I would have made some of the characters likeable. I couldn't finish this book because it seemed that even the protagonist was a bad guy. It's hard to like a book that doesn't have good characters. The story dragged on and on at the beginning and never seemed to have any sort of plot even after having listened to 5 hours of the book.
Not the genre, but definitely the series. This book had waaay too much disturbing imagery and swearing. Very vivid descriptions of terrible torture and lots and lots of swearing.
The narrator was actually pretty good, too bad the story didn't match
All of the gruesome torture and all of the unnecessary swearing. I have listened to over 200 books and this is one of maybe 5 that I just couldn't bring myself to finish.
If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like a Victorian woodland manor with a roaring fire in the hearth and and endless supply of books.
This is a wonderful book! Great characters, amazing story and an amazing performance by Stephn Pacey make this one of my audible favorites. The only drawback for me was the use of modern swearing in a fantasy setting but I got over it quickly. Say one thing for this book, say it's a must read.
The narrator projected an understanding of the emotions portrayed in each scene.
This series is fantastic, by far the best medieval setting story I've read.
At the present none but a few movie types come to mind. Logen is a Clint Eastwood or more precise a Josey Wales type and Glokta a Peter Lorre type. All the other characters fall in between but are very entertaining.
Excellent use of voices both male and female.
Yes. I usually only listen in the car but I do find myself with the ear buds in at the house.
Excellent book. Already started the second of the series and that is looking great also.
Rich, Detailed, Addictive
Steven Pacey makes every character come to life with his narration. He is well on par, and perhaps surpasses that of Roy Dotrice's Game of Thrones performances.
This story is excellent, and worth a listen. The characters are engrossing, rich, and very well imagines. The story is highly encompassing, and I found myself sucked in. I listened to the entire series in less than a week. I highly encourage any fan of fantasy to listen to the entire series. If nothing else but for Steven Pacey's performance.
Ignore the whining, this is a series for adults and it breaks many of the cliches often found in this genre.
The writing is first rate.
The narration rocks.
The story is slow, well crafted and twisted. The characters solid as stone. I can say I'm starting to like it better than Game of Thrones.
Get it, now.
The plot picks up in this book far to slowly. The narration is great, but the story itself reads like the Bible
Well done performance characterizing each voice.
The narrator. Have a hard time understanding some of his voices, and I just can't get into it like I can with other Narrators. I do think I would like this story if someone else was reading it or if i bought a paper copy.
This is the First Book of the Triliogy. Interesting But a little dark. Hard to keep track of characters. Have to listen quite a while to start making sence of tthis series.
All in all a good read. I would not suggest this series as one of my favorites. Many of Joe???s characters are distinctive, engaging, and creative. I would say that for me they carry the story. He has a comfortable writing voice and uses imagery well.
Unfortunately, Joe spends a lot of time building up to what could be an exciting climax--entering the Master???s house--only to blow through the event simplistically and in very few pages. Very anticlimactic.
In my opinion, Joe would do better to spend more ink on the actual climactic event and less on the build up or write a longer story. I wouldn???t complain.
I still enjoyed the over all story, but did set it down for some time before picking it up again after reading the Master???s house scene.
To be fair he does very well with more minor climaxes. He is a very good writer and I will probably read/listen to others of his books.