This was an excellent story narrated horribly. All the Joe Abercrombie books have been excellent and Steven Pacey has done just an excellent job bringing life and depth to the characters through his choice of voice and intonation.
Michael Page is just not cut out for these books. I understand everyone needs a job, but seriously, he has messed up the enjoyment of the two Abercrombie books he did in this series.
Unto the book - what can I say that hasn't already been said. A mature, cynical, funny, tough, emotional at times look at war.
Bremen Dan Gorse is the character who seems to have the most attention in this book and in a very good way. the events in this book tie smoothly in with events in other stories.
back to the narrative -
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE OTHER BOOKS, PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET THEM, BUT BE WARNED, WHERE STEVEN PACEY IS LIKE SWEET HONEY TO YOUR EARS, FOLLOWING HIM WITH PAGE IS LIKE LICKING BITING INTO AN APPLE AND TASTING RAW FISH.
Amazon please no more Michael page on any adult books, he is horrible and messed up this book like he did the other one.
buy the book but be warned, Michael page sucks badly and if you can overlook the horrible narration when compared to Steven pacey, you may get something out of the book.
I would recommend audible get Steven Pacey to reread this and other books destroyed by Micheal page.
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
A complex narrative following the rotating capture and loss of a group of standing stones called "The Heroes." The lives and actions of several characters on both sides of the conflict are followed and I had difficulty determining who to cheer for. The narrator was ok but he didn't add anything for me and I found the lack of difference between characters confusing; reducing my enjoyment of the story.
This was OK compared to Joe Abercrombie's other offerings which I feel are brilliant. In the other books the battle scenes are interspersed with interesting narrative whereas this is pretty much all battle scene.
Michael Page was an adequate reader but he had a hard row to hoe following Steven Pacey, and this added to the impression that this just wasn't up to the usual standard.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
A medieval fantasy novel about two armies waging a battle for territory. Although the story was set in a unique realm, and had elements of fantasy, most of the book was about regular weapons found in medieval times, rather than of the magic and sorcery type.
I found this novel unique because of the large amount of characters involved. Most fantasy novels I've read or listened to happen to focus on a main hero and a few characters which become highly developed. In contrast, this novel described a large quantity of characters, with a large number of characters becoming casualties. Even with the high amount of characters and action, though, the relationships of numerous characters were very developed. These characters included some of the most foul mouthed, rude, and arrogant people imaginable. Most of the relationships were based on confrontation, conflict, and complaining, with lies and betrayals the norm.
The plotline had some great action and battles. The authors ability to describe medieval warfare from numerous perspectives was great. With the detailed descriptions, one could easily imagine what medieval battlefields might have been like, and how numerous types of people may have experienced these settings. The scenarios were loaded with tragedy, brutality, victory, and loss. And the story contained enough human elements, strategy, and tactical information to make the warfare entertaining, thought provoking, and dynamic.
Second time listening to this book, Michael Page is the perfect compliment to Joe Abercrombie's humor. Michael Page adds the class to the humor to Joe Abercromibie's writing, I waffle back and forth between my favorite book/narrator combo and these two are definitely in contention for number 1.
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.