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Empire of Silence

Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

Hadrian Marlowe, privileged first son of a Duke, was destined for greatness, and he has become a legend. The Sun-Slayer. The Breaker of Sieges. The Crusher of Civilisations. His is a story which defined the course of worlds.

This novel is not that story - not the only laid out in the history books, charting the 300 years of his life. Rather this is Hadrian's story, told in his own worlds. Of being passed over by his father for rule in favour of his younger brother and sent to a military academy against his wishes. Of being kidnapped in transit to that planet and sold into slavery on a planet at the edge of our war against the Cielcen...and of how he used their eventual attack to claw his way back into the dangers and opportunities of politics.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Christopher Ruocchio (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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A story that never took off

Narrator was very good.

Story: lots of potential but lacked suspense. characters lacked depth. 10 words were used regularly when one would do. writer just got caught up in their world and forgot about building suspense.

in short it was boring

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Damn good fantasy sci-fi

Listened to this based on the recommendation of another listener who described it as ‘Name of the Wind’ in space - immediately sold on that! (Interestingly also how Orion publishing describe it whilst still managing to claim that it is totally original? Nice one!)

The initial set up of the story is perhaps too comparable for my liking. I freaking adored ‘Name of the Wind’ and there are some similarities that are slightly too close to the bone - if it wasn’t set in space it would basically be the same opening to the story (expect Marlow is chronicling himself) but as the book progresses and the characters develop, the story blossoms into something truly special.

Most impressive is the seemingly effortless blend of sci fi and fantasy elements and neither feels forced upon the other, fusing noble houses, knights, scholars and sword play with a wide array of completely believable alien races and planets - all beautiful written and, most importantly, granted the space to breath allowing the reader to form the image of them in their own mind. (Too often the author drastically over describes everything and it’s suffocating - the Space Knight series, comparable in its SciFan blend, is a particularly bad culprit!)

John Lee is fantastic.

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A superb first installment

A unique take on a space epic brought to life by an amazing narrator who captures the spirit of the book perfectly

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Breath of fresh air.

Always a bit if risk buying an audiobook from a new writer, but after listening to the book, you would never know.

Great story line, characters are well developed and I was impressed with the depth of feeling I had while listening. looking forward to the next book.

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Brilliant

A long listen but worth it and can't wait for the next one now. Hurry up.

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Too Quiet!

Whenever I played this audiobook in the car or just on loudspeaker while cracking on with jobs around the house, it was too quiet even when cranked up to max. As you can imagine, not being able to hear an audiobook really impacted on the experience and I frequently found myself only getting pieces of the story. I would then have to go back to re-listen. There were parts of this story where I was really engaged and interested in what was going on, and other times when I was a bit bored. It's hard for me to say how much of this was due to not being able to hear it properly and where there may have been simply slow parts of the story.

That being said, it was pretty enjoyable, I'd give it a 7/10.

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Empire of Silence Mac approved

Nearly devoured this in a single sitting
Can't wait to see what happens next woof woof

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Scents if The Name of the Wind but not enough peaks

Beautiful, epic language. Of all the books I’ve read or listened to to date, this and Shantaram are the ones that made me wish I could write as beautifully.
The story implies greatness off the get go and that really pulls the reader in. The world seems large and interesting.
The main problems to me are that for readers who are enticed by greatness - we should get some tastes of it. In every encounter the protagonist is just normal and full of flaws and no genius. Also, the ‘poet’s exposition’ is nice in general, but when there’s a big fight scene for example - the fight scene bleeds out the adrenaline because it feels broken up into multiple episodes because of the tangents I’d thought and narrative.
I’m definitely going on to book two and hope the author just gets better at these points - if so this could really be something great.
As I said before I’ll say again - absolutely stunning and beautiful writing.

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Never write one word when you can write 63!

This is a very very long book that probably would have worked better as a short story...... So much over description and needless padding. Pacy it is not! The main character is unbelievably naive and makes one really stupid decision after another. It is also difficult to believe that he would pine so much for parental affection considering the world he was 'birthed' into. Because it is narrated by John Lee (always a good listen in my opinion) I have persevered for about fifteen hours of this book but I am still waiting for it to really take off. I don't think I can finish it. it is far too slow and the 'hero' is such a bubbling irritating prat. I bought it because it had a lot of positive reviews. I suppose it is just a matter of taste.

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  • 15-02-19

Not much story for 25+ hours

The story meanders and tangents abound. Over and over I was left feeling like most of the writing was self indulgent and purposeless. There is also a ridiculous amount of story and character backfilling, where the main character "remembers" events from his past that were not included in the story to prove some point he is making. Pretty lazy storytelling.

The narrator on the other hand is just the greatest.

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  • Carl Haynes
  • 22-09-18

Deep engaging world delivering at every turn

Author asks a lot of his new world and delivers. His main protagonist never acts out of character and you never get the feeling that the plot was pushing actions against a characters underlying personality
Recommend and waiting for the next book

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