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Six of Crows

Série : Six of Crows, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 4 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, Ages 13 & Up
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.

©2015 Leigh Bardugo (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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great book

its a great book if u like fantasy books like got
and the acting is great

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  • G
  • 18/12/2017

Potential Overshadowed by Poor Performance

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

The storyline, world, and characters in Six of Crows were intriguing and had definite potential to grow into an enjoyable science fiction/fantasy series. However, I spent the entire novel wondering why the author hadn't simply written the book in third person omniscient. Especially because stylistically, the writing in the different chapters all sounded the same. Why would you have multiple narrators who speak about themselves in third person? The alternating perspectives added a layer of confusion to the book that was completely unnecessary.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There were far too many narrators for a story without a great deal of depth. I've listened to quite a few audio books with a cast of narrators who added to the story, but they helped mainly to add clarity to a complex novel. The narrators in Six of Crows made the story more confusing because they attempted vastly different voices for the same characters. Also, the story is about a group of teenagers and the narrators all sound like old men with a bad smoking habit.

Any additional comments?

The reviews of this book seem to be completely skewed by readers who are more concerned with the presence of a fictional romance than they are about story development or writing style. I would suggest maybe reading the physical book, as the voices of the audio book narrators do not meet the expectations set by the fact that this is a young adult novel, nor match the character descriptions.

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  • Julyana
  • 16/08/2016

I'm obsessed

So while reading reviews, I saw a lot of people being upset over there being 7 narrators. Personally I loved that every character had a voice to it. Sure everyone's rendition of Kaz was mildly different but I loved every single narrator. A round of applause for their ability to bring the story to life. And now a round of applause for Leigh Bardugo, who crafted this masterpiece. Sure you have to get through a mildly confusing first chapter, but it didn't take me long at all to be completely invested in this story and these characters. I loved every single one of them. The dynamic between Nina and Matthias was pretty hot (seriously, I wanted more!). There are so many little twists to this book, so many character complexities, so much cool world-building. Inej is a freaking ninja! Kaz is a criminal mastermind! I'm suffering a severe book hangover until the second one comes out in FREAKING SEPTEMBER UGH. Seriously, read this book, you'll love it, I promise.

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  • Librarian S
  • 21/07/2016

This book is everything!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrators did a fantastic job bringing the story and their characters to life. I easily fell into the world and not just the first time, but every time I had to pause and then pick it is back up later. The story is enthralling and absolutely enjoyable for anyone. It has a lot of action and a little magic. The concept reminds me of Ocean's 11 but with magic and violence. Leigh Bardugo does a fantastic job of bringing these characters together to pull of a heist and the development of the story and characters was well done. I also really enjoyed how she tied in their backstories and how everything just clicked together. I recommend this to anyone, especially those looking for a good kick butt book featuring a seemingly impossible heist and some of the best characters around.

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  • Florida Mama
  • 18/03/2016

7 Narrators, But That's Not a Good Thing

This isn't a dramatization of the novel -- it's a good novel narrated by different characters whose names lead the chapter (think of George R. R. Martin's books). Each narrator reads the whole chapter, and therein lies the issue: there are multiple different versions of every character's speaking voice. Multiply each by the number of different narrators who interpret that character and it gets a bit muddy. It's certainly distracting, and the story arc is developed in a way that there is very little backstory to explain what's going on until you're about 1/3 of the way into the book.

That being said, after spending a few hours immersed in it, you get used to it, even if it grates. The individual performances are fine... but collectively, it's a bit much.

Still, I enjoyed the depth of the characters once I got there, and by the end of the book, I was deeply invested in the storyline and cared about the core group. I'm going to get the second book in the series for this reason. However, I think the book would have been improved in its audio version by choosing a single talented narrator and sticking with him/her. Any one of the 7 actors who worked on this book could have delivered the story with clarity and consistency and I think it would have benefited from it.

