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Jhereg Audiobook

Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Vlad Taltos is a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha. A member of the Great House of Jhereg (named for the tiny dragon-like creatures native to Dragaera), Taltos is given the largest contract of his career but the job is even more complicated than he expects.

The first book in Stephen Brust's "Vlad Taltos" series, Jhereg has also been adapted into a graphic novel by Marvel Comics. Here, Bernard Setaro Clark brings the tale to life in a rousing performance.

©1983 Steven K. Z. Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 09-20-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 09-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid Swords and Sorcery, even if a bit cheesy"

    The story was bit slow to get started, and even a bit to cheesy at the beginning. It did, however, start to move along a bit faster and it slowly drew me in and entertained me on a long drive.

    Although it reminded me of a Dungeons and Dragons saga, there were some novel concepts in the story, but I felt they we a bit undeveloped. Perhaps those parts were sacrificed to editing.

    If you like the Fantasy genre, you should be pleased with this book. It's nothing earth shattering, but it is entertaining enough to warrant a recommendation.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A good start to a great series"
    If you could sum up Jhereg in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, action, mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jhereg?

    When he frist bonds to the Jhereg at the start of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first one I have listened to from this narrarator. He did a good job.


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

    No this is a fun, easy read.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Glen Cooks garret PI sereies you will like this. It isn't deep but a fun action filled story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Australia 09-06-12
    Bradley Australia 09-06-12
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    "Smart, witty and full of intrigue."
    What did you love best about Jhereg?

    The author throws you into a world that is fully realised and slowly reveals the details.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jhereg?

    The banter back and forth between Vlad and his familiar Lyoush


    What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

    Bernard did a tremendous job reading this book with wonderful pacing and atmosphere.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Assassins Creed meets Lord of the Rings


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this author to ANY fan of fantasy.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 11-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    ""WHAT'S UP?" ANSWER "MY IRE""

    SMILING COMES FROM THE EARLY FORM OF SHOWING YOUR TEETH.
    Unlike one of the other reviewers, the cover of the books drew me to this. I also knew he co wrote a book with Robin Hobb. Maybe I am prejudice, but I find most of the fantasy of the 80's and before to be very lacking. I always have trouble connecting with the characters in these early fantasy novels. I should have enjoyed the relationship between the main character and the dragon like character, but little was done with this. There were several attempts at humor and I got the jokes, they just were not funny. It might have been the narrator. He didn't seem to have much expression in his voice. If this had been written today, I would have gone on about over doing the assassin type story, but since it predates Brent Weeks and others I can't say that.

    This has gotten lots of good reviews by reviewers with huge followings, but if you share my taste, I have to say No to this book. I have been spoiled by Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Jean Auel and the early Orson Scott Card, pre 1990.

    IF I HAD WANTED HIM TO KNOW THE RULES, I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN THEN OUT.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Mel S. 02-01-14
    Mel S. 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting take on the assassin storyline"
    What made the experience of listening to Jhereg the most enjoyable?

    As you listen, you get to experience Vlad putting all the pieces together, and there is some beautiful plot craftsmanship unfolding here.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed Kragar, Vlad's partner and right hand in his assassin dealings. Kragar is intelligent, and a bit snarky, making all of the interactions between him and Vlad really entertaining to hear.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are superb and bring an added dimension that I don't typically add as a reader.


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

    It was a bit slow in the beginning, so not initially, but once the action really got going I wanted to find out what happened sooner rather than later.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 06-08-13
    Leslie 06-08-13
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    "Still excellent...after 20 years of re-reading"
    If you could sum up Jhereg in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, funny, clever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loiosh, Vlad's jhereg familiar, consistently adds the wise crack to a situation that already has the reader grinning. He is quick witted, clever, and provides for a reasonable dialog even when Vlad is alone, or internalizing. I have read the paperbacks until the covers have worn thin, but i still laugh at his quick witted remarks.


    What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job with Vlad, and all of the main characters. I wasn't thrilled with Loiosh's accent, but after reading it for so long, its unlikely to hear all the voices the way the performer does them. In all, he is very talented, and I'll listen to this over and over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book is good--but the series is fantastic. The main character is a short-lived human in a world where hulking "elves" rule over them as less-than-equals. Vlad's way of working the organized crime angle, being a witch, an assassin--and still being the hero in the tale makes this a very unique read. Some books from your teen years don't hold up over time--this one is just as entertaining now as it was then.


    Any additional comments?

    I buy long books--short books are annoying to figure it all out just to have it end. There are LOTS of these books in the series...so the story just keeps going, you don't have to keep starting over! Prequels and sequels--I think this one is in the middle somewhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anissa 04-01-13
    Anissa 04-01-13
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    "Razor Sharp Writing, Perfect Reader"
    Would you listen to Jhereg again? Why?

    I don't listen to audio books more than once. I also don't often read books more than once. I've read this book and knew my husband would like it, so we listened to it together. He was blown away and I found myself enjoying a story I already knew.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jhereg?

    The voice acting is superb, especially the psionic whisperings of Vlad's sidekick, Loiosh.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clark's reading is everything you want it to be--well-paced, distinctive voicings without overacting, unobtrusive and yet layered with appropriate cadence and nuance.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wyn South Townsville, Australia 01-08-13
    Wyn South Townsville, Australia 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was an enjoyable tale, the series starts off deceptively simply but layers complexity with each subsequent story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really do like Vlad's character and the character development is well done throughout the series.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The naration when i first started to listen i thought was pretty average but after listening for a short while you find that the naration is all pretty good throughout with good variation between characters and a style that sucks you in!


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

    I really enjoyed the humour throughout this book and the full series and have let out a few belly laughs in otherwise quiet locations.


    Any additional comments?

    I would thoroughly recomend the book and the rest of the series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 08-16-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fast Paced Action."

    Vlad is a human easterner that has the ability to do some witchcraft. He summons a Jhereg (small dragon the size of a cat with human like intelligence) and receives an egg. Vlad bonds with the Jhereg and they have a mental bond. Vlad sales his fathers restaurant to become an assassin working for Dragaerans (they live for thousands of years and have several unique ability's of their own). There's a twist in this world just because you're killed doesn't mean you're really dead, people can be brought back to life.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 08-18-12
    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great read"

    I read this series years ago, but never finished it. Glad it showed up on Audible. Wonderful narration. These "Sam Spade style" detective novels can be fun, though sometimes hard to stomach in large quantities. Brust makes the genre pretty fun, though! Downloading the next book!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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