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A Brightness Long Ago

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count - and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.

©2019 Guy Gavriel Kay (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Always a pre-order for me

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite authors, his voice is absolutely unique, so whenever he releases a new book, I preorder it....Started reading this one at 12:01 am.....it’s 9:05 am and I haven’t slept.... Thank you, Me Kay, for another sleepless night!!!!

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As good as it gets

Guy Gabrielle K is the best living fantasy writer, in my opinion. This is literary quality writing and plot magic. Fascinating characters, wonderful world, a real page turner. Please, please read this book.

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Editing incredibly sloppy!

The editors of this books did a horrible job. There are numerous times where the same sentence(s) are repeated / reread. For an author and narrator of this quality I am ashamed of the quality of the editing. I don't know if Mr. Kay or Mr. Vance realize how sloppy the editing of one of Kay's amazing novels was done. PLEASE FIX AND RE-RELEASE!!!

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Exquisite

As always, G.G.K. delivers a soulful, gripping and memorable story. And, a great oblique view of what life may have been like in the Italian States around the end of the Byzantine era.

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Another Masterpiece from Mr. Kay

Anticipation for each new release from Guy Gavriel Kay is a given, and they never disappoint. The publisher's summary is quite understated so you really won't get a sense of what is waiting for you once you dive in. In my experience, nobody writes as beautifully as GGK does and this one definitely lives up to the expectation. I thoroughly loved this book and how Danio's life - with only tangential interactions with the most important people at that time, in that region - had such a profound impact on the lives of those people.

The characters in 'A Brightness Long Ago' are so rich, and the dialogue is satisfyingly intelligent. The subtlety in the plot and who the characters are - their history and the choices they make - is exquisite. I would say that there a no stereotypical character-types (i.e. good guy / bad guy) as they are all shades of grey and I found myself invested in all of them.

One fantastic aspect of the writing that I must point out is the device he uses by switching character viewpoints frequently to mix up the pacing and fill out the story. Not unique, of course, but he often does this with a little bit of overlap in the timeline which makes the narrative that much richer and drew me even deeper into the story. It was a little thrill each time used this technique.

As for the narration: Simon Vance is a master and that only enhances the experience. Whenever I actually read a paper copy of GGK's books, I 'read it' with his voice in my head!

I can't say enough good things about this book. If you are already a GGK fan and haven't bought it: you will be delighted.
If you haven't yet read (listened!) to any GGK books then this is a perfect way to dive in!