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  • Hannah
  • 27/01/2018

too many cooks spoil the soup

I think this audiobook definitely suffered from having so many narrators. While they were all good on their own (for the most part; none of them were *bad*, but Kaz’s narrator could get a little over the top and cartoony sometimes), each one had their own take on everything from pronunciation of the world’s words/proper names to the character’s demeanors (which could lead to a single character being portrayed very differently depending on who was narrating at the time). It just didn't feel like it completely added up to a cohesive whole. It wasn't not really the fault of the individual narrators, and obviously any book with multiple narrators is going to have this issue to some extent, but the differences were far more prominent here than in other books that I’ve listened to. The production team definitely would have benefited from sitting down and hashing out everything from “How do we want to pronounce ‘Zemeni’?” to “Should Kaz sound silky and sinister? Haughty and arrogant? Energetic and punchy?”

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  • Michelle E
  • 10/10/2015

New characters, new adventure, same world...

Not YA age but listen to a lot of YA. First I absolutely loved the Grisha trilogy and it would be hard to beat so if you are considering Six of Crows, I highly recommend reading the Grisha trilogy first. However, I think you can still enjoy Six of Crows on it's own. Going to Leigh Bardugo's website can help fill in information on the Grisha orders and the layout of the world the story takes place in.

Formula for Six of Crows will feel familiar, unlikely group pulled together for a crazy, impossible goal. Leigh does a great job of developing each character as the story goes on. By the end of the story you are attached and invested in all of them and aren't ready for it to end. Which is good because this is the first book in a series.

Different than the Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows is written in multiple character viewpoint style which can be a challenge for audio production. For me this was no exception, I found 7 narrators a bit distracting. I think it could have easily been done with one really good female and male narrator. Maybe that can change for the next book...

Overall all wonderfully written, fun action packed story. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/10/2017

A struggle to get through.

The story just didnt do anything for me and I listen to a pretty big variety of books.

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  • Benjamin
  • 26/03/2016

Threes Across the Board

It took me a while to get through this book. It had a slow beginning. The middle and end are pretty lively. I think this is generally a good heist book. It has some twists and turns to keep you engaged. The perspective characters are solid. The world-building is similarly solid. Bardugo manages to insert enough character backstory into the narrative to really flesh out the individuals' motivations. Just the right amount actually. All in all, a well-executed caper.

I get that this book is aimed at the teen demographic so it makes sense that the characters be around that age. The characters in this book think they are in their mid 30s to mid 40s the only one who disagrees is the author. She thinks they are all late teens. They all make perfect sense in manor, personal backstory, and speech, except when their ages are brought up. One character being wise and hardened beyond his or her years, I get. Maybe two. But every single one of them, by the exact same amount? Come on.

It was also quite ambitious for the author to take on so many perspective characters. I feel that this was a mixed blessing. It does add texture, but it also gets overused to keep you ignorant of what is going on so that the author can bring out surprises.

The many readers was also a mixed blessing. Some were good. The female readers were generally very good. The male ones were much more uneven. The man reading the main character, Kaz, sounded like he was telling a vampire story to 4 yr. olds around a campfire. He wouldn't just read the words as much as sing some of them. Too much over-emoting. The one reading Jesper's tone was solid, but had different pronunciations for many of the in-book concepts. You'd figure the editor would just tell them that they pronounce "X" a certain way.

It looks like this series will continue though as of this writing, book 2 has not been published. I might check it out. Maybe. It is not going into my list of ones to watch out for. I could take it or leave it.

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  • Robin
  • 16/11/2016

Not sure how I feel about it

It took me a while to get into this book with its shifting points of view. But once it got going as a caper/heist, it got my interest. I was a bit annoyed with the interruptions for the backstories of the characters, though of course they are relevant. A lot of people have remarked that the crew is unbelievably talented and experienced for teenagers, but I just accepted that as part of the fantasy. Also it's an odd setting, not quite Renaissance and not quite steampunk. At the end, when I was finally engaged in the story, it was just over! You are supposed to go on to the sequel, but I don't think I will.

