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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City

Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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K. J. Parker's new novel is the remarkable tale of the siege of a walled city and the even more remarkable man who had to defend it.   

A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all.   

To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job.   

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten.   

©2019 K. J. Parker (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Full of invention and ingenuity...Great fun." (SFX)

"Parker's settings and characterisations never miss a beat." (Library Journal

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  • JoR
  • S.F. Utah
  • 01-03-20

Please, Audible, MORE KJ PARKER NOVELS!

Another entertaining KJ Parker read. I highly recommend Parker’s work to fans of ancient and medieval history—despite his work not being historical fiction; to fans of fantasy—despite there being no magic presented in the narrative; to fans of comedy—especially to those who prefer the dark, ironic, and clever sort of delivery that sometimes makes you uncomfortable for laughing at it.

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City isn’t my favorite novel of Parker’s. That honor goes to The Folding Knife, or perhaps Sharps... maybe Devices and Desires. Then again, his collection of short fiction, Academic Exercises, might just take the cake. I really like his work. A lot.

But Sixteen Ways is special, because it is the first of Parker’s novels available from Audible. Audiobooks happen to be my preferred method of reading. Because I like Parker so much, I’m willing to make my eyes tired and take six months to finish one of his books in print. But I’d much rather listen to one of his books in a day and a half, as I did with Sixteen. Please, Audible, give us more!

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If you like Tom Holt's work you will love this

Why? Because it in fact is Tom Holt who wrote it.
That should be all one needs to know.

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This book is great

I'm loving this book. I'm more than 2/3 of the way through this and it's so rich. You get awesome story, dey hunpr and really good visualized battles. Book keeps getting better. And the narrator is perfect. He gets the tone and feel for the writer

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  • 12-10-19

Accent shifts North to South and back again

Great story, great reading performance. Except, the narrator's accent flips from North to South (England) very noticeably. The performance is great but the scent shifts, very strange.

Am I the only one ti think this?

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