A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the 18-year-old caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch...she's falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
©2015 Renée Ahdieh (P)2015 Listening Library
The narration was really awkward, no change in tone or pace or inflection depending on scene, and a weird habit on emphasizing every 4th or 5th syllable. All these elements together meant there was little tension, an attempted kidnapping scene was read with the same intensity as the protagonist brushing her hair.
"Wait for the next book to be released"
This book leaves the storyline hanging. I wish I had waited for the next book to be released before listening.
The story is interesting and original. I really enjoyed the characters and the authors style of writing. I hope to see more of this series on audible very soon.
"Wonderful Story, Passable Narrator"
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was well paced and wonderfully entertaining.
My one gripe was that the narrator wasn't as good as I hoped. Her reading was halting at times and every character was the same, I had a difficult time figuring out who was talking sometimes. I usually listen to everything on 1.5 because I'm impatient, but with this one, I think it needs to be listened to a little faster to keep it engaging.
"Great story horrible narrator"
Loved the story, but the narrator is awful. No difference in the characters voices- and there are many so it is hard to follow at times. She is also monotone and sounds like she is reading to children. I listen to a lot of books but this performance was so bad I gave up and bought the kindle version. I've heard worse but this was surprisingly bad for a best seller. The story itself is great- strong heroine,magic powers, love, intrigue. Excited for the next book- but only once I started to read the book myself. Narrator almost ruined a good book for me.
"Way too much left undone - returning it."
*minor spoilers* I picked this up because of all the buzz recently, but was really rather disappointed. There were parts that were quite promising, and it was an interesting premise, but I rather felt like it was unfinished (and I don't just mean the giant 'where the hell is the rest' cliff hanger). There was quite a bit left hanging or unexplained: the carpet and the teacher, the significance of the falcon, the insignias, the sort of attempt at magical realism but not, the curse. And don't even get me started on the quality of the dialog. I'd love to believe that the unfinished-ness was an intentional play to recreate the nightly story telling and the dawn, but I don't think there was a strong enough nod to the original (She told what 2 stories in this?) to make that work. However if it was an intentional parallel than kudos to the author for the meta-nod.
This book seems to be trying to capitalize on the recent trend in things like movies of splitting sequels/final installments into as many money grabbing parts as possible. The problem here is that this is a first book and doesn't have the already weighted fan base or the internal back story to support it.
Overall love the idea but am ultimately not impressed with the execution. I'll be returning this one.
I was hoping it would be a one and done but looks like it will be a series. If the rest of the series is as good as the first book it will be a good one. I plan on replaying the book as the names are hard to follow at times .
Loved everything. The book was amazing and the reader really sucked you into the story
"1001 nights like never before!"
Shaharazad did not come to the castle for love, or hope of winning over the king's heart. Shaharazad came to the castle for revenge. The Wrath & The Dawn is an Amazing take on 1001 Arabian Nights, but instead of telling the stories to a wayward king this tale takes you into the politics of the kingdom, and the choices that haunt all those who live behind the walls.
"Skip the audio - go straight for print"
This story is fantastic! My only complaint is the narrator. I listen to a vast array of books, and this narrator is by far my least favorite. Terribly slow pacing and the same monotone voice for each character makes this story confusing and unbearable to listen to. After the first few chapters I was rushing to the bookstore to finish this read. Skip the download and purchase a print copy instead.
"Greatly Interesting and Romantic Book!"
I LOVED this book! The story is a retelling of One Thousand And One Nights. The story is about a boy king named Khalid, who takes a new wife each night and kills her at dawn. That's why Shahrzad, the main character, volunteers to be his next wife. Her plan is to kill the king for the death of her best friend. Then, as she unravels Khalid and his secrets, Shahrzad starts falling in love. I absolutely loved Shahrzad and Khalid's love story! They were both smart, stubborn, and tough characters! So, the cliffhanger ending broke my heart. Although Shahrzad and Khalid were great, the side characters of Jalal and Despina were just as awesome! However, I didn't like Tariq and the slow first half. Tariq, Shahrzad's childhood sweetheart, was extremely annoying, boring, and stupid! I really hope the next books don't involve a love triangle. I would recommend this book to whoever enjoys gorgeous retellings and swoon worthy forbidden romance books! Overall the romance, magic, culture, mystery, and smart-witted characters created a lovable story!
"One of the best narrations I've heard"
I felt that the author captured the conflicting emotions and loyalties of the main characters perfectly. You could feel the warring of their hearts.
Her voice was so melodic and made the language of the book feel like poetry. She really captured the emotion of the characters with her voice and her pronunciation was impeccable.
When Sherzad read the letters that Halid had written to his wives, and then shortly after was told the reason for the deaths.
I can't wait to read the second book. I considered buying it as a kindle book so I could continue through the story more quickly, but want to hear it in the narrator's voice again.
"such a clear narrator"
no, for me printer version is always better
the emotions that each character show
always shazi and the khalif
I loved the story and the slow development in the relationship between the main characters. I couldn't understand how a person who was killing women daily deserved someone who loved him but I found my answers...
I didn't know though that it wasn't a standalone book and when it finished it was like "where is the rest...?"
The narrator has done it great, the only BUT it would be that she was changing the volume of her voice all the time, which is very nice for the interpretation, but not for my ears... I had to be controlling the volume settings every minute.
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