I bought the book despite the reviews. The First Law trilogy narrated by Steven Pacey was an engulfing experience...simply couldn't stop listening. After struggling through the first hour of this new book I finally gave up. It is impossible to adjust to Michael Page's vocal butchery of the characters and the world Abercrombie and Steven Pacey had so masterfully developed in my mind. Paperback will have to do.
Joe continues he excellent writing. His writing continue to be fresh, funny, witty and right amount of dark. I have listened to 'First Law' books several times and I enjoyed this book quiet a bit. I like Page's narration on most occasion, but It is difficult to compete with the work Pacy did on ???First Law??? that Pacy seems like a such great fit.
Regardless, book itself is great, and I immensely enjoyed it, so I highly recommend this book to anyone : ) (of age that is : )
No, it was not well spent, I returned it. I loved the First Law series, and I have never complained about a narrator especially in a series of books because obviously one narrator will do it differently than you were used to. Mr. Page seemed unappreciative of the material he was reading and it seemed as if he was actually mocking the material. Maybe he did his best, maybe not, but I could not stand it. I returned the two I had bought narrated by him - one not listened to and only two hours into the other. I have no idea if the material in this book was as good as the First Law series, I could not fathom giving the narrator a minutes more leeway.
Not by this Narrator.
Absolutely not - not ever.
Ask for my money back.
The narrator was all wrong for this book. His is so far off from the first three books I had to stop listening. I ended up reading the book instead and it is entertaining. I just could not take the poor narration. As some other reviews have said, do your homework!
Only if they are a fan of the series already.
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So let me start off by saying I am a huge Joe Abercrombie fan. I would have probably given this book a 2.5 stars if I could have. It just fell flat for me. In fact I probably would not have finished it if I didn't also have an Audible copy of it. I mostly listened to it on my way to and from work. I was pretty excited when the book was released knowing Black Dow was one of the main characters. This character was always known for being the baddest of the bad from what I gathered in the previous books. They would hint about his past and give you little nuggets here and there but you don't fully know him. I was hoping this book would explore some of that past a little more and I expected him to be a very interesting leader. Mostly though he was just boring to me and didn't really stand out in any way as exceptional. Many of the other characters that popped up in this book from previous books also did little to interest me or grow. I basically found myself not invested in any of them.
The book is mostly all about skirmishes and trying to hold the hill. The typical themes of war and battle are glorious in the songs but a horror in practice are beaten into your head. I normally love the way he writes battle scenes and especially one on one combat but found myself kind bored on this one. Maybe by the 5th book I am getting over it... I dunno. As a result the next book in the series has fallen to a low spot on my to read list.
Yes yes i was equally upset at the fact mr pacey was not going to be narrating this novel. After what pacey did with the first law it is understandable. But to say this is a 1 star is ridiculous. Best served cold took me well over a hundred or so pages to get into and yes to get used to michael page but i think he does a splendid job in not failing on most of the voices pacey created in this one. As for the actual novel i loved it. Each chapter was a delight and love abercrombies characters and the dark humor spread throughout the novel. Was laughing out loud on a lot of moments. But to each his own. If u enjoyed his other novels u should enjoy this as well. As for michael page he does do a better job on this than he does best served cold.
To be honest this book didn't keep my interest as much as Arbercrombie's other work.
None wish Pacey was performing
I've read this book twice i just couldn't get into it like i did for Best served cold and Red Country.
As somebody who fell in love with the Abercrombie's First Law series, I was a little disappointed. The characters were great, definitely Abercrombie's strong point, and the story was nothing special but fine and well structured. However, the narration was a big let down. Steven Pacey did an amazing job with the First Law series so maybe my expectations were too high but Page does not do this book any justice. Many of his voices are completely over the top and he did not capture the grim sarcastic tone that Abercrombie's books have, and that Pacey does so well. Page does get better toward the second half of the book but still not the same as Pacey. I'd recommend buying a hard copy of this one.
In the top 3 (of about 30).
Marshal Kroy, for trying to do the right thing and seeing that sometimes there isn't a right thing.
Yes. I took extra-long dog walks so I could hear more.
Joe Abercrombie has ruined me for other authors. When I read battle scenes in other books, I get impatient with all the near-misses, and the way that the protagonists get all the lucky breaks. In a real battle, for all the crazy near misses, there must be many more cases where the guy didn't turn around in time, or ducked left instead of right, or tripped on a gopher mound.
Abercrombie tells the whole story. He tells us about the cases where the near-miss didn't happen, about the guy who is formidable on the battlefield but chews his nails when he gets nervous in the evening between battles, and about the inevitable aches and pains that come with beating on other people and getting beaten. His characters are human and multi-dimensional, and funny enough to make me laugh out loud. One twist really surprised me, enough that I was again laughing at the crazy but credible way things went.
It has been a while since I read Abercrombie's other books, but I didn't feel lost, and I don't think that jumping into this as a first-time Abercrombie book would be a problem.
I am often bored by action scenes, but I was riveted by the action in this book. When any character can die at any time, suddenly it's important to know what happens and how. I also liked the way the tone shifts with each different point of view. Each character sees the world in a different way, and notices and interprets things differently. When I read that this book just covers a single 3-day battle, I thought it might be all action, no heart. I should have trusted Joe. As rough and dark as his books are, they are all about heart and soul and how people really think.
I've never heard the other narrator that some reviewers are raving about, but I very much enjoyed Michael Page's narration. The characters all had distinct voices, and the general quality of his voice was great for this book's style.