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Publisher's Summary

With the historical storytelling brilliance of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, the hugely best-selling author of The Alienist writes a bounding epic: The Legend of Broken is an action-packed, multi-charactered tale of a medieval clash of cultures.

In Caleb Carr’s fascinating tale of the kingdom of Broken, legend meets history, science defies all expectation, and one noble soldier struggles to save a fortress city besieged by enemies within and without.

©2012 Caleb Carr. All rights reserved. (P)2012 Simon and Schuster Audio

What listeners say about The Legend of Broken

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Decent story, Great narraton, Excellent prose

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if the friend was in to epic fantasy like novels such as Game of Thrones. However, I would warn them that the last section of the book is a four hour appendix on linguistics and eastern European history that really adds nothing to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the writing. It was lyrical and brought the world of Broken to life.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Reynold's rich narration is perfect for the book. It gives the feeling you are listening to a adult fairy tale (don't panic-- there are no fairies!).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Realm of corruption?

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Brilliant Story, Brilliant Narration

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This is one of the freshest and most original stories I have come across in a long time. The way in which Carr first introduces the reader into his world is genius. Blending ancient hitory and fantasy in this way really captured my full attention. Carr's writing style is witty and insightful. The title alone tells much of what Carr is trying to get across in his story.
The narrator also gives a knock out performance Mr. Reynolds really brought the story to life. His infections and tone do a great job of fleshing out and individualizing the characters. Time Reynolds also brings a sense of humor to the reading. There have already been several moments, and I am only on CHapter 6, where I laughed out loud. It's kind of like Monte Python meets George R.R. Martin.
I had never heard of this book or the author before but at the end of The Daylight War, during the "credits", The Legend of Broken was recommended by the company that produced The Daylight War. I went straight to my computer and downloaded Broken and am super glad that I did.

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A New Mythology

If you could sum up The Legend of Broken in three words, what would they be?

An incomplete story

What other book might you compare The Legend of Broken to and why?

The Fire and Ice series by Martin. This is a story of people with to the problems of today. There is distrust of a corrupt central government, with the over lay of secular science in opposition to a myth based religion.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is a hard book for an audible presentation because of the extensive foot notes. I got a written copy from the public library to follow the footnotes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it was, however, quite interesting

Any additional comments?

At least one more book should be forthcoming, since the story ends at a point where only the immediate question is answered. In any further writing care should be taken to have more maps and diagrams to supplement the text.

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Excellent Yarn

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would and have recommended this book to friends, co-workers, folks waiting for a bus, people I have no idea where they were nor where I was at the time I recommended the book.

What did you like best about this story?

IT WAS FUN! This book was one of the best recreational books I have ever read. Not difficult to follow, nor was it difficult to believe it just made me feel like it was a good story. No investment with a high return

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

As always Mr. Reynolds did a spectacular job bringing life and character to the story.

Who was the most memorable character of The Legend of Broken and why?

Rather than pick one I will say there wasn't a character that didn't impress me.

Any additional comments?

Read this book, listen to this book, steal it if you must but most of all enjoy this book!

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Brilliant

I don’t write many reviews , but I must say that, with respect, I disagree with other reviews here. The writing is sumptuous and the plot lines have something new relative to the fantasy I’ve read. The cautionary tales regarding religion and science are nuanced but but expertly explored. I consider this Carr’s best work to date.

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hard to follow

too many characters, too many odd and sometimes similar names.... couldn't follow it well. I work on stuff while listening so it made it difficult. kept wishing I was reading the actual book so I could return to a page or a section to figure out things.

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Tedious and long

although it was a long and sometimes confused story I did enjoy the actual storyline. it just was a long and windy road. didn't fully hold my attention always. Thank you!

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Loved it!

This book really caught and kept my attention. Part fantasy adventure, it reminded me of the original Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West... but much shorter. I will "read" both books again soon, just for the fun of it.

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The Pitfalls of Fantasy

I'm a big fantasy fan and I'm all for exposition and witty phrasing, but this book managed to be long winded without really achieving either. I struggled through the first 8 hours since sometimes long stories need a couple hours to get started and I didn't want to write it off prematurely, but I couldn't listen to any more. Every sentence is verbose and the classic "kingdom vs outsider" theme just got tired. Plus, all the names sound really similar. Super disappointed.

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Complex....

The story premise and historical alignment are interesting. I found the story well done, I am not sure if I made it to the end of the explanation on the historical placement.

Caleb Carr won my admiration with the Alienist, and then lost me on his other works. This book brings me back awaiting his next book.

The narration was good and added to the listening experience.

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