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The City of Brass

Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Discover this spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty.

Among the bustling markets of 18th century Cairo, the city's outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world, the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there's nothing magical about them. She wishes only to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes....

Be careful what you wish for.

©2018 S. A. Chakraborty (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

" The City of Brass is the best adult fantasy I've read since The Name of the Wind. It's stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic. You must read it." (Sabaa Tahir, New York Times best-selling author of An Ember in the Ashes)
"An extravagant feast of a book - spicy and bloody, dizzyingly magical, and still, somehow, utterly believable." (Laini Taylor, Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author)
"A richly imagined, stunningly immersive book that takes you into a world. You will race to the end of this bold and brilliant debut." (Ausma Zehanat Khan, award-winning author of the The Bloodprint)

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Loved It!

What made the experience of listening to The City of Brass the most enjoyable?

I liked the characters. They are good, bad and a mix of both, but I could get behind them and feel for them. I liked not knowing what was going to happen next and the romance of the setting, bit different from what I would usually read and loved it!

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to listen to more.

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Could not stop listening!

Great narrator, great story with very engaging characters. Work kept on getting in the way of me finishing this book. Loved it and can’t wait til the next one comes out!

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Fabulous story

One of the best fantasy stories I’ve read in ages. Gripping storyline and interesting characters. Looking forward to her next book.

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Riveting

A great listen. A mix of magic and politics.
The only negative was the use of 20th century swear words in a magical djinn world. So much mysticism and mystery, a great created world of a city where djinn live unbeknownst to the human world yet they swear at each other like ignorant people. Couldn’t new curse words be created like this great story.

That is the only negative and I assume from the ending that there must be a sequel coming?

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Captivating till the end

With every word, Chakraborty unravels a magical and mysterious world I couldn’t put down. If you’re looking to escape into a tale that is beautifully written, alluring and wonderfully performed, then I highly recommend this audiobook. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Disappointing confusing story line & characters

Sorry to all the people who rated this well. I tried to persevere but I'm half way through and have given up. I couldn't connect to any of the characters & the plot is amateur. So many better fantasy stories out there, sorry.

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What a waste of time

There was no point I could see to this story other than writing fan fic based on actual good fantasy stories.

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  • Carolyn
  • 27-09-2018

Fabulous characters and world-building and plot

It’s been a long time since I read a fantasy that felt new. This one does. The world feels real and consistent and magical, the characters are whole people with all that entails, and even the food is enticing. More, please!

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  • A C Lomax
  • 23-10-2018

Really good, can't wait for the sequel

A bit difficult to follow at the beginning (this might just be my fault as I struggled to keep track of names) , but we'll worth persevering with as the story and characters are great.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-02-2019

So much potential but failed to deliver

I'm still in two minds about this book. It took so long to get anywhere and by the time it did the book finished, I wanted to give up around a third to half way through but persisted. By the end it set up to be a good story but by that time I'm not sure I want to Devote any more time to it, so not sure if I'll read the next book especially if it follows the same arch and takes forever to get any where. Had the potential to be a really good epic but for me fell short

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  • R. Maines
  • 27-01-2019

Awesome!

A great start to a fantasy series. Setting the story in a fantastical North Africa feels fresh and the Nahri is a compelling character. Looking forward to book 2.

Narration was good.

The only downside is book 2 in the series has been released in other formats but no sign of a release on Audible, so you might be out of luck if you end enjoying this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2019

Good just not great

I liked the politics but it took me half the book to really understand all the different jinn terms, types and alliances. Whilst a good story and well written my main problem was that I didn’t massively connect with any of the main characters given their biased views and prejudices, therefore was less excited about who was going to win out.