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Throne of Glass Audiobook

Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

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Publisher's Summary

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

©2012 Sarah J. Maas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and its sequels or the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both in Maas's strong debut novel. . . . The verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A teenage assassin, a rebel princess, menacing gargoyles, supernatural portals and a glass castle prove to be as thrilling as they sound. . . . Celaena is still just a teenager trying to forge her way, giving the story timelessness. This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a tale full of surprises and shadows, where deadly seeds are sown with the promise of more danger to come. A fascinating glimpse into the dark side of Cinderella." (Colleen Houck, NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series)

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    blackteaandmilk 07/03/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable :)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Throne of Glass to be better than the print version?

    I tried reading the book several time and just didnt seem to get into it, but listening to the book was for me so much better, the narrator did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this for an enjoyable listen :)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    barry 07/01/2015
    barry 07/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating"

    A captivating listen, if you enjoy game of thrones, name of the wind you will thoroughly enjoy this

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jf101 30/12/2016
    jf101 30/12/2016
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    "Most Definitely Not Game of Thrones"
    Would you try another book written by Sarah J. Maas or narrated by Elizabeth Evans?

    Not in this series. The underlying premise is interesting - female assassin, training camp for bad guys, unknown mission - but the world building is very limited and the main character is highly unconvincing. This is my main problem with the audiobook and in the end the reason I could not finish the book. A hardened female assassin who has killed 20+ guards trying to escape from the prison mine, undergone a brutal training regime with a master criminal with many assassinations under her belt essentially acts like a naive teenager in almost all the situations she is faced with. There are so many inconsistencies between the "super assassin" premise and how she actually behaves it becomes impossible for the story to hold any credibility. Comparisons to GoT or the Name of the Wind are utterly misplaced. The narration is good, but cannot redeem the story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mara 10/02/2015
    Mara 10/02/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book! Hard to put down!"

    Great listen! Very action filled and quick paced, at the same time descriptive and emotional. Has everything you would ever need inside a book - crime, action, romance, drama, fantasy, historical feeling - all included!

    Reminds me in some way of Game of Thrones (I loved the series, haven't read the book).

    Interesting storytelling - from a perspective of a character ("I" form). It is interesting because, though the main character remains Celaena, author gives you insight from the other characters point of view, too, in that way quenching your thirst for information about their feelings.

    Great narrator! I think she fits very well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    FanaticReader UK 28/12/2013
    FanaticReader UK 28/12/2013 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved reading the book and enjoyed the audiobook"
    If you could sum up Throne of Glass in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, exciting, interesting.


    What other book might you compare Throne of Glass to, and why?

    Graceling


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Final fight scene between Celeana and Cane.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A badass heroine with a will of steel.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator's was a bit annoying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Remigijus Gentvilas 30/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "simple but fun"

    not a bad book , will beed to finish the rest of them ;) Narrator was good but had a slow start.

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    Kay 01/09/2017
    Kay 01/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoying the series"

    I bought the book as it sounded interesting and hoped it would be good. After listening to the first book in the series I am hooked. Getting the next book in the series as soon as I finish one.

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    Amazon Customer 05/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brillant"

    My friend told me to listen to this and loved it and glad she did

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    Chris 30/04/2017
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    "Main character is not believable and weak. "

    Struggled to finish, the story was good and plot was very interesting but could not get past the protagonist.... She came across as a weak love sick little girl that is way to flighty to be an assassin.

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    Caroline Cotter 02/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Throne of glass"

    Amazing couldn't recommend it more! If you want a fast book with a great plot, characters and writing!!!

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  • Michelle
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    "great"

    edge of my seat once the story unwrapped. lots of mystery & intrigue. ready for book 2

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  • Rebecca
    17/10/17
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    "Honestly.... meh"

    I read A Court of Thorns and Roses first and thought it was amazing. I couldn't put it down so I decided to try Throne of Glass and I have to admit, it's really cliche and kind of boring, especially compared to the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. Hopefully the second book is more interesting but it seems like it'll be another cliche.

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  • Rebecca
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    "loved the book"

    performance was really good other than occasional exclamations of words that did not make any sense.

