• Ka

  • Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr
  • By: John Crowley
  • Narrated by: John Crowley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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By: John Crowley
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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author John Crowley comes an exquisite fantasy novel about a man who tells the story of a crow named Dar Oakley and his impossible lives and deaths in the land of Ka.

A Crow alone is no Crow.

Dar Oakley - the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own - was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story. He begins his tale as a young man, and how he went down to the human underworld and got hold of the immortality meant for humans, long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands; how he sailed West to America with the Irish monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; and how he continuously went down into the land of the dead and returned. Through his adventures in Ka, the realm of Crows, and around the world, he found secrets that could change the humans' entire way of life - and now may be the time to finally reveal them.

©2017 John Crowle (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Saga Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Amazing book

I love John Crowley and see him as one of the best writer currently out there. This book only strengthened m admiration for his work. This novel follows the multiple lives that of a crow Dar Oakley as he interacts with various humans over at last many centuries if not longer. Those of you who are familiar with Crowley's works will know that he writes of worlds that combine fantasy and reality in a skillful way that to me, really is more of a look at our world from a very different perspective thus offering insight into the deep issues of human kind. In this work The extraordinarily well developed characters grapple with love, aging, death, the quest for immortality and how humans fit within the natural world.

It sounds very deep, and it is, but it is also very gentle and simple. I recommend this book to all.

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Another literary triumph!

John Crowley's newest novel is a welcome return to the fantastic. Originally, I was a bit apprehensive about getting an audio version of this book. Little, Big and The Solitudes can be challenging to listen to in audio format, but Ka is perfect for listening to and performing other tasks, ie cooking or exercising. I highly recommend it and will probably buy the print version anyway. Mr. Crowley's narration is excellent!

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Unusual Genius

Epic lives of a familiar spirit who becomes sentient. Ka seems to me to be a work of genius, a rare and unusual tale full of reason, felling, and death and life. The secret life of crows meets human civilization.

I worried about the writer reading his own work, fearing something amateurish and self-indulgent, but Crowley is determined to give an honest read, and he becomes the voice of Ka completely.

Oh just listen to it. If I say anything else it will spoil it for you. Enjoy!

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Wonderful

My favorite book I’ve yet listened to. Plot is loose and hard to describe. Prose is gorgeous, precise, generous, moving. Author reads it beautifully. Will want to listen to this again, and will seek out more by this author. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Beautiful Dream

I loved this book. I had read reviews, and couldn’t wait to listen. Dar Oakley’s story is beautiful and sad. Having recently experienced the loss of loved ones, I found this story sweet and comforting. Not everyone may feel that way, but I’ll listen again.

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Like crows? You'll love this book.

A wonderful tale of a long-lived crow. This book is a meandering history, not a 123 plotted story.

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Poetically simple, thought-provoking

This is my first book by John Crowley and I was impressed, finding myself listening to it at times other than when I drive to and from work, which is my usual routine. It follows the progress of a crow that steals eternal, though mortal, life and relates episodes of his association with other animals and people over the millennia as told through the narrative of a dying man in the not too distant future. It deals with themes of a mythic nature including life, death, life, love, story, reality, and memory. I found the prose simply presented, believably as a crow would seem to perceive things, but building up complex ideas and a thought-provoking narrative, kind of like DNA being built of simple components but in their length creating a complex living thing. The story has a wistful, quiet tone to it that I have found many stories involving living forever within this world have. I found the ending a bit of a downer, which again I have found such stories having, and felt the idea of entwining “story” and “life” was a little overworked toward the end, but those are my only criticisms.

The narration was done by the author and was fairly good. He has a quiet simple delivery and emphasizes certain aspects of the crow’s personality that I think only an author could do. It might have been better with a “professional” narrator, but I wonder it they could have gotten it right. The point is the story and not so much the theater or presentation of it in the classic entertaining sense. I’m not sure if I’ll listen to anything else the author has done, not because I think he’s a bad writer, but after looking over his other audiobooks none of the stories seem as interesting to me. I found this book on the Mythopoeic Award website because I wanted something more complex and interesting. I felt this story certainly met that desire.

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Magical and beautiful

I haven’t felt this captivated by a piece of fiction in so long. This book reminded me somewhat of Watership Down, how the author so beautiful created a whole other world that was Crow, instead of Rabbit. It’s a beautiful story about death and magic. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magical realism and imagining a more magical world just slightly adjacent to our own.

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a real story or maybe not

Full of darkness and pain, myth and story, but satisfying and beautiful in its circulatory.

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It is not Watership Down.

I know it is wrong to compare one book to another, but this one never kicked it onto gear. still a bird lover will find it appealing.