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  • Gideon the Ninth

  • By: Tamsyn Muir
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,737 ratings)

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Gideon the Ninth

By: Tamsyn Muir
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Summary

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap out of the audio, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

©2019 Tamsyn Muir (P)2019 Recorded Books

Critic reviews

"Tamsyn Muir's absorbing storytelling and Moira Quirk's immersive performance create a richly imagined fantasy world.... Quirk is at turns antagonistic, vulnerable, and hopelessly helpful as she characterizes all the participants and stewards of Canaan House.... Listeners will eagerly anticipate the trilogy's next installment." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Cried more than I'm willing to admit. A wonderful book with amazing authorship and gorgeous reading, brilliang all around

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Great time spent.

Well this was a treat. As with all books I was not sure what was going on. Annoying teenager, very odd magic system which did mke sense latter on.

Great narration. Concentration needed. listen twice!

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Great book, well read

A long listen but I enjoyed all of it. Me not good with words, me stop review here.

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Loved it

Absolutely loved it, Gideon is the best, the mystery is captivating and the ending was excellent. I can’t wait to start the next book!

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Fabulous!

My favourite audible show! And the narrator was absolutely, wonderfully perfect! Thank you for bringing this story to life.

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My favourite book series !

I absolutely love this series, I’ve read through Gideon Harrow and Nona before but the audio narration of this was great! I really enjoy Gideons perspective in this book, and how every re read you pick up on so many little hints about the progression of the story that you missed the first time round. This story is full of humour, mystery and queerness in the best way possible.

Moria Quirk did an amazing job narrating this and I can’t wait to listen to Harrow and Nona next!

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A great book masterfully narrated

I could listen to this entire series on repeat forever. The stories are intricate and engaging, the characters are relatable and interesting, the magic is unique, and it’s all so well written.
Moira Quirk is an incredible narrator and has really brought it all to life. The voices are unique for every character (and consistent throughout all the books!) and none of it feels forced or gimmicky. I’m SO glad I bought this as an audiobook rather than on kindle, I genuinely think you’d be missing out by reading it in another medium.

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A Rampant jaunt

The story and the story telling is brilliant and follows the ever bullish and naive Gideon is a great jaunt with magic, necromancy and sword play,

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Loved it!

Definitely something else. It's been a long time since I didn't see the total story pan out before it happened however these plot twists I didn't see as many of them coming and that was a delight.
I loved the dark atmosphere of the world and story.

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Solid and unexpected

I heard about this book through a friend. About to buy it I read the blurb and almost stopped, it just seemed...pulpy. I'm glad I bought it and look forward to the sequel.

If the blurb attracts you then great, but if not feel free to ignore the blurb. This book is more than the blurb, set in a wonderfully refreshing world, the reader follows a story of discovery into how the world works. With an addictive story an interesting ensemble of characters, a genuine feeling of political intrigue, with each character having their own motive and perspective, I truly enjoyed the journey.

Now let's talk about the narrator. I put her with the ranks of R.C Bray in that, in the future I'll happily give a book a go based on her narration in the title. Solid narration, a multitude of voices enabling easy identification and passion in her voice, makes her a pleasure to listen to.

One last thing. I mentioned there is a sequel. This book is a complete story, while there are obvious hooks for the next book, one could easily read this book in isolation and walk away satisfied.

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