Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.
A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.
©2015 Leigh Bardugo (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
This isn't a dramatization of the novel -- it's a good novel narrated by different characters whose names lead the chapter (think of George R. R. Martin's books). Each narrator reads the whole chapter, and therein lies the issue: there are multiple different versions of every character's speaking voice. Multiply each by the number of different narrators who interpret that character and it gets a bit muddy. It's certainly distracting, and the story arc is developed in a way that there is very little backstory to explain what's going on until you're about 1/3 of the way into the book.
That being said, after spending a few hours immersed in it, you get used to it, even if it grates. The individual performances are fine... but collectively, it's a bit much.
Still, I enjoyed the depth of the characters once I got there, and by the end of the book, I was deeply invested in the storyline and cared about the core group. I'm going to get the second book in the series for this reason. However, I think the book would have been improved in its audio version by choosing a single talented narrator and sticking with him/her. Any one of the 7 actors who worked on this book could have delivered the story with clarity and consistency and I think it would have benefited from it.
Not YA age but listen to a lot of YA. First I absolutely loved the Grisha trilogy and it would be hard to beat so if you are considering Six of Crows, I highly recommend reading the Grisha trilogy first. However, I think you can still enjoy Six of Crows on it's own. Going to Leigh Bardugo's website can help fill in information on the Grisha orders and the layout of the world the story takes place in.
Formula for Six of Crows will feel familiar, unlikely group pulled together for a crazy, impossible goal. Leigh does a great job of developing each character as the story goes on. By the end of the story you are attached and invested in all of them and aren't ready for it to end. Which is good because this is the first book in a series.
Different than the Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows is written in multiple character viewpoint style which can be a challenge for audio production. For me this was no exception, I found 7 narrators a bit distracting. I think it could have easily been done with one really good female and male narrator. Maybe that can change for the next book...
Overall all wonderfully written, fun action packed story. Can't wait for the next in the series.
The voice actor who spoke the part of Kas drove me nuts, and continued to speak in that same greasy over-modulated voice whether doing narration or other characters' voices. But Jesper's voice actor made up for it (most of the time.)
Great character development and a good plot will suck you into this great story. Just be prepared for a little language and and a bit of raunchiness, but can you expect from a book about a criminals and outcasts.
While the story was really great, I couldn't stand the multiple narrators for each different character. The thing that got to me is that each narrator would pronounce the same word differently. Otherwise I enjoyed this book.
VERY. INTERESTING. BACKSTORIES.
I can't give only one. I love Inej, Kaz, Nina and Matthias. For the simple fact that Leigh Bardugo's revelation of their backstories (especially the how and why they've come to their present situation) was very compelling. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that the flashbacks/backstories are what got me hooked to this story
Definitely Lauren Fortgang's Inej! Loved Lauren's performance in the Grisha Trilogy. And loved her performance as Inej! I thought she brought out Inej's strength out. And I loved her raspy Kaz voice the most.
No overflow of emotions like the way watching Les Miserables on broadway would make me tear up. But I was surprised by how this book seems to be different from the usual YA books. To me, it seems more mature than regular YA. But not even close to explicit enough to be classified as NA (New Adult). Though I have to say that Kaz is definitely not the usual main character. And by this I mean that he has done things that I would never expect YA main characters to do.
You don't need to have read (or listened) Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy to enjoy this book. But as the story is set in the same universe, certain references would certainly be better appreciated if you've read the Trilogy.
I think that if you're the type who loves pairings or are into shipping, you'll love this book. Because I see a couple of pairings (and maybe even an implication of a new pairing coming out). I was initially reluctant to purchase this title because I thought it would just be "another heist story" which I wouldn't be interested in especially if it involves any sort of magical or fantasy elements.
But truth be told, I feel that this book composed more of the backstories than the actual heist. Which I appreciated because to be honest, I don't get easily impressed by heists no matter how clever it may be. Personally, I'm more interested in the characters and whether or not these principal people intrigue me enough to want to know what they would do and how they react to situations.
But don't let my comments fool you into thinking that this book is heavily inundated with romance. Yeah, there is an element of romance with some characters. But since this story is told from multiple POVs and these are vastly different personalities telling the story, I can pretty much say that the story is pretty balanced. It tells you who and what the characters are now, how and why they came to be the way they are and how mixing them together to accomplish this mission/heist further develops their character.
