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The Palace Job

Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Rogues of the Republic, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Summary

Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills. This crack team of misfits will help her break into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire and the vault that holds her family’s treasure - all while eluding the unrelenting pursuit of Justicar Pyvic, whose only mission is to see the law upheld. What could possibly go wrong?

©2013 Patrick Weekes (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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UNBEARABLE narrator

The premise of this book sounds interesting,sadly I didn't get 2 minutes into it before I had to switch off.The reader's nasal,breathy tone went through me and I was cringing at that rather than listening to what she said!! It does make me wonder how they choose these people,this one's a definite NO for me based purely on the narrator,I'm off to read the book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Annoying Vocal Fry

I have to review this book to warn others. if you find vocal fry annoying, listening to this book will be unbearable for you.
The narrator does good voices for each of the characters but when she's simply narrating it sounds like she's trying to seduce your ears! Every sentence trails off into a croaky whisper. Once you notice it, it gets really, really annoying. She also uses strange pronunciations so "beer" sounds like "bear", "guards" sounds like "gods" and "sneer" sounds like "snare"! I genuinely though Kail was calling for God's help in the opening scene!
As for the story it was fine. As others said it's in a similar vein to Lies of Locke Lamora and Patrick Rothfuss stories but I didn't enjoy it as much. (I kept picturing the "Loch" in this story as a man because of having read the above book and then getting confused when the narrator croaked "she". ) I found my attention wandering a few times and found it difficult to remember who was who.
I downloaded all 3 books in the series so I will give them a go and see if the story gets any better (even though t is the same narrator!)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great fun

unusual and quirky characters make this story zing along through the plot twists. there are good old-fashioned villains pitted against heroes with flaws. can't wait to listen to the next story

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Very clever

It was finished all too quickly. Great character development, interesting storyline. And don't forget the humour too!

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  • Hester
  • KingWilliamsTown, South Africa
  • 22-05-14

A really awful book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Weekes again?

No

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She reads beautifully, but even that was not enough to make this interesting

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

This is a confusing litany of characters, one even more unlovable than the next. But this is only my personal opinion and taste. Maybe someone else will enjoy the story. I do not like to belittle anyone's effort. It just does not fall in my taste

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jesse
  • 18-11-13

Well Written Fun...With a few twists along the way

What did you love best about The Palace Job?

A good story brought to life with great narration. I was instantly drawn to the main character and the storyline that actually had a few surprises in it as well

What did you like best about this story?

Well delivered with multiple strands of characters interwoven with enough back story to make it fun and interesting. When the individual characters begin to interact it is like well woven tapestry

Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

Actually enjoyed them all. Very well delivered with great personality for all of them. The Death Priestess though....Very interesting.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 9littlebees
  • 18-12-15

Awful narration

What would have made The Palace Job better?

A different narrator!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Although Justine Eyre does a decent job on the characters, her narration of the main story is delivered in a whiny, drawling posh English accent that I just can't listen to. I didn't listen to the sample before I purchased, because it perfectly captures the issue I have.

Any additional comments?

Although I gave up shortly into Chapter 1, I had to rate the Story, so I've given it a rating of 4, which is the average of the existing reviews at the time of this one, and won't skew the story rating.

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  • julienne
  • 24-01-14

YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS

This is like Leverage except in fantasy land. And it's not even a generic fantasy land! Seriously, Weekes writes for some incredibly popular video games, and while you can see that he went to the shelf and picked up all the necessary stock characters and locales, none of those things remain stock by the time you read them.

The plot has all the depths and twists and turns you expect of a good heist, and the world, characters, and world-rules are detailed and well fleshed out. I've already recommended this book to a good ten people, and I gave it as Christmas presents to several of my friends, all of whom are now raving about how fantastic this is.

The reader, Eyre, does such a great job. I can't even begin to praise her work enough. She really brings this book to life. Characters all have distinct voices, and her choices are absolutely perfect.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • 11-10-13

Wow! What a book! Great Fun & Amazing Characters!

A con job, swindle, & revenge story... A fast paced adventure with strong characters and a lot of twist and turns!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kay
  • 20-11-15

Reader put me to sleep

The book might have been interesting if the reader didn't bore me to sleep. I found it difficult to pay attention to initially, because of the reader. After a while I was able to get into the story, but the sleepy boring voice kept me from enjoying it.

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  • Charlie
  • 05-01-19

narrator was grating

got halfway through the first chapter and removed it from my library. I'm sure the book is fascinating, but I'll try the print version instead

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  • Tango
  • 20-01-15

Some nice twists but overly "busy"

There is so much going on in The Palace Job that you definitely don't get bored, but you also don't have much chance to really get to know the characters and the plot gets muddy and confusing at times. This is a fantasy con story like Ocean's 11 or The Sting set in a world of wizards and unicorns. Weekes has a real talent for being able to "twist" a story - sometimes quite delightfully - and he sketches out characters that are easy to like and root for. But, he keeps the reader so in the dark that it is hard to understand the action at times and there is insufficient backstory to truly fall in love with the characters. Justine Eyre has an amazing voice - the timbre is lovely and perfectly suited to a fantasy story. But I found her difficult to understand. Her enunciation is not really precise and combined with her pronounced accent, I had a tough time understanding her when there was any other background noise (like the car or the washing machine). She does do really nice character voices and I would have rated her higher except that I had to rewind so often because I didn't catch what she said.

I liked The Palace Job enough to read the sequel (The Prophecy Con), but my feeling about the second book was about the same. I found both books to be entertaining enough that they were worth the price, but far from the best fantasy I've read. I will keep an eye on Patrick Weekes - I think the talent is there and experience might make him a pretty great fantasy author.

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  • LCNanny
  • 18-09-14

Unexpected!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, But with the book included, for reference and clarification. The narrator is very good, but the pace is pretty fast with a lot going on (and the book as a whole... genre, tone, characters..were new to me) and if you listen while doing other things, as I do, I got lost at times with who was who and what was going on. But it is so interesting, I am going to listen to it again. note: because I was doing computer work while listening, I couldn't keep rewinding every time I got "lost", what I found was if I kept listening I soon did understand all that was needed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Palace Job?

When Loch and her friend break into (and out of) the elf safe. The book unfolds with interesting things happening in every chapter and to reveal them all would certainly spoil the plot, , but the zombie was certainly a surprise and the plot of the heist was well done..then there's the seemingly innocent boy with no apparent skills, well...that was written and revealed in a way that kept the book fun and with a goodness I appreciated

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  • M
  • 06-09-16

Couldn't make myself finish

I hate when authors feel to make up a world they have to make up words for items and then they don't explain what they're talking about.
Also narrators who shift scenes but give no pause in the narration. By the time you figure whose talking you've lost the thread of the story.
Since the story was so hard to follow I lost all interest in caring about the characters

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  • M. Eglestone
  • 30-09-14

Robin Hood with a twist

Robin Hood with a fantastic twist and lots of magic and fun. I'm not sure why I was the only one to see this as an old story updated, but it's there none the less. Justine Eyre did a very good job with the voices, and there were a lot of them to keep straight. Patrick Weekes wrote this fast paced update with flair and style and more fun and adventure than the original story ever had. All in all it was a pleasure to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful