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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Audiobook

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

©2010 N.K. Jemisin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Jemisin’s engaging debut grabs readers right from the start…a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Bleu
    Chicago, IL, United States
    2/02/14
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    "Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding"

    I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States
    19/12/14
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    "Read.This.Book. Or listen to it. Or whatever."

    I loved this book. Loved. I am a fantasy fan in general, but have been a little frustrated with the quality of the writing in my last few reads. Sometimes I think that the driving plots I so enjoy force good writing to a distant second priority. I did not find that to be this case with this surprising novel (is this her first novel? astonishing), which called to my mind old favorites by Ursula K LeGuin.

    And the reader cannot be neglected: she is amazing. Although her pace is a little quick, and it took a while to get used to, I honestly can't imagine reading this book without the benefit of Freeman's voice to add dimension to the characters. Sieh in particular was just as irresistible to me as he was to Yeine herself, and I can still hear his childlike voice in my head.

    I'm going to read it again. And I never do that!

    I hope the other two in the trilogy are half as good...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Theresa
    Memphis, TN, United States
    25/11/10
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    "I enjoyed this audiobook."

    I love fantasy, but have tired of elves, trolls, and demons plots. This was refreshing and I will listen to the Broken Kingdom next.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Aslan
    23/09/15
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    "Underdeveloped and Unrelatable"

    I'm not even sure this story had potential. I tried so hard to get into the audiobook because I like to keep an open mind about variation in readers and literature, but after the first few chapters I became convinced that either the book just didn't have substance or the narrator was making it seem that way. Freeman's performance was over-exaggerated, unnecessarily angsty, and made me hate the protagonist more quickly than I would have liked. The only realistic performance I enjoyed was her portrayal of Sieh. Other than that, the other characters seemed shallow, trite, melodramatic, and inauthentic. I chose to continue giving it a chance until halfway through the audiobook. It was then that I decided to switch to the physical book to asses if it was merely the performance or the writing too that was at fault. Reading this book instead of listening to it helped remedy the annoying qualities of the audiobook, but unfortunately there was little redeeming quality about the writing itself. The protagonist and the relationships she establishes lack substance. The plot is extremely underdeveloped as far as a science fiction/fantasy novel usually goes. This book felt like a medium for portraying shallow relationships rather than focusing on fleshing out the poorly matured strife of the people outside of the palace walls and the rules and history by which the gods live. The rules of the gods was unconvincing and improperly ambiguous. All of these issues culminated in an inability to suspend disbelief in the reality within the story. It simply was not captivating and left me relieved to read the last page of the last chapter. I will not be reading the sequels.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • DarthVal
    Hickory, NC, United States
    18/11/14
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    "Excellent story and narration"
    Would you listen to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms again? Why?

    Yes. This story is rich characters and world-building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world-building was unique and interesting. There was a lot more depth to this book than I was expecting.


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

    This is the only book I've listened to that was narrated by Casaundra Freeman. She was FANTASTIC. I hope to encounter more audio books narrated by her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Patchogue, NY, United States
    16/10/11
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    "Fantastic"

    I don't usually bother with reviews, but I found this book to out and out excellent, and the performance to be of equal quality. Jemisin has a great voice, and, not to be too literal here, so does Freeman. Going to start the next in the series tonight.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Denver, Colorado, United States
    26/12/13
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    "Excellent book"

    My only 2 qualms about this book are that the ending was identified too far in advance and that the main character had very little agency throughout the book. Besides those, this book was excellent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kalen
    27/10/16
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    "This is a romance..."

    Blurb was all about a magic and politics. Book was 90% romance with a political backdrop. Felt misled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SpookyReader
    2/09/16
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    "The Performance Makes It"

    Miss Casaundra sells this story beautifully. Her voices for the various characters brings it to life and makes it easy to keep track of characters that have difficult to remember names--this story is succinct and sometimes it feels like nothing much has happened. There's little in the way of true action (unlike most fantasy stories) but it makes up for it in emotion and plots. Its ending superbly ties up everything in a neat little bow and is a satisfying as one could want.

    But again, it's the narrator that really shines here and I would love, love, love to hear her in other works, whether she's reading for male or female characters. I can't say enough good things about her performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JChild
    US
    31/05/16
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    "amazing world, characters, and narration"
    What did you love best about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms?

    The vividness of the environment. I feel like I can recall it from first-person memory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The leaps and twists as you come to understand the protagonists plight as she herself begins to understand it.


    What about Casaundra Freeman’s performance did you like?

    Her clarity and distinction between character voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No; that would be exhausting. This should be consumed in parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • ubaidu
    keele, england
    20/08/16
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    "fantastic story made better by the performance"

    just a terrific tale with great characters made even better by the amazing performance can't recommend enough

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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