I usually avoid books with multiple narrators as I'm afraid I won't like them all, but in this case all the performers were good.

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  • Amalia
  • 19/10/2015

Hit and miss voice acting

The voice actor who spoke the part of Kas drove me nuts, and continued to speak in that same greasy over-modulated voice whether doing narration or other characters' voices. But Jesper's voice actor made up for it (most of the time.)

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  • Isa Potter.
  • 15/09/2016

The heart is an arrow.

Lieber zukünftiger Fan von Six of Crows und Leigh Bardugo: Im Februar 2016 habe ich dieses Buch zum ersten Mal verschlungen und abgöttisch zu lieben gelernt. [Kurz darauf habe ich auch die folgende Rezension geschrieben.] Nun haben wir Mitte September und das Erscheinungsdatum von Crooked Kingdom rückt von Tag zu Tag näher. Was gäbe es also für eine bessere Gelegenheit, meine Audible-Mitgliedschaft auszunutzen und die Hörbuch-Version für einen "reread" zu nutzen und mein Gedächtnis ein wenig aufzufrischen? Gesagt, getan - 6 Tage später sitze ich schon wieder vor meinem Laptop und bin absolut begeistert von dieser wahnsinnig tollen Geschichte, die als Hörbuch sogar noch einen Tick mitreißender war, als sowieso schon. Der Grund dafür sind schlicht und einfach die perfekt ausgewählten Sprecher, die jeder Rolle so viel Leben und Authentizität verleihen, dass es einen einfach nur von den Socken hauen kann. Ich kann dieses Hörbuch also jedem empfehlen - den Fans, die erneut in die Welt der Grischa eintauchen wollen oder den Neugierigen, die bis eben noch nie etwas von Leigh Bardugo und ihren Werken gehört haben. Es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall!

So. Nun aber zu meiner eigentlichen Review der Handlung:

Eigentlich war ich nicht sonderlich gespannt auf Six of Crows, das muss ich wirklich zugeben. Zwar habe ich Anfang 2015 schon die Grischa-Trilogie von Leigh Bardugo gelesen und für sehr gut befunden, aber grundsätzlich hatte ich nicht das allergrößte Bedürfnis verspürt, nach Ravka und Umgebung zurückzukehren. Das ist auch der Grund, warum ich erst jetzt mit auf den Hype-Train aufspringen und euch sagen kann: Lest dieses Buch! Los, schnell! Es ist die pure Genialität!

“Aber warum ist es die pure Genialität, Isa?” höre ich euch fragen. C’mere and I’ll tell ya! Das allererste, was mir in den Sinn kam, als ich Six of Crows beendet hatte, war: „Oh, mein Gott, was muss sich diese Frau beim Schreiben der Grischa-Trilogie zurückgehalten haben.“ Denn nur so – oder durch eine extreme Weiterentwicklung ihrerseits – kann ich mir erklären, wie Leigh Bardugo dieses Meisterwerk abgeliefert hat. Wie gesagt, ich fand die Grischa-Trilogie sehr gut, doch es hatte eben auch so seine Ecken, an denen ich angestoßen bin.. Aber alles was mir damals an Alina [der Hauptperson der Reihe] auf den Senkel gegangen ist, war plötzlich weggeblasen! Keine ellenlangen nervigen inneren Monologe, keine übelsten Selbstzweifel, keine Langeweile.. Gar nichts davon! Stattdessen werden uns jetzt sechs Charaktere hingestellt, die unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten, aber eins gemeinsam haben: Sie sind unheimlich Badass. Und nicht nur das. Sie wissen, was sie können und verlassen sich auch in verdammt schwierigen Situationen auf ihre Fähigkeiten. Jeder Einzelne ist realistisch ausgearbeitet, wirkt so menschlich und hat eine komplexe Hintergrundgeschichte, die nach und nach enthüllt, warum er/sie so geworden ist, wie er/sie eben ist. Besonders hervorgestochen hat für mich hierbei Kaz Brekker: "Dirtyhands, the Bastard from the Barrel." Während er in den ersten Kapiteln noch unnahbar, kalt und absolut überlegen wirkt, dreht sich das im Laufe der Geschichte komplett um und mit jeder Seite über seine Vergangenheit wird eine weitere Schicht seiner „Rüstung“ niedergerissen.

