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  • The Black Prism

  • Auteur(s): Brent Weeks
  • Narrateur(s): Simon Vance
  • Durée: 21 h et 26 min
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (644 évaluations)

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Description

In a world where magic is tightly controlled, the most powerful man in history must choose between his kingdom and his son in the first book in the epic NYT best-selling Lightbringer series.

Guile is the Prism. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

If you loved the action and adventure of the Night Angel trilogy, you will devour this incredible epic fantasy series by Brent Weeks.

©2010 Brent Weeks (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Brent Weeks is so good it's starting to tick me off." (Peter V. Brett, New York Times best-selling author of The Desert Spear)
"Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way." ( Publishers Weekly
" The Blinding Knife is a wonderful work of high fantasy with engaging characters facing the perfect antagonists, set in a creatively-wrought and increasingly chaotic world brimful of imaginative magic and interesting politics. Weeks holds fast to the traditions of his genre while adding a compelling new flavor." ( The Ranting Dragon)

Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Black Prism

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Awesome!

I've physically read this book previously and truly enjoyed it. I very much enjoy Brent Weeks' style and totally unique version of the fantasy epic tale. when i decided to purchase it on audible I was a bit apprehensive but i shouldn't have been. Holy moly what an excellent performance by Simon Vance! He has enough range to give each character a distinct speaking voice while narrating in an expressive tone. The battle scenes had me on the edge of my seat. Thank you Brent Weeks for giving us this amazing story which has completely captivated my imagination. Thank you Simon Vance for bringing this story to life in a while new way. And thank you Audible for just being generally awesome!

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  • DoM
  • 2020-01-03

This title made me buy more credits!

This title made me buy more credits; I really wanted more and more. Beware.

This is a review for the whole 5 books series since, let's be honest, that's what you probably want if you're looking at this.

I did not know Brent Weeks before, but it came as a recommendation from other B.Sanderson fans online.

In short:
+ Action packed
+ Magic system interesting and self-consistent.
+ Good breath of characters: From the heroic wannabe orphan to the super-munchkin guy. Young girl and Middle-life lady.
+ I liked how the author brought only a few character's perspective at a time. 2-3 in first book, 3-4 second and third, 4-6 in the rest. It makes it easy to read/listen => Good progression.
+ Simon Vance did a pretty good job. The only way this could have been improved is by teaming with a female narrator.
+ Some small plot twists here and there keeps the story fresh.

± For the most part, the "vilains" are also well done. There are a few whom's motivations are a bit harder to understand.

- My main complain is that B.Weeks starts to build a sort of "greater expanse" universe towards the 4th book. That falls short: It doesn't really add to the story, leads nowhere and kerfuffle with his magic system.

Overall, I'd five it 4.5*... but let's round up!

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Excellent novel

Narrator really brought the story to life with his fantastic depiction of the characters and the story. Brent Week's has created a stellar beginning to this series as the characters are engaging and compelling. Couldn't turn the audiobook off until I had finished it all.

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Amazing book!!

Amazing book! From someone who listened to nearly 80 books so far this is one of the best series. The twists and turns had me hooked! Definitely recommend!!!

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thrilling

great cadence in the voice. would recommend to everyone.
it feels like you are being tucked into bed and read to by your favourite uncle. complete with voices and soul.
I love it.

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Great start to a fantasy series

Very enjoyable! Looking forward to the next four books in the series, glad they kept the same narrirator for the whole series

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  • A.
  • 2022-05-17

Sexualizes Women

Author sexualizes pretty much every woman in the novel. If you can tolerate that, there is a decent story to be told

  • Au global
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A modern classic

I love this book and the rest of the following story. I think I've reccomended it to more people than I did aSoIaF, and everytime I reccomend it I have an itch to start the series again. Try this one out, if you're looking for a great fantasy with an interesting magic system you probably wont do better than Lightbringer

  • Au global
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AMAZING!!!!

This book is amazing, I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked within the first couple chapters. If your looking for a great fantasy book, give this book a try! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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Writing this review for the whole series

*NO SPOILERS.
These books are something! I feel I can give a good honest review, though of course all art is subjective.

