Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.
But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
©2010 Brent Weeks (P)2010 Hachette Audio
Wow! Awful, awful, awful narration. To Hatchett Audio: whomever made the decision to put this yahoo narrator on this book should be fired. This guy actually got paid to do this narration? If I were Brent Weeks I'd be seriously upset. The narrator absolutely ruined the book. A surfer dude magician? You gotta be kidding me! I will listen to the audio samples from now on. I'm really sorry I didn't prior to downloading this one.
As others have stated, the writing is a bit sophomoric in places, but it could have been salvaged with a decent narrator.
One of only two books I have failed to finish after over 100 titles. You have been warned. Nuff said.
This Audible book has been ruined for me by the narrator, Cristofer Jean. His style of pausing and the voice he uses for all male characters makes it impossible to listen to the story. I'll have to pick this book up as a hard copy from the library as listening to it is painful.
I'm a big fan of Brent Weeks though and would highly recommend his Night Angel Trilogy though I can't speak for the narration of the Audible version as I haven't listened to it.
Audible was very understanding and had no problem with me returning the book, as always their customer service was great!
The narrator sounds like a surfer dude. Like the most stereotyped surfer dude that you can think of.
The book is pretty good, but the narration distracts from it. I would not recommend that audiobook to anyone. The narration spoils it. The book is pretty good. Weeks is very imaginative, but not great with dialog. He often insert modern-day colloquialisms in the text, which pulls me out of the story. Still, he's pretty good.
What a shame. This was a decent book but I found it really hard to get into due the narration. If Cristofer Jean narrates the next in the series, I will skip the audiobook and read the paper version.
This book is just not great. Interesting fantasy world and magic but the writer did not build much interest in the characters. The narrator just reads the book... Prior to listening to this I just finished Brandon Sanderson's book "The Way of Kings" which is excellent. If you have not read "The Way of Kings" or "Eye of the World" I suggest you read those books first. So many books are just so much better than this book. I also recomment "The Warded Man" and "The Name of the Wind". All the books I referenced are available on audible.
I actually paid for this book as I couldn't wait for credits! At first I could not get into the story. Usually I am doing other things while I listen and found that I really needed to pay attention to the story to understand the magic system and the different characters. Once I did this I completely enjoyed this book! It is very different than The Night Angel Trilogy (awesome series) which shows the talent of Brent Weeks. I love the characters realism showing both light and darkness even in heroes. Kip has great potential, love the fact that he seems underrated (chubby,full of self doubt,a bastard) but keeps pulling off great feats and then is confused about how he did it or thinking he did poorly. My biggest complaint is now I have to wait for the next book!
The narrator is a bit spotty, and makes the all-powerful Prism sound a bit like a stoned surfer, but the book is fun, and good enough that it inspired me to get past the mediocre voice work.
This is where audiobooks can become problematic. This is an imaginatively wrought world, with an easy to understand but compelling political system. Brent Weeks is a good author, and knows how to introduce the grittier aspects of life into fantasy that many authors skim over.
This narrator does the book no justice. His voice makes all of the characters, especially Gavin, sound douchey. I think I'll wait to get the paperback before I finish listening to this. His pacing and tone is destroying the picture I'm trying to construct in my mind as I listen.
This is a pretty decent post-modern fantasy book with some great world building. It plays with the protagonist trope quite well. But the Narrator! Good Lord! I had to fight to get past the first hour, then had to grit my teeth to get through, even though the story had me hooked right away. Read it instead.
I can't believe this is the same author of the Night Angel series. What a huge disappointed. Sophomoric writing with adult content left me frustrated. And yes, and definitely didn't help to have the main character (a supposed ruthless good guy type) sound just like Jeff Spicoli (for you young people - that means surfer).
The whole time I was waiting for him to say ... DUDE!
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