Grundsätzlich kommt mir Six of Crows sehr viel erwachsener vor, als Leigh Bardugos bisherige Veröffentlichungen. Zwar sollen die Hauptfiguren auch alle um die 16-18 sein, sie kommen aber definitiv in ihrem denken/handeln sehr viel älter rüber – Ich hätte alle so in die Mittzwanziger-Schiene gesteckt.. Vielleicht bin ich aber auch einfach so gebeutelt von den typischen Young Adult Charakteren, dass ich praktisch schon davon ausgehe, dass alle Teenager nervige, weinerliche Loser sind.. Wer weiß?

In diesem Zusammenhang fand ich es auch sehr erfrischend, dass es endlich mal keine doofen Love Triangles oder sonstigen Klischee-Kram gab. Holy C[r]ow, das hat mich so glücklich gemacht! <3 Zwar gibt es auch potentielle Ships [von denen eins – wenn mich nicht alle meine Gaydar-Sinne gewaltig täuschen – nicht Hetero ist. Danke dafür, Leigh!], die ich alle segeln sehen will, aber keine dieser Romanzen geht einem auf die Nerven. Weil sie im Hintergrund stattfinden, nicht übertrieben werden und der eigentlich Mission nie im Weg stehen. Außerdem werden die einzelnen Charaktere nicht über ihre Romanzen definiert. Und auch Freundschaften bleiben nicht auf der Strecke! Alle kommen sich im Laufe der Reise näher, lernen, sich gegenseitig zu Schätzen und zu Vertrauen. Besonders wunderbar fand ich die Freundschaft zwischen Inej und Nina, die so echt und liebenswürdig dargestellt wurde. Kein Girl-On-Girl Hate! In keinem einzigen Moment! ENDLICH!

Es waren aber nicht nur die Charaktere, die mich auf ganzer Linie überzeugen konnten. Nein, die ganze Handlung an sich – der Plan, die Reise zum Ice Court und der eigentliche Raubzug – war auch sehr raffiniert gestrickt und in keinem Moment langweilig. Ich war ständig gespannt, was als nächstes passieren wird und wurde immer wieder positiv von Leigh Bardugos Ideen überrascht. Auch das Ende hat mir sehr gut gefallen und hat einfach nur extreme Lust auf mehr gemacht. Der September kann also gar nicht schnell genug kommen, damit ich endlich Crooked Kingdom lesen kann!

Fazit.

Was soll ich hier noch für ein großes Fazit ziehen? Ihr habt meine Schwärmerei ja gerade gelesen und vielleicht auch schon meine 100 Tumblr-Reblogs pro Tag ertragen müssen. Ich bin schlicht und einfach begeistert von Six of Crows und empfehle jedem, sich dieses Buch mal zu gönnen.
Übrigens müsst ihr die Grischa-Trilogie nicht gelesen haben, um euch in Ketterdam zurechtzufinden. Nach den ersten paar Kapiteln seid ihr sowieso voll im Geschehen und kriegt schon mit, was ihr über die Welt der Grischa wissen müsst. Und wer sagt: „Ach, nee. Die Trilogie war mir zu kindisch und weinerlich und [*sonstige Beschwerde einfügen*]..“ – FEAR NOT! Dieses Buch ist so viel erwachsener und leidet auch keineswegs unter den typischen „Jugendbuch“-Klischees. Also los, jetzt! Ich will keine Ausreden mehr hören – Gönnt euch! Lest es. Und wenn ihr fertig seid, sagt Bescheid und dann können wir gemeinsam nach Fanfiction suchen [auf AO3 hab ich schon alle durch, aber vielleicht findet ihr noch andere?!] und in Erwartung auf Crooked Kingdom fürchterliche Qualen leiden. Das wird total super!

