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The City We Became

Auteur(s): N. K. Jemisin
Narrateur(s): Robin Miles
Durée: 16 h et 12 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 évaluations)

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Description

Five New Yorkers must come together to defend their city from an ancient evil in this stunning new novel by Hugo Award-winner and New York Times best-selling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy:

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Broken Kingdoms

The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)

Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)

The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology:

The Killing Moon

The Shadowed Sun

The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)

The Broken Earth:

The Fifth Season

The Obelisk Gate

The Stone Sky

How Long 'til Black Future Month? (short story collection)

©2020 N. K. Jemisin (P)2020 Orbit

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"A love/hate song to and rallying cry for the author's home of New York... Fierce, poetic, uncompromising." (Kirkus, starred review)

"The City We Became is a wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse. A big middle finger to Lovecraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts and humor. A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times. This book is all these things and more." (Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning)

"It's a glorious fantasy, set in that most imaginary of cities, New York. It's inclusive in all the best ways, and manages to contain both Borges and Lovecraft in its fabric, but the unique voice and viewpoint are Jemisin's alone." (Neil Gaiman)

"Some of the most exciting and powerful fantasy writing of today... Jemisin's latest will attract...even those who don't typically read genre fiction." (Booklist, starred review)

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Miles above the rest.

Not being a fan of the Fantasy genre, I almost returned this book early into it. But I continued based on the NYT review and have been greatly rewarded. This is a very good book that’s made better by the best narration I’ve come across.

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Incredible voice performance, disappointing story

I had such high hopes for The City We Became, and I was so impressed by the prologue that I rushed out and bought a print copy of the book to give as a gift. Alas, I should have waited. While the underlying conceit of cities having avatars is cool, the story itself was flat and predictable, and the characters were poorly fleshed out. In addition, while I share the author’s politics and was happy to read a story where white people aren’t centred, I was disappointed that there was so little nuance in how any of the characters were depicted, including a Lenape woman whose Indigenous identity felt awkwardly crammed on.
While I don’t recommend this book, I do recommend the narrator, Robin Miles. She made an otherwise boring book bearable.

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  • Joe
  • 2020-04-13

I don't understand the hype

Stereotypical characters, cringeworthy dialogue, boring plot. Essentially an expanded wikipedia entry about NYC, not a good thing. Like a marvel movie, no real stakes, just wait until another superhero arrives with greater powers. No matter how many fantastical things happen, characters are somehow surprised each time.

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  • dk
  • 2020-04-13

Fresh, Unique, So Good.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but rarely write reviews. After listening to this book though, I just had to. Everything about this listen was fantastic. I've read other Jemisin works, and liked them all, but this is by far my favorite. I love scifi and fantasy, but sometimes it's hard to find truly new and unique stories and characters. This book though, is like nothing else I've read. Just so great and original, with diverse and interesting characters that felt like real people/cities. ;)

Also, the audio production was one of the best I've ever heard - maybe even better than Dune! Robin Miles was a phenomenal narrator. I can hardly believe she voiced all those characters! To be able to do all those NY accents so well, AND a fairly decent British accent? Crazy. The suble audio effects were just perfect, and icing on the cake.

Just buy this book now. Seriously.

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  • nightowl
  • 2020-03-28

NKJ has done it again

Amazing new work from NKJ, accompanied by a stunning audio production! Gripping, funny, engaging, visceral, absolutely worth your time.

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  • 2020-04-20

Amazing accents

As someone who has chosen to be a New Yorker, I appreciate this love letter to the city. I liked the author's insights into each borough's personality. Also, as my title stated, I loved the narrator's different accents. She has so much soul and sass. This is the first time I enjoyed listening to the disclaimer at the end of the audiobook, so I hope whoever reads this listens until the end of the recording.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-18

Brilliant and Expertly Produced

This is the best From this author which is saying a lot. It is supremely gratifying to have it so well performed and produced. I am in Harlem during coronavirus nyc so this is especially poignant. Thank you Ms. Jemisin, Ms Miles and all those behind this stunning experience.

I do wish I had been a copy editor. New York has no payday loan shops. They are illegal. New Jersey Transit? I have never seen a dining car. I appreciate the author occasionally adopting founder over flounder. Nonetheless this IS, make no mistake, a masterpiece. The rhythms of the soliloquy, the voices of the characters-- astonishing.

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  • Nicole H.
  • 2020-05-17

I wish there were more than 5 stars to give

Perfect narration. Robin Miles is amazingly talented, all her accent work is top notch, each voice distinct. The added sound effects made this unlike any book I've ever listened to.

Anyone who complains about "stereotypical" characters has missed the point of the book entirely.

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  • Jonathanji
  • 2020-05-06

Absolutely phenomenal!

Listening to an N.K. Jemisin story read by Robin Miles is like witnessing Serena Williams dominate while Beyoncé performs the soundtrack. This story is incredible. Robin Miles is peerless in her performance. I hope there are more stories to follow.

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  • TX lilbit
  • 2020-04-17

Absolutely amazing - cathartic love letter to NYC

Wow - I’m not usually a sci-fi fan. New York and all of its wonderful millions has been in my thoughts with the current corona virus crisis so I gave this a shot, and it may be my favorite audiobook in a dozen years of heavy audiobook consumption. This author has poured their love of the city into this super entertaining pro-diversity/interconnectedness/liberal democracy allegory. And the narrator! Robin Miles deserves a Tony for her incredible diverse yet accurate characters and the heart she puts into each one.Those whose politics and values give them trouble with it - well, as the author points out, they still have Lovecraft :-).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-15

Great narration

This narrator is my favorite! And what uncanny timing, when new york needed this book.

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  • Diane Verrochi
  • 2020-06-21

Mind-blowing

The world building in this is amazing. The characterization is brilliant. And the narration is so spot on there aren't even words.

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