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Tithe

A Modern Faerie Tale
Written by: Holly Black
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

©2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc. (P)2005 Holly Black

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favorite series of mine and book one still has it

good story and understanding of faerie. might be for young readers but adults will enjoy it too!

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  • Lexa Slater
  • 2019-01-18

Story Hard to Get into, Narrator Very Dry

So, I'm a long time fantasy nerd and while Holly Black seems right up my alley, her books are usually a hit-or-miss for me. She's brilliant and strange, but sometimes it just doesn't do it for me. I've been struggling to get through Tithe for a year now, coming back now and then to try again. I want to like it... I just can't fall into the story.
I tried the audiobook in hopes that it would help get me through the slump. I was wrong. The narrator is extremely dry. Her inflections hardly change on dialogue, let alone the text. At first, for a brief moment, I thought I was hearing an robotic voice recording. I couldn't get far, so I'm not sure if it gets better.
Maybe next year, Tithe!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-05-06

Listening for the First Time

I've read the book several times before, but I've never listened to it. The narrator was good at voices, but kind of shit at using the text to inform how she read something. For instance, if the text said, "Kaye said thoughtfully," after a sentence, the narrator wouldn't have paid attention to it. I found that quite jarring at times, although otherwise her reading was fairly good.

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  • Charmy
  • 2015-03-05

Pace is hard to follow.

Often during the book I was confused as to where the characters were. The narrator almost seems to read new chapters like she was reading the next sentence. The action would pass from one location from another without much transition and if you are like me and listening to audiobook is something you do when you do something else then it's mighty confusing. Book wise this is ok but it doesn't translate well into audio. The story was alright but I might have enjoyed more if I could have followed the pace.

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  • Sabrina
  • 2018-06-22

I love this book

I love this book! I have read it twice and now listened to it as well. It is one of my favorites. The narrator did a decent job.

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  • Jordyn B.
  • 2015-07-10

Hated the voice acting

It was really hard to listen to the voice reading. It was a really great book, just the voice was...grating.

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  • Shelly Owens
  • 2019-04-04

A crime to hot fae boys everywhere

Roiben is supposed to be this hot warrior fae, but the person reading this book makes him sound like he just ran up six flights of stairs. And I didn't know you could over-enunciate, but I have discovered listening to this that you absolutely can. I think she did fine as Kaye and Corny, but she ruined Roiben, like it was gratingly bad, and the book was way less enjoyable than just reading a paperback copy myself. It was work to keep listening. The sample of Ironside didn't sound as bad, so I'm hoping that's the case. The story is dark and messed up and pretty good, but I'll stick to my paperback in future.

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  • Julie B Thompson
  • 2019-03-18

Black Never Disappoints

Black's YA series, 'A Modern Faerie Tale', is a great read for young and adult readers alike. Her work will appeal to fans of McGuire, Kagawa, Marr, Butcher, Bledsoe, Aaronovitch, Shevdon. Like those writers, Black always delivers; never disappoints. Kate Rudd’s narration is flawless. Rudd is always a bonus to any audible production.

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  • Raayven
  • 2019-02-09

Listen and love it.

Seriously. It's a good read. Don't miss out on the whole series. 10/10 all the best.

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  • Junie Ochoa
  • 2018-10-30

good

it was a good story. a bit vague for my taste but something to listen to while I crochet

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  • G. M. T. Schuilling
  • 2018-10-10

The contemporary setting made it come truly alive for me!

I was surprised at how much I liked this story! It’s shorter than my usual epic fantasies and in a more modern setting, but that made it truly come alive for me. It may even truly happen in life ;) A delightful read that stays with me long after I’ve finished. I look forward to more books that feature these enchanting characters! More dark knight, please!