I enjoyed this book even if the narrator was below par. The one warning that I would give has to do with the content...... if you like heros and happy endings keep looking! He probably nailed the true nature of men, but it isn't pretty.
Wonderfully dark, bloody, sexy and enough sword play to make even the most die hard fans of the Fantasy genre shiver with ecstasy. Perhaps the narrator wasn't quite as wonderful as the story, in fact he is the reason I only gave Best Served Cold a rating of 4 out of five, never the less I found his shift from character to character an inviting delve into the dark world of this blood thirsty adventure. I do agree with the previous comment, parents be warned; this is definitely not a book for younger readers. Please Audible, more titles from this author as well along these lines of hard core fantasy adventure!
Warning: keep the audio away from kids. It seems that author sat out to write the ultimate revenge story. On his way, author does a great job on detailing the characters where several of the characters of them are very funny. This book is dark, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Narrator does add to this book as well. I highly recommend this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed The First Law series, ever so deftly narrated by Steven Pacey but was a little apprehensive to pick up this audiobook when I noticed that it was narrated by Michael Page instead.
I'm sorry to say that my fears were proven correct...
I had to fight the urge to stop playback after the first 60 seconds and after 5 minutes I just couldn't take it anymore.
Mr. Page's pacing is agonizingly slow and over-enunciated, with poor voice characterization to boot.
From a technical perspective, there is a "hollow" quality to the sound, that makes me think the recording was made in a bathroom shower stall and not a soundproof studio. This cavernous echo greatly added to the annoyance factor.
I will give the audiobook another chance, but hold little hope...
I'll update my review if the audiobook redeems itself.
I have read the other books (and loved them), but this was the first audiobook of the series that I tried. Unfortunately I had voices for some of the characters in my head all ready from the previous books, and the narrators choices just didn't match. Abercrombie uses a lot of characters and it can be a little confusing at first until you can sort out who is who as the book is told. I enjoyed the story, and look forward to more, but I will most likely stay with the printed books.
Other than the narration this was a great listen. Most of the characters are interesting and unpredictable. Warning to parents.....violence, language, and sex.
The narrator sounds like he's awkwardly practicing a play. I wish i could return the purchase and not waste my credit. However good the book may be, i cant bear to listen.
The connection between his tone and what he's saying is superficial. You cant care about the characters when the audiobook doesnt sound genuine.
Sorry to be brutal, im sure the job isnt an easy one, but i had high hopes after listening to the first law trilogy, and i cant enjoy my purchase.
The book is fabulous, as was The First Law series.
The narrator however, really does sound superficial, not genuine at all...his inflection is annoying to the point where I just decided to buy the book and read it myself.
He is also narrating Heroes...what a disappointment...I was looking forward to Mr Pacy reading the last in The First Law series, alas...I will be buying the hard copy to read myself, as I can't bear for the characters so carefully developed by Mr Pacy to be butchered by this narrator. What a shame..
If you have read the previous novels, you will know all about Shivers and his past with Logan nine-fingers. Even though Shivers is really the only cross-over to the new novel, knowing about his history is helpful. I am not completely sure how to describe or rate Shivers' performance as the protaganist. If you like the previous series, I am confident you will like "Best Served Cold," just don't expect it to be share the same formula and pace of development. This novel is completely unique, with a few familiar faces.
A great revenge story, full of memorable and fleshed out characters and more than a few laughs if you get dark humor.
The reader has an excellent voice and does a solid job giving each character a different tone. I'd like very much to be able to listen to the other Abercrombie books from the First Law Trilogy.
Glad I purchased, I expect that this will be listened to more than once and at over 27hrs it is well worth a single credit.