My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
Sit down, let's talk about it. And talk and talk. Let's say manly stuff and sound mean.
I loved The First Blade and was going to get the second book in the trilogy, but this book went on sale. No one warned me this book had no plot. So before I get buried to the back pages of reviews, let me warn you this book has no plot, it is all talk.
It is not terrible to listen to. There are some cool things said. Some parts are funny. Lots of parts are not. If I am going to listen to almost 23 hours of book, I need something besides talk. I need a plot, a mystery, something. If I want to listen to old men I can go down to any rural gas station in the morning, where there will be seven or eight farmers telling war stories.
If you have not listened to Joe, then get First Blade, unless you are a fan of Glen Cook and The Black Company, then you will love this book.
Michael Page makes all books sound like they are classics. He can make the phone book sound like masterpiece theater.
Joe Abecrombie is a remarkable writer. His words express emotions that many writers don't put into their novels. War is a horror for all, those who plan it those who fight it and those who are in the way of it. If this book doesn't turn you off to war, and the aftermaths of it nothing ever will.
People complained about Michael Page's performance, I think he did a wonderful job. Not just with the reading but switching character voices so you know who is speaking. If you enjoy Joe Abecrombie don't be put off by negative comments. These people are used to listening to Steven Pacey in Abecrombie's other books. However Michael Page also did Best Served Cold. and I believe one other, but Mr Page is wonderful. Your credit won't be wasted. (my opinion) if you feel that it wasn't enjoyable, contact Audible and they will refund your credit.
The true horror of war is depicted in many ways. In a book this long I can not just pick one.
If you have read Joe Abecrombie, this is one of his best. It is my opinion. I have read almost every other book by him except Red Country. (I am using a gift to purchase that) He is brilliant and is never afraid to show the highs and lows of humanity.
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WOW! I HAVE NEVER READ A WORD OF JOE ABERCROMBIE UNTIL I PICKED UP THIS AUDIBLE LISTEN; AND NOW ALL I CAN SAY IS ..... WOW....WOW.... AND WOW!!! THIS IS FOR MODERN FANTASY READERS (OR SHOULD I SAY LISTENERS) WHAT THE ILIAD WAS FOR ANCIENT GREEK POETS. EPIC IN CONCEPT, AND BLOODY GOOD IN ITS EXECUTION. THE PROSE IS HARD BOILED; THE KIND OF LANGUAGE NORMAN MAILER MIGHT USE IF HE WROTE FANTASY FICTION. THIS IS THE STORY OF HEROES BOTH OLD AND NEW FIGHTING AND DYING FOR A HILL IN A REMOTE PART OF AN ANCIENT KINGDOM, AND THE SITE OF ANCIENT RUINS REMINISCENT OF STONEHENGE, A RING OF STONES APTLY CALLED THE HEROES. CAREERS WILL BE MADE, AND OTHERS ENDED, IN SCENES OF POLITICAL MANUEVERING AND BLOODY BATTLES THAT FLY OFF THE PAGE. THIS IS HEARTY RED BLOODED PROSE; AND IT IS PERFORMED EXCELLENTLY BY NARRATOR MICHAEL PAGE. I'M READY TO GO OUT AND PURCHASE EVERYTHING ABERCROMBIE HAS WRITTEN. AND IF THE REST OF AUDIBLE'S OFFERINGS OF HIS WORK IS AS GOOD AS THIS, I'M HOOKED. SOUND THE HORNS OF BATTLE AND STRAP ON YOUR HEAD PHONES FOR THIS ONE. WAR IS COMING....
Another "chapter" from the world of Joe Abercrombie and a good one. I consider that
this guy is better at this kind of writing than anyone else, including the more
popular and alleged "masters" of this genre like George RR Martin. However, Michael
Page is not a favorite of mine, Brit or not. I tire of his narration rather quickly. If
Steven Pacey had read it...as he read the first 4 of Abercrombie's novels set
in this world, I would have undoubtedly given it 5 stars.
Great story as we expect from him.
Gritty, dry, funny, i was afraid it wouldn't live up to the Blade series, but it was a good addition.
i heard Michael Page in Locke Lamora and loved him. he is differnt than pacey, but still a great narrator. the only voice i missed was Black Dow's, the rest he did a great job and they werent in the Blade series much anyway.
I loved Brema Dan Gorst!
I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this book due to the narration. Having finished the First Law series thought the narration just wouldn't jive. So i gave it a few months, it was still a big change but worth the wait and after a few hours was able to sink into Michael Pages style and overall the book turned out to be a very good listen. I was completely hooked by First Law and in this book surprised at some of the changes in the characters but definitely I am a big fan of Abercrombie and most likely will treat myself to Best Served Cold also narrated by Page. Thanks to both Joe and Michael and of course Audible for this book and presentation. Looking forward to this authors future publications.
Some have complained about the narrator - he's not the best but he's not bad. Some characters he does exceptionally well, others . . .so so. Overall, the story is just as dark and twisted as Joe's other material - I loved it.
A great book, perhaps not as epic as the First Law books but the more I hear of the world the better it grows. It is violent, bleak and often very funny. New and old characters appear with some minor characters from earlier books getting time to be heroes or not as the case often is. The one of the things I like best about Joe Abercrombie’s books are that it feels like no one is safe. There is unpredictability to the story progression that makes things more interesting and that is certainly the case in this novel.
I enjoyed Michael Page's narration on this far more than Best Served Cold and do not think he ruins the book like some of the other reviewers do but if you are unsure listen to a preview. The only thing I think that is off, is giving The Dogman a slight Eastern European accent I have no idea where that came from. If you do not listen to the audio book then read it because it is not one to miss.
Now there is just the wait for the next and perhaps start listening again from the begining.
I was hoping for more. It never transpired. Basically a long drawn out account of a battle and the despair that goes with it. Enjoyed the prior books, though dark in their own way. Believe he is a talented author but missed it on this one.
The amount of negativity in the reviews prompted me to write this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I found that the narration was excellent and true to the characters (I read the first 4 books). This book was thought provoking gritty and very funny, I often found myself laughing out loud. Well worth listening to before you are back to the mud!