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Crooked Kingdom

By: Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by: Roger Clark,Jay Snyder,Elizabeth Evans,Fred Berman,Brandon Rubin,Kevin T. Collins,Lauren Fortgang,Peter Ganim
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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling New York Times best-selling Six of Crows.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets - a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

©2016 Leigh Bardugo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Featured Article: Alina Starkov—A Shadow and Bone Character Guide


Gather round, darklings, and let us tell you the tale of Alina Starkov, the star of the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Though the novel came out almost 10 years ago, the Grishaverse has expanded quite a bit since then. And now with the new Netflix adaptation, interest in Alina Starkov and the series at large is greater than ever. So keep reading to learn the answers to all your burning questions about Alina Starkov! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)

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Perfect, but now what?

Loved it. This book leaves me with that rare feeling that I don't know what to read next. Actually, the even rarer condition that I need a break from reading so I can continue to savor this book a little longer. I don't think I can review it properly. However, it's a story intricately wound and wonderfully wicked. I loved getting to know each of the characters, even though Kaz is the star, you learn to appreciate all six of the gang. The settings and fantasy elements were great - sometimes helter skelter and at other times melodic. The ending. That was perfect. It's worthy of recommendation!

PS - Agree with others that Wylan's narrator was terrible for the part, and still this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.

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Great except for one thing

Book is awesome! I loved it.....except for whoever narrated Wyland and whenever Wyland was talking for Kaz.....holy evil old man gravel. Sort of rediculous!

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Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint in Crooked Kingdom the sequel to Six of Crows. It is the ending of the duology which could have easily been a trilogy...my selfish want as I love the world Leigh has built. As with Six of Crows the book continues with each character providing their POV. Not my favorite style of writing but Leigh pulls it off well in both books.
Don't want to provide any spoilers but the journey to the end is worth it. Ok..one tiny spoiler which made me VERY HAPPY is Kaz and the crew get help from some very special characters of the Grisha trilogy. Yeah it felt a bit gratuitous on Leigh's part but I enjoyed it anyway.

Now for the narrators...anytime it gets past 2 narrators I find it distracting. Elizabeth Evans (Nina) and Lauren Fortgang (Inej) were brilliant and well cast to the characters. Their last scenes at the end of the book were AMAZING and worth the whole listen! As for the men...returning narrators Fred Berman (Kaz), Brandon Rubin (Jesper), Jay Snyder (Matthias), Roger Clark (Pekka) gave very consistent performances to Six of Crows and matched the characters well. Jay Snyder made me fall in love with Matthias or maybe with Jay himself ;-). New to Crooked Kingdom...Kevin T Collins (Wylan) and Peter Ganim (Jan). I don't think Kevin gave a bad performance but he had almost all the pronunciations of the characters and the world incorrect which made his performance distracting. I kept correcting him while I was listening. Don't let it deter you from choosing to the book. Just know that it is coming and you will have to suck it up a bit when you listen.

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WHY YOU TAKE MY FAVORITE NARRATOR?!

You get four stars, sir, simply for not using my favorite narrator from last book. This story is so good, but I felt like I was slapped in the face when we get to Kaz's POV maybe halfway through and IT'S NOT THE SAME GUY! UGH!

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Great story, hit or miss performers

First of all I love this story, and the different voices are mostly wonderful. Each lends so much to the tale, and whether it was planned this way or not, each sort of lends their own viewpoint--we get to see how each character sounds, from the point of view of each character. The performer for Wyland was a bit off, though--i can't quite describe it, but it was somewhat jarring to listen to, and he made Kaz sound like an old lady, which was an odd choice.

The performer for Jesper was odd too--after having a normal American accent for the last book and most of this one, towards the end he started having a sort of bastardized cockney/Australian lilt to some things, and not only when Jesper was speaking but when other characters were speaking, too! It was super weird, like why is Nina suddenly talking this way? It made the whole thing seem poorly edited or poorly directed, which is a shame.

All that being said, this is still one of the most engaging and fun stories I've listened to in a while, and the performers for Kaz and Inej in particular were fantastic. I would absolutely listen to it again.

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I love a lot of narrators

Except for this time. As mentioned, Wyland's voice for Kaz sounds like he was the Wicked Witch. The fact that every narrator did a different voice for each character made it a bit hard to follow. I didn't listen to Six of Crow, I read the physical book, and everything made a lot more sense that when I started listening to this one. Since each character sounds completely different, it's harder to follow, but it still wasn't all bad.

