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Publisher's Summary

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: Power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and-if they survive-marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona-and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona...and will rewrite all their fates, forever.

©2014 Roxane Longstreet Conrad (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Smart and sexy and addictive. . . . The Prince of Shadows will steal your heart, then he'll break it. I'm giving this book to everyone I know." (Kami Garcia, coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series)

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A Tour de Force

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

Absolutely - especially to anyone who loves Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. But whether you're familiar with the play or not, this story fills in a lot of the background characters and provides more info on their motivation and their actions.

What other book might you compare Prince of Shadows to and why?

None comes to mind. I've tried some of the books that attempt to expand on Jane Austen's novels, but so far I haven't found any as well done as this one.

Have you listened to any of Kyle McCarley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first hearing of a book read by Kyle McCarley, but I've listened to samples from some of the other books he reads on audible and I'm impressed by how versatile he is. I'll definitely check these out. He does a great job of bringing the other characters to life and his gift for accents is wonderful.

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

Every time the author wove dialogue from the play into the story, it was so fluid that I had to remind myself that it was from the play.

Any additional comments?

I am recommending this book to my aunt, with whom I have a shared affection for Shakespeare's plays. The blend of story and reader in this audiobook is superb. I'll listen to it again.

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an excellent adaptation

Would you consider the audio edition of Prince of Shadows to be better than the print version?

I would

What other book might you compare Prince of Shadows to and why?

I have none to compare it to as of yet.

What does Kyle McCarley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent narration, as well as accents.

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

No extreme reaction, though it was very well done.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for Shakespeare fans.

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a great twist on the Romeo & Juliet story

loved how the story used William Shakespeare's lines and incorporated them into a different storyline. The author's voice completely drew me into Benvolio Montegue's head. Recommend!

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  • Lyn
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  • 05-13-14

Never Read Shakespeare

Just decided this sounded better. Surprise was I loved this. Kinda glad I didn't go into the listen with some preknowledge. Made this listen really exciting. Will probably Read "Romeo and Juliet" now just to see if it is as good as Ms Caine did. Mr McCarley was excellent!

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Loved It

I have long been a R&J fan. Seen all the movies (1968Version is favorite), seen the play several times, Loved Shakespeare in Love. Wasn't sure about this approach to the story, but boy was I wrong, It had me hooked from the start, All the famous scenes are there, Meeting, Balcony, Wedding, Deaths, but from Benvolio's point of view. It gives us the happy ending with out messing with the Original Story.
The only thing I kinda rolled my eyes at is the "magic" part and most of that was fine and very in line with the time period and Shakespeare, till the last part about the rosary and ghosts. Curses as "Power of Suggestion" would have served just as well and been more believable.
All in all one of the best "Can't stop listening/don't want it to end" books I have had listened to.