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Publisher's Summary

The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins...they fear only one man.

Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets.

Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond poison, daggers and the iron rule of his father.

Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.

Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power.

©2013 David Dalglish (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Who told Mr Alexander he could/should do accents

What would have made A Dance of Cloaks better?

Maybe but the narrator of this trilogy has put me right off

Would you be willing to try another book from David Dalglish? Why or why not?

yes but not if Elijah Alexander is the narrator

How could the performance have been better?

Elijah Alexander should have done a straight read. His accents are atrocious and inconsistent. I really missed most of the book because his style of reading just made me tune out.

Any additional comments?

Really disappointed. Sounded okay from the sample

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • david
  • chester, United Kingdom
  • 01-02-14

if you can't do accents DONT even try

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the voice acting

Any additional comments?

the English Scots and Irish were truly dreadful. but id read the book again. worst voice acting iv come across in over 250 audio books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Munro
  • 07-16-14

Ruined by the narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the physical copy. The story has some nice parts to it but the narration is so offensively bad that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. This is the first time in several years as an Audible member that I've abandoned a book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Accents are awful, attempts at voices are indistinguishable from one another most of the time and no tension, emotions or anything else that you'd want from a book come through in the reading.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • ruth
  • 03-11-14

Cover design is great

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The various accents used by the narrator were unauthentic and very hard to listen to. I was unable to finish the book because of the quality of narration.

Has A Dance of Cloaks put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. I love this genre but this particular book did not have an individual voice.

What didn’t you like about Elijah Alexander’s performance?

His attempts at different accents with no clear voice for any particular character. The bits that were not dialogue based were fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was really disappointed with this book. Both in the performance and the content.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately, neither the plot nor the characters were sufficiently strong enough for me to fight on and after the first 7 hours, I threw in the towel. No humour and a hackneyed plot sealed it for me. Apologies, but unable to recommend to the normal crew as I did not manage to finish it. I would like my money back!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Osagie
  • 05-24-15

Shame about the narrator.

While the story was okay, I still had some issues with it. The main issue was that I wasn't made to care about the fate of any of the characters. There seemed to be like depth to any of them. This may have been in part to the shocking performance of the narrator. Seriously at some points in the book when these ridiculous ascents where flying around unchecked I had the most uncharitable feelings towards the man inflicting this pain on me.
So overall okay book, made nigh unlistenable by the performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • anthony
  • 02-23-14

Great listen for fantuscy fans

Where does A Dance of Cloaks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 20 and I have over 700 audio books.

What other book might you compare A Dance of Cloaks to, and why?

To brent weeks's night angel trilogy. This book has the same sense of adventure and catches hold and doesn't let go until the end

Which character – as performed by Elijah Alexander – was your favourite?

I found all of the characters were pro formed well and could listen to them time and time again

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it took me 2 days though.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book so much that I went and downloaded the next book in the series straightaway

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  • CrazyKenayn
  • 04-28-17

loved the narrator's take on characters

loved it, and can't wait to read the next novels. Great story enhanced by great narration.

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  • Nik
  • 12-06-16

Voice acting made it impossible for me to finish

The story seemed good enough. The voice acting is the worst I've ever encountered! Ruined

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  • Clare
  • 04-01-16

Terrible narration

Narration so bad didn't get past the first hour! First time have abandoned an audiobook.

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  • Y. ANTWI-YEBOAH
  • 11-07-14

BAD NARRATION GOOD STORY

Would you listen to A Dance of Cloaks again? Why?

Excellent story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance of Cloaks?

Just very enjoyable. I do not want to spoil the story.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Elijah Alexander?

Not Sure but The guy who does game of thrones or Michael Krammer would have been spot on.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes at times.

Any additional comments?

Good story. Am sad that the whole series is narrated by the same actor.

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  • Anne-Louise Moyles
  • 02-07-15

Unlistenable - reader is hopeless

Reader was fine when they weren't attempting accents. But there were sufficient characters given accents (seemingly at random?) that were so painful I missed a lot of the story and had to stop listening. In the middle of enjoying a section there would suddenly be a character speaking in what may have been a broad Scottish brogue spoken by someone with brain damage. Multiple characters with the same accent made it very difficult to keep track.
I might go buy the book as the story was engaging, but the presentation here does the author a grave disservice.