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The Books of Babel, Book 3
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The third novel in the highly acclaimed Books of Babel series, set in a labyrinthine world of menace and wonder.  

On the orders of the mysterious Sphinx, Thomas Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower's conspiracies. Meanwhile, the hods climb the Black Trail in darkness and whisper of their king.  

©2019 Josiah Bancroft (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"One of my favourite books of all time." (Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns

"These books are absolutely incredible." (The Quill to Live)

"An engrossing, intoxicating delight." (Forbidden Planet)

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loved it

Enjoyed this book thoroughly. The first novel in this series took some getting used to and Tom's experience of the tower was so frustrating and futile it was painful to hear. But the action picked up eventually and with the added pathos and humour found in books 2 and 3, this has become a cherished series.

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Absolutely Brilliant!!

I have been anxiously awaiting on the release of Josiah Bancroft's next chapter of Tom Senlin's travels through the tower to seek his wife...

and I was not disappointed!! the progression of the story felt a little long winded at times only to make sense further on!

This new release has been a helpful reprieve on my recent commencement of night shift! and would recommend the series on!

also I must mention John Bank's fantastic reading! Voicing such a vast array of characters must be an exhausting ordeal, but John handles it brilliantly!

Thank you so much for all the effort gone into the series! I am looking forward to the next one!

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Fantastic female characters

Too many books in the fantasy genre lack female representation or are just down right sexist. This series stands out with a range of strong, interesting and complex female characters whose actions and decisions move the plot along as much as the male protagonist does.
The books also offer a great combination of a fantastical and fascinating world and characters who are relatable, with fully fleshed out emotions and motives. Highly recommended.

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Action with a heart.

I was not impressed with the first few chapters of book 1 and couldn’t find one thing I liked about our protagonist. Then little by little he changed and so did my option of him. I now find myself hungrily moving from one chapter to the next with no idea what’s about to happen. Enemies become friends and friends betray but somehow the crew band together and overcome all. I enjoyed book three more than one and two and I cannot wait for the fourth.

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  • Shaun Kellett
  • 11-02-2019

Absolutely phenomenal!

Absolutely phenomenal, Josiah Bancroft might be one of the best living authors we have, his talent for simile, metaphor, analogy and the like is second to none. Couple that with John Banks superb narration and you have a true treat of a series. Phenomenal, honestly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2019

amazing

I've always loved the feeling of being engrossed in a new book, feeling connected to the characters and really feeling the impact of the story and their struggles. when it comes to fantasy I do feel it's quite more difficult to get that, to a certain extent anyway. but this series, has blown my expectations out of the water. it's so original, and so fantastical that youd think it almost laughable to connect on any real emotional level with the characters or the story, but these books, the tower of Babel series have honestly touched my heart and my imagination, I felt like a child again listening to the narrators amazing performance. I can honestly say this is my favourite book series (sorry George RR Martin) and I can't wait to see what happens next. The fact that the first book in the series (senlin ascends) was Josiah Bancrofts first book is just unbelievable, can't wait to see what else he comes out with in the future! and hats off to the narrator John banks, another splendid performance! five stars, all I can say is READ IT!

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  • J. R. Marriott
  • 06-02-2019

wonderful!

loved it! cant believe I will have to wait another 2 years from the next one !

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  • David
  • 05-02-2019

Brilliant ☀️👍

Fantastic follow up to one of the most well written series I have had the joy to encounter.