Sword and Sorcery!
Fafhrd finding and losing the ring.
The narrators presented the story and introduction with feeling and entertainment
I can sit an listen to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser at any time. Fritz Leiber is one of my favorite authors. Alwasy enjoyable. I read and listen for entertainment and enjoyment. I prefer not to critique what I am reading unless it is basically unreadable or unenjoyable.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
Mouser and Fafhrd are fun together. These novellas start slow at times, but do continue to build into a fabulous romp in a theives guild building, finding loves of their lives and fighting dark forces. The begining stuff is good because it explains where they come from. Then it gets slow before they meet up and cause havoc. The narration could be better, but it is acceptable. Like this series and will continue it.
Science Fiction and fantasy Grand Master Fritz Leiber's immortal creation take life in this wonderful audio book. Grand high adventure, bawdy, brutal and bouncingly fun! Classic sword and sorcery! If you are a true fan of fantasy novels such as Conan or Elic, you will enjoy this series!
- The constant demonization of women. His mother, the hysterical Mara, even Vlara has her moments. It got me down and/or furious so much that the book became a do-not-finish.- The rambly plot. Please, just choose the direction and go there in a strong straightforward fashion.
Chrestomanci series - reliably good listening and stories, even if it's Young Adult.
Jonathan Davies is excellent - I wouldn't have made it three hours in if it weren't for his deft reading.
Yes, I'd be taken in by the cunning movie trailer which would have interesting action and strong women, and then watch with fingernails digging into the chair arms until stitches popped, and be sorry after that I'd wasted my money, and purge my rage on the internet. Rather like this review.
The second SF or Fantasy audiobook that was highly recced but let me down. The first was Scalzi's Redshirts.
I enjoyed Swords and Deviltry, but not as much as I though I would - I get the feeling that the stories in the book were published in serialized form, and as short stories, once upon a time; both Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser failed to coalesce as deep characters for me, they're just templates running around their world. The saving grace is the humor in the writing, and I'll continue reading this series in the hopes it gets more fleshed out later.
I just got done with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. So...maybe I'm disappointed because I'm trying to compare this to those...
This book is some back story for each of the main characters, as well as the story of how the two met. The characters, the world, the stories seem...thin..."like butter scraped over too much bread".
I know this is fantasy...so this may sound strange...but...things seem...too far-fetched to be possible...or believable...and not far-fetched in an interesting way - kinda boring.
I know...only being the first book...the characters are "young" - not developed yet - but I really have a hard time finding any sort of connection with them. They don't seem to have much personality yet (except in one part where Fafhrd is returning a snow-balled girl to her tent). This may be why I'm having a hard time making sense of their motives...
Overall, I think this book could have been summarized in about 10 minutes, without losing anything.
Now...after being so harsh...I will say that it was better than many books I've read, and I'm definitely going to get and listen to the next book in the series. AND, if someone had offered to summarize this book for me in 10 minutes, I would have chosen to listen to the whole thing, and would even make that decision knowing what I know now...if that makes sense.
I really enjoy this type of book, heroes and thieves and swordplay and thieves ... But this book is poorly written. New mythological concepts, descriptions of magic and miscellaneous thoughts of the character are mixed in with the story to the point of being excessive. The actual story becomes very difficult to follow because of this.
This book has not been enjoyable, I've listened to about half of the book now and I keep on listening hoping the story/narration will improve.
This book may have some literary significance as an early "father" of the genre, but it certainly is not one I'd recommend buying.
This is the first audiobook that I didn't finish. I agree with earlier reviewers regarding:
1) Character Development: There were too many characters introduced in the first quarter of the book and I had trouble remembering who was who? No connection with protagonists. Who can take a character named "Gray Mouser" seriously?
2) Vulgarity/Profanity (I avoided listening to this if my kids were in the car).
Being a fantasy fiction fan, I had high hopes after reading a couple of reviews on Amazon. This was hailed as the mother of all fantasy fiction.
Not even close...
First book by this author for me, so I did not know what to expect. The quality of the production is fine, the story was dull and slow. I could not make myself finish it.
I don't get it. I've heard such great things about these series of novels and... I'm at a loss. Boring. Disjointed. Endless... And the most exciting part of the book, the part that really stuck with me happened in the last half an hour to forty-five minutes. And the females in this book? They made me shiver, and let's get frank. It definitely wasn't because they were the strong-willed, kick-butt, no-nonsense types or even memorable. They made me go what? What? What?! While I realize the story isn't about them or really, their backgrounds, the women, however, do serve a real purpose within the book - they are what spurn our heroes into taking the actions they do throughout the novel. They are Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser's first loves and should somehow reflect *something* about them. Fafhrd's lady is a not-too-subtle manipulator and with Fafhrd being far, far too easily manipulated. Gray Mouser's? *shiver* Just...*shiver.* The gals are one-dimensional at best. The men? Not much better. Neither man inspired...anything. All these characters left me scratching my head. Perhaps the next installment in the series is better, but the first round is definitely off-putting.