The first book took me a while to get into, but it's worth pushing through even as some things don't make sense. The world begins to build, characters develop and more intricate twists/turns unfold the further into the story you go. These books are well worth a read, and I promise the last book is so rewarding.

My only peeve is that it takes a long time for anything to happen in this series. Slow parts with some repetitive scenes and the author likes to ramble in monologue regarding some of the characters thoughts. I get that this is to show the characters personality, some background, their thought process and wit but in my opinion after 5 books of it, it was a bit overkill and I began accidentally tuning out parts. If two characters are having a conversation, suddenly the next 5 minutes are about Gavin's thoughts and the history of one small aspect of slavery and one slave in particular, that will never come up again... then suddenly the other person speaks and you don't even remember what the conversation was about to begin with. This series could have been finished in 4 books, though I suppose that's just how Brent Weeks writes. Yet at the same time, I also forgive him because he took his time with the ending. Making it into hours of sitting at the edge of your seat waiting for what happens next.

Overall, an amazing world with in depth characters. Bit dragged out in areas but a great series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-13

Nice first book. slow start

I'm a fantasy junkie and put there somewhere in the mix of top 20 books I've listen to. If you like gritty war fantasy (think Cooke or Abercrombie) then you'll like this book. it starts off really slow but once it gets going (about 3/5th of the way) it really can keep you captivated for hours. If you haven't read a lot of fantasy I recommed something better, but if you're a junkie like me and running out of options then this is well worth the money and time. if you haven't listen to acclaimed books like the Stormlight series, Black Company, First Law series, etc. then go listen to those first. if you have mowed through most of these "slam dunk" options then give this a go. lots of magic, and the hero isn't a super-stud that is perfect in everyway. this hero has tons and tons of flaws. Likewise, the villains have many redeeming factors. definitely a gray novel.

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  • LornaDavis
  • 2016-09-19

original and entertaining

I am late to this party and I guess from reading previous reviews that it is a lucky thing since I got to start right out with Simon Vance (one of my favorite readers). Actually, I found this book by looking up books read by him. I often do that with readers when I can't find something that seems to interest me. I am only about half way through the first book but the originality of this book reminds me very much of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Not because the story lines are similar so much but the fresh idea and spot on execution of the storyline. It begins with 2 storylines that mesh up in about 15 chapters and then just keeps getting better as it goes. Based on all the reviews for the rest of the books I am looking forward to many more hours of these wonderful books. How did I miss this series? If you are on the fence, think no more, just hit the button. It is well worth your time and credit.

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  • Stabby
  • 2016-07-18

Simon Vance Finally!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Prism to be better than the print version?

Absolutely, Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators without a doubt.

Any additional comments?

I was incredibly excited that Week's got them to go back and have Simon Vance do this one. The other narrator made the characters flat and boring. Simon Vance made these books something special in the sequels and it's great to not have to suffer through the first one to get to the rest of the series anymore.

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  • DJK1986
  • 2016-08-26

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the reissue!

Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

I definitely will. I love Brent Weeks and I love Simon Vance. I have read the print version of this book multiple times and I have listened to the Blinding Knife and the Broken Eye several times as well because of the nuances in the story and performance. Unfortunately, I was only able to listen through the original audiobook version of the Black Prism once, and I think I only persevered because I had already read the book and loved it. The original narrator was horrible!!! As others have stated, he made Gavin Guile sound like Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I kept waiting for him to say "Dude" at the end of each sentence. It was painful and it was one the first books I got from Audible. At the time I didn't know I could return books, so that version is still in my Audible library taking up space. Such a waste of a credit! But this version ... I will listen again and again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Prism?

