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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Kushner Narrator: Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, Joe Hurley, Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Audie Award Nominee, Multi-voiced Performance, 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 narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

The Privilege of the Sword tells the tale of a young girl who risks everything to go live with her eccentric, litigious - and extremely rich uncle Alec in the colorful city Kushner has created, a city where elegant nobles can mingle with raffish actors one moment and deadly swordsmen the next. Fans of Kushner's first book, Swordspoint, will already be familiar with Alec as the angry young scholar with mysterious origins, living in the city's Riverside district with a notorious killer swordsman. Now, in The Privilege of the Sword, some years later, Alec is the Mad Duke Tremontaine, living in a mansion on the Hill, still tortured by his past .

But you don't need to have read Swordspoint to enjoy The Privilege of the Sword. This is the story of Katherine herself, a girl who starts out imagining her life will be a sort of Jane Austen-style romance, full of dances and dresses and parties - but finds that her iconoclastic uncle has other plans. When she gets to his house in the city, the Mad Duke dresses Lady Katherine in men's clothes, gets her a first-rate tutor in swordplay, and sets her loose on a traditional world that is not really ready for her . Nor, at first, is she ready for it.

A few words from Neil on Privilege of the Sword: Life hands us so many moments when we hover between who we were raised to be, who the people around us are trying to make us, and who we are trying to become. In Katherine's case, that means encountering a range of people and behaviors her mother never prepared her for - including some shocking acts of violence, both physical and emotional. ... Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 2/19/2014

    " I wanted to love this, but it was just okay. Smartly written, and I enjoyed the main character, but it took far too long for the book to get started, and then the book was wrapped up too quickly and too neatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 2/14/2014

    " Definitely deserves all the rewards it has received. Perfection on paper as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M— | 1/24/2014

    " I might have liked it even better that Swordspoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alcina | 1/10/2014

    " Carin gave this book to Bela and it is a wonderful teen read. Love the feminism, gay characters, sex positive subplots, set in a trashy romance style that is usually rife with sexism, cliche, one love type crap. Can't wait to hear what she thinks of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. Katherine is a great character and I loved the Master. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 12/21/2013

    " This book was good but ended too soon. The last bit was a rush to wrap up story-lines. With the setup, I expected more. I thought there might be a sequel to close out additional story threads, but there isn't. Overall enjoyable, but not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Verrico | 12/16/2013

    " Excellent fantasy of manners. Witty and highly original. Alec is still my all-time favorite fictional character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Maizel | 12/9/2013

    " This is hands down the best fantasy I've read in the last five years. Ellen Kushner has a way of pulling you into a story so it intoxicates you. You forget your world and you fully inhabit hers. Wowza. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/8/2013

    " I liked this one better than Swordspoint (the first in the loose series)--I think there was more of a plot, and for some reason I got into the characters a lot more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Pearson | 9/12/2013

    " Absolutely amazing, I wish there were a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 8/24/2013

    " Can you say 'picaresque'? I bet Ellen Kushner can. Almost as good as I'd hoped it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 8/6/2013

    " One of the better apprentice themed fantasy books I've read. Sword and sorcery is always better with a little humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosezell Bosely | 7/24/2013

    " So good. Would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cinda | 6/28/2013

    " It's not strictly a fantasy, there is no magic in it except for that it is spellbinding. A smart, funny, satiric book for grown-ups. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mewhooo | 2/18/2013

    " Hooray for fencing with swords and without. One of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides | 2/2/2013

    " More like 3.5 probably. Not sure how I didn't get around to adding this to GR until now. I read it within a couple months of its release date, IIRC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natlyn | 1/26/2013

    " A delightful novel of manners. I loved the main characters and I enjoyed watching the antagonists. It is hard not to conform and it's hard to conform. The well-worn path doesn't always bring pleasure nor does the unbeaten path. But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. "

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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.