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Cage of Souls

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

The sun is bloated, diseased, dying perhaps. Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, Shadrapar is a museum, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity. Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new is Stefan Advani: rebel, outlaw, survivor. This is his testament, an account of the journey that took him into the blazing desolation of the western deserts and into the labyrinths and caverns of the underworld. He will meet with monsters and mutants. The question is, which one of them will inherit this Earth?

Humanity clings to life on a dying Earth. 

Epic, far-future science fiction from an award-winning author.

©2019 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Matt
  • London, UK
  • 22-06-19

Surprised by a good book

judging this book on the one review it had, I was expecting a boring tale. instead I found something of a hidden gem. it loved it, the story and the narration. the upbeat and chirpy voice of the narrator annoyed me at first and then I came to understand the he was perfect and that his characterizations were also spot on. Adrian Tchaikovsky is quickly becoming a favourite author of mine as I have yet to listen or read a book of his that I didn't like or enjoy.

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After a slow start a real engrossing tale

David Thorpe did a good job of performing this book. A decent narrator can really make a book. The story itself is set in the last city of humanity and a prison island up river in the vicious jungle.

As befits the last city on Earth it is a bit run down. Old technology is scavenged and held together by mechanics who don't know what they are doing. The last days are evocative and atmospheric.

Surrounded by deadlock desert and poisoned seas, this is no Jack Vance fantasy future. Yet the author still creates a functioning society with nobility and politics worthy of the Medicis.

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The story grows on you well drawn central charater

The narrator was perfect for the story and fleshing out the character. a clever premise.

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Exciting read with another thrilling performance

Adrian Tchaikovsky is from now on my favourite writer! Here yet again another amazing insightful story taking us to a future Earth...which looks exactly how most catastrophers would expect...
There are surprises behind every corner and I couldn't make myself stop listening even in the late hours longing to put it back on as soon as possible!
This book is just packed with ideas of a brilliant mind and I can see many ways he could follow up on this book not necessarily using the main character.

Please oh please write more books! And make sure that David is performing as he is just a perfect narrator!

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it's alright. felt like a chore to finish

Could have been a lot shorter. lots happens in the background and the story just jerks along with new amazing things happening for no real reason. still, glad to get to the end and the vision interesting enough.

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Slow but solid burn

Tchaikovsky's main goal in this book seems to have been world building. He does a fantastic job building up a scifi/fantasy world that is engaging, imaginative and quite unique. He does a great job filling this world with colourful and likeable characters that are a joy to follow as they meander about this fascinating world he has dreamed up.

The strong emphasis on world building does slow the plot down however, and it takes a good few hours before we start to see any progression in the story. The plot ends up being fairly simple, and I found a few of the pay-offs slightly disappointing, but I still very much enjoyed my time in Shadrapar and it's environs.

Thorpe does a fantastic job narrating. I was unsure of him initially, he came across as a little too light-hearted in comparison to the bleak world he was describing. He quickly won me over however, and managed to imbue almost every character with a unique voice that fitted them perfectly. A commendable achievement considering how twisted and abnormal many of the characters are.

All in all, another fantastic romp around a sinister but brilliantly crafted world from the mind of Adrian Tchaikovsky, who is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors.

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Storyline was ok . The narration was too slow, it was read like a story to a child, slow and over emphasized. Thank heaven for the speed option.

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Nice story, but takes a while to get going

initially I almost shelved the book. it didn't really catch my attention. I was shot half way in before it got interesting and I accepted the reality of the book and the past of the main character

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  • Miko
  • Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 30-08-19

Hard on the ears...

I didn’t finish this. I’ve listened to other books narrated by David Thorpe that have been ok, but parts of this were way over done and at times shrill and shouty. I couldn’t tolerate the narration enough to keep on with the book past the first third. The part I did listen to was passable, but not so intriguing as to make me want to buy it in paper form and finish it.

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