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The Obelisk Gate

The Broken Earth, Book 2
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Series: The Broken Earth, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Book two in the record-breaking triple Hugo Award-winning trilogy.

The season of endings grows darker, as civilisation fades into the long cold night.

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

The Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2016 N. K. Jemisin (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Amazing." (Ann Leckie)

"Breaks uncharted ground." (Library Journal)

"Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected." (Brian Staveley)

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Slow but hard-hitting

I love this series! It's one of the great modern sci-fi books, in my opinion. It's not about action but the development of characters in a dystopian world. Very strong female characters.

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it just gets better

I loved the book. I am rather new to audible and I struggle to focus when listening to a book. The narrator, as well as the contents of the book of course, made it very easy to focus.

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The second book is as good as the first!

The story keeps evolving and expanding without losing focus. A rare trilogy where the second book is at least as good as the first.

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incredible story

a great extension on the original story
almost all players are revealed and as always a great cliffhanger

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  • M. Atkinson
  • 09-08-16

I Can't Even

Seriously, if you are looking for the crack cocaine of speculative sci-fi/fantasy, this is it. The author is the queen of tantalising her listener/reader with titbits of information before jerking away on another tangent, such that it's half an hour later when you realise the Very Important Question hadn't been answered. Devious. I CANNOT wait for book 3.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 07-24-18

If my job wasn't so dull I might not have finished

Brace yourselves with this one, nothing really happens. The story would have been more interesting from Alabaster's perspective because he is an active and enthusiastic protagonist. Essun seems to need steering from point to point by other more engaging characters.

Half of this story follows Essun getting lessons from Alabaster who follows the Albus Dumbledore style of teaching in little chunks where you don't tell your pupils what they need to know. It is written off as him being a terrible teacher but no-one could teach as badly as he seems to.

The other half follows her kid, Nassun who is quite annoying and slow to realise that her father is a waste of space. This is fairly dull as it is mostly a travel tale and similar to book 1.

I'm still quite interested in the overall story and what will happen to the Earth. I think I'll even read book 3 as the ending should be more interesting. I think this series was planned as a trilogy from the outset and so this book is mostly irrelevant filler to pad it enough to warrant a third book. You could probably fit all the relevant plot details into a couple of tweets though.

Narration was as good as book one. Better on 1.1x speed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-18

Incredible!

Loved the continuation of the story, so very gripping. I hate when I need to stop listening.

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  • Rudy Lorentz
  • 02-02-18

Couldn’t stop listening

This series is so good. It’s easy to listen to and simultaneously a very interesting story

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  • spellacl
  • 11-02-17

Keeps getting better!

Enjoyed this as much as the first one if not more! Moves at a good pace and love all the twists and changes. Struggled following the voices once or twice but otherwise great.

Starting the next one immediately.

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  • Mrs L.
  • 08-15-19

Excellent sequel

The second book in the series is, satisfyingly, just as good as the first. This is often not the case in the middle book of a trilogy, but N K Jemisin skilfully carries on the saga whilst also making this book a complete story - with the preparation, of course, for the final instalment.

Great praise, too, for Robin Miles, whose narration continues to be near perfect.

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  • Michael
  • 08-06-19

loved it

loved it. I wasn't expecting to; given that a lot of reviews claimed it was difficult to follow. I'm not sure I agree with that. Strange names and terms to deal with, maybe, but the story and flow is beautifully told.

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  • Rh
  • 08-05-19

Fantastic and innovative

Thoroughly imagined world and magic system. I initially wondered how the first book could be built on, but this was well up to the task.

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  • Tom AA
  • 07-11-19

Amazing book

Loved this audiobook as much as the first in the series.

A fantastic story which really engages you in its main characters but also keeps you guessing as to what is coming next.

The performance is wonderful and brought the characters to life. I think a marker of how good the performance is is that I found myself having to stop myself using rusting as a cursing word IRL.


Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-19

Keeps getting better!!

I'm very much enjoying the Broken Earth series of books, looking forward to the next one.

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  • emmoff
  • 11-17-16

Brilliant Book 2

Book two does not disappoint, equal to the first which takes some doing. Jemisin expands points of view and delivers some answers and more obelisks. Brilliant series. As this book is bleaker than the first, I am sure Book three will be heartbreaking.
Robin Miles narration is excellent.

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  • Laura
  • 07-26-19

Wonderful!

Oh wow NK Jemisin really knocked it out of the park with this book! While its definitely slower than The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate focuses on the incredible worldbuilding and fascinating history of the Stillness.

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  • A. M. Tindal
  • 01-27-19

Remarkable

Beautifully written and narrated as with the first book. With this book the reader is completely hooked into the world and characters and will just never want it to end - I tore through this with absolutely joy. In fact I probably experienced every emotion as I was so absorbed by it all! WInner!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-19

5 Rusting Earths out of 5

N.K. Jemisin has a cerebral story telling style that I simply cannot stop listening to.

Thank you,
I look forward to continueing to help support your work.

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  • o4awesome
  • 10-29-18

sweeping tale and awesome voice acting

it is a good continuation from the last book. the voice acting transports me. Good read

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  • Rohan White
  • 10-07-18

Gripping and emotive!

Like the works of ursula le guin this series brings very real issues into a sci-fi setting which allows a different perspective to come into play. The way in which themes of abuse are portrayed are very real and startling as are the portrayals of love, dependance, trust and above all the difficulties of striving to be human in a twisted world... There are so many reflections here of our own struggles and this combined with the very original and interesting science fiction possibilities combine to create a story which is thoroughly engaging. The narration is clear and lucid though character voices are often weak this doesn't diminish the overall power of the narrative.

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  • Diana
  • 08-18-19

Slow burn, excellent narration

If you've read book one you know the writing style is different. It's a good idea to listen to this soon after so you don't forget the key points from the Fifth Season. The world building continues in a slow way where sometimes I just want to yell "but how does it work?" However it's an approach that works. The story continues at a steady pace and you're engrossed before you know it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-17

terrible till the end. huge dialogue info dumps

occasional random violence passes for story in this frustratingly slow infodump between selfish characters with communication issues. the ending, suddenly is a little story.
Main character is threatened by an army and forgets she's killed cities before, why so much stress, just boom , problem solved.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-19

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