Excellent first book of a 3 book series. Abercrombie's writing reminds me of GRR Martin. The characters are patiently constructed as such the first half of the book is a little slow going and patience is required but the payoff is worth it. Each of the main characters are complex individuals with good and bad qualities. No stereotypes or wooden characters. Many posses dark secrets and have dark gritty backgrounds which are gradually revealed. The dialogue and inner thoughts of each character are well written with a great deal of dry wit and humorous sarcasm which I find a great pleasure to read. Very few fantasy writers do this well. The story unravels slowly as many questions and mysteries are presented. Not all is revealed as this book is not a stand alone. Good news is the second book is even better.
There is a lot of blood and salty language but this story wouldn't be as good without it.
The narration is outstanding. Couldn't be better.
So, if you like GRR Martin, what are you waiting for? This is your next series to read.
Big 5 stars.
I read. Sometimes I listen to books and call it reading. I write. Sometimes I transcribe coffeehouse conversations and call it writing.
The blood thirsty hunger of the enraged Logan Nine Fingers is unparalleled in any other sci/fi novel I have ever read. The Bloody Nine! Joe Abercrombie's fight sequences and inner thoughts of Logan the man and Logan the warrior are stark in contrast. This leads many to believe the man possessed or insane. Up to you to decide but what a book and series. The story is great, the narration great, these books are great!
Rev Kitten Stomper
Great story! Engaging real-feeling characters
The bloody-nine is the best rendering of the fantasy-fic barbarian I've ever experienced!
Narration was one of the best I have ever listened to! Clear definition between chapters and characters, inflection was great.
Well done on the fight scenes!
Logan Nine Fingers was my favorite performed by Steven Pacey although DeGlockta(sp) was up there.
No extreme reactions just a great book, I couldn't stop listening to it!!
Uncertain... There wasn't any direction to the book until we were 3/4 through it. I had nothing invested in the characters. In the final 1/4, characters and plot really started to move toward something interesting. It just took way too long.
Uncertain: too slow.
I think I would. My struggle was that I found it a bit arduous to really get into this audible. The story is good and the narration is phenomenal but I would say I struggled for about 3/4 of the audible to begin to feel an emotional connection to any of the characters. Part of the problem, I think, is that maybe it has more to do with what I have spent time listening to prior to starting a new audible. Kind of like beer tasting. If you are not careful and the beer is strong in flavor, the next one could be judged harshly in the afterglow of the previous. I just could not get committed until the audible was almost done. I am definitely going to listen to the next one in this series as I did become very interested by the end. I guess I have to see if it was worth the effort to get to this point though.
For now, probably bloody nine and the girl, Ferro
Probably the ending fight with bloody nine and the Ferro running into trouble with the inquisitors. You felt like you were a part of this. The narration was very good. Also, The part where Logan's former band of men must defend themselves from some soldiers. Very good.
I covered this in my recommendation. Yet to see.
From the first 5 minutes, I was hooked with Joe Abercrombie's amazing writing talent. I felt a vacuum in my audiobook life when I heard the last chapter of a Dance with Dragons and The Firs Law series, more than made up for this space. Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie, say he's a hell of a writer ..
Gripping, witty, satisfying
It was a gripping story with colorful and interesting characters which felt as if it was building to something epic. I look forward to the next title in the series.
While the dual personalities of Logen Nine-Fingers were portrayed very well, and the character did have a manner I greatly appreciate as an avid reader of works of fantasy, Pacey's personification of Glokta was far and away my favorite. Pacey was able to flesh out and breath life into the character with uncanny brilliance. I found that the tone, inflection, and speech patterns that he used to identify the broken inquisitor mirrored perfectly the descriptors used by the author to bring him to life. I could practically feel the spittle flying from Glokta's ruined mouth as he rasped his witty responses to whatever poor unfortunate he happened to be engaging in conversation. Brilliantly done Mr. Pacey, brilliantly done.
I found the banter between the character to be witty and refreshing, and it caused me to laugh out loud several times. I also found myself grating my teeth as if it was I who was being reprimanded and being forced to endure the lambasting of some pompous fool with idiotic and warped notions of importance hell bent on furthering their own agendas.
Possibly the sole complaint I have is that the story is told in a manner which does not provide very much explanation of things early on, almost as if the reader is plopped into the middle of a story and supposed to know already what is going on in this fantasy world. This left me a bit confused early on, in fact I had to check to make sure that I hadn't missed a book in the series. This works itself out soon enough though, and does little to take away from the story. All in all, an excellent read well worth the time.
Story started slow but the characters are amazing. The narrator was brilliant.
Narration & character development.
Absolutely brilliant narrative, the each character had it own distinct identity. It seemed like there was more than one person portraying characters.
This is an incredible series. It's filled with so many distinct and interesting characters, all of whom have real depth. Nine Fingers: Rough Diamond, Nice Guy, and Uncontrollable Psychopath. Inquisitor Gloktor: Once a Charming Handsome Hero who suffered unspeakable torture at the enemy's hands, now a bitter, twisted torturer himself. He is Charming and yet Merciless, Poetic and yet Monstrous. Even as he makes you shudder, you're cheering for him. The book is filled with vivid deep characters and with a mediocre narrator they could all blend in to one. Steven Pacey however is a brilliant narrator. Every character has a distinctive voice and is instantly recognizable. Pacey takes a complex and multi layered story and makes it live. You are totally transported and Pacey makes the book sound like a cast of hundreds. I read this book about a year ago and even now I think I could pick the characters out by the voices Pacey gave them. The book is great but Pacey is brilliant!!