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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: August 16, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ELPUZJ6
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Emperor of Thorns: A Broken Empire Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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When I got to the part the book had been building up to I noticed that I was close to the end.
I thought at that point, wow he could have another book easily just on what is about to take place. Even so, I was satisfied with the ending. His end notes sum it up and is true. It is becoming a problem for readers like me who want to get to the end and not spend 20 years reading a series to find out.
I would have given it 5* if there had been more of a satisfying resolution with one of Jorg's loves and if there were a 1/2 I would give it 4 1/2 stars.
While his ending is fantastic, it is also on par with the rest of the book. I am 49 years old. I have been reading in the above mentioned genres for 40 years. I have read a lot of junk, a lot of airport reading (fun when you have nothing to do), and a lot of decent stuff. But I can probably count on my fingers and toes the truly memorable books I carry with me and compare all the others to. This trilogy is now firmly on the list.
I'm not going to say much about the story because that always gives things away. What I do want to say is that Jorg (hero, antihero, superhero, reluctant hero -- he really, really does fit all of these categories and more) is the guy we all root for and want at our shoulder when trouble comes calling, or as is often the case with Jorg, when for no good reason he goes looking for trouble himself. His actions are so pure, consistent, honest, absolute, and unapologetic that I had to judge him moral, although I know others may struggle with this conclusion. He makes hard decisions (diamonds are softer), but there is absolutely no whining, complaining or self pity.
And while I could go on and on and on a about how GREAT this series was, I will limit myself to a few more thoughts: First, Jorg's observations, whether spoken out loud to others or as part of the narrative he is recording for those of us reading his story, are priceless. His observations cut like a knife, and strip away all pretense and veneers. They are wry, brutal, wise, and oh so very thoughtful. Second, there are at least half a dozen characters I really (REALLY, REALLY, REALLY!) want to hear from again. Abercrombie has done this so well. I am sure, as in 1000 percent positive, that Mr. Lawrence can do it better. And if he does, I will buy all of these books and it will validate his superb conclusion.
I am not difficult to entertain - but there are few who can delight me in a way worthy of the word. In exchange for a handful of dollars, Mr. Lawrence delighted me through three books. Amazingly, there are no grave issues or things that I must turn a blind eye to. I am an unforgiving reader, and I find it amazing that I have nothing to forgive. The author begins his career with a terrific trio of novels and I look forward to reading more.
At the series level, I can point to no spot and frown. This is no small feat for such an ambitious and innovative project. This was not a cookie-cutter novel or series on ANY level. I thoroughly enjoyed the Broken Empire books from the start of the first to the end of the last. There are many elements involved in good novels and this author delivered an outstanding story across them all. I found both the conception and execution of his ideas extremely good. He delivered interesting settings, colorful, unpredictable characters, and surprising situations. He kept a brisk pace, pausing just long enough to ... well, now that I think on it, he didn't pause at all.
Throughout the series the main character has commanded my attention and traced a perceptible arc. This is an achievement in itself, and in this book that arc became complete - any less development would have left me wanting; any more would have been too much. Balancing plausible change while staying true to the essence of a character is incredibly difficult - hence the failure of many authors to try and most to succeed. Mr. Lawrence successfully brought things to a point of balance, with enough of his protagonist's original (often shocking) unpredictability and intensity left intact. Without spoiling the outcomes, I will say that I found the protagonist's final self to be plausible, convincing, and satisfying.
In a genre overflowing with tired, poorly conceived, and terribly executed copies of things I've seen before, Mr. Lawrence has succeeded in giving me what I wanted: striking, original memories of things that never happened, that could never happen, and a pleasurable ride beside what felt like real people, whom I will miss.