Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
The world Abercrombie creates is full and rich with a mixture of characters from the deluded narcissistic, to the very self aware self belittler. I just cannot hate his bad guys and find myself hating his so called good guys, but I think that is the point... This is a story about the collapse of a world and the destruction of life, while the politicians play games. No people this is fantasy not reality. Very enjoyable.
I haven't listened to a lot of fiction audiobooks. One of the few I have listened to is the Illiad by Homer. Actually, I think that in part this book has a lot in common: a lot of fighting, and the skillfull way those parts of the story is portrayed.
Glocter. He seems to take in life fully regardless of that he had huge disapointments in the past.
Listen to the sample on Audible and decide for yourself what would be the difference. I guarantee you that the quality of the narration is of the same high level right through the book.
I actually had one disappointment. In a battle, for reference to those who have read the book, some characters decide a spot to be safe, but from my mental picture of the battlefield that would not have been a safe spot at all. Felt like a bit of dip in quality but I have let it go.To me, there were a tad too much fighting in this book. But I really couldn't make the overall rating below a full five stars.
A great continuation of the story. Can't help but keep on listening, not only during my commute, but long after I get home as well.
This is a well thought out story line. Abercrombe and Pacey make you feel you are right in the story with there immese detail....Anyone who loves Sci-Fi will love this book. Pacey has so many voices to go along with the characters, you will never get bored....
I have been an audible listener for years now, I have heard great stories with great narrators and horrible stories and awful narrators. I would just like to say that this story ranks among the greatest I have heard, it is for sure in the same league as Wheel of Time, Name of the Wind, Mistborn, you name it. However the narrator really brings this book to the next level. I used to think that Kramer was the best narrator, but after listening to the performance Steven Pacey gives I can honestly say he the best narrator I have heard so far.
I read. I read a lot. That being said, Joe Abercrombie's The First Law series is one I will be re-reading (re-listening). The basic premise is tried and true fantasy, with enough embellishments and depth to make it seem unique. The mythos and history of the series is fresh, and interesting. But what makes this series is the Characters! Well written, individual, witty, funny and entertaining. And props to Steven Pacey for style and talent in presenting this to us!
Cannot wait for the next book!
A good book, not one that I think will change fantasy as we know of. It’s no Name of the Wind, The Hobbit, or The Game of Thrown. Yet it’s a clearly better book then book #1 in The First Law series, The Blade Itself. Over all it was fun to read. I enjoyed the book and it’s characters. Yes so were whining. Some were unlikeable, but I think that was the intent of the writer and there for I liked it. I would recommend it to fantasy fans.
When I was younger I read a decent amount of fantasy fiction, but had mostly given up on it over the last decade or so because most of the writing is just terrible. The First Law series is the first I've listened to in a long time that I've actually finished - the characters are very well done, the plot is exciting and full of violence, intrigue, sex, questioning of morality, etc., there are a few pacing issues but these are easy to overlook given the overall quality of these books.
Also, Steven Pacey couldn't have done a better job. His range of voices is incredible and the inflection accords perfectly with each characters personality.
Highly recommended, even for those who have mainly lost interest in fiction (not to mention fantasy).
As soon as I finished the first book in this trilogy, The Blade Itself, I came to Audible and bought all four of the other books that Abercrombie has published to date. Yes, he really is that good a writer.
There is much more to these books than blood and guts, so don't be turned off by reviews that make it sound as though there's a sword fight on every page. If you like to be immersed in the characters, if you like gritty realistic world-building, if you positively despise Perfect Knight-In-Shining-Armor Heroes, then you'll enjoy these books. Abercrombie and Pacey (the narrator) are a great team, working together to create an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. I'm in the middle of the third book (The Last Argument of Kings) right now, and I'm going to be sorry when I'm through!
The story was great, but the characters were what gave it it's strength. They came alive and you wanted to go back to find out what happened to them.
The Narrator was was outstanding. Except for the wierd pronounciation of "Gimace", he was suberb. He juggled 20-30 unique voices and accents....Very talented.