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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.

©2015 Leigh Bardugo (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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This book is everything!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrators did a fantastic job bringing the story and their characters to life. I easily fell into the world and not just the first time, but every time I had to pause and then pick it is back up later. The story is enthralling and absolutely enjoyable for anyone. It has a lot of action and a little magic. The concept reminds me of Ocean's 11 but with magic and violence. Leigh Bardugo does a fantastic job of bringing these characters together to pull of a heist and the development of the story and characters was well done. I also really enjoyed how she tied in their backstories and how everything just clicked together. I recommend this to anyone, especially those looking for a good kick butt book featuring a seemingly impossible heist and some of the best characters around.

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I'm obsessed

So while reading reviews, I saw a lot of people being upset over there being 7 narrators. Personally I loved that every character had a voice to it. Sure everyone's rendition of Kaz was mildly different but I loved every single narrator. A round of applause for their ability to bring the story to life. And now a round of applause for Leigh Bardugo, who crafted this masterpiece. Sure you have to get through a mildly confusing first chapter, but it didn't take me long at all to be completely invested in this story and these characters. I loved every single one of them. The dynamic between Nina and Matthias was pretty hot (seriously, I wanted more!). There are so many little twists to this book, so many character complexities, so much cool world-building. Inej is a freaking ninja! Kaz is a criminal mastermind! I'm suffering a severe book hangover until the second one comes out in FREAKING SEPTEMBER UGH. Seriously, read this book, you'll love it, I promise.

67 of 69 people found this review helpful

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7 Narrators, But That's Not a Good Thing

This isn't a dramatization of the novel -- it's a good novel narrated by different characters whose names lead the chapter (think of George R. R. Martin's books). Each narrator reads the whole chapter, and therein lies the issue: there are multiple different versions of every character's speaking voice. Multiply each by the number of different narrators who interpret that character and it gets a bit muddy. It's certainly distracting, and the story arc is developed in a way that there is very little backstory to explain what's going on until you're about 1/3 of the way into the book.

That being said, after spending a few hours immersed in it, you get used to it, even if it grates. The individual performances are fine... but collectively, it's a bit much.

Still, I enjoyed the depth of the characters once I got there, and by the end of the book, I was deeply invested in the storyline and cared about the core group. I'm going to get the second book in the series for this reason. However, I think the book would have been improved in its audio version by choosing a single talented narrator and sticking with him/her. Any one of the 7 actors who worked on this book could have delivered the story with clarity and consistency and I think it would have benefited from it.

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New characters, new adventure, same world...

Not YA age but listen to a lot of YA. First I absolutely loved the Grisha trilogy and it would be hard to beat so if you are considering Six of Crows, I highly recommend reading the Grisha trilogy first. However, I think you can still enjoy Six of Crows on it's own. Going to Leigh Bardugo's website can help fill in information on the Grisha orders and the layout of the world the story takes place in.

Formula for Six of Crows will feel familiar, unlikely group pulled together for a crazy, impossible goal. Leigh does a great job of developing each character as the story goes on. By the end of the story you are attached and invested in all of them and aren't ready for it to end. Which is good because this is the first book in a series.

Different than the Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows is written in multiple character viewpoint style which can be a challenge for audio production. For me this was no exception, I found 7 narrators a bit distracting. I think it could have easily been done with one really good female and male narrator. Maybe that can change for the next book...

Overall all wonderfully written, fun action packed story. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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Good story, if a little raunchy

Great character development and a good plot will suck you into this great story. Just be prepared for a little language and and a bit of raunchiness, but can you expect from a book about a criminals and outcasts.

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Threes Across the Board

It took me a while to get through this book. It had a slow beginning. The middle and end are pretty lively. I think this is generally a good heist book. It has some twists and turns to keep you engaged. The perspective characters are solid. The world-building is similarly solid. Bardugo manages to insert enough character backstory into the narrative to really flesh out the individuals' motivations. Just the right amount actually. All in all, a well-executed caper.

I get that this book is aimed at the teen demographic so it makes sense that the characters be around that age. The characters in this book think they are in their mid 30s to mid 40s the only one who disagrees is the author. She thinks they are all late teens. They all make perfect sense in manor, personal backstory, and speech, except when their ages are brought up. One character being wise and hardened beyond his or her years, I get. Maybe two. But every single one of them, by the exact same amount? Come on.

It was also quite ambitious for the author to take on so many perspective characters. I feel that this was a mixed blessing. It does add texture, but it also gets overused to keep you ignorant of what is going on so that the author can bring out surprises.

The many readers was also a mixed blessing. Some were good. The female readers were generally very good. The male ones were much more uneven. The man reading the main character, Kaz, sounded like he was telling a vampire story to 4 yr. olds around a campfire. He wouldn't just read the words as much as sing some of them. Too much over-emoting. The one reading Jesper's tone was solid, but had different pronunciations for many of the in-book concepts. You'd figure the editor would just tell them that they pronounce "X" a certain way.

It looks like this series will continue though as of this writing, book 2 has not been published. I might check it out. Maybe. It is not going into my list of ones to watch out for. I could take it or leave it.