Sorry for the long comments. Long story short: I enjoyed it because of the characters and I'm looking forward to the next book
So I'm not going to lie...... I had never read anything from Leigh Bardigo before, so understanding the Grisha stuff was difficult at the beginning for me. The names of places, gangs, descriptions, and people threw me off, and for the first few chapters, I questioned listening further.
But!!!!! When the plot started to pick up, it shot straight up, and I was enthralled.
I ended up really liking this book, and frustrated when it ended. The sequel cannot come soon enough!!!
Nina and Inej were my favorites (though, I'm a lady, so that isn't very surprising), but I still liked how each character had an intricate web of a background. At first, the many characters was confusing and frustrating, but again, that quickly changed :)
Bravo! I loved it.
I can't follow the story. Tried listening on two separate occasions and just can't pay attention. I'm not sure why.
The narration is so strange and over done. Makes it feel like it's a children's book. Maybe it is and I missed that on the description.
After two chapters, I don't even know what this book is about. I have no idea what time frame it supposedly takes place. Overall, I simply do not look forward to listening to this story each morning.
Abandoned the book. Perhaps it gets better as it goes, but I'm not willing to stick it out to find out.
Nope. I don't think it really gives a groundbreaking difference. Of course, other than giving that character depth that a physical book can't ever give in comparison to a recorded audio-book version of a story that has a cast to emulate and embody the characters within.
I liked how it was original, meaning a good stand alone book, but still had those easter eggs from the original Grisha trilogy.
I loved all their intimate scenes, all 3 pairs of them.
"Flawless fantasy heist"
This was one of my favourite books that I have listened to in a while. I bought after reading a few review on a whim, and found that it was engaging, fun and original.
It is hard to pick one as they are all so well developed and have such complex motivation. I loved the wraith and nina, but they were all great
The story switches perspectives, although it is narrated in 3rd person, and each character has a different narrator, giving the performance texture. This also helps to make it easier to follow and remember who you're listening to! In other books, I have found that this technique can be gimmicky, but it adds to the story and enables the author to reveal and hide different aspects of the story well, building suspense and adding depth.
I don't know... the plot is too unique and interesting to be summarised in one line.
The narrative is great, the plot is original and the characters are full. The author has not had to resort to using old tropes and, although some of the romance involved is a bit unoriginal, it added to rather than detracted from the story as a whole. I really enjoyed this book!
"Incredibly well performed"
I absolutely loved this book, it was a huge leap ahead of the author's Grisha Trilogy, set in the same universe with completely new characters and a new and gripping story. The multiple narrators really brought it to life. I would definitely recommend this audio book.
Loved this book so much! !One of the beat audiobooks ive ever read!! Read This!
A very entertaining story with good characters
and side plots well narrated with different voices
adding to the experience looking forward to the next enstallment
"Got this one refunded"
I listened to this book for approximately one hour, but the storyline didn't grab me and the narration for some characters was irritating. So, I went for a refund.
My ratings are obviously only relevant to the first hour of the book. Perhaps it drastically improves later on, but I can't obviously comment on that.
Just damn excellent! Intelligent writing, exciting plot, characters with growth and witty relationships. Overall world of the book was interesting and cool.
Really great world-building
I loved how the differing viewpoints of the characters merged together to gift the reader with a multi-dimensional Big Picture, as well as delving into each Dreg's backstory to round everything out. The setting was superb, the world-building phenomenal and the emotional impact ranged from in-your-face to very subtle. I've seen the book described as "Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven" and there is some truth in this, since it's a twisty tale of outcast, misfit teens sent off to perform the craziest of heists, but if you're thinking it's derivative, think again. For me, at least, it was startlingly original, hugely entertaining and surprisingly moving in parts.
I was really glad the actor playing Kaz Brekker, teen crime lord extraordinaire, had a genuinely rough, husky voice (or if not, managed to fake it brilliantly), since this is one of his key characteristics in the book. Inej, too (probably my favourite character) also had a wonderfully evocative accent.
I think I'll leave that to the professionals!
"Kaz Brekker didn't need a reason ... but they all needed him ..." ?
I haven't owned this audiobook for long, or the print version either, but it got under my skin very quickly. I've listened to it a few times, read the book a few times and have already pre-ordered the sequel, The Crooked Kingdom, which is released towards the end of September 2016. It's that good.
I read this in paperback previously & loved listening to it on audio, I thought that the voices were really well done and easy to listen to.
"six of crows"
I loved this book I've managed to finish it in two days it was really gripping and kept you interested throughout the story um I fell in love with the characters absolutely brilliant worth a listen
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