Teckla

Vlad Taltos, Book 3
Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
Series: Vlad Taltos, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The third Vlad Taltos book represents a darker, more serious turn in the series. Vladimir Taltos is a short-lived, short-statured Easterner (what we would call a human) in a world mostly populated by the long-lived, extremely tall Dragaerans. He is also an assassin and petty crimelord. His lifestyle and career require some difficult moral choices. When his wife Cawti joins an uprising of Easterners and peasant Dragaerans (the Teckla of the title), it causes a severe strain in their marriage, and Vlad begins to question those choices.

©1987 Steven K. Z. Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Rebel Uprising

In this 3rd book in the series Vlad finds himself trying to take neutral sides. But when his wife is fully invested in the uprising he finds himself at odds with his wife. If he wants to keep her safe he must make a decision. While all this is going on he finds that the competition is trying to movie in on his turf. I enjoyed listing to Vlad try to juggle his personal life and his business life. As you've come to expect Bernard Setaro Clark's narration had the same quality as the first two books.

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This used to be one of my least favorite Taltos books...

After Athyra, which still is my least favorite, I never really enjoyed Teckla. But I just have this a listen again -- maybe it's the third time in 20 years I've read (listened to) it -- and with the political climate, and perhaps a little of my own maturity, I have to say this is a much better story than I remember it being. The ideas being evaluated are complex and while occasionally the characters are a little archetypal, there's a lot of interesting discussion of politics and making the word in ones own righteous image. Definitely worth a re-read.

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Good but...

If you've liked the previous books, you should like this one.

This book focused on the tensions ever present and continuously causing problems within Taltos's world relating to how humans and Tekla are treated.

However, unlike the predecessors, this book didn't revolve around a master plan that had to be figured out but, rather, where Taltos felt he fit in with the world. As I had become accustomed to these puzzles, I did feel mildly let down at having no great master plan to figure out alongside Taltos, so I felt a bit more bored listening to this one.

So, 4 for stars for the story, while I continue to love the narrator. Overall, I'll give a 5 star because the book still gave excellent insight into this world, how it works, etc.

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worst of series

pretty awful mishmash of depression,relationship problems and Marxism. Hated about 75% of it. Narration excellent though.

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Boy he's good!

A deep fantasy world, gangster-gangsters, the layered exploration of relationships, and excellent and believable action! Brust really knows how to provide a full and nuanced world into which his readers may dive!

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Every Draegara novel is a winner.

I like all the Taltos books. This is my 2nd time through. Most of how Steven wrote Vlad made sense, but I don't like how immature Vlad is portrayed with his wife. They both should've listened to Noishpa.

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amazing

I enjoy this whole series. I read it when I was a kid and still love it as an adult

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Another great book in an amazing series!!

I’ve read all of the Taltos books a few times but listening to them being read so eloquently adds a whole new level of entertainment to the experience. I plan on buying the audiobooks of the entire series now and anxiously await any further books by Brust!

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Intense Read

The subject matter of this book, an oppressed class of people fighting for their civil rights, makes this a very intense read. Be forewarned.

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

It was a good listen, but I just didn't find a whole lot to care about in it. At the risk of spoilers Vlad is told early on that the events which will happen will happen regardless of what he does. That's the problem for me it really feels like Vlad is irrelevant to the main plot and as a result he's not handling the secondary plot ,which he is involved in, poorly.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm planning to read "Skin Games" next.

What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

He had a good variety of voices and managed to keep them seperate. Really his performance was the best part of this book for me.

Was Teckla worth the listening time?

If you're in to this kind of thing, but its mostly a story about an attempt at starting social revolution. Not as interesting to listen as the first book in the series.