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Jack of Thieves Audiobook

Jack of Thieves: The Master Thief, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The Thieves Guild is renowned for their ability to steal anything. Its elite members have robbed nobles of wealth, reputation, and even their honor. The Guildmaster rules them with brutality and fear, yet his name and past are a mystery. From the depths of the Evermist swamp, he seeks a master thief, one who can help him reclaim his lost power.

Young and brash, Jack Myst has drawn the Guildmaster's attention. His feats mark his potential, but his audacity and cunning make him dangerous. After years of preparation, an invitation from the guild is exactly what he desires. When he gets it, his hunt begins, and there is nothing he cannot steal.

Even the Guildmaster's secret.

©2016 Ben Hale (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Mrs VZ Castell 18/04/2017
    Mrs VZ Castell 18/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Not very good"

    Not very good didn't finish would return if I could I will be more careful in future about what I buy

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    David Worthing, United Kingdom 14/03/2017
    David Worthing, United Kingdom 14/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Generic and unremarkable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Gods no!
    I hate being critical of someone else's hard work, and to be fair the writing isn't terrible, if this is a first attempt at a novel by a young adult writer then I'd say it shows promise.
    However.
    The story it'self is clunky, the characters two dimensional and ham-fistedly presented, the world building nearly non-existent, the magic system unexplained and uninteresting and the imagery honestly felt as though it was drawn straight from a bad computer game or a dodgy kids cartoon.


    Has Jack of Thieves put you off other books in this genre?

    It serves as a salutary lesson in being skeptical of any book with a 5 star rating, but I've read plenty of other equally pulpy sci-fi / fantasy novels.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    A great performance, clear and with consistent characterisation, can't ask for more in a narrator.


    Did Jack of Thieves inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to find something more enjoyable to listen to and to write this review.. so yes, yes it did.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben, do yourself a favor and read "The Anatomy of Story" before plotting your next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anthony 12/03/2017
    anthony 12/03/2017 Member Since 2016

    Very big audible fan.

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    "Outstanding listen."

    This audio book was an outstanding listen. I can not wait until the rest of the trilogy is released. Ben Hale is fast becoming my number one author. I really hope there are many more books in the future.another strong narration by Derick Perkins. If you want a good book to loose your self in then give this a try you wont be disappointed.

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  • Alex
    06/05/17
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    "Annoyingly juvenile"

    The main protagonist is annoyingly juvenile at key points for no purpose beyond creating filler. The story is half undone by this and then also by the inconsistent rules within the guild. What plot purpose is served by emphasizing how important some rules of the guild are only to blazenly ignore them without any reaction at a later point.

    While it isn't annoying enough to justify returning, it's not far from it. Unfortunately I can not recommend this book. :(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Willie-B
    Mesa, AZ, United States
    19/05/17
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    "Skip it unless you are new to fantasy."
    What would have made Jack of Thieves better?

    Jack of Thieves has a good plot in an interesting world, but unfortunately the story is presented in such a way that it would appeal to someone in middle school. I have grown out of the type of fantasy this book presnets and moved onto more adult themed books such as GOT or any of the excellent books by Joe Abercrombie. There just was not enough violence in the battles and everything always seems to work out for the protagonist. I don't mind things working out, and I don't mind a book that leaves out the violence, but everything just works out because, there is no real reasons for anyone to act the way they act.


    What was most disappointing about Ben Hale’s story?

    The way characters just go along with things for no apparent reason.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think so. The voice actor did a good job with the material he had to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Indifference. It was such a cool concept, but it is difficult to get excited about this with such bland characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally have to stop and rewind books when people talk to me while I am listening, for this book I didn't really care. I hope that the author is able to develop this series better, there were some great settings and situations that just went off badly. If this were a puzzle game, it would be the kind that has a key 1 foot away form a key hole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sailfish
    Grover Beach, California, United States
    27/03/17
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    "Story premises were fine; lacking execution"

    The major story points were unique and interesting but there was too much repetitive and unimaginative focus on the Jack and Beauty budding romantic interest. Also, Jack's continued brashness made him annoying and a less interesting protagonist. Lastly, Derek's narration tone came off blandly which further dimmed my curiosity toward the novel.

    Even so, the novel wasn't bad; just not exciting enough. As such, I will not be pursuing the subsequent books in this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Maryann
    Beaver Falls, PA, United States
    23/03/17
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    "really......really good!"

    I was happily listening to what I thought was a nice story when the plot grabbed me and held me strongly till the end. i listen to multiple books at once unless one is so compelling I can't switch to another. Doesn't happen often so I know that when it does I have a gem in my hand. hey

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Barnes
    Bellevue WA United States
    14/03/17
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    "Excellent world creation and story"
    Would you listen to Jack of Thieves again? Why?

    Yes. I listen on my iPod in the evening and often go back the next morning and listen again. The story is engaging and the narrator does a great job.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is my first book with Derek Perkin's as narrator, but I will look for his work. I enjoy his work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a book that keeps you wanting to see what happens next so you keep listening.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/03/17
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    "Start of a new classic series."
    Would you listen to Jack of Thieves again? Why?

    Yes. The narrator performs well. The story is entertaining and engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The shaven dwarf. He makes cool gadgets like 007s Q. Hes funny as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worse a listening. Ever wonder whats its like to be a thief in a fantasy world. This is the book for you.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    Beaverton, OR, United States
    23/05/17
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    "so bad I couldn't finish it"

    started off good, but I had to stop listening about 3/4 in, very juvenile, predictable and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • will
    20/05/17
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    "amazing"

    i got this book because of the cover and it is amazing will finish series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    10/05/17
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    "What a gem, no a DIAMOND!"
    What did you love best about Jack of Thieves?

    The dialogue for Jack was so funny and witty I was surprised at how far it went. The story was well written and fun. There was never a slow moment in my opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Totally, I had to find more things to do just to keep listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • keyes marston
    10/05/17
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    "loved it"

    jack is a great character. well written, looking forward to the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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