The Cruel Prince Audiobook, by Holly Black Play Audiobook Sample

The Cruel Prince Audiobook

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Read By: Caitlin Kelly Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Folk of the Air Series Release Date: January 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781478923749

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Longest Chapter Length:

50:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

23:39 minutes

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Publisher Description

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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“Narrator Caitlin Kelly perfectly crafts the fierce and determined voice of seventeen-year-old Jude…[and] smoothly transitions from one character to the next, creating energized dialogue that reflects the drama of the story. Listeners will be enchanted by Jude and her fantastical world of fast-paced adventure, political intrigue, and a hint of romance.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Black is a master at world-building…Jude, who possesses just enough badness that you really root for her…will have fans eager to follow her. Good thing the book kicks off a trilogy.”

    — New York Times
  • "Caitlin Kelly captures the capriciousness and cruelty of the Fae, along with their sweet tones and charming but deadly personalities. Her Jude is both strong and vulnerable, and Kelly portrays her changing emotions well. Black’s dark Faerie tale world draws listeners in and definitely leaves them wanting more."

    — School Library Journal (starred audio review)
  • “Surprises abound in this capricious tale, which shifts and changes just when readers think they have gained their footing on the complicated details and emotions that enliven Black’s faerie world..[A] fierce and dazzling first in the Folk of the Air series”

    — RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
  • “This splendidly wicked and richly created story is one you won’t want to miss.”

    — BuzzFeed
  • “Black is well known for writing dark fairy-tale novels, but this is her darkest to date. Blood splatters every page with bullying, attempted and actual murders, political betrayal, and revolt.”

    — BookRiot
  • “Heart-in-throat action, deadly romance, double-crossing, moral complexity—this is one heck of a ride.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Spellbinding…Breathtaking set pieces, fully developed supporting characters, and a beguiling, tough-as-nails heroine enhance an intricate, intelligent plot that crescendos to a jaw-dropping third-act twist.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Another fantastic, deeply engaging, and all-consuming work from Black that belongs on all YA shelves.”

    — School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship…This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high-school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “This story reveals greater depth and detail of Faerie than ever before. Black’s characters are no longer playing the game without knowing the consequences…Black unfolds this sweeping, twisting narrative with the fine-tuned understanding of someone who’s spent nearly her whole life poking around the depths of Faerie.”

    — BookPage


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 18 New YA Books
  • A New York Times bestseller in young adult hardcover fiction
  • A BookRiot Pick of 6 YA Fiction Books with Anti-Heroines
  • Winner of the New England Book Award for Young Adults

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About Holly Black

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories, and comics. She has sold over twenty-six million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into over thirty languages and adapted for film.

About Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin Kelly, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a seasoned voice-over artist with experience in Japan and the United States. She has a BFA in drama and studied musical theater at the Collaborative Arts Project 21, an off-Broadway theater company and musical theater training conservatory. She got started in voice-over work in 2009 while living in Japan where she toured with Disney’s World of English and World Family Club as a performer and a puppeteer.