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A Gathering of Shadows

By: V. E. Schwab
Narrated by: Kate Reading,Michael Kramer
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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab comes the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic - A Gathering of Shadows

Kell is plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, he is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila. 

As Red London prepares for the Element Games - an extravagant international competition of magic - a certain pirate ship draws closer. But another London is coming back to life, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning. 

Black London has risen again - and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall. 

©2016 V. E. Schwab (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read." (Entertainment Weekly

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Bring back Steven Crossley!

I've got nothing against Kate Reading & Michael Kramer -- they are great in Wheel of Time, for example -- but the main characters in this story are LONDONERS!

Steven Crossley (narrator for Book 1) was excellent...and BRITISH! (and, ummm...he's still alive) Why the change!?!

Delilah Bard as a soft-voiced American...c'mon man!

Sadly, books 3+ are also narrated by this AMERICAN duo. I may be forced to buy the printed format.

I'd love to know what @VictoriaSchwab thinks of this.

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good writing, great narrating, OK story

It's well written, and it is set in an interesting world. The storyline is very predictable and - worse - there are many things that just make no sense and characters act in really cliche-type manners. Think main character storming off alone without informing allies into an obviously dangerous situation without any reason to do so.

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  • Sofia Jones
  • 04-05-21

Narrator is terrible, story is fantastic!

The first book was amazing, this book is also amazing but audible have used different voices on each reading. This wouldn’t be so bad if the female narrator in this book didn’t sound like a robot. Disappointing as it ruins the book at little.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-22-20

Disappointing performance

The story is good -not as good as the first one, but still interesting-.
The performance though is really frustrating. The female acting/narration is great but the male one is really bad. The male narrator is very monotonous and accents every sentence mid way and before commas making it sound like he is reading from a list....
Impossible to focus on the story and get into the feeling.
I'll probably just read the book.

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  • judith
  • 12-07-21

Awful narrators

Why do the narrators have such difficulty pronouncing such simple words as “shone” It is not pronounced shown. Their attempts at accents are abysmal. Really detracts from what is quite a good story. Bit of swashbuckling fighting, magic, romance. Easy listening if only they had chosen other narrators.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-21

Great story, not too happy about the performance

Loved this second book, but I struggled a lot with the parts narrated by Kate Reading: I found her rhythmic cadence unpleasant as nearly every sentence is read in the same. It became quickly monotonous and redundant. Luckily it's less problematic towards the end of the book, as there are more dialogues in the parts she narrates, and the dialogues are not affected by this issue and sound more "alive" and not repetitive.

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  • Matthew Wilkinson
  • 01-30-22

disappointing narration

Extremely ittitating having multiple people narrate. Also, why change the narrator from the first book? He was excellent. These people live in London, why are they American? Good story buy I found myself wanting it to end so I could stop listening. I'll probably buy the last book rather than through Audio.

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  • hollye
  • 10-31-21

Totally wrong narrators

Neither of the narrators is right for the role, which is pretty off-putting and nearly made me give up on the book. However, the story is really compelling and I find the world that VE Shwab has created really draws me in - to the point where I could put up with the narration, but it is a real shame.

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  • Cat Chaser
  • 09-20-21

awful narration

I loved the first book in this series the narration was very good, and the characters excellent. However the narration of this book spoils the story. i found it very difficult to relate to any of the characters it was just dull. In the end i finished the book but it was very hard going. Hence, i have not bothered with the third book in the series i think i will just buy the book to find out what happens. Sorry but what a disappointment for such a great story.

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  • Gillian
  • 04-13-21

Excellent story but awful narration.

When I began listening to the first in the trilogy, I wasn’t sure it was for me but I very quickly became a devotee, despite Lila sounding like Eliza Doolittle. This story is also excellent, so good that I had to try and ignore the truly poor narration. I prefer one reader and the reason for that is abundantly clear in this case. Although I didn’t like the previous narrator, he was definitely a better choice than these two in this instance. I realise that the author is American but the story is set in London and the two readers English accents leave quite a lot to be desired. Even worse, some characters overlap and the voice characterisations of the two readers are totally different, with Michael Kramer frequently sounding like George Sanders in the 1940 version of Rebecca. Audible - please keep the same narrator for series. Moan over! This is an excellent trilogy, which I highly recommend. Off to download the last one.

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  • hmycyvw
  • 11-04-22

change of narrators

Not as strong as the first book. personally I did not like the change of narrator and find the new narrators slightly distracting even if the idea is good, but was not executed in a good way.

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  • Kevin Gilmartin
  • 10-26-22

Great story, poor choice of narrator

I love this series, and this narrator combo are great in other things like The Stormlight Archive, but they just don't work well in this. I really wish they'd kept the guy from book 1.

The setting is London, in several incarnations, and the main characters should have English accents. These American narrators are good, but they can't sustain the accent needed to make this convincing.

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  • Ruphio
  • 09-22-20

Unable to finish listening

New narrator has a halting way of reading. Ruined the flow of the story for me. I will just read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

Incredibly frustrating change of narrator

Unfortunately the narrator / narrators have been changed since book 1.

Firstly, I find the inconsistency from book 1 to here makes it very difficult to maintain the same imagery, and creates a character that is, in fact, a different character. This grates on me, and challenges every moment I try to continue listening.

Secondly, the female lead in this, narrates in exactly the same style as her performance in the radiant series of books… she may as well be performing the same character. The American accent simply does not work, either.

Extremely difficult to continue listening. I think I’ll buy the book instead.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-12-21

redeeming audio book

in the first book I almost stopped reading it I hated the audio presenters voice so much. The change in voice actors aided in telling the story and they did a fantastic job