These adventures Are hard enough to find in written form. I was beyond thrilled to find them on Audible. True classics of the genre. High quality production leads to a very enjoyable time listening. Highly recommend.
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 am an avid reader, I love a good book more than almost anything.
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!
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.
- 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.
this was a Horrible performance. He usually does such an outstanding job, this time he was just putting me to sleep. I listened to the whole book, but I can't really tell you what the story was really about, except the briefest of outlines, and that there's not much sword and. not much sorcery, which is what i was looking for. Maybe I'll try to listen to it again, but like I said Jonathan was really putting me to sleep. I heard it's a great series, but I won't be purchasing any more, unless I can get through this book again and actually like it, as unlikely as that is. I do, on occasion, listen to a book with poor narration again just to give it a second chance. I did that with the Mageborn series and I ended up liking it so much that I listened to all of the Mageborn books, so you never know...
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.
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...
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.