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something to crow about

It's been a long time since I loved a YA novel, thank you Six of Crows and Ms. Bardugo. While some of the themes are common - a motley crew of "experts" in their field, teen angst and ambivalence, melodramatic romances, etc - the imagination and storytelling of this book make it stand out in a crowd. The setting is rich. The characters, because I was both able to love and hate them all (mostly love), gave the story depth. Finally, you think there's nothing happening during the first half of the book, yet the story moves along with each individual flashback. The last half of the book is non-stop, heart-stopping twits. Needless to say, Crooked Kingdom, second in the series, is already on my to-read list. Until it comes out in September though, I may check out Bardugo's other trilogy.

A word on the narration: OUTSTANDING.

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  • Cynthia
  • OCEANSIDE, CA, United States
  • 02-20-16

The performance- so good.

Would you consider the audio edition of Six of Crows to be better than the print version?

I loved the audio version, there are a few books where the readers just do an amazing job and its its better than reading it yourself- this is one of those

Who was your favorite character and why?

Great character building in this book, but Inej is my favorite. She holds the tension of her life beautifully- she is tightrope walker metaphorically as well as practically: is vulnerable and strong, is realistic and hopeful.

Which scene was your favorite?

Kaz's boat flashback- perfectly placed in the story, well described and poignant.

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

No mourners, no funerals.

Any additional comments?

It is really fun book, just gritty enough.

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  • Christine
  • CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, United States
  • 05-03-17

Who thought that this was a good idea?

The producer had multiple narrators taking turns narrating the book. This method gave a disjointed audible experience. While I am sure many of the narrators would have been excellent this method didn't showcase their abilities. I would have given a 0 on performance if I could have. The producer should be fired for this idea.

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  • NW
  • 09-23-16

Um, guys. This is a great book.

Where does Six of Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks among the top shelf listens for me. This story is masterfully told. In my opinion, one of the most important metrics for what makes that statement true, is the proportion of time I spend transported into the story, how much of a scene I actually see and experience, rather than what distracts or breaks the spell.

Six Of Crows might not have quite the power to change your life as some of the other books that I would set on top of my audible self, but it is an excellent story. It's fun; interesting throughout; exciting; I found I care about and like the characters. I also found myself playing bits of it back through my mind and thinking about the world or the story between listens.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Six of Crows?

The first meeting we see between rival gangs. I enjoyed some of the lines there so much that I've found myself saying them back in my head like a good movie quote. There are plenty of memorable moments.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed the way that having multiple narrators broke up the story. Somehow, it made it easier to put the book down for a bit, even though the story made me want to binge listen the entire book. I also like how that helped highlight and add depth to the different points of view. I did not find it confusing, as many audible reviewers did, to have multiple voices. Having read other reviews, I found myself looking for more reasons to be annoyed with various narrators or differences in pronunciation...I did not find any of that to be a distraction. I did initially get confused about two characters' culture because of the sound of their voices. Overall, I was very impressed with the narrators. I like them all.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Book two comes out next week! Unlike the last few stories I loved this much, enough to rush online to buy the next one, only to find their authors are still keeping us waiting.

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  • Lyndsey T.
  • 02-16-16

Incredibly well performed

I absolutely loved this book, it was a huge leap ahead of the author's Grisha Trilogy, set in the same universe with completely new characters and a new and gripping story. The multiple narrators really brought it to life. I would definitely recommend this audio book.

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  • Rosie
  • 12-03-15

Flawless fantasy heist

Where does Six of Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was one of my favourite books that I have listened to in a while. I bought after reading a few review on a whim, and found that it was engaging, fun and original.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is hard to pick one as they are all so well developed and have such complex motivation. I loved the wraith and nina, but they were all great

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The story switches perspectives, although it is narrated in 3rd person, and each character has a different narrator, giving the performance texture. This also helps to make it easier to follow and remember who you're listening to! In other books, I have found that this technique can be gimmicky, but it adds to the story and enables the author to reveal and hide different aspects of the story well, building suspense and adding depth.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't know... the plot is too unique and interesting to be summarised in one line.

Any additional comments?

The narrative is great, the plot is original and the characters are full. The author has not had to resort to using old tropes and, although some of the romance involved is a bit unoriginal, it added to rather than detracted from the story as a whole. I really enjoyed this book!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • crystaltipps_7
  • 08-29-16

Climb, Inej

If you could sum up Six of Crows in three words, what would they be?

Really great world-building

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how the differing viewpoints of the characters merged together to gift the reader with a multi-dimensional Big Picture, as well as delving into each Dreg's backstory to round everything out. The setting was superb, the world-building phenomenal and the emotional impact ranged from in-your-face to very subtle. I've seen the book described as "Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven" and there is some truth in this, since it's a twisty tale of outcast, misfit teens sent off to perform the craziest of heists, but if you're thinking it's derivative, think again. For me, at least, it was startlingly original, hugely entertaining and surprisingly moving in parts.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I was really glad the actor playing Kaz Brekker, teen crime lord extraordinaire, had a genuinely rough, husky voice (or if not, managed to fake it brilliantly), since this is one of his key characteristics in the book. Inej, too (probably my favourite character) also had a wonderfully evocative accent.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I think I'll leave that to the professionals!
"Kaz Brekker didn't need a reason ... but they all needed him ..." ?

