Steven Spacey makes another Joe Abercrombie book come to life. The character voices are spot on. Rather than another potentially mono voiced telling of a story the narrator brings humour and pace to the story.
I would recommend all of the Abercrombie tales, though enjoyable as seperate tales in isolation to get the best from them I would start at the begining tales to fully get the characters development
great characterisation of the voices
Funny and full of adventure. A great yarn
This amazing book blew me away, despite not being my usual preferred genre of listening material (crime & thrillers). I have to say, this has got to be one of my all time favourite books EVER!!! I shall be reading ALL of this author's work now!
Hard to say - I loved every aspect of this book .....everything dove-tailed together perfectly - the plotting, the characters, the action and, of course, Steven Pacey's superb narration.
Although I have listened to him several times before, I was delighted to discover he has so many more "voices" at his disposal! Wow!
Definitely! Not possible, though, due to it's brilliant length. (Even so, I didn't want this book to end!! Ever!)
I can't wait to listen to all Joe Abercrombie's books and I will listen to just about ANYTHING Steven Pacey narrates!
Abercrombie delivers another masterpiece, and appears to get better the more he writes.
Story – 5/5
JA has returned to writing with a detailed plot, but keeping to his usual character driven fantasy and sharp whit, making this book similar in style and quality to his first standalone “Best Served Cold”. On a personal level, I preferred The Heroes, but it doesn’t stop this getting 5*.
Who doesn’t like a peaceful old man turning into a blood crazed berserker who will kill both friend and foe? Yes, there are a lot of grey areas and violence in this story. There are a few familiar characters, and then plenty of new ones to enjoy – each as interesting as the last. Plenty of funny moments that will have you laughing out loud, and also some very dark and disturbing ones. This book just seems to do everything right, with not a single boring minute of listening.
Abercrombie is a master of his art and never fails to deliver. Although this is a standalone, I would recommend starting from the beginning of his novels with “The Blade Itself” (this is book no.6). This way you can enjoy the entire world that has been created.
Performance – 5/5
Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators out there. His character acting is flawless, each having a distinctive and believable voice. You will be so absorbed into the story and the characters that you will completely forget that this is a single person reading/acting.
The mood of the story was portrayed superbly throughout as usual. He will deepen his voice to enhance the dark scenes, and lighten for the more comedic moments. He is another true master of his profession, and will make a difficult story or plot easy to follow.
Overall – 5/5
"Wonderful rendition of a classic Abercrombie yarn"
Pacey's narration is a beautiful balance between wonderfully nuanced but distinct characterisation and a drawling almost sarcastic pace that reflects the tone of the book so well you'd have thought it was written for him to perform. There is humour (the way he portrays Cosca is just fantastic), drama and all the emotions in between.
Lamb's first revelation of something deeper, in the bar with the three men from raiding party. Kicks the story into another gear and promises future thrills.
I cried buckets at the end. It's just so moving to come to the end of such an epic story and performance, but still staying true to Abercrombie's jaundiced characters and stories.
It's a long book when you have to listen to it being performed (well), be prepared for a long, twisting and tiring journey that will leave you haggard by the end of it, but thoroughly satisfied and hungry for more. I'm going back to a cold serving of some leftovers by Pacey just for fun.
Fantastic stuff Joe Abercrombie is on top form. Best to read the first law trilogy first to get the best from this book.
Having read the Heroes by Joe Abercrombie and listened to the trilogy that starts with The Blade Itself could not wait to listen the Red Country and once again the writing of Joe (I now like to think of him as my friend for the hours we have spent together) and the emotive narration of Steven Pacey, who characterisations made me smile, laugh out loud to the confusion of my wife, to the lump in my throat on occasions has made me rank this book highly in my collections of fantasy series of which I now have many both audible and book format. I look forward to listening to Best Served Cold which I have just downloaded. Once I find a series by an author I like, I buy the lot and Joe Abercrombie is such an author.
The best thing about the story is the characters and the journey they all take and how that journey changes them.
This Steven Pacey's performance is right up there with the other books I have listened too and look forward to finding others narrated by him.
There was a couple both involved the character Lamb.
I have particularly enjoyed this book due to it was once more based in the world of Joe Abercrombie's previous books. And look forward to listening to his next.
"Excellent and Gripping as usual"
The Wild West meets the Circle of the World with fantastic results...
The only disappointment is that the book eventually ends... But you have to be realistic about these things...
"Say one thing for Abercrombie, say he's awesome"
Red Country is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to! I have enjoyed all of Joe Abercrombie's books but this has been my favourite.
Without giving too much away, Lamb, as I love the way his character has been developed, and also that I am always rooting for him despite the sometimes horrific things he does.
Steven Pacey is the perfect narrator for this book. He brings across the dark humour and voices the characters brilliantly. If I were to read the book now, the characters would definitely be the same in my head!
Certainly brought a smile to my face on several occasions, and also sad at times. As ever with Abercrombie's books, the line between good and evil is a blurred one, and everyone has their reasons for what they are doing, it is definitely thought provoking.
Although a stand alone novel (as others have said) for maximum enjoyment Abercrombie's books should be read/listened to in the order he wrote them, as many characters re occur, and the events of the world in general run in order.
Start downloading them now!
"Another great listen"
Joe Abercrombie's books really are special. If you enjoy none stop pace and well constructed characters, fill your boots.
Steven Pacey has once again brought the whole thing to life and I have the distinct impression that he had as much fun breathing life into all of the characters, as I did listening to his narration.
"The master of dark fantasy does it again."
I'm a big fan of Joe Abercrombie, but this was the first book I bought as audio. I loved every second of listening to it. Joe's words read expertly and truly wonderfully by Steven Pacey. I didn't think I'd find another voice I enjoyed as much as Stephen Fry, but Steven brought this book alive with all the different voices and accents.
The story is typical Abercrombie, full of dark, nasty descriptions, people with their own agenda's and not to heroic at times (most of the time). No castles filled with tapestries, or knights in shining armour battling in jousts all gentlemanly. Combat is written nasty, dirty, filthy and disgustingly. Villages are run down and dangerous places. They are full of people who would steal your last copper bit and then spend it on drink, gambling or women.
Its bloody fantastic :-)
The story is superb. The characters all wonderfully portrayed and I could sit for hours just immersing myself in Abercrombies darkly realistic fantasy world. I'd reccomend reading the earlier books as the main character in this one is 'very' familiar and you need to know his past to appreciate the trouble he gets into this time.