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The Claw of the Conciliator Audiobook

The Claw of the Conciliator: The Book of the New Sun, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

Listen to more in the Book of the New Sun series.

©1982 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1982

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    Michael 03-09-16
    Michael 03-09-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Pure Madness"

    In this book the author provides little more than a window into his own insanity. The lauded prose of this author seemed so mysterious to me that the human motivations behind the characters were simply impenetrable. In a single word, this book can be described as "non-sequitur." It is ironic that the main character is a professional torturer. Listening hour upon hour to this book, I was on the rack myself. As Thecla did in the volume preceding this one, I decided to end my own misery rather than see it through to the end. I shut off the book and returned to Audible, a first for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 09-19-14
    Jason 09-19-14
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    "What is the Claw?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Claw of the Conciliator to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version more than the printed text because Davis so carefully brings out the subtle, deliberate, inconsistencies in the main character's first person recitation of events. He has a melodious voice which is easy to listen to for hours on end.


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    CT 07-03-10
    CT 07-03-10
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    "Good not as good as the first, but good."

    I feel like all these books end abruptly. I guess that is what you get when you take a huge book and break it into 4 parts. I long for the ways of french romanticist literature when a 1400 page book like the Count of Monty Cristo got published commonly. Anyway. It is good. Though I noticed that whoever put the cover art together spelled Conciliator wrong (or the people who listed it on audible did, either way someone screwed up).

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    donald a downie 06-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Lacking drive"

    I loved the first book in this series. it was fantastical, and the narration if the story was from a solid PoV. Two plot devices from the first novel, a play, and a dreamlike quality in certain scenes, which were charming and worked to move the story forward, were grossly over used here, hampering the story for their own use' sake. Wolfe shot himself in the foot with this one.

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    Bernd Lawrenceville, GA, United States 05-05-17
    Bernd Lawrenceville, GA, United States 05-05-17

    Ich heisse Bernd, gar nicht 'Brernd'. Das iss genook

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    "Best Dark Fantasy Read Series. Truely a Classic.."

    I truely envy those wh have not yet read thid rrvolutionary and engtodsing saga, so adroitly woven with thr language and delight of lucid dreaming...Enjoy!

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    Nicole 10-28-16
    Nicole 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting...not as good as 1"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Claw of the Conciliator to be better than the print version?

    The character's are developed a bit more, but still seems to never have a clear climax or resolution.


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    Amazon Customer 03-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "further down the rabbit hole"

    great follow up, sometimes in a fantasy or science fiction series the magic dies after book one because all of the world building has been revealed, Wolfe keeps you guessing and I'm sure I'll still be guessing when I finish the fourth book (but in a good way).

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    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 04-27-14
    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 04-27-14 Member Since 2017
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    "At least spell the title correctly."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have been one chapter of the next one. Just goes on and on and on and . . . .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Wolfe again?

    I'll try the next book in the series before I give up. The first one was very good.


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

    Ennui.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I opened the book the misspelling of the title on the "cover" was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kellan 04-23-14
    Kellan 04-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Confusing and too metaphorical"
    Would you try another book from Gene Wolfe and/or Jonathan Davis?

    No not from this author, but I enjoyed the narrator.


    Has The Claw of the Conciliator turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I still love sci-fi, but this was not a story that was easy to follow, nor one that rewarded the reader for doing so.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This could never be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that people are saying things like the prose makes it worth while, but I beg to differ. What makes a story good is just that, the story. In this case the story really doesn't give the listener anything solid to go on. It's incredibly confusing and disconnected and there really isn't a point to the tale.

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    Brian 10-02-12
    Brian 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "good book, nice read, mid series book"
    If you could sum up The Claw of the Conciliator in three words, what would they be?

    complex, layered, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    nuanced and adult


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

    mostly gives greater context - age, experience, personality


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

    not possible nor desirable, its a book (series) to be soaked in slowly


    Any additional comments?

    looking forward to books 3 and 4!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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