I loved the actual story, I think it was a great follow up to Six of Crows, and I hope there is another book in the series soon!

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Great story, so-so performance and production

The story was great. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I really didn't like the narration for Wylan, though. His rendition of Kaz's voice was hard to listen to, his pronunciation of names, places, and words was gratingly inconsistent, and there was an audible hiss throughout.

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How did this get such high reviews?

I am an hour into the book and really, really dislike it. The first narrator was horrible, the others I listened to much better. The story is torture -- no, really, torture. If you like gang violence, gambling, physical and psychological torture, and can stomach the first narrator, then this book is for you. I had such high hopes after reading Six of Crows. This sequel has gone terribly wrong. I hope that I can return the book.

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Typical

The performance was great. The story, on the other hand, was typical. If you didn't like Kaz and his crew's relationship from the last book don't expect much of a change here. I will say though that this book is a definite improvement from the last one, but it still needed more character development. The author tried to redeem Kaz's character at the end, but it was kinda too late for that. She spends way too much time trying to make him seem like a badass to actually give him a good story arch. The other characters didn't really add much either. They were all bland and did nothing exceptionally great.

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Most of the narrators were good, but like many other reviews said there didn't really need to be a different one for every character. also it was weird how there was a different narrator for every character's chapter rather than every character's speaking lines-- I've listen to other audiobooks in that second format and I think the effect was a lot better. Also I'm really sorry but the Wylan narrator was just. Bad. Really bad, sorry dude

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-19

WORST. READING. EVER.

I don’t understand how Audible would allow sale of this audiobook. Wyland’s character sounds like he just learnt how to read. Pacing completely wrong. Wrong words emphasised in almost every sentence. I’m returning this one.
If terrible reading and pacing don’t bother you, this one’s for you! Good story line. Guess I’ll have to read it to myself.

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  • Marque
  • 11-18-17

Great book, terribly read

More of an enunciation contest than a performance. While a few of the narrators do a great job, most of them emphasize the wrong words in the sentences and make it difficult to keep the thread of the action. And while some of these improve a little, or maybe I became accustomed, as the story goes on, whoever is narrating Wylan's chapters sounds like he is doing a practice exercise for elocution lessons, and failing.

Luckily the story is so well constructed that it can cope with the mauling, the characters are well developed, and it is usually clear how the author intended the passage read.

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  • Morris
  • 12-19-18

staring down the barrel of a gun

This book has everything. The thrill of the chase an amazing heist, love, friendship and most of all an unpredictable story. If you like suspense this book is for you! Read now or else the wraith will come for you...

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 04-11-17

Awesome story ... shame about Kaz's voice

In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo introduces us to the Ocean's Eleven of the fantasy world. The only difference is they are brimming with more character and oozing more cool than George Clooney and his pals ever could. There's also magic. Danny Ocean couldn't do that. Crooked Kingdom takes an already rich cast and focuses on adding to their depth rather than their number. This was a pleasant surprise, as many authors tend to dump extra characters into the reader/listener's lap and hope it makes us feel all happy about what we've been given. Not here. Here we are given a truly deeper feeling of every character. We knew them before in Six of Crows, but now we are given an almost intimate connection with each one in Crooked Kingdom. And it felt good. Better than good.

The story, as with Six of Crows was a complex plan hidden within another complex plan buried deep within the twistedly brilliant depths of Kaz Brekker's mind. He really is one of those characters that you can't help but love but also can't help but thank your lucky stars he isn't a real person. He's equal parts bad ass and just bad all at once. But he's just the right mix that you can't help but wonder why you can't stop yourself from loving him.

For me, I felt Crooked Kingdom played upon a range of emotions, more so than Six of Crows. There is one scene in particular that I did not expect to happen but DAMN, if it didn't hit me where I didn't want to be hit!

As with the vast majority of my seemingly praise-gushing reviews, this one will not be all niceties. There is one crime against my ears that I just cannot keep hidden. I rarely use the word 'hate' but in this instance, and the instance of Six of Crows, I genuinely hate the voice used as the main narrator for Kaz Brekker's bits. His voice is so bad, so gravelly, so 'I've been smoking for fifty years and swallowing glass for another ten' that I just hated it when Kaz's bits came on. Honestly, his voice is so grating on the ear that I, an author myself, struggle to put into words how unsuitable it was for ANY character to have that as their actual voice. I couldn't take it seriously. That fact was upsetting due to Kaz being one of my favourites. The rest of the vocals were on point and, dare I say, perfect. Matthias is very well-done, gives you the image of a strong man attached to the voice. Nina's makes you think of a sexy young girl who knows exactly how to get what she wants. Jesper sounds effortlessly cool and cocky. Kaz just sounds ... wrong.