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  • Susan F
    Carencro, LA United States
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    "Lovely and intriguing story "

    This book has the perfect amount of gore, action, love (triangle of course) and emotional conflict.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brianna
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    14/10/17
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    "Eh"

    Since this book IS meant for 11-13 year olds, I'm leaving three stars. I purchased the title after seeing the extensive catalog, only later remembering that the two series I've read recently with more than seven books gave me a 50/50 shot that this series would be decent. I'm also allowing for the choices -maybe- made by the narrator (and not directed) in the main character's attitude, at least in the way she speaks.

    So say.. you're eighteen. You're a young woman. You're the most famous assassin in the world. The BEST assassin in the world. You were betrayed and captured, succesfully sent to slave away the rest of your life in salt mines. You've been whipped, but only bear three scars on your back from the ordeal. You leave your nails 'jagged' instead of biting them down low, presumably never having an itch to scratch. You are unable to adapt to your new, terrible environment and are unable to escape or 'suicide by cop'. You are a TERRIBLE assassin.

    And say.. there's something killing off the competition you enter to win your freedom. You adjust the hinges on the doors to your room so they'll make plenty of noise and you'll be sure that no one and noTHING catches you off guard and murders you. Regular not-sneaky-sneaky-assassin people in the castle proceed to SNEAK UP ON YOU AND GO IN AND OUT OF YOUR ROOM WITHOUT YOUR NOTICE. SEVERAL TIMES. You are a TERRIBLE assassin.

    Say you boast about how easy it would be to kill the guards on your room, or the captain of those guards, or anyone else for that matter. Except when your new princess-biffle has only two guards you proclaim those two men alone would cut you down before you could do anything to said biffle. Are their curved swords able to turn you into a bumbling idiot in an infomercial? The King; one man has you quaking in your 'Queen of the Underworld' 'Protege of the King of Assassins' issued boots like a fragile damsel. You are a TERRIBLE assassin.

    Say you're the somber and handsome Captain of the Guard. Say the world has been at war for.. what.. a decade at least? You've never killed a single person. You have never even seen battle and carnage. You should not have the office that you do. Now, I don't know much about captains of guards and what they should be except for the lovely details from Game of Thrones. I might be kinder to this book, and I might have yelled at it less if they were not comparing it to Game of Thrones. But they are. So I screamed and wanted to puke. Often. Because producers or PR people were brazen enough to compare the two series to ride GoT's coat tails to success. Regardless, you, somber tall-dark-and-handsome, are a TERRIBLE captain.

    I gagged several times at her attitude alone. For the Most Famous Assassin, THE Assassin, The Queen of the Underworld, the only person to make it more than three feet when trying to escape the salt mines--And on that note, you HAD someone measure the distance between the mine and the wall/freedom?? That would be a thing that people just KNOW. The archers would need to have that information. DISTANCE IS AN IMPORTANT MEASUREMENT FOR THE PROFESSION OF 'ARCHER'.

    The monster that terrifies our heroine has a relatively small bite-radius that bothers me.

    The fact that she is petty enough to be bothered by a jealous, bitchy girl--to the point of being pretty sure she'd be okay if said bitchy girl dropped dead--bothers me considering how much /compassion/ she has for people as a whole.

    I'm listening to the second book. I drive for a living, and yelling at this silly, famous assassin, queen of the underworld, most beautiful girl in the land, who, it turns out, is little more than a soggy tampon lurking in the shadows, is incredibly cathartic.

    All in all.. It's fine, I guess. Listening to it, I thought it was meant for teens, but since it is listed in the age range of 11-13, it comes with a handicap of some kind.. I guess. Maybe I would have loved these books as a child. I'd like to think I wouldn't.

    I might be wrong, but I am pretty sure she never 'saved the cat' and truly ingratiated herself to me. She just.. exists as an 18-year old in a world out to kill her or control her or kiss her or scratch her eyes out in jealous rages. The princess Nehemia is the one exception and I quickly found myself wanting HER as my protagonist.

