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The Raven Tower

Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

Listen. A god is speaking.

My voice echoes through the stone of your master's castle. This castle where he finds his uncle on his father's throne. You want to help him. You cannot.

You are the only one who can hear me.

You will change the world.

A triumph of the imagination, The Raven Tower is the first fantasy novel by Ann Leckie, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

©2019 Ann Leckie (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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An unexpected delight!

I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was. The reader was excellent and drew me right in with their accents and gravitas. The story is fabulous, and I love that the main character is trans.

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yes

Adjoa Andoh is my all time favourite narrator
every one of Anne Leckie's books have been amazing and brought me joy, and the raven tower is no exception

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satisfying and well written story

loved it. very satisfying and well written. narrator also great. cool standalone story. :) :)

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Not for me

Despite the fantastic narration and extensive worldbuidling, not enough happened in to hold my interest. Action was slow, characters distant and immemorable and the plot failed to engage.

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Just read it.

Just pick it up and dive in.

What. A. Ride.

I think I'm actually about to start it again immediately.

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A favourite

The plot is really quite odd, or at least I found it so. Yet I was drawn in and didn’t want the book to end. It helps that Adjoa Andoh is a superb narrator.

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Just couldn’t keep going

Got to ch 7 but from the horrendous frequency of the use of the word “you” in the first few chapters to the somewhat ridiculous story line of a god learning human language and taking a long time to figure out why someone was placing milk near them... I mean really .
No issues with narration.

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really excellent book slow moving story

I'm usually frustrated by slow moving stories but this one was so well written I didn't mind at all. An excellent amount of suspense

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  • Leni
  • 12-05-2020

Interesting and different, but with flaws.

The Raven Tower starts off very strongly, with the first six hours being fun and interesting to follow as we learn more of the world and its inhabitants (god and mortal alike). The second half begins to falter however, feeling a bit messy and without any real direction. The ending is a bit lackluster with no payoff due to little emotional investment. I suspect it was meant as a twist, perhaps, but I just feel indifferent.

The Good Bits:
- I liked the way it was written (one character being addressed by the other)
- The writing is neat, can't quite put my finger on it. Keeps things interesting and fresh... to begin with, at least!
- The setting and world is fascinating!
- The narrator's african voiced are really nice, and I wish there was more who got that treatment.

The Questionable Bits:
- The narrator is hit or miss for me, with a 20 / 80 rate. The Stone God has a good voice, as does... whatever her name was with the african voice. Those were fitting. I find the protagonists voice grating (If I have to hear another anguished "MY LORD!" again I'll go nuts), and I found her redneck accent out of place, while the scandinavian accent was really really annoying. She fails to convey the masculine characters with conviction, but then again I didn't expect her to suddenly go deep and growly so it gets a pass.
- The Stone God's journey is interesting to follow. Surprisingly, I cared very little for the plot around the throne and all the spectacle there. The characters felt thin, not very fleshed out, and Mauat (?) was just overall fairly unlikeable, while Eiolo (?) was just... there, I guess? She got a surprising amount of respect for being seen as a servant/page, and was seldom challenged in any meaningful way.
- The story kind of... goes nowhere for a while. Or I should say, it begs bogged down. Or maybe it's quick? It's hard to tell- events do happen, but at that point I don't really care about the outcomes of the characters very much so it just passes in a blur. The ending comes, and it's kind of abrupt, and it's a bit ominous/dark, but I don't really feel much from it. Just goes "Uh-huh?" and then it ends abruptly.

Final thoughts:

I'd still recommend this book because I enjoy Leckies writing ,and it's a solid, relatively easy read. It had some fun ideas and concepts (such as Gods having to be careful about what they say, lest they make it TRUE, or die trying). The performance, however, leaves a lot to be desired and I think the tone of the work would work a lot better if the reader themselves got to imagine the voices.

Solid 3/5, nothing amazing but it ain't half bad actually. Just wish the characters were a bit... more, and I'd kick it up to a 4/5 for sure.

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  • Simon
  • 02-04-2019

A different genre - but just as interesting

An interesting and intricate storyline - well, two storylines. Ann Leckie continues to explore identity and language- and prejudice. And does so in a subtle way.

