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!!
I got bored halfway through the book when nothing significant had happened yet and only 1 character had shown any development at all. It seems like it might get good... eventually.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Continuing my foray into contemporary fantasy I found this book to have nearly the same feel as that of The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. This is not the High Fantasy of Tolkein populated with noble races of Men and Elves, filled with grandiloquent speech or even, a quest to save the world, but a modern take on a low-tech world populated by mercenary soldiers, noble dolts and snappy dialog. To me that is the hallmark of contemporary fantasy. I must say that I most liked Inquisitor Glokta best of all the characters. The unspoken dialog that runs in his head just before he speaks is quite cynical and so well suited to his character that he becomes likeable despite his loathsome appearance as described I the novel. This book has other fine characters. Another is that of Logan, the Bloody Nine, a barbarian from the north: brutal in combat, but subtle in the art of leadership. As a first book, this one does everything right: Characters get introduced. We get to know the main political players. And it manages to do it all in an entertaining fashion. I don’t expect the series to plumb the depths of the human psyche, but even that potential is there.
Stephen Pacey is fantastic in this book. He is, perhaps, why I found THE BLADE ITSELF to be so entertaining. He takes the characters Abercrombie has given him and assigns them with voices so suitable that it makes you wonder if the characters were written with his range in mind.
The story has a good plot and characters you are drawn toward or against. Glockta is worth the price of the book alone
Any adventures involving the band of 3 Trees, Grim, Dog-man, Black Dow and Thunderhead
Pacey's characterizations are impressive. He shifts from one accent and tone to the next so easily. The inner voice of Inquisitor Glockta is my favorite piece of the narration
Yes. I listen to it during my commute to work. I found myself driving slower to hear more of the story.
Buy this book and the next two. You will soon be recommending it to people you know!
Yes, I enjoyed this listen. Due to the general clarity of the writing/reading, I was even able to keep up with what was going on (for the most part- I got a little foggy on the political connections in Glokta's investigations) in between listens that were a few weeks apart.
Hmm, I guess there is not much that I would? At least not in whole. It has some of the tumultuous backstory and on-going moral character struggles you might liken to 'A Song of Ice and Fire', but (as of this first book anyway) is more focused and not quite so epic or expansive. It also contains the physical violence which marks that series, but delivers it in a more clipped manner.
The voices were excellent, particularly that of Glokta. It really imparted a tremendous amounts to the characters and engaged my interest, as well as granting subtlety to their tones.
I actually didn't emotionally resonate with the characters that much; that I guess would be one of my main hold outs with this story. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I didn't really feel /with/ them a ton. I guess Logan was the closest I could somewhat connect with, because he 'shares' the most intimately in his internal dialog (at least from what I felt), but not to the degree I have been able to with other characters in other stories.
This is a really solid story, no doubt. I felt like it was just somewhat missing a particular spark which might have engaged me further, but that still lands it at a solid 4-something for me. The writing itself is very good and continually entertaining in a similar vein as Terry Pratchetts- though more weighty in context and not quite so flippant, which is all a matter of taste/appetite. I will be picking up the next in the series at some point in the future, but I'm not in a huge hurry just yet.
I had heard good things about Joe Abercrombie, but had never read nor listened to anything he had written. I picked up "The Blade Itself" on a bit of a whim, and what a fortuitous pick that turned out to be.
The writing itself is suburb and Abercrombie builds a fascinating world populated with intense characters and spicy cultures.
Book one did not have as much action as I typically prefer in fantasy novels, and spent most of the novel setting up the world and the larger storyline. Normally, this would turn me off to the novel. While I enjoy world building as much as the next, I need some big conflict to make me really care about the world. However, Abercrombie builds his world in such a way that I never became bored and never wondered when the "action" would begin.
Pacey though is where this audiobook really shines! He takes a great fantasy novel and turns it into a phenomenal story! He brings each character to life, with distinct voices and mannerism for each character. Even if there were no dialogue tags, I would be able to tell who was speaking simply by how Pacey voices these characters.
Perhaps my favorite thing he did in his performance was for one of the characters who has a speech impediment. He performs the lisp expertly, but the characters thoughts is where Pacey really shines. Pacey gives this character an entirely different voice to his thoughts, and we get to see the character's "true" self in his thoughts. What he really is and not what he seems. Just fantastic!
I highly recommend this audiobook to fans of fantasy as you will not be disappointed. I know I'm looking forward to listening to book 2!