Abercrombie and Pacey are some of the best at what they do. If your wondering if this is worth your time/money, don't. this is a great story and Pacey is the King of Voices. I would recommend reading The First Law Trilogy if you haven't though, it's not necessary but I promise that you will enjoy this one more afterwards. everything Abercrombie writes is gold.
I loved the flawed characters and love the fact that characters from the other books in this book. Seeing the characters aged, as we all do, and what they have gained through their life experience. Some have grown, like Lamb/9 Fingers, in their prospect about themselves and life. Nicomo Cosca, he only becomes worse. But I love Nicomi. He provides great humour with his comments on life and reactions.
I like the way Joe Abercrombie writes his characters as they make the story and build the interest in the story . The characters give the colour to the story line. The more real the character the more interesting the story for me.
I totally enjoy Steven Pacey's narration. I am glad the latest Joe Abercrombie's books are being narrated by Pacey.
Abercrombie and Pacey-
I wish the two of you could produce content together as fast as I can listen to it. Brilliant, poignant, caustic, rhetorically skilled writing. A voice so diverse I could swear it was performed by a cast of hundreds. If you like interesting characters who do interesting things and who have interesting insights into themselves and their world, then listen to this book. And if you want to catch up on old, nine fingered friends, you might fancy this one as well. Thank you, Mr. Abercrombie, for making me laugh, making me think, making me worry, and even making a grown man shed a tear for what feels like the tortured life of an old, if fictional, friend.
With literary love,
I'm a truck driver and I can't sit down and read like I used to. I love how gritty Joe Abercrombie's books are. it really satisfies the adult fantasy fan in me. Pacey brings life to the characters just like I was reading the book myself.
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One of the Very Best writer's in existence. Narration is really enjoyable. Fantastic Combination. Brilliant.
If Joe Abercrombie wrote a Western this would be it. it has all the trappings of a classic Western story told through the lens of the first law trilogy. It also is as grim and dark as ever. Death and murder abound.. and it feels like the movie no country for old men.
The killing gets done, but nobody's happy about it.
Enjoy it for what it is, and it isn't. B+/A- work overall.
joe you the man. to really appreciate his work you need to read/listen to all of these books. each ties in with others with multiple refrences to earlier books. If i were to pick an order of books it would be ; the first law trilogy, best served cold, heroes, then red country. reason is chronological order and references that you would only get if you had read the previous. but by no means think that each of joes books could not stand alone. all have different plots and main story lines. joes genious lies in creating an evolving world and dynamic characters where no one is truly good or evil and the world doesnt simply end because a particular story is done. nor does the world revolve around a single person. in the words of my favorite character joes world....has to be realistic. has to be lol
Joe Ambercrombie just keeps coming up with great stories and with Steven Pacey narrating it was just that much better. Its still hard to believe one person was reading the book. Cant wait for the next one!