Mr. Page's performance is spellbinding. I know that sounds a bit over the top, but I really did enjoy his performance. He is able to do many voice types and accents. It truly adds to a wonderful story. Five stars all around. Thank you both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Page. There are many hours of fun here.
Well written, excellent characters, plot twists like crazy and very well narrated. Looking forward to the second book in the series.
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. The clever antics of Lucas Fairwhite just weren't really grabbing me. but I carried on - and I'm so glad I did. This book is surprising, witty, engaging, and quite dark at times. everything is well balanced. I'm really excited to read the rest of the series.
listen to it about 4 years ago. I just couldn't listen to it for more than the first 1/4 of the book, before I just had to put it down. However, there have been so many good reviews of it that I wanted to give it a 2nd chance. The biggest part of the problem for me was the narrator, even though I have enjoyed other books narrated by Michael Page before. It just isnt a good performance by him. The other problem I had was that one of the main character voices is really rather loud and I just don't like people screaming in my ears. This time I picked up where I left off and was able to finish it. I'm glad I did, mainly because I can understand the Rave Reviews and it answered questions I had about the book. Still, for me, it wasn't a terrific listen, and I'm only giving it 3 stars. I'd give the story 3.5, and Michael Page 2.5, if I could.
This fantasy world is complete, fascinating, and self-contained. It is a bit slow to start however once it gets going there's plenty here to keep you entertained.
loved the characters and the unique systems of religion and how they were worked into the plot. lots of twists and turns that keep you wanting to learn more.
foulmouthed, ingenious, adventure
Game of thrones. Foul language, moving tale (though moves a lot FASTER than GOT), jumps back and forth in time and perspective (which is awesome), and characters you grow to adore die!!
Its the best.
Such an incredible narrator. Has the TIMING down pat, and the different voices are crystal clear. He's got... well, attitude when he reads! In my top two favorites now right along side Jim Dale.
Looking forward to hearing the rest of the series!
I've been listening to audiobooks since I was a little kid wandering the house, dragging a toddler-proof Playskool tape player behind me.
Sparkling prose, lovable characters, brilliant world-building, and a series of escalating shitstorms that will keep you on the edge of your seat. God bless you, Mr. Lynch.
While some fantasy writers are content to be bad Tolkien knock-offs with all the originality of a Dungeons and Dragons player's handbook, Scott Lynch shows us what the genre can do when handled by someone with skill, creativity, and a glorious sense of fun. Coupled with Michael Page's amazing narration, this is a book I guarantee you'll come back to listen to over and over again.
Content warning: mafia-don-style criminals do nasty violent things, and criminals also (surprisingly) swear. You'll probably learn some new turns of phrase. Very educational.