The Black Prism : Lightbringer

  • by Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Lightbringer
  • 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: five years to achieve five impossible goals.
But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

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What the Critics Say

"Brent Weeks is so good it's starting to tick me off." (Peter V. Brett, New York Times best-selling author of The Desert Spear)
"Weeks manages to ring new tunes on...old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way." (Publishers Weekly
"The Blinding Knife is a wonderful work of high fantasy with engaging characters facing the perfect antagonists, set in a creatively-wrought and increasingly chaotic world brimful of imaginative magic and interesting politics. Weeks holds fast to the traditions of his genre while adding a compelling new flavor." (The Ranting Dragon)

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Simon Vance Finally!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Prism to be better than the print version?

Absolutely, Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators without a doubt.


Any additional comments?

I was incredibly excited that Week's got them to go back and have Simon Vance do this one. The other narrator made the characters flat and boring. Simon Vance made these books something special in the sequels and it's great to not have to suffer through the first one to get to the rest of the series anymore.

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- Sam

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the reissue!

Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

I definitely will. I love Brent Weeks and I love Simon Vance. I have read the print version of this book multiple times and I have listened to the Blinding Knife and the Broken Eye several times as well because of the nuances in the story and performance. Unfortunately, I was only able to listen through the original audiobook version of the Black Prism once, and I think I only persevered because I had already read the book and loved it. The original narrator was horrible!!! As others have stated, he made Gavin Guile sound like Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I kept waiting for him to say "Dude" at the end of each sentence. It was painful and it was one the first books I got from Audible. At the time I didn't know I could return books, so that version is still in my Audible library taking up space. Such a waste of a credit! But this version ... I will listen again and again.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Prism?

I'm still listening through for the first time, so I may find more moments, but I think the opening scene of the book as read by Simon Vance will always be a favorite of mine. I loved the beginning of this book from the first time I read it, because it reveals Kip's personality and the world he lives in so clearly in what is really a very short (well constructed) passage. I have always loved Kip and found him so easy to relate to. He is every awkward kid I knew growing up and he is me every time I lost confidence in myself. He is convinced he is a worthless failure, yet he always manages to persevere and make things happen. He has no idea of his true worth and potential.


What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

In short ... everything. His characterizations, his pronunciations, his feel for the story, his pacing. He has been one of my favorite narrators ever since I heard the Blinding Knife.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gavin Guile is respected, loved, and feared; the most powerful Prism in living memory ... or is he?I'm not very good at this, but I do hope a movie series is made based on these books ... as long as it is done by someone who respects Mr. Weeks' story.


Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear the Blood Mirror. I'm counting the days.

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- DarlaK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio