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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Brent Weeks comes the first novel in his breakout fantasy trilogy in which a young boy trains under the city's most legendary and feared assassin, Durzo Blint.

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art - and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death. 

Narrated by: Andy Clemence, Casie Platt, Christopher Graybill, Colleen Delany, David Coyne, Dylan Lynch, Elizabeth Jernigan, Eric Messner, James Konicek, James Lewis, Joe Brack, Johann Dettweiler, Ken Jackson, Michael Glenn, Ren Casey, Richard Rohan, Sunny Lasskey, Terence Aselford, Thomas Penny, Tim Getman

©2008 Brent Weeks (P)2021 GraphicAudio

What listeners say about The Way of Shadows [Dramatized Adaptation]

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  • 11-08-21

background noise

the book is great. one down side is they have the background noise way to load. some parts you miss out on because the noise in the back is crazy load.

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Too much

Way too much going on, sound effects, music, I can hardly hear what the narrator says at times

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too much background noise

This story is one of my favorites. I read the paper book about 8 years ago and thought I'd love to listen to the story again, ooo a "dramatized" version, must be cool. I was super annoyed with the music and background noises, I could barely hear what the narrator is saying in some parts. Thank goodness I read the story otherwise I would have been upset to miss some "dramatic" scenes.

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This is da wae

Not bad for my first dramatic adaption, there are some voices like Dorian's that I love (even though I hate his character). After getting acquainted with the voices, it's easier to follow who says what. The one thing that I DESPISED was that there were 8 mins+ of ads in between Parts 1 and 2. I will be sure to never read any other series by whoever. Decent read worth the purchase

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Great story...but

I read this trilogy as they came out years ago. I am not a writer, but for all its faults I enjoy this trilogy.

The sound effects and background noise are so overwhelming I sent the books back. It was a deal-breaker. Such a distraction.

I hate quilting on books so I purchased them again and continued on. I have listened to other dramatized book series from Audible. They have been ok.

Again, in my opinion, great story, and horrible sound effects.

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good but....

I want to first say this is hands down my favorite story and highly recommend the normal version of it. that said the dramatized version has some problems. mainly it's the main narrator, there are parts of the story where a little timing or inflection on his words would go a long way and he lacks that. also there is the fact he seems to almost be intentionally butchering the names and I'm not talking the weird fantasy ones but normal names! then there's the fact that like all dramatizations the music is at times too loud to hear the dialog and at times the sound effects are over done or out of place. over all I recommend this book but just a different version of it.

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siund effects too loud

the story and voice acting are amazing but there were plenty of times during the preformsce were the background sound effects over shadowed the narration.

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Background music!

No need for the music in the background, if you already have ambient noises. Try listening to the old radio plays!

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Depressingly performed.

A previous reviewer made the comment that the traumatization you could hear in the background was nearly overwhelming. And all I can say to that is I totally agree. This was such a depressing beginning that I’m returning it now.

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Traumatization was too distracting

The background dramatization was too distracting to enjoy the narrative, and even overwhelmed it at times.