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Gideon the Ninth

Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (568 ratings)

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The Emperor needs necromancers. 

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. 

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. 

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap out of the audio, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. 

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. 

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. 

Of course, some things are better left dead.

©2019 Tamsyn Muir (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

This book felt like an old friend telling me a story around a campfire, with me clinging to every gritty detail, deepening mystery, and snappy comeback.

Gideon is a wonderfully relatable character while also being a total badass. I couldn't *not* love her. Her and Harrow's relationship is so messy and complicated and I love that it only got more complicated as they had to work together and grew as characters. I was consistently pleased by twists and turns in the story, as stakes rose ever higher and the mystery unfolded, and really enjoyed when people would explain whatever crazy thing just happened so I could truly understand and appreciate how crazy it was; it was so conversational that it never felt condescending or halted momentum.

The narration was amazing, well acted, and really made me feel I was there with the characters - Moira gave them all such life!

Taz, keep at it. As a long time fan of your writing, I can't wait to see what you whip up next.

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Mind blowingly good

Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gotchic palace in space is what first caught my attention. The rave reviews made me break down and use an audible credit to listen to it. Now I will buy a hard cover copy to keep in my safe so no one can ever ruin it and I will have it forever. From the get go, it grabs your attention and makes you root for Gideon. It makes you slowly fall in love with every character for different reasons, and just when you think it couldn’t get any better, it breaks your heart. This is one of the best books I’ve read in as long as I can remember, and I’ve now got four other people reading it just so we can have a discussion because I can’t NOT talk about this book. Seriously, it’s worth every penny and then some. This book will be a re read, and then I’ll read it again.

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Inventive, Hilarious, Emotional

Moira Quirk does an incredible job narrating this wondeful, unique book. Her voices for each character were spot-on and consistent. Her Gideon, in particular, is exquisite. Can't wait for the next one!

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The perfect mix of dark humor, fantasy, and sci-fi.

What a refreshing novel. The character driven narrative was fun, quirky, surprising, and often endearing (or silicious). I was really impressed at the way sexuality was acknowledged and normalized. It wasn’t weird. Thanks for writing a cheeky read I fell in love with. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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Come for the gothic panache and acerbic wit!

Be thrilled by the sword play, the terror, and the mystery of Who? How? Why? Stay for the vulnerability and truth.

It's bloody fantastic. The characters and their interaction are worth the story on their own. Intrigue, dueling, and the lure of secrets just make it all the better. And the word play, the turn of phrase... It is so, oh so satisfying.

And Moira Quirk's performance is spot on - doubled my enjoyment of Tamsyn Muir's story-telling.

(Also, this book would make a fantastic anime.)

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So much fun for such a dark setting

Great world building and wonderful characters. Moira knocks it out of the park with her narration. Very enjoyable and witty.

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struggled to finish

I liked Gideon but I was really hard pressed to understand what is going on and who all the other characters were. Gideon's banter was the only enjoyable part of the book.

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Snarky banter, hate, and sexual tention.

straight forward dark fantasy. Fun listen. Unique premise to me. Not fine lit but lots of hot lesbian necromancer fun?!

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Amazing

Such a great story. Thoroughly enjoyed it and am very excited for the next installment!

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SF, fantasy, and a great depiction of necromancy!

A well written story, with great imagery through out. I wasn't sure at first how much I would enjoy it, but quickly found excuses to keep listening. highly recommended.

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  • Private
  • 09-29-19

Absolutely Fantastic.

The narrator really brought this book to life, I'm definitely going to look for other books she had narrated after listening to this one. I knew I was going to enjoy this book by the premise and the blurb, but I had no idea quite how much. definitely would recommend for any reader looking for really strong and interesting female characters.

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  • 10-03-19

Well performed but a bit tedious

After a few chapters and realising there were ten more hours to go, I just could not face it.

The book is excellently performed, which is why I stuck so long but the story was just slow.

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  • Ricky
  • 10-24-19

Great concept, poorly implemented

I've had to go back and read more reviews to figure out why I was so damn bored. It seems there's a minority of people, like me, who just aren't buying it.

The blurb sounded great, but at about halfway through I've lost interest because quite frankly, nothing is happening. It feels like a bunch of teenage girls in high school who cant get along and spend the majority of their time having pointless conversations and bitching about each other. This seriously needs to be moved out of Epic Fantasy and filed under Young Adult, because its definitely misrepresented in category.

Really the only redeeming quality in the story is the banter from Gideon, its refreshing to have an author/publisher willing to drop f-bombs and the like. Unfortunately its just not enough, which is a shame because I felt like the wordsmithing from the author was actually quite good. She just doesn't do anything interesting with it.

The narrator seemed will suited though, pleasant to listen to and did a good job.

Sending this one back for refund.

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  • Bill
  • 10-17-19

oh god

I can't remember the last time i read something as good as this. And the performance was exceptional. But what an ending. How am I meant to go to work now.

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