    I am several chapters in the second book and already I am screaming in outrage. It reads like a bad movie, I think. I was annoyed that every chapter, even not in the MC's pov, was primarily about her, in a stupid reverse Bechdel Test. I think the author wanted and played at GoT-inspired intrigue and politicking, but wasn't able (or willing) to stray far enough from Queen Assassin of the Underworld to find anything else interesting.

    My prediction for this next book: More boys infatuated with the unobtainable and aloof and clever and beautiful Assassin. More of the Assassin's fumbling and acting younger than her actual age even after a decade of rigorous and merciless training and being stuck in a horrid mine for a year. Again the author will think of a new word or phrase well into the book and PILE it on because it's so clever and impressive. More of the main character remaining alive not because of her own skill, but because of the meta-power of being the main character.

    If you enjoy bad movies, you might enjoy this book. If you don't mind poorly concealed future plot twists and poorly executed hints at these things, you might enjoy this book. If you enjoy having a reason to say "Even -I- could write better than this!" over and Over and OVER again, you might enjoy this book. If you want to write and need a horrible something to give you the drive to pick up a pen again, you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste the credits. I happen to enjoy these things(or at least enjoy complaining about them because my own life is so dull), so I will likely listen to the whole of this author's catalog for this specific entertainment value.

    Also.. That strange, so-interesting eye color of yours, Most Feared Assassin? Pretty sure it's called 'hazel'.

    Alright, now I'm just being mean. Happy listening, all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alli G
    26/09/17
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    "Interesting and Different"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would.


    What other book might you compare Throne of Glass to and why?

    I don't really have a comparison. It's just more of a romanticized gladiator tournament/story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was a little odd. Not sure if it was the narrator or the sound editor to blame for the random odd pauses or ending consonant sound cutoffs. Ultimately, this is why I gave the narrator a lower rating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, it was just an entertaining listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand why the negative reviewer complained about Selena reiterating her greatness and her swooning over the prince and her guard, but it didn't really didn't bother me much. It's not a work to be taken seriously, it an enjoyable listen.

    I will be purchasing the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caitlin Durkin
    25/09/17
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    "Not quite what I hoped for... But ok. "

    The best description I've seen of this book is someone who thought they were getting Assassins Creed but got Pretty Princess instead. I will say the beginning feels that way but the tale does pick up and is at least enjoyable. Don't go in expecting Lord of the Ribs epic or as Ricky written - feels written for a younger audience. I'd call it okay, not epic not mind blowing, but an enjoyable read. Will read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    22/09/17
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    "LOVEDD ITT CANT WAIT TO READ THE REST OF THE SERIES "

    I absolutely loved this book. If your into badass scenes, romance (the right amount of it with out making you cringe) and fantasy then I highly recommend. TEAM CHAOL AND CELEANA FOR LYFE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    19/09/17
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    "Enjoyed more than I expected"

    Had a great mix of mystery, action, romantic interest, and forgotten magic. Initially was unsure, but it was a great listen and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Already got the next one to start listening, planning on reading (listening to) the whole series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stacey
    UK
    15/09/17
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    "Throne of yawn"

    This book made me laugh once, when the main character ate candy that stained her teeth. I didn't feel suspense or drawn in, I didn't find many of the characters likeable-- they all seemed like accessories to the main character instead of real individual people with their own motives... The love triangle was really forced and the story just wasn't that interesting to me, and I love fantasy books so much. I want to keep reading/listening... (the next books because I bought them and I don't like throwing away money) but it's a struggle to get through. The narrator has this conceited tone to her voice that only sounds sweet when she voices the main character, the assassin. But she doesn't narrate in the POV characters voice and instead uses her own and it kind of is jarring and pulls you out of the moment when one moment she sounds super annoyed (she always does) and the next she delivers a tender romantic line. Or a line in the voice of the POV character. That aside I just don't understand what's so great here you'd be better off with fire in frost ... this is nothing like game of thrones for females this is just a sad shannara with less depth ... It was really predictable and also boring. Why so many balls and no action? Why is the romance so contrived and silly?! Why is it so cheesy when it comes to magical artifacts and ethereal spirit guides?! Ugh. Utterly forgettable but not terrible I've read worse. 3/5 ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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