I enjoyed the listen a great deal, the high climax of the siege of the union was exciting and well written. The characters change and come around to new roles, some good some bad. Parts are equaly riveting and laugh out loud funny, while others are depressing and tie your stomach in knots.
This series of books should have had a better ending. I am not saying I wanted everything to wind up sunshine and daisies, as is said often in the books "people dont often get what they deserve", but a more developed conclusion would have been nice. The ending felt forced, terse and blunt. Its much like listening for 60hrs to the story and then in the last two sentences saying "and then it all went to sh!t. The end."
This trilogy said thrilling ride through a fascinating world. Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he's a master of the written word. I highly recommend this trilogy.
Met my expectations, but no more. A bit too much repetition of some characters' favorite lines. Way too much repetition of Gloctor's pains & thoughts.
This is one of the best series ever written! Humor, violence, intrigue and great narration!
It felt to me like Abercrombie wasn't quite sure how to end his story. Several of the main characters flattened out near the end and became archetypal despite having show impressive depth during the second book. That gave the ending a rushed feel, but otherwise the story is riveting and delightful.
The narration is superb! The voices are distinct and consistent, the pace is perfect, and the tone just right.
Say one thing about this trilogy, say it's good writing, but also say it leaves you disappointed. After each book in the series I kept wondering when the pieces of the story would all come together. It never did. Narration was great and it keeps you engaged in the novel, but there are so many questions about what happens and why that you never find out. Additionally, character development is almost zero until the end, but even then there isn't much. Based on the reviews I was hoping for a Branding Sanderson type novel, but it isn't that caliber. If you want a story that is entertaining but you can zone out a bit and miss parts, this is a good one. Otherwise don't get your hopes up about being fulfilled.
Great series, I have listened to it multiple times and was entertaining the entire way through the three books. Great story and great narrator.