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Kushiel's Dart Audiobook

Kushiel's Dart

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Publisher's Summary

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond.

Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart - a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new.

©2008 Jacqueline Carey; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This brilliant and daring debut catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists." (Publishers Weekly)
"A very sophisticated fantasy, intricately plotted and a fascinating audiobook." (Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series)

What Members Say

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    Tiffany T. Trinity, TX 04-20-15
    Tiffany T. Trinity, TX 04-20-15
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    "Slow Start"

    I took another reviewer's advice and listened patiently through the first 8-9 hours. then something drastic happens and the whole story changes. I struggled through the beginning, but after that I couldn't stop listening! Good stuff!

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    Michelle Thornton, CO, United States 04-14-15
    Michelle Thornton, CO, United States 04-14-15
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    "Long but good"

    I struggled to remember all the names and people in the story. I did really enjoy the story but I'm not sure I will read the rest of the series.

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    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 02-22-15
    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 02-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I don't see how this could be any better"
    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listened to this long book twice - in a row. The plot was complex enough that I wanted to catch a few more details the second time around and I also had a chance to notice the narration and not just the story. Anne Flosnik is the main character - and all the rest. I have listened to many Audible presentations and this is without question the best. No distracting mispronunciations to draw my attention from the story, no voices that don't ring true for the characters. I don't see how anyone could have done a better job.


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    Melena68 02-20-15
    Melena68 02-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting"

    there is a lot going on in this story. The author does a decent job of tying things together, but a lot is left unsaid. I enjoyed the read. I will give the second book a try.

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    Elizabeth King 01-24-15
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    "Love Jacqueline Carey's work"

    This will always be one of my favorite books. I was very impressed with the narrator, and will listen to again and again i'm sure.

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    Jacob Cael Bass 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Finished in less than a week"

    I didn't want to stop listening. I have read the book before just once, but listening to it is also a great experience. The characters and descriptions are fantastic.

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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 03-29-14
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My all-time favourite series"

    This truly spectacular book (and series) is so incredibly well-written and thought out that the story captivates instantly and rivets one's attention for the duration. The character is so unique and deeply developed that I couldn't help but walk along with her in the story. The world is so detailed it becomes incredibly easy to visualise the culture and society, but the political maneuverings bring a much needed intrigue that lays the path for Phedre.

    Anne Flosnik was a pleasant surprise as a narrator. I haven't liked her in the past, but I can't commend her performance enough. Her telling of the story was superb.

    I enjoyed this thoroughly as an audiobook, however I will say that I had already read the entire series (twice!) before picking this up in audio version, so I had no trouble with the complexity of the world and characters. I saw some reviews that mentioned it could be confusing, so I thought I'd add this caveat to my comments.

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    Joe 03-14-14
    Joe 03-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "DART"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kushiel's Dart to be better than the print version?

    ABOUT THE SAME


    What did you like best about this story?

    SHOWING THE DECIET AND GREED PEOPLE HAVE NOT CARING WHO THEY DESTROY TO MAKE A BUCK AND HAVE CONTROL OVER EVERYONE THEY CAN


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    all the characters about the same but at least the knight had some pride and was willing to take care of others (not for money or control like the others)


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

    SHOWING HOW THEY BOUGHT AND SOLD HUMANS SOMETHING THAT IS STILL BEING DONE TODAY


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    Fluffly Downey, USA 03-10-14
    Fluffly Downey, USA 03-10-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Captivating Read"
    Where does Kushiel's Dart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites. On a scale of 1-10 this is for sure an 8.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think of all the fascinating characters that are introduced I absolutely love Joscelin Verreuil. He has such depth; he is forever standing at a crossroads. He must choose and choose and choose again.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    From the first introduction you forget this is a book; it feels more like Phedra is actually talking. Unfolding her story with grace and elegance.


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

    Beauty should never be confused with weakness.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just the first book in the series. It is beautiful and wonderfully written. Jacqueline Carey has a talent for description that would make angels weep. I could not put this down.

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    Rejena Lubbock, TX, United States 03-10-14
    Rejena Lubbock, TX, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2017
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    "I just did not like the book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I tried for three hours to listened to the book. I just could not listen to the anymore. I am not sure who would like this book.


    Has Kushiel's Dart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    It is not Ms. Flosnik's performance of the book. I just didn't care for the book. I purchased the book due to the special offered by Audible to possibly offer options to get interested into new series.


    What character would you cut from Kushiel's Dart?

    None of the characters are interesting to me.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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