I seen a lot of mixed reviews here on this book and the narrator, but I have to say I thought both were just fine. The book is great and the narrator is pretty good as well. Sure he is not Steven Pacey, but after a couple of hours I got use to his voice and now I'm about 3 hours from the end of the book and he has grown on me. As for the book itself, hey it is a book about revenge and things not always working out as cleaning as a plan. I like the fact that it takes place in the same world as the First Law series and even has a couple cameos of other characters besides the mains in it. Sorry that I am not a big book review with a bunch of fancy words but I love a good book and this is one.
After listening to Abercrombies first series it was very very disappointing to find out that Stephen Pacey wouldn't be narrating. I had heard that i would like this book if i liked the series.. Well maybe i would have but Page's overdramatic, hollow voice is murder on the ears. On top of that it sounds as though he was recorded in a bathroom with the constant echo effect. I will not be purchasing the audio verson of Abercrombie's next book since Page does it as well, but possibly the paperback.
In the first three I could overlook the minor "whinny warriors" psycho-babble from Logan aspect considering that was a miniroty of character content and on the whole they were wide-ranging and very well done. The first three were truly great books, art even. But this was just...
You had a great plot line, here, and even characters. But they are ALL infested with self-loathing to the point that you had to wonder why on earth did they not kill themselves years ago, or at least each other. Or how they find the "bones" to get out of bed in the morning. Or why someone they bumped into did not kill them just to put them out of everyone else's misery. Was this book meant to woo a disturbed psychology professor Joe was trying to impress? I wont even comment on the narration compared to the first three. Ok, I will -it was horrible.
Well, I can at least reread or listen to the first three, which were really good stuff.
There lies, deceit, twists and turns, that the reader or listener won't see coming. I read the "First Law Trilogy" before I got this. I wish they would have gotten Steven Pacey as narrator, because it did the series great. Even so Michael Page did an acquit job. Many of the characters from the trilogy return in "Best Served Cold" Joe Abercrombie doesn't give you fairy tale endings, and there will be lots of surprises. I am looking forward to more from this author. (I put him in the same class as G.R.R. Martin) I suggest listening to the trilogy first. I can't wait for more from this author.
Joe Abercrombie is a fine author and The First Law series is amazing! That said, part of what makes it so amazing is the narration provided by the incredible Stephen Pacey. I'm not sure why Mr. Page was used on this book and The Heroes but shame on the person who made that decision. I have never been able to finish this book due to his terrible performance. And I refuse to buy The Heroes as long as Michael Page is the narrator. One star given due to my extreme dissatisfaction. Refund or provide the Stephen Pacey version!!!
If Michael Page is the narrator, YES!
That should be obvious...Stephen Pacey
Frustration and Disappointment
I know there is a version of this book narrated by Stephen Pacey as well as The Heroes. Please provide those for download.
The First Law trilogy was nasty but the characters were at least interesting. In this book I honestly didn't care for one of them and found myself hoping someone would kill them off so I wouldn't have to hear them drone on any longer.
As mentioned The First Law Trilogy was pretty nasty from a foul language point of view but in this book Abercrombie seems determined to go as far over the edge into horrible as possible. I simply don't need that in my ears.
The narrator is likely the greatest reason I'm getting rid of this book ... he tries to use different intonations of his voice for each character but honestly they come out like a nasal whining cartoon. Hate the way he did this to MANY of the characters.
I'm all for a good revenge story, and before I begin my review let me describe patterns in my own behavior: I swear (unconsciously) nearly all the time, and I've been in careers that have exposed me to a great deal of violence (unfortunately), and I'm far from being a prude; but this story... jeez. Why does every book written today have to be so graphic in its descriptions of violence, sex and everyone swears like a sailor in heat? Most adults have had sex, so I don't really need to know what everything TASTES and (worse) SMELLS like. We've all been exposed to violent movies (and some of us the real thing) to know how much blood and gore comes from hacking a person in the head, stomach, etc. without all the detail. And the swearing. Overuse of modern English slang in Fantasy books set in "other-worlds" is often jarring and takes me out of the story. I know many young people today have been so over-exposed to this sort of thing, but frankly... I find this sort of writing lazy. This story reminds of a bad B-movie: so bereft of originality and intricate characters and plotting that in an attempt to keep the attention of the average "Best-Seller List" reader (and I'm being intentionally snide), throw in gratuitous amounts of blood, swearing and sex to keep them reading.
Michael Page, however, does his usual great performance.. so kudos to him. Nothing against his fine work.
This was my first Joe Abercrombie work, and unfortunately, probably my last. I'll leave this to the brain-dead video-game crowd that wouldn't know good books from bad.
Early on you find yourself rooting for the protagonists, but the characters are all so un-redeamable that after a few hours you don't care what happens to them. This seems to violence and bad behavior for the sake of violence and bad behavior. What drove the author to write this book? What a sociopath!
The narrator was actually pretty good except for one huge flaw. He reads too slowly. It is only tolerable if you have an ipod with a faster playback setting.