The Broken Kingdoms (Unabridged) Audiobook, by N. K. Jemisin Play Audiobook Sample

The Broken Kingdoms Audiobook (Unabridged)

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Read By: Casaundra Freeman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781441886552

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The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight.

This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.

Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. Oree's peculiar guest is at the heart of it, his presence putting her in mortal danger - but is it him the killers want, or Oree? And is the earthly power of the Arameri king their ultimate goal, or have they set their sights on the Lord of Night himself?

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"I actually liked this one better than the first because I enjoyed the greater focus on the gods. I also actually liked Oree more than I should have. Her silly cliched traits such as being a blind girl who could see magic and paint actually worked for me. I don't know. Maybe I was lenient because Itempas was just such an interesting character and I liked his character development, as well as his complicated relationship with his children and his former lovers. I would have liked to see more Nahadoth and Itempas interaction though. But I liked the mystery, I liked the characters and I liked the world. My complaint is probably toward the too-long finale, but I'm guessing it had to be done to lead into the final book of the trilogy, which I am actually pretty excited for. I'm also not entirely sold on the romance in this one, but that's because I find the gods infinitely more interesting than their human paramours. They deserve each other. But yeah, I was slightly more invested in Oree than I ever was in Yeine so the revelations with her packed more of a punch. With Yeine, I was always a bit bored. What I think this book does best though is show how skewed the gods' perspective is from mortals and yet how it contains just traces of similarities. It's a nice touch."

— Lindsey (4 out of 5 stars)

The Broken Kingdoms (Unabridged) Listener Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I think I might be one of the people who liked it MORE than the first one. The only part that really bothered me was that all of a sudden on like chapter 3 or whatever the protagonist was like GUESS WHAT I'M BLIND and I was like, what? That was...a little confusing. And oh my god, the end. Say one thing about N.K. Jemisen, say girl can write a damn good love scene. "

    — Megan, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I thought The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was a really good book but The Broken Kingdoms is even better. Oree's story and the interactions of the gods and mortals is complicated and always interesting. The story was very compelling and I didn't want to put the book down. I would highly recommend the book. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy. "

    — Donna, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I've read almost seventy books this year and this is the only one that made me cry. That ending... Wow. "

    — Chelsea, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " not a very interesting book....i could not even finish reading it..i had to jump some pages..all in all, i feel the first book was better...it was still the same writing style if not less imaginative........ "

    — Olayinka, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " So often sequels are a disappointment but The Broken Kingdoms lived up to my expectations. Great characters, language, and story. Can't wait for number three. "

    — Snicks, 1/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not as good as the first one but baring some very poorly conceived plot devices an excelent read. "

    — Filippy, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " so.. I started this one immediately after the first.. and I won't be worth a damn at work today because I couldn't put it down till I was done. shrugs.. need I say more. "

    — Natina, 8/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Took a little bit longer to get into as the main character was different but I grew to love her story! can't wait to read the 3rd now "

    — Stacy, 8/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Sequel. Interesting plot, good writing. "

    — Vex, 8/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A fun fantasy novel with an interesting concept. Definitely worth reading. "

    — Karina, 9/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as good as the first, but enjoyable. "

    — R, 8/5/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This series just keeps getting better and better. "

    — Anne, 11/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Eh. Not as good as the first one, but not bad, either. Serious loss of points for naming one of the main protagonists "Shiny" which annoyed the LIVING HELL out of me. "

    — Adam, 8/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I am so pressed right now. Just take my tears, Jemisin. I don't know what the hell to feel right now. Too many different emotions... I'm going to have to find something else to do or read to calm myself now. "

    — Tiara, 3/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " If I could give the book 4.5 stars I would. It was a good story just not as good as the first (in my opinion). That being said I'm ready for the next one in October! "

    — Casandra, 3/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked this even more than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, although I'm not sure whether it would make sense someone who hadn't read the first one. Less exposition about the world, more just jumping into the story, and the main character was more in control of her own story. "

    — Elizabeth, 3/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " THe second book in the hundred thousand kingdoms trilogy. Excellent read. "

    — Orea, 3/10/2011

About N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is an American author who has won three consecutive Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice awards. She is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops.