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Shadow and Bone

Auteur(s): Leigh Bardugo
Narrateur(s): Lauren Fortgang
Durée: 9 h et 21 min
4 out of 5 stars (69 évaluations)

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Description

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves her life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

©2012 Leigh Bardugo (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars

Twilight 2.0

This book had a great premise but my goodness was it poorly executed. The characters were shallow, contradictory and felt very fake. The plot felt thrown together and rushed with misplaced, heavy-handed attempts at foreshadowing. The "special girl" with a love triangle trope has been over done, and this is no exception. Sure the author threw a twist into it but, as I said, poorly executed.

The performance of the narrator was this books saving grace, but even that was marred by odd moments where the voice she was doing would suddenly change mid sentence, as if recorded in a different take weeks apart.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

A great listen...an okay book

Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job making u feel like different characters are speaking. Her nuanced voice really added to the story and its narrative. Speaking of narrative, the plot was okay. It didn't blow me away, but it wasn't awful either. I walked away from the book excited about what had transpired but not really caring about the characters as much as I feel like I should have.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Good story

Great story, I will be listening to the rest in the series. It's a clean YA story. I do prefer a little more naughtiness in the books I listen to so if your looking for that you won't find it in this book.
Lauren Fortgang did a great job narrating and fit the story really well.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

why did it take me so long???

I can't believe it took me so long to listen to this Audiobook. I loved it...and immediately got the next one. thanks narrator did such a good job, I felt every voice and ever emotion. definitely recommend!!

  • Au global
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Amazing!

I truly enjoyed this book. I found it easy to follow and exciting! There were many thrilling moments and I loved the characters. I especially loved how well the narrator spoke and how well she switched between accents and tones of voices. It made it truly believable and at times I forgot it was only one person reading it! I can’t wait to read the next one!!

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    3 out of 5 stars

Not what I was expecting, but still a good read.

I came Across Leigh Bardugo’s books from a friend talking about Six of Crows, so after being sucked into a world of mischief and daring heists reading both of them. I decided to take a look at the Grisha trilogy. I’ll be honest, not what I was expecting but still a good read. I quite enjoyed it. I’ve also noticed it seems to be a running theme of her books to have great narrators.
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  • Au global
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Really enjoyable listening

I’ve been meaning to read or listen to this book for a few years! So glad I chose to listen. Great narration, good plot, and a satisfactory end which leaves the reader excited for the next book. #Audible1

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Amazing start to an amazing series!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was one of the first audio books I ever listened to, and it remains one of my favourites.

Side-story - A couple of years ago, I found myself moving over 10 hours away to a small town where I knew no one in order to pursue my career. I commuted a half hour to and from work each day, and drove close to 2 hours every weekend to visit my aunt. Not long after I first moved, I discovered Audible. An avid reader, I had put my reading to the wayside during the move. With Audible, I was able to listen to stories as I commuted everyday. I have fond memories of listening to Lauren Fortgang reading Shadow and Bone as I drove along a beautiful coastline to work. Lauren does an impeccable job of voicing Alina.

Shadow and Bone is your introduction to the Grisha world, a world you will want to return to again and again in the books and accompanying series that follow. Leigh has created a truly fantastical world, rich with unique cultures and histories. A master of her craft!

A true gem!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Gah!

I loved it? I am so high off finishing this story, gah, I have no coherent thoughts? It is amazing. I loved it. I need more of it.

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  • Au global
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  • Whovian
  • 2018-08-31

disappointed

I LOVED Six of Crows and it's sequel. both were amazing. This one just pissed me off. Stupid Girl doing everything they tell her not to. I just wanted to slap her.I got bored at the half way point and almost gave up. Not sure if I will listen to the others. Six of Crows was leagues above this.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-03

So much potential wasted..

Oh my god I hate the progression in this book. The main character is a girl with the power of light which is unique to only her but she is so painfully stupid she totally ruins this book for me.

She is a train operative but her automatic instinct is to use her power which reveals her identity when she is supposedly trying to keep a low profile.

So many parts of this book are molded to fit the storyline but the writer doesn't seem to have a seamless way to bring it together without making all the characters look naive, ignorant idiots.