Any additional comments?

I haven't owned this audiobook for long, or the print version either, but it got under my skin very quickly. I've listened to it a few times, read the book a few times and have already pre-ordered the sequel, The Crooked Kingdom, which is released towards the end of September 2016. It's that good.

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  • Chris
  • 02-02-17

You really get sucked into the story

Great book , couldn't stop listening to it
You really get sucked into the story as it progresses
Highly recommend this book

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  • Mr P Carty
  • 09-23-16

Entertaining Story

A very entertaining story with good characters
and side plots well narrated with different voices
adding to the experience looking forward to the next enstallment

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  • Natasha Hamilton
  • 02-01-16

AMAZING!!

Loved this book so much! !One of the beat audiobooks ive ever read!! Read This!

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  • Asbjørn
  • 03-18-18

Excellent story

A story that grips me and tales me along on an entertaining adventure. Characters are well wrought. Sceneries come to life without too many words.
The narration ensamble is brilliant!

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  • G
  • 10-20-16

The very best of heist fantasy novels

The characters make this. Brilliantly narrated and a really great setting. 5 stars all round.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-16

Excellent!

Just damn excellent! Intelligent writing, exciting plot, characters with growth and witty relationships. Overall world of the book was interesting and cool.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-16

Brilliant

I read this in paperback previously & loved listening to it on audio, I thought that the voices were really well done and easy to listen to.

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  • kaapua
  • 10-18-16

Too many narrators

I loved The Grisha series but just didnt connect well to this audiobook. I found the number of narrators distracting, and didnt enable me to get a good feel for each character. The five main narrators all take turns at narrating a chapter, including voicing each others characters - so I found this disrupted the flow of the book. Story was ok but felt very predictable.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • peastri
  • 05-18-18

An unexpected favourite for the shelf

I can't tell you exactly what makes a book good whether it's characters, story, personal context or mood. What I can say is when I lose track of what chapter I'm on, when I don't check the time left and when I'm itching to get away from work just so I can listen or read some more, that's when I know I'm on to a good thing.

I really enjoyed Six of Crows, a lot more than I thought I would. It wasn't overly flashy but the characters and story did more than they were required to do to keep my interest and I was sad when it ended, sad in the way that usually results in the dreaded book hangover.

I would recommend it for older readers who are looking to dabble in YA or those after something a little lightweight. I actually feel it's more geared towards them and most likely why I enjoyed it a lot more than some of the more popular YA I've been reading lately.

For the audio fans: I don't think it was necessary to have multiple narrators here. Maybe if it were written in first person it would have had more purpose. Also some of the younger characters sounded much older than they were supposed to, particularly the males as the voices were too mature for their age. That said, they all read well and it is made very clear who's perspective you are following at any given time.

Cover: Not much to say here really, I like it. Clever use of the crow’s wings to create the buildings and the typography is nice and flowy without being obnoxiously so. Full marks from me.

In short: Loved it. Give it a go if you're after something a little lighter from the saturated grimdark market. Maybe not if you're after the typical YA of overly swearing kids and academy training, you won't get that here.

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  • Kira Van Bremen
  • 12-16-16

Pure literary gold

This is one is amazing it's all the words and more. I loved it from start to end and now on to crooked kingdom. I can't wait to finish this duology. Action packed novel and I've fallen I love with the characters. Just brilliant!

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  • Shelly
  • 12-05-16

one of the best books I've read in a long time

It is not very often I come across a book that I absolutely love. This is one of those books. The characterisation was perfect and it was so strategically written. I can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Darcy
  • 11-26-16

Six of Crows

This book is amazing, I loved it. Leigh is such an amazing writer can't for for book 2

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  • Polina
  • 03-29-16

One of the best readings I've ever heard

If you could sum up Six of Crows in three words, what would they be?

The best heist story

What did you like best about this story?

The backstories

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

everything, perfectly casted, except for the age, the narrators seem older

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

I was on the edge of my seat throughout

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-18

overall, not too bad

I found the story a little slow at the beginning, but once the 'flashbacks' started it got really good!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-18

Amazing read

Atmospheric, adventurous, dark and witty with fabulous one-liners .
Best fantasy book I have read in awhile!

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  • Kristin
  • 03-16-17

Best read of the year.

Great characters, pacing, story, world; I was hooked. The team works so well off one another you can't help but be excited by whatever crazy gamble they take next. What is great fun is how common fantasy tropes, like magic and religion and culture, are taken and twisted in interesting ways.

Also, the cast are all wonderful with not a fault to be found. Seriously, hats off to every one of them.

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  • Mwater
  • 01-17-17

Best book to start audiobooks with

This was my first ever audio book. It's been hyped up by book-related media everywhere. But I promise you it's worth it. A group of 6 unlikely allies band together to go on a quest. Break into an unbreakable prison and receive an unimaginable amount of money.

It jumps from each characters point of view. Al as interesting as each other. Highly recommend and I'm looking forward to the sequel!