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Red Sister Audiobook

Red Sister: Book of the Ancestor, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It's not until you're broken that you find your sharpest edge.

A brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns.

'I was born for killing - the gods made me to ruin.'

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

©2017 Mark Lawrence (P)2017 HarperCollins Publisher Limited

What the Critics Say

"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to - I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power." (New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)
"This is a book very distinct from everything that came before; what it has in common though is a narrative that pulls no punches, and characters that are beautifully, brokenly, repellently, cleverly human." (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews)
"I had never thought it was possible to find a greater character than the Emperor Jorg Ancrath. I had never even slightly considered that there might be a fantasy world out there toppling that of Τhe Final Empire, and most definitely, I had never thought that I could love a book more than The Night Angel. But here we are." (BookNest)
"Any other author is going to have to smack the ball way, way out of the park to top this read." (Parmenion Books)

What Members Say

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    "Missed at your own expense!"

    I loved this book. So different and refreshing. I could not stop listening. It's my favourite book of the last 5 years. I cannot wait for the next installment. It's meant to be a trilogy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie 20/04/2017
    Sophie 20/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story + skillful narration!"
    Would you listen to Red Sister again? Why?

    Only to tide me over until the next installment- which I am very much excited for!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character introductions and development were one of the many great things about this story. This is no ordinary girl nor convent and these are no ordinary nuns. Listening to them grow up and make decisions (good or bad) was great.

    Duff also narrates this with talent. Many characters call for many voices, intonations and she performs perfectly.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The action scenes were expertly told- Lawrence can create slow-motion in your minds eye just as well as a movie screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a joy to listen to, that will leave you twitching for the next installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 12/07/2017
    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 12/07/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping, violent and exctiing"

    Utterly surprised to find that I flipping loved this! I can't remember what made me buy it now but I'm glad I did. I don't normally enjoy extended fight scenes and am usually bored rigid as each thrust and twist is described in lengthy detail (ususally muttering "skip to the end, skip to the end!") but by some strange alchemy, Mark Lawrence has made the fights - and there are lots of them - totally mesmerising. Maybe it helps that the slowness is part of what Nona experiences or maybe he's just a really good writer.

    Anyway, I loved the premise, the nuns, the atmosphere, the world building, the consistent system of magic, I can't say I loved Nona herself but she is fascinating. Even the depiction of girls' friendships was believable. Some major plot developments are very clearly signalled but somehow it didn't matter as the execution (hah!) was so good.

    Helen Duff's narration is great. I enjoyed the variety of accents she uses and her pacing is uniformly excellent. My only slight whinge is that Nona always sounds like an adult even though she starts off as a young girl.

    Really looking forward the the next book in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. C. White 17/05/2017
    S. C. White 17/05/2017
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    "Another perfect book from Lawrence"

    If you liked Prince of Thorns and The Red Queens Game, but were disappointed by a lack of strong female leads, this is the book for you. As a woman, I mostly buy male dominated books finding those written by and for women often lack grit. Not so with this one, Nona rages and slashes her way through the pages every bit as full of dark vitriol as Jorg Ancrath. If you haven't read those, you're in for a treat and I'm delighted to say that the narration is top notch for all books. Purchase without reservation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Creative Butterfly Ilford, United Kingdom 13/11/2017
    Creative Butterfly Ilford, United Kingdom 13/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing narration "

    I loved this book. A story of friendship, revenge, intrigue and guilt. I wonderful tale of children brought up to fight in a world where only the church can go up against money. Written from the point of view of Nonna, a child that gives her friendship sparingly but when it’s given she will be forever loyal. The book is written beautifully and the narrator makes you feel and love every character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs.Meri.Black 01/11/2017
    Mrs.Meri.Black 01/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Enthralling tale"

    A thought provoking book exploring the depths and twists of friendship. Easily understood by younger listeners as well as adults who will 'get' the nuances and not just enjoy the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter 30/10/2017
    Walter 30/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I could wax lyrical for HOURS about how good the story, performance etc. is but really, stop reading this and just listen to the book. It’s really, really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brad 27/09/2017
    brad 27/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow just WOW"

    The book was just completely amazing.
    that's all their is to say about the book.
    you just have to Read it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 21/09/2017
    Martha 21/09/2017
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    "Disappointing "
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reviews of this book were glowing and I suppose my expectations were too high. I found the story very slow, drawn out and boring and at times confusing because there were many names, which is always complicated with audio books. I stuck with it for a long time. I hate not finishing books, but in the end it was a chore so I had to give up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Lawrence again?

    Probably not


    Have you listened to any of Helen Duff’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Narration was very good


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

    Disappointment


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Davies 20/09/2017
    Jon Davies 20/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic fantasy"

    Nuns, demons, swords and fantastic character development. a wonderful and compelling universe that I couldn't even consider pausing! Narrator was wonderful with clever use of accents and soft engaging tone throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    22/11/17
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    "Amazing!"

    I love it, the narrator was fantastic and the story intense. I am so glad that the main character, a small girl, was allowed and even encouraged to be angry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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