I love to read, but my eyes tire very easily. So, I 'read' from an ipod instead. I love it because I can keep on doing the 'must do' thing
Forgotten about writing it
It was just mediocre
All of them
This book went on and on and on - but never got anywhere.
Please bring back Steven Pacey!!! He was perfect in the first three books....why change? Michael Page sounds like an over-the-top high school drama teacher bitter over being rejected on Broadway. Whether the story is good or not is almost immaterial; the narrator flat out ruins the book.
I love this narrator. I believe he is the best I have ever heard. I also loved the last book from this author and the same narrator...HOWEVER, I am half way through and making myself listen. Cannot stand one more scene of torture and violence. Its just one after another after another. Unrelentingly violent and slow...so slow. The best way I can describe it is....Know how some romance authors take a lot of graphic sex and link those scenes loosely with narrative?? This book like that with violent interludes. Putting it down!
With such a fantastic narrative by Mr. Pacey in the previous three installments, I was eagerly looking forward to Best Served Cold. The world of the First Law had me from the get-go, and Steven Pacey brought the ensemble cast to life with unique and interesting vocalizations, so naturally I believed the following two books would be just as good.
I have never been more wrong. Michael Page's dry and unremarkable reading of this book had me considering cancelling my Audible subscription. I will be buying the books, out of love of the story, but I could not bear to listen to any more of his monotonous dribble. I was unsure of which character was speaking in several portions, as he does not appear to even attempt to differentiate between some characters while speaking.
It is a shame that there are so many books narrated by Michael Page. I will not be purchasing any of them.
The three star rating is for the book, not the narrator. Mr. Page does an admirable job of voicing many different characters so you are aware of which character is speaking at all times. Five stars for the narrator.
The book could have been really great, but it seems uneven. At times thrilling, and at other times boring, which made the ultimate rating difficult to decide.
This is by far the lamest novel I've listened to. The narrator sounds like he is from the Jay Ward school of cartoon characterizations. It sounded like Dudley Dooright and Snidley Whiplash (and a little bit of "Uncle Tanoose") had grabbed the microphone. Seriously, I never could get absorbed into the story because of the over-the-top reading. I found myself constantly debating (while the story is continuing) if the book is horrible for its sophomoric writing or the terrible characterizations by the reader. I have stuck with it only so I could fairly write a review. But I've got to warn you, as you near the end of part 2 and are thinking that this monstrosity will finally end in part 3, that there is a PART 4!
The plot in this book is criminally predictable and plods out at a glacial pace. The characters are equally shallow and detestable; even the main protagonists. There is absolutely no reason to care that they succeed in their "epic" quest. The only "epic quest" involved in this book is making the effort to listen through to the end. Giving this book anything higher than 1 star is doing a disservice to all the quality fantasy titles that can be found on Audible. If you've got a spare credit burning a hole in your account and want a good laugh, go ahead and download this book. But don't say I didn't warn you!
If you like pointless violence, unnecessary swearing by practically every character, and some of the most toe curlingly awful sex scenes I've ever heard, then you might enjoy this book. If you are looking for something with even a hint of subtlety then look elsewhere. Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, but I don't believe he was suited to this title.
I loved this book. There are quite a few characters from and references to The First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings), so I'd recommend listening to those first. It took me a while to switch gears from the trilogy to Duke Orso's world, but once I got into it, I was hooked. There are lots of jaw-dropping twists and I love Abercrombie's writing style. Michael Page does a fine job of narrating, especially the voice of that rascal Cosca, who also appeared in The First Law trilogy. I look forward to Abercrombie's next book, The Heroes, scheduled for early 2011.
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Characters on a course of vengeance that even they can't buy into; battle scenes that go on forever, as in hacked through the gut with spewing blood and entrails, axed off at the forearm with spewing blood, etc., on and on without end, and then more of the same. Shame. If this were abridged to a third its length, it might've been worthwhile. No way am I signing up for more of this.