After recently finishing an audio re-read of THE LESSER DEAD, narrated by this author, I knew I had to get the audio of his latest book: THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF. I pre-ordered it so I could have it on release day, but then I found the audio available on NetGalley and here we are!
This narration is as great as I hoped and maybe even a little better. I already knew that Christopher Buehlman is a talented narrator, but here his performance is flat out phenomenal. Tackling several difference kinds of accents and languages must be very difficult, but Mr. Buehlman makes it all sound so easy. I found myself laughing out loud many times and I love that blind cat even more, after I heard the narrator’s “Rao.”
I’ve actually received an e-ARC of this book as well, which I read a few months back. This tale is truly an epic fantasy with all the hallmarks of the genre. Maps, different countries, languages and cultures. All the different creatures living in these different countries, along with witches, giants, krakens and kitties are all described so well, it feels like I know them. (The kraken portion of this story was so tense and yet, kind of funny too.)
And of course, like most of the best fantasies, we have magic; magic that shows up in all sorts of unexpected ways and in unexpected things…like cats or tattoos.
My original review of the book can be found here:
Once again, Christopher Buhelman has knocked my socks off and maybe my knickers too! If you’re not reading his work, you are truly missing out. His stories are always exciting, always unique and always entertaining. I am finding that this is true of his narrations as well. There is nothing like listening to a skilled narrator performing his own work. I’m giving this audio ALL THE STARS!!
Available everywhere 5.25.21!
*Thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for the free audio download in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*