Though Quirt’s name is little-known, his skills as a gladiator are quickly obvious and hard to match. In Aureity, noblemen battle in the arena circuit, using their powers of teleportation and telekinesis to prove their breeding and strength. The prizes at play are not only silver and bronze but also the chance to rise amongst the nobility and mate with the ruling class of women.
Older than most players, Quirt still manages to draw attention and awe through his mastery of the games. Some of that attention comes from Humate, a brash young competitor with unbelievable power and little patience or control. To him, Quirt is a mystery he can’t resist.
However, that mystery soon proves much bigger than all of them. Ancient crimes, struggles for status, romance, vengeance, duty - Humate has a lot to learn from the world-wise Quirt. As the secret of Quirt’s true identity and past unfolds, Humate and Quirt race to bring justice to the murderer and madman whose blood links the two gladiators together.
With Ill Met in the Arena, award-winning fantasy author Dave Duncan creates yet another new, fully-realized world filled with complex cultures and brisk adventure. Intrigue, politics, action, humor - this audiobook will grab you from the first moment and not let go until the final word.
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Hated performance. Please disregard story rating
Another performer. Definitely.
Not at all. Didn't turn me off Dave Duncan either, and I'd give the book another chance in written form. I love his Pandemia books, and most of the others.
His reading is like a slow monotonous swagger. I sped up the playback to 1.25x and it was a bit better, at least I didn't fall asleep. To me, it sounds like Severus Snape disdainfully lecturing on the driest parts of Potions Theory. It absolutely doesn't help that the story is written in first person and starts out full of descriptions of world building, persons and situations.
It is most likely personal taste, but I do recommend other readers to listen to a sample. I disliked the performance after only a minute so any sample length will help you decide whether you like it or not.
I didn't get that far. I gave up on the book after 22 minutes, in the middle of chapter 1.
Please listen to a sample before purchasing it. Especially if you purchase with a credit, since the return policy doesn't cover those books. I learned that the hard way. This recommendation of course goes for any audiobook, and I wish someone had told me how much the performance style can yuck up the listening experience.
Please disregard the rating of the story. Since I stopped listening in the middle of chapter 1, I can't really rate the book itself.
- Pamela Weber Pezoa