSTANDING, you always knew who was speaking and could feel the mood of the characters all perfectly.


    Highly Recommended.

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    Frank 04-05-13
    Frank 04-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A quality novel and listening experience"

    Kay's Tigana is superbly crafted. The story is riveting. The characters are varied and complex. Simon Vance is so good at breathing life into the tale that you forget there is only one narrator. Be sure to listen to Kay's Author's note at the end. A classic...

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