Adjoa Andoh’s narration is as compelling and varied as ever. I disagree with other reviewers who disparaged her performance. I wonder if people are somehow disconcerted by or unable to connect with narration using a West African accent - although I find it a welcome change and provides a new perspective.

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  • Julu Lund
  • 17-06-2019

Wonderful and refreshing

Ann Leckie once again dazzles with an inventive and well written novel.

Adjoa Andoh performs it flawlessly.

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  • DK
  • 18-08-2019

Ann Leckie’s version of Earthsea

This book was entertaining to the end. There were some complaints about the story in other reviews that, if you didn’t like this, I can see being valid. Those didn’t bother me. It’s magic was r

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  • Mark Miller
  • 12-04-2019

Well told tale

I enjoyed this story. It was different to many fantasy type tales and had the flavour of mythology rather than heroic violence. The narration contributed to this and was well paced, telling the story through the characters.

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  • James Power
  • 05-08-2019

4 stars

Felt unfinished. Disappointed the two dimensionally evil character had the only Irish accent. Most of the other side characters were given complex internal lives and motivations.

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  • Cfc Caumartin
  • 26-03-2019

Underwhelming

There are two concurrent stories in the book. One strand follows a human storry involving an usurpation plot. This is not uninteresting even if it is predictable and plodding. The other strand follows the adventures of -wait for it, a stone. It is a god too, but mainly it is a stone. Can you imagine following the riveting adventures of a stone? Well if you fancy this, buy the book . If it does not sound too appealing, give it a miss. I can also reveal that the stone 'storry' occupies two third of the book to one third for the human-usurpation plot. This is shockingly tedious. Like many others I loved the author' s sci-fi trilogy but this never failed to dissapoint. To top it, the voice recording is trully cringy, one of the main character keeps repeating 'my lord, oh my looooord' in a really whinny way. By the end of the book it was making me laugh, it really grates. What a shame. I am not buying anything else from this author unless reviews start with 'a return to form".

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  • Catherine
  • 27-07-2020

Fantastic.

I loved this book,and I wasn't really expecting to having read the synopsis and reviews.I bought it because I also loved Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice series - this wasn't what I was expecting when I read it so finding out that The Raven Tower also wasn't what I expected shouldn't have surprised me!
It drew me in - I normally listen to my audio books while I'm driving and it's a sign that a book is really gripping me when I start squeeze in 5 minutes listening when ever I can.
There is a double story running through the book and these stories come together gradually,as you start to piece together how they interrelate.
Adjoah Andoh is an excellent narrator,with a good variety of well differentiated and character appropriate voices (Eolo isn't whiny - he's a country boy,Norfolk maybe?!).
It's hard to say much without adding spoilers but for me the best character by far was the main non-human character - another reviewer has said they found its story boring,I found it completely gripping,and was so hoping there would be a 'happy' ending for it.
Highly recommended.

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  • Michela
  • 27-01-2020

A fight for power of humans and gods

The novel tells two main stories, one is a mystery regarding a missing human leader, an incomplete ritual of succession to power and a suspicious new leader ; the other storyline is about an ancient god, how it came and grew in power, and how it ended up strictly connected to the other storyline. In this world, gods have as much power as humans bestow on them through prayers and offerings, through alliances with other gods, and as long as they keep their word. But communication with humans can be tricky and manipulated, and rituals may not be enough to maintain things as they used to be for decades. The main character bridges the two storylines and sees through most of the smokescreens and deceptions, but that's hardly enough to prevent tragic losses.

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  • Bob
  • 05-01-2020

Not for me

Having enjoyed other works by the same writer I was saddened that this did not interest me. The reading was fine. Just the tale being boring.

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  • SlosshyDolphin
  • 30-04-2019

Unusual

I have listened to several books narrated by Adjoa Andoh but the voices she chose in this one were, unfortunately, totally wrong. The "hero" of the tale is given a whining voice that sound like a child whining to their mother. It was only determination that kept me listening. In other books i have praised the narrator but she got it wrong here.

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