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The Raven Tower

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo - aide to Mawat, the true Lease - arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.

©2019 Ann Leckie (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Adjoa Andoh lends diverse accents and impressive power to this compelling fantasy from the author of space operas.... Andoh's skill with a dynamic range of voices will propel listeners through the tales of powerful gods, complex political machinations, and revenge." (AudioFile)

"Sharp, many layered, and, as always for Leckie, deeply intelligent." (Kirkus

"Leckie's tale takes on a mythic, metafictional quality...and the story's elements weave into a stunning conclusion. This impressive piece of craftsmanship cements Leckie's place as a powerful voice in both SF and fantasy." (Publishers Weekly

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  • SF Bay Area, USA
  • 03-04-19

Wonderful

Some reviews say this starts slowly. I don't think so. It does drop you into a story you need to figure out and adjust to. But it's so worth it. This is exactly what SF/fantasy does at it's best. It offers new ideas and ways to look at thing in a new way as part of an engaging story. This book is a thinking persons novel. It forgoes chase scenes, big battles and tough guy talk to give you something truly creative and interesting. I may have a new favorite author.

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Excellent narrator and author

This narrator brings life to the story even through mundane parts. The author is top notch and I’ve enjoyed several of her works now. The combo of this author and narrator is phenomenal!

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Largely in 2nd person with poor narration

Returning this book. The narrator's monotone combined with largely being written in the second person is really hard to get in to.

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Truth, Assumption, Gods and Court intrigue

Sometimes what you want a story with elements hidden from you... and /for/ you in plain sight.
Elements you notice but brush off or mildly forget. Obfuscated by your own assumptions, time, level of understanding.
Fans of an these types of stories and especially those with an unreliable narrator rejoice this story is for you.

The orators performance is astounding Adjoa Andoh has read all but one of Ann's books and knows how and when to direct the Ann's intended emotion through to you.
I could almost hear Adjoa and Ann get a huge smile on their faces with the first big twist. "Got ya!"

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wow. slow burn with a satisfying ending.

starts slow but picks up in the 2nd third. reminds me how well leckie writes story within story. the narration is top notch.

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great book hampered by odd narration

I loved the book! amazing concept and a great, engaging read. but man, that narration... so first of all there's this city in the book, Ard Usktia. granted, a bit of a mouthfull... the narrator seemed to choke every time she had to pronounce it for about half the book, and then found a way to pronounce it that didn't stop the narration in its tracks, by completely ignoring the "k" in vusktia.
The protagonist was given a high, timid, whiny voice, whice to a certain degree was appropriate but was too grating most of the time.
All other characters were given a myriad of strange accents with little rhyme or reason.

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What an amazing audiobook

This was a very fascinating story. Adjoa Andoh did an excellent job reading this book!

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Very Good

This was something new and different in the fantasy genre. At least it was to me. A very interesting POV. Particularly interesting take on gods in fantasy settings. Politics of religion meets gods who live amongst their worshipers. It wasn't the most action packed story, but it was beautifully executed. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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awesome book

I loved this book. Amazing use of second person narrating. Very unique concepts and story telling

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The story did not engage my interest

The writing was wooden and the story did not engage my interest. It seemed to go nowhere. The reader did not improve things and read in a tedious monotone. I gave up after about 1 hour.

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