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  • Björn
  • 23/10/2017

Packend, allerdings mit Kliffhänger

Großartige und sehr dichte Geschichte, gelesen von hervorragenden Sprechern, die mich sofort in den Bann gezogen und bis zum Ende nicht mehr losgelassen hat (wie es mir bei Leigh Bardugo immer ergangen ist). Allerdings (oder Gottseidank) braucht man danach zügig den zweiten Teil um einen Abschluss zu haben.

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  • Ladymaus
  • 23/03/2017

Fantastic read, not just for young adults

Everyone who loves complex, three dimensional characters, a well thought out plot with unexpected twists, and fast paced heist stories will love this book.

We get a detailed back story about each of the protagonists, and as different as their backgrounds and the characters themselves are, the author manages to make their deep bonds with one another believable. It's great fun to watch them finding their way out of the predicaments they find themselves in whenever things happen that are beyond their control, both during their preparations for the heist, with unexpected, dangerous, and sometimes life-threatening encounters at every turn, and during the heist itself.

Once I had settled in for this I couldn't put it down and finished it within two days - fortunately, I had started reading on a Friday. Unfortunately, it ends on a cliffhanger and I had to wait for six months to find out the rest of the story, so if you like the start, maybe you should make sure to have Crooked Kingdom on hand before you finish this one.

The hardcover edition is breathtakingly beautiful, and I ended up getting the audiobook in addition to the printed edition so I could more easily take it along while traveling AND continue listening where I'd left off reading while doing household chores or driving. All in all, I have easily read/listened to this ten times in the year since I got Six of Crows.

The voice artists for the audio book are perfectly suited for their roles, easily distinguishable, and have apparently also been taught what they need to know about Fjerdan, the language spoken at their target location, by the author herself. Each of them not only reads but performs their part, and I can warmly recommend it.

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  • gardevoirite
  • 14/03/2019

More than happy

The narrators did an amazing job delivering this awesome story! Onward to Crooked Kingdom! :)

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  • Angelika Miedtank
  • 09/01/2019

A Masterpiece

This book will forever be my absolute favorite book. The narrators are amazing, the story is a work of a fucking genius and the writing is brilliant. Ever since reading this book i’ve been trying to find a book that makes me this giddy to reread it every couple of months. Anyway no words will do this book justice. If you want to get a smoother start into the story i’d suggest reading the Shadow and Bone series first. It helps you understand the world a lot better.

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  • K&ouml;sters
  • 01/11/2018

Very detailed characters and relationships

Although there are several main characters, all of them are detailed and with good backgroundstories. A bit difficult to understand in some parts for a non-native speaker but the story is great! I also really like the voices of the speakers. The changing speakers for the different characters are an interesting idea.

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  • Nora Lazar
  • 04/01/2018

Wundervoll!

Auch wenn einige der Sprecher schwierig zu hören sind, ist dies eines meiner liebsten Hörbücher!

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  • Sophia
  • 26/05/2017

Wow!

I loved the way it was narrated by a cast of different people. Superb. Had a bit of a difficulty to get into the story as it started with completely irrelevant people and then jumped right back into the action. Confusing at first but it really grabs you in the third chapter.

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  • Andreas
  • 04/05/2017

Really enjoyed it!

I'm not too sure about the different narrators, but awesome book and good story line!

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  • Alexander Röhler
  • 22/10/2016

My favourite book so far!

One of the most intriguing stories and deep, well written characters I have heard ever.