But enough about my Kaz-voice hating. We can't all be happy 100% of the time so I will be content with the 99% of the time in this book. I am sure there are some (admittedly odd people) who thought Kaz's voice was just ... lovely.

Another good point about Crooked Kingdom is that Leigh brings back a few characters from her previous trilogy (Grisha Trilogy), so fans of that series will get that little happy moment when reading about characters they remember fondly.

All in all, I am very glad to have listened to the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duology. Kaz Brekker's band of thieves have made for excellent literary companions and I hope they make appearances in future books from Bardugo.

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  • Katie Parker
  • 03-13-19

Best Duology

I read Six of Crows a few years ago and thought it was okay. After re-reading it and now Crooked Kingdom it has to be the best Duology I have ever read.Completely fell in love with all the characters!!

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  • James Bergin
  • 02-19-19

Love

it was a gorgeous story and amazing characters that exapnded the world so much and I can't wait to read more about the extended world

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 12-28-18

EPIC

Six of Crows had me hooked and when it ended I just had to carry on with the series immediately. By now we know each of the characters, we know quite a bit of their backstory but there are still some things to learn about each of them.

Unlike Six of Crows, this story is action from the beginning. The book is full of schemes and manipulation. Kaz Brekker is a master manipulator. His schemes are the best in Ketterdam and even as the reader you can't be sure if you are being tricked or not. There were times when I really didn't know how it was going to go for the gang and I was holding my breath for the resolution.

One character I enjoyed seeing again was Sturmhond. It was great to see his wit and brutal honesty again.

I can't describe how much I loved this story. It's undeniably epic and Leigh does an exceptional job of dragging you into her world and wish you never had to leave.

I am now counting down the days until I can be back in the world of Leigh in King of Scars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-18

Omgggggg

So happy I started listening to this series - absolutely loved it. Can’t recommend enough !!! Brilliant

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  • Sandra
  • 10-28-18

Really enjoyable

I loved the characters. From The Six Of Crows I already knew that, and I knew and loved their relationships. This book nicely advances all of that, there's character growth and relationship growth, and the plot of this book nicely wraps up what's started in book 1 and makes it feel complete while leaving room for possible continuation.

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  • Thegiraffe
  • 10-22-18

Great listen

Another great listen, good ending. shame there's only two books in the series. Good book.

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  • Kristin
  • 03-18-17

Amazing conclusion to a great duology

I have listened to this book series over and over. Crooked Kingdom managed to be even better than its predecessor, upping the ante with twists and turns right through to the finish. There was never a dull moment, and each new crazy scheme was better than the last.

Bardugo managed to give even more depth and character to her protagonists. Every new thing we learned added to their individual journies, and well as their complex and heartfelt relationships to each other. I cannot recommend this series more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-19

amazing

loved it all. the narration, the story, the characters. the whole thing was absolutely perfect.

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  • Bek
  • 02-28-17

Unbelievable!'

This book is incredible. And the performances really make it! I'm so glad I listened to both of these rather than just read. It pulled me into the story in the most incredible, heart racing way.

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  • Tara
  • 12-09-16

awesome

so good, loved every minute of this one. enjoyed all of the narrators as well!

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  • Natasha
  • 10-29-16

Fast paced and exciting

Rich characters with great character development and the variety of voice actors make this a really gripping experience. The plot twists do become a bit predictable after a while.

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  • Peter Norris
  • 10-22-22

Brilliant

I was introduced to Leigh with Nine House and enjoyed it so much I sort out other titles from her.
This exceeded expectations, I was drawn into a new world with intricate characters much like I have been with Brandon Sanderson's epic tales.
I'm looking forward to more from Leigh and Lauren

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  • Ngaire
  • 10-17-22

Best series yet

I listened to the Shadow and Bone series and it's nothing compared to this one. Highly recommend.

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  • Yaakov c Lui-Hyden
  • 07-28-22

world class just so good

the original trilogy was solid but this was a whole new level and faultless. just brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-22

keeps you on your heels

recommend it listened to both books and highly recommend it good stuff good story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-22

awesome book, awesome storyline

This series was even better than the original trilogy. Absolutely loved it, purchase this series now!!! the narrators were all quality, however Jasper's narrator had a nice voice but didn't have a good enough range of voices required to voice multiple characters when it is in jasper's perspective.