I pray the second book is better than this first one because the world building and intrigue that is developed in this world is really interesting

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • HKJ
  • 2016-01-18

😥

I thought that this book would be better. It did have a good ending but her new book, six of crows, was much better. A waste of time and money.

10 personnes sur 11 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Najima Rainey
  • 2015-06-09

Mediocre

While I liked the world of the story, I think it would have been better told from an omniscient narrator's perspective because the main protagonist isn't particularly like able.

She makes a lot of mistakes but never seems to learn from them. She's suspicious of everyone EXCEPT the bad guys. It's like being inside the head of an acerbic, self obsessed kid, who spends the whole time complaining. An experience not worth repeating for the 2nd or 3rd book.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Brian
  • 2018-05-29

Started off really good.

Started off great. Kind of a different story.
Lost me at the end. Things happened that didn't make sense. Was kind of frustrating because the build up was pretty good.
Then end seemed rushed and not a lot of thought put into it. Kind of how all the new star wars movies are.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ichiji
  • 2016-06-28

Good performance, trite story

I lost interest in the story about halfway through, but the book is decently written and the performance was enough to keep me going until the end. The story was predictable. The characters are not believable. Finally, if you don't go in for romance novels, the villain character soon becomes tiresome. He is yet another 50SOG forbidding but compelling type with penetrating slate gray eyes – and therefore completely uninteresting.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Katherine R.
  • 2018-07-19

ugh

I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in a book. I was so excited when I started reading it, and the story just got worst and more predictable. There's a lot of books that I've predicted but the outcome still make it fun, but not like this one. Plain characters and I think the villain was the only one I kind of like, but at some point they were a disaster too. Idk what made me finish this book but it wasn't cause it was good. so disappointed. Dont know if I'll read the rest.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-09-25

Just ok

The narrator was good it was just the voice she chose for the Darkling was off-putting otherwise it was very well done.

The story was good, it just could’ve been better. I enjoyed it but I did get bored in the middle.

I will still continue the series but I will read the physical books instead.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Joe Chad
  • 2017-09-07

Run of The Mill Debut

Disclaimer: I read the Six of Crows Duology before the Grisha Trilogy. Also, I do not tend to read young adult fantasy very often.

After completing the Six of Crows duology I was very intrigued by both the world and character development that Bardugo showed me in those two novels. I had heard rumors that this duology was better than her Grisha Trilogy and as far as Shadow and Bone is concerned I have to agree.

Lets start off with the good. I enjoyed Bardugo's world building for the most part. She does a good job of creating an interesting landscape and showing us a very convoluted magic system. The word convoluted is important though, because I feel as though the boundaries of the magic system are very loose and many items are not explained in enough detail for my taste. I was often confused as to how powerful the magic that is used actually is, at one point you have a single Grisha (magic user) killing multiple people effortlessly, but then at other times common soldiers are able to overcome a Grisha and simply dodge their magical abilities. Therefore, there is definitely a magic system consistency problem, but this isn't uncommon among high fantasy novels.

The other element that Bardugo succeeds in some degree at is her character development. She really does do a good job at showing real emotions from her characters and making their personalities individualized and believable, although they lack the same flare and interestingness as her Six of Crows characters. However, the main problem with the characters for me was Alina herself, who I generally found a little obnoxious, naive, and very resistant to change. She really did annoy me especially for the first half of the book, although she did improve as the book went on.

The main problem I had with this novel is the plot is a little generic, and really lacks any flare or twist that really jumps out at you. In comparison with her duology the plot seems incredibly simplistic, and the rest of the book suffers for it.

Just a quick note on the narrator, I thought she gave a decent performance, but I did feel she lacked range of voices to some degree, and she worked a little hard on her accents, which came off as a bit ridiculous at times.

In conclusion, I put this novel down to first novel inexperience, and it was just good enough for me to buy Siege and Storm. One final thought: Ms. Bardugo is far better at writing in several points of view as opposed to singular first person.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Deborah Andersen
  • 2018-05-07

Fell flat...

Just wanted more from the story, world, characters, everything, it just could have been MORE

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