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Publisher's Summary

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night the world is overrun by demons - bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once-proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that anyone has been able to survive.

A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open among the increasingly isolated populace. But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay: They allowed man to fight back, and to win.

Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world. Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.

©2010 Peter Brett (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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Loved the Warded Man, but this isn't worth $10

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While I love this series, this shouldn't be sold for $10. It is a short excerpt that really has little going for it.

It is entertaining for a fan of the series, but don't expect much.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben M
  • United States
  • 06-07-12

Wish it was longer!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Bazaar to be better than the print version?

Pete Bradbury takes the story engagement to another level.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arlen Bales of Tibbit's Brook of course!

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

At 1hr and 29min, the story isn't too hard to listen to in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I really love how Brett has taken his short stories and published them in book and audio-book form. I think it is something that more authors should consider doing to tide readers over until the next full manuscript is finished. If you haven't listened to The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, grab 'em! They are grade A pieces of fantasy that rival the work of Scott Lynch, Brent Weeks, and Joe Abercrombie.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A waste of money

What would have made The Great Bazaar better?

It appears to be a chapter that was cut out of the major books and sold as a book on its on.

What could Peter V. Brett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it into a book and not sell chapters as a book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did a great Job

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Bazaar?

The bazaar only have one scene, so there was nothing to cut. What was needed was more scenes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great tease!

If you could sum up The Great Bazaar in three words, what would they be?

feels like a missing chapter front The Warded Man.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Bazaar?

attach of the sand demons

What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

great as usual

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

nope

Any additional comments?

this such a tease. Mr. Brett can you just release the new book already.

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  • Joe
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 08-23-12

I wish it was longer.

What made the experience of listening to The Great Bazaar the most enjoyable?

Snyone who is a fan of The Waded Man and the Desert Spear should puck this short story up. It is a quick glimpse back into the world that Peter Brett so lovingly created. I can not wait for he Daylight Way o come out next year.

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Filling in the details

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already recommended it to everyone I know, especially if they have already had the pleasure to read 'The Warded Man' and/or 'The Desert Spear.' Although I agree with the author that it is not necessary to the worth of the series itself, 'The Great Bazaar' provides intriguing background information and a deeper understanding of Arlen's character and Abban's resourcefulness.

What about Pete Bradbury???s performance did you like?

Pete Bradbury's versatility of voice is remarkable. Although he doesn't seem to change his voice at all, he does change the timber so that the listener has no trouble distinguishing one character from the next- important when there is no visual que.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend adding this title to your Peter V. Brett collection.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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too short

I believe that the book is too short for my liking... the story is good for a quick read

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Adds backstory

This was a fun listen between books 1 and 2 in the series and gives us some much needed backstory.

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Always fun to come back to.

Such a great series I like the shorts as extra stories esspefially after reading the whole series first it's fun to now listen to them as they are narrated superbly.

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Delicious Twist

Nice short story especially for those who have read the trilogy "The Demon Cycle" beginning with "The Warded Man."
If you have read the trilogy do not fear to jump into this short story and "Bryan's Gold." It may seem that to jump back in the plot line temporally would be disappointing but it is not.
Delicious twist at the end of this missive.
Enjoy.