Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang

Babel: An Arcane History

R.F. Kuang with Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Narrator), Billie Fulford-Brown (Narrator)

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fiction historical speculative fiction challenging dark reflective medium-paced

21 hours, 45 minutes | first published 2022

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Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal. 1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese,...
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Summary of 5580 reviews

Moods

dark 81%
emotional 66%
challenging 63%
reflective 53%
tense 51%
informative 44%
sad 43%
adventurous 38%
mysterious 26%
inspiring 18%
hopeful 12%
funny 3%

Pace

medium 60%
slow 34%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 69% | Character: 19% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 99%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 15% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.54

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