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Luis

Morgan Hill, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (991)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Once again Michael Page ruins it..."
    Overall

    While the story isn't up-to-par with "The First Law" series, it's entertaining enough... But once again, Michael Page's narration, penchant for giving virtually every character an undue amount of gravitas and O-V-E-R E-N-U-N-C-I-A-T-I-O-N basically ruins it.

    For the hell of it, I listened to the first 30 minutes of "The Blade Itself" and I nearly cried with joy and sadness at not having Steven Pacey read the books that follow.

    I can only hope and pray that Mr. Pacey is brought back when and if Mr. Abercrobie returns us to our old friends Sand dan Glokta, the unwitting Jezal dan Luthar and the ever-so-practical Logen Ninefingers.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (946)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Poor narration ruins a potentially great story..."
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed The First Law series, ever so deftly narrated by Steven Pacey but was a little apprehensive to pick up this audiobook when I noticed that it was narrated by Michael Page instead.

    I'm sorry to say that my fears were proven correct...

    I had to fight the urge to stop playback after the first 60 seconds and after 5 minutes I just couldn't take it anymore.

    Mr. Page's pacing is agonizingly slow and over-enunciated, with poor voice characterization to boot.

    From a technical perspective, there is a "hollow" quality to the sound, that makes me think the recording was made in a bathroom shower stall and not a soundproof studio. This cavernous echo greatly added to the annoyance factor.

    I will give the audiobook another chance, but hold little hope...

    I'll update my review if the audiobook redeems itself.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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