I'm still listening through for the first time, so I may find more moments, but I think the opening scene of the book as read by Simon Vance will always be a favorite of mine. I loved the beginning of this book from the first time I read it, because it reveals Kip's personality and the world he lives in so clearly in what is really a very short (well constructed) passage. I have always loved Kip and found him so easy to relate to. He is every awkward kid I knew growing up and he is me every time I lost confidence in myself. He is convinced he is a worthless failure, yet he always manages to persevere and make things happen. He has no idea of his true worth and potential.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

In short ... everything. His characterizations, his pronunciations, his feel for the story, his pacing. He has been one of my favorite narrators ever since I heard the Blinding Knife.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gavin Guile is respected, loved, and feared; the most powerful Prism in living memory ... or is he?I'm not very good at this, but I do hope a movie series is made based on these books ... as long as it is done by someone who respects Mr. Weeks' story.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear the Blood Mirror. I'm counting the days.

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  • David_in_Tennessee
  • 2016-07-23

Great beginning - better than I expected

I read the Audible and Amazon reviews as well as blogs and reader sites to narrow my listening choices. If I am going to invest 10-30 hours listening to something I want it to be entertaining or thought provoking or profound. Fantasy novels are for me a guilty pleasure, and the best ones build solid foundations on multi faceted characters. I also am reluctant to take on multi-book series without having a good idea that the series improves upon the early expositions of a magic system or political setting to reward the reader later when it all comes together and the imagined underpinnings provide that exhilarating climax. That said, I am excited to move forward in this series because this was so much better than I expected: a great story with twists anchored by a talented and proven narrator.

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  • Bill
  • 2017-03-25

Formulaic and rife with stereotypes

What did you like best about The Black Prism? What did you like least?

The voice acting was pretty good.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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Did The Black Prism inspire you to do anything?

Yes, be more careful with my fantasy selections.

Any additional comments?

If you like tired tropes, pathetic female characters, disheartening dialogue and rehashing old fantasy stories into something that resembles a teenage fantasy, this is your book. It wasn't all bad; just mostly bad.

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  • ;)
  • 2017-12-21

Started out good and then I got bored.

Why was this such a bore?! This book holds many cool premises but it just falls short.

The spectrum magic is super cool and done well but that's about it for me. The plot arc seems hindered and the characters even more so, also - flintlock guns? Not into it. The world would derive fine from a classic medieval-esque fantasy base since everything else in the book seems to.

I could tell where each and every plot arc was going to go and I hated it. Gavin - super cool mysterious character - completely lined out before halfway through the book. Its the same with all the other characters. I was not surprised once.

Brent Week also tends to over explain character thoughts and interactions and it gets a bit tedious.

... I don't know, I really wanted to like this book but I didn't.

Simon Vance was great though, so five stars to you buddy.

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  • joel
  • 2016-08-26

Colourful story!

The magic system is new to me and neat. The characters are enjoyable and grow throughout the entire story! Simon Vance like always is on point and an amazing narrator! If you have listened to the Cycle of Arawn you will enjoy this series as well I think.

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  • Steve Davis
  • 2016-07-23

YES!

Thanks for the do-over and with Simon Vance! Now the story is not only well narrated, but the voices and performance match the remaining awesome books.

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  • M. Halley
  • 2016-08-05

Thank God For the Re-Issue. Much better now.

Where does The Black Prism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book (series) ranks among one of the better series I have purchased off of Audible. Great story read by great narrator. If I like the story I hear, I tend to buy the books also.

What other book might you compare The Black Prism to and why?

I would compare The Black Prism with Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria series. A solid story that keeps a hold on you with characters that are both serious and smart asses in all the right places.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I purchased The Black Prism about a year ago but returned it as the first narrator didn't seem to put any effort into the characters leaving them all sounding like a California surfer dudes. "Kip. You're like totally my natural born son, dude.". It was the first, and so far, only book I ever returned to Audible

Simon Vance brings the characters to life, giving each one their own personality. I rank Mr. Vance up there with the ranks of Jim Dale (Listen to the Harry Potter Book). I was very happy to notice the change in narrators, which I discovered on accident. I bought repurchased the book right away

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None yet, I am not completely finished with this book

Any additional comments?

If you bought he first rendition of The Black Prism and hated it I highly recommend you give the new version a try. If you own the first rendition I would try to contact Audible for the newer version. I don't know if they offered the new version to previous owners as I returned it and would not have received a notice

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