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.
That was profoundly bad. I think Abercrombie got lucky with the first couple. Or perhaps The Bloody Nine carried the books. This one sucked.
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.