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The Black Prism

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brent Weeks

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: August 2010

Duration: 21 hours 26 minutes

Summary:

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book, I love fantasy fiction and the Black Prism is captivating, couldn't stop listening. The characters are vivid and believable the plot is interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jonathan Reed

    Author issues: Well , it seems like the 90 percent of your time coming up with a magic theory and 10 percent on the dialogue. How can we enjoy listening to people talk with the depth of anime characters and take it seriously? I can't even give examples without literally laughing! Narrator issues: This narrator is absolutely horrible! he gives voices 2 characters that make no sense. The one hero of this book sounds like a surfer while the other sound like he is 8 years old.... which would be fine if he wasn't supposed to be 15! There is also the fact that he will say something loud while reading that the person was whispering. Um...... might want to pre-read the book. Also, having the passion of a person reading a phone book is probably a bad idea. Overall: skip this book! ! Re-read the name of the wind or the warded man 10 times before you read this crap!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jade c

    I tried so hard to like this book ! But 12h in still not loving it or licking it I had to give up

  • Timothy F

    Great story well told, very easy to listen and follow. Characters are bold and believable. Reminds me somewhat of Dune, one of my favorites. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  • ANGELIKA R

    Loved the Night Angel Series. So decided to try this one too. Very unique concept with the light/color powers with similar epic themes of happening in a realm. On to book 2.....

  • Dennis onek

    Good narration and epic story. I loved it.

  • hunter Eagle

    Brent Weeks is a wizard with words, and the narrarator's voice is as sweet as honey.

  • Kristen Simler

    I love this book! I loved it in paperback and wanted to listen to it for a second go around while at work. Although the book is still marvelously wriiten with interesting characters, an intricate magic system, snd fabulous humor this narrator is god awful! I struggled with every aspect of his voice and reading.

  • Justin Tockey

    Good book. I really enjoyed the complex magic system that necessitated the wonderfully complex social and political systems of this world. It challenged most of my preconceived notions of fantasy magic use and every page was an enjoyable learning experience. Having said that, do not purchase this audio book if it's narrated by Kristofer Jean. He's an awful voice actor and narrator. His diction, pacing, subject emphasis, and vocal interpretations are unnatural and downright horrible. He voiced Gavin Guile, the most powerful man in the world, as a surfer bum and his son, the second most powerful man in the world, as Oliver Twist asking for more porridge. The only way I could get through listening to him butcher the characters was to pretend that he was actually misreading the book on purpose out of spite; which actually had me laughing out loud when he would break in with a particularly awful rendition. I will have to reread this on paperback to get a better feel for the story.

  • Shavez Lee

    dear God this Narrator is horrible. I have been a long time listener to books on audio and don't think I have ever come across a more poorly voice acted book ever. This book and series are actually quite good just the narrator makes it so bland and meh...