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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • paul sparks
  • 09-03-2019

Jarring and jumbled

I am a big of Ann Leckie and really enjoyed her previous novels, therefore I was looking forward to this foray into the fantasy genre, I found the narrative and narration unengaging, this format is not to my tastes therefore I intend to return the book unfinished as I value my time and I think I would be wasting it trying to force myself to listen to this, I’m sure many will enjoy but I won’t be counting myself amongst that number

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  • A. Hoøen
  • 06-03-2019

The Narration ruined it for me

The book was written in 2nd person narrative, which just didn’t work for me. Both the narration and the reading performance was a bit odd, with slight emphasis on the wrong word in a line.
I have no idea if the plot was good, because the narration and reading performance just threw me off completely, and I couldn’t get engaged in the plot and with the characters. I’m sure a lot of people will love it, but I didn’t, and I just felt like I was listening to a creepy stalker writing a letter to his prey.
I listened for about an hour, hoping it was just a weird intro to the story, but some research told me it will continue throughout the book, so I will be returning it.

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