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The Way of Shadows Audiobook

The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

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For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics---and cultivate a flair for death.

©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Delton Auburn, ME, United States 12-20-10
    Delton Auburn, ME, United States 12-20-10
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    "A Beautiful Tragedy"

    I give this three stars because the story itself is excellent, but the recording is miserable. They balance out, mostly. I might go a bit lower. Maybe 2.5 stars, instead.
    Paul Boehmer never has been a particularly moving speaker, and this audio recording is no exception. The timing is off, the voices are all similar, and the dramatic pauses are in all the wrong places. I found that throughout this recording, I was constantly distracted by Boehmer's mistakes and poor choices of intonation. Yet despite all of this, I listened to it from beginning to end. Brent Weeks does a wonderful job making his characters both infallible and flawed. Everything they do makes sense, even though the reader, and sometimes even the character, knows it's wrong. They are multi-faceted, there are some superb plot twists, and he throws in some dark and come crude humor in there for effect, but tactfully, so it never distracts the reader (or listener) from the story itself. His literary voice is very strong, but I wish there was somebody who could convey that in an audio recording. It certainly isn't Paul Boehmer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony emmitsburg, MD, USA 04-24-10
    Anthony emmitsburg, MD, USA 04-24-10
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    "Good story, wonderful combat, Good Narrarator"

    This book can be a little confusing some times, as the time line slips back and forth in small parts between past and present. But I found this book to be a great listen. I loved the characters, and Yes to the other gentleman, Wetboys can be a hard title to swallow, for a deadly assassin, but that is part of what makes a story and its author unique. Wetboy is a title unique to Brent Weeks stories and thus he makes his book his own.

    I would also like to supply the definition of the word Spartan that so irritated that same reviewer.

    adj.
    1.Of or relating to Sparta or its people.
    2.also spartan

    a.Rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained.

    b.Simple, frugal, or austere: a Spartan diet; a spartan lifestyle.

    c.Marked by brevity of speech; laconic.

    d.Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity

    Perhapes before slandering a persons choice of words, you should yourself do a little research.


    The reader only used a few changes of tone to seperate different characters, but the author provides enough clarity that it doesn't confuse the listener.

    all in all 5 of 5 stars, and I hope to see more stories from Mr. Weeks.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Andy ATLANTA, GA, United States 08-25-09
    Andy ATLANTA, GA, United States 08-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a stereotypical 'Fantasy Assassin' book!"

    I was worried. I am a known sucker for any sort of 'assassin' book, especially fantasy ones. This one started out and I worried even more. It seemed flat and stale at first, like I had heard it all before. But slowly, slowly the book got its hooks in me. The story is there but it is not told in a straight forward manner and I wondered if there was more to it. There is, just keep going. It turned out to be a pretty great character piece, more akin to, well...
    The comparisons are there to be made. Not that it doesn't have a unique voice, but they are there:
    Pick out any of the really good 'gritty fantasy' authors out there and the comparisons come pretty easily.
    I expected this to be a guilty pleasure, and it is but now I feel more like its a guilty 'treasure'.
    Bought the second one, and will review it, too. If you like some dark, dark fantasy then give it a try.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 03-20-13
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 03-20-13

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "Exactly What You Think It Is..."

    ...this book delivers exactly what you think it will: a street urchin slowly transforms into an assassin under the leadership of the Most Feared Killer Ever.

    It's listenable enough. The writing is lively and in many cases beautifully done. The villains are drawn perfectly and the story chugs along with maybe just a touch too much personal agonizing.

    This is the first of a series. I found that at the end of the first book, I'd had enough...and don't much care what happens to the hero.

    It is, however, a fine book for a road trip where you don't need to concentrate entirely on the story. Not inspired...but remarkably average in every way.

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Books and TV AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-22-10
    Avid Books and TV AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Reads like 14yr old boy fan fiction"

    I'd been hesitant to get this book because of the conflicting reviews, but it kept showing up in different places as a book I might like based on other books so I finally gave it a shot when it was on sale. I feel the need to conunterbalance all the ridiculous good reviews. Not even worth the $5. The Review by "Gregory" below is pretty spot on. There is just so much ridiculously awful about this book it's hard to summarize, but yes the names are bad and the plot is random and patchworked. The author tries to develop characters, but has a poor grasp of good prose and no real idea of how people actually behave, and as a result the dialogue is incredibly contrived. It really feels like the whole books was written by a 14 year boy that has no idea of how interactions between people actually occur. There are a few redeemable plot elements and the overall storyline could be vaguely interesting, but any hope of that is so lost in it's poor execution that it's not worth the time or money.

    If you're looking for good fantasy go check out the books by Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, or Jim Butcher. Only get this book if you are a horny teenage boy. This is also not the first book I've come across by Orbit Publishing with the similarly-styled cover that is grossly overrated, and I think they actually have very poor standards for editing and plot development in all their books.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 06-28-17
    Joe 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "okay read"

    average read in my opinion....not sure if I will get the next book or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 05-06-17
    Daniel 05-06-17
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    "ok"

    didn't really captivate me. a bit hard to follow at times. interesting enough for me to read the next book. hopefully it gets better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Irvine, CA, United States 05-05-17
    Amazon Customer Irvine, CA, United States 05-05-17 Member Since 2011

    I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.

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    "Too much torturous violence"

    In a paper book I can skip paragraphs or pages when there is too much of the graphic violence. I can get the idea of sadistic characters without it going on and on and on.

    I would not recommend this book in audio form to anyone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Murphy 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    This was a very sad story throughout, however, there was enough happiness in the end to balance it out. I enjoyed the story. The narration wasn't the best, but it wasn't bad either. I will definitely be checking out the sequel to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlon 12-11-16
    Marlon 12-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Unrealistic"

    This book was very unrealistic and left a lot of questions as if humans don't learn from their own mistakes. I also found it hard to believe that someone who is born in the slums would be as naive as the lead character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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