• The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Stone, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Series: The Broken Stone, Book 1
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 19-11-2015
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (170 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel
Book 1 in the double Hugo-Award-winning trilogy
A New York Times Notable Book
Shortlisted for the World Fantasy, Nebula, Kitschies, Audie and Locus Awards
The inaugural Wired.com book club pick
This is the way the world ends...for the last time. 
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. 
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
The Broken Earth trilogy is complete - beginning with The Fifth Season, continuing in The Obelisk Gate (Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel) and concluding with The Stone Sky (Shortlisted for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel).
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2015 N. K. Jemisin (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Astounding." (NPR)
"Elegiac, complex, and intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intricate and extraordinary." (New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 04-07-2017

Good, but not great.

At times so compelling I was up until 2am listening; at times oddly unsatisfying. I have mixed feelings about this story. I enjoyed it, but I don't really care enough to buy book 2. Robin Miles' narration is exemplary - most likely it's her voice that kept me listening at times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By emmoff on 17-11-2016

Fantastic world building

Loved this book, so unique with a stunning storyline. Jemisin is such a great writer, the Hugo Award was well deserved. One of the best books I have listened to. Narration excellent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cael on 24-05-2018

captivating

A captivating story. loved it to the last word. it was a unique reading experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jón Gísli Björgvinsson on 17-04-2018

Breaks every mold I can think of

I bought this book after reading a review that was mostly complaining about how queer it is, as that's usually a sign that whatever's being reviewed is something I will enjoy greatly. This methkd has yet to fail me.

The Fifth Season is the kind of book you hear about second-hand, or in hypotheticals that leave you going "Wow, I want to read that book."

It plays with structure, tone, and style in ways I've never seen before. The flow and shape of the story shifts and splits and converges in ways that are always surprising, but never absurd or unreasonable.

The world is cool as hell. A fantasy story set in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi world, where sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

It's dark at times, but never needlessly or excessively. The Fifth Season is honest about the ugly things, and about the beautiful things.

The narrator also does a tremendous job of narrating, enhancing and enhanced by the book itself having a narrator, which she brings to life excellently.

I am in love, and I am immediately moving to the next one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By matt hall on 07-04-2017

Well read, decent characters, plodding plot

This is an odd book. The author does a great job of world building and populates it with some compelling characters but managed to have them do very little other than wander around aimlessly. There's an occasional reveal, which all feel fairly arbitrary, and some slightly strange narrative choices which don't really work.

That said, it's certainly original and the narration is excellent.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Chris M on 10-11-2016

Struggled.

Struggled to get into this one. For me, the narration by Robin Miles was quite stilted. The muddied accents she put on for some of the characters were very strange. The sci-fi aspects of the story were very compelling though.

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