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Download Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Kushner Narrator: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Robert Fass, Nick Sullivan, Simon Jones Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Audie Award, Audio Drama, 2013

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on Swordspoint: It's as if Jane Austen wrote fantasy... an imaginary world where the characters are real people: a Vanity Fair of aristocrats, rogues, orphans, and heroes; a book where the best swordsman in the land can make far more money dueling at private parties than he can as a knight-errant. Ellen Kushner casts her sharp eye over them all, but with great affection and lavish detaiI.... couldn't think of a better performer for Swordspoint than Ellen, and her reading is polished, intimate, and since Riverside is of her creation wholly authentic.

What really makes this production of Swordspoint unique, though, is the supporting cast in this special illuminated production. Several key scenes are fully dramatized, and throughout the entire book's soundscapes you will hear the cadences of the marketplace, the music of the drawing rooms, and of course the ring of steel drawn from the scabbard. Ellen actually wrote new dialogue for the crowd scenes, so the actors aren't just mumbling rhubarb rhubarb to simulate speech.... You'll be able to hear performances from acclaimed and award-winning actors, including Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Robert Fass, Nick Sullivan, and the remarkable Simon Jones.

In this exciting new illuminated production, the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast. Author Ellen Kushner is also a popular performer and National Public Radio host (Sound & Spirit). For years, fans have been asking her to record her own audiobook of Swordspoint. To mark the 25th anniversary of the book's publication, Ellen teamed up with Sue Zizza of... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 2/11/2014

    " I've been listening to the audio version for about three hours now, and I still can't discern much of a plot. The language is lovely, the situation intriguing, and the author reads very well indeed. There's everything going for this book, but I'm starting to lose interest, because nothing much is happening. I'm not too worried about any of the characters at this point. Please, Ms. Kushner, give me a reason to continue, or I'm just going to dial up Sense and Sensibility. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 12/25/2013

    " This book has received high praise in many circles. The only logical reason I can come up with is the reviewers were high while reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isadora Prospero | 12/4/2013

    " Wish I had written it. Cried like crazy at the final story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Fawcett | 11/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed the universe it was set in, the plot and the intrigue - and, of course,Alec and Richard are adorbs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda Belle Harrison | 11/14/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. It's about a swordman named Richard who lives in an unnamed city. This is a fantasy of manners, and though it's a fantasy, there is NO MAGIC in it. None. I highly recommend this book. Richard is a character you will never forget. No matter how long you are away from this book, you will always remember this story. Very special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 10/17/2013

    " Admittedly, I picked up this book from recommedations on Amazon after purchasing Michael Craft's Mark Manning mysteries--why? The male-male main character pairing, I guess. But I was pleased to see such a great book in the fantasy genre, when I was tiring of the modern writers and changes in good writers (like Mercedes Lackey). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 10/13/2013

    " I liked it better than the one other book of hers I read - the plot and main character in this one were more interesting - but there was something incredibly aggravating about the characters and thereby the plot as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gisela | 9/23/2013

    " Never got the point. No pun intended... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Emmack | 9/4/2013

    " Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh on this book, but really, I had to force myself to finish it. It was a picturesque story, but I found the pacing to be a bit plodding, and the "drama" of the plot to be rather milquetoast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. Stoops | 8/14/2013

    " This book never gets old. I read it about once a year, and every year I notice some new subtly. Every year, it's still so good I take it right into the bathtub to finish up the chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/28/2013

    " So much fun! A fantasy novel all about societal wit and manners ala The Age of Innocence or Les Liaisons dangereuses. Plus the author works for NPR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 xebec | 9/26/2012

    " As swashbuckling and romantic fantasy sword-fightin' political and social intrigue-y stories go, this pretty much tops my list. Fun plot, endearing characters, a fast and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophia | 7/16/2012

    " Pretend it's 2.5 stars. Rounding up because not everyone writes about bisexual fantasy swordsmen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samb | 3/24/2012

    " A really good story. Lots of intrigue and a surprise near the end. I fell in love with Richard and Alec immediately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 2/22/2012

    " I liked this book a lot but I got very frustrated with the loose ends and plots I thought were going somewhere and then didn't. It probably made the book more realistic, but I didn't appreciate it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luisa | 12/26/2011

    " I didn't think this book was going to be any good, but damn. I expected more than just rich nobles standing around and gossiping about other rich nobles. "

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About the Author
Author Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner is a writer, a performer, and the longtime host of public radio’s Sound & Spirit. Her books include the award-winning Swordspoint, Thomas the Rhymer, and The Golden Dreydl. She lives in New York City.