Impressive, Larger than life - like the Author
I've never really liked Arnold's accent , great for his movies but not easy on the ear. It is great that he opens and closes his own book but I was pleased that Stephen Lang read most of it. A good narrator for a punchy book.
At times a controversial person but one to admire. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets things done in an impressive multi-dimmensional way. His has achieved to such a high level in three of the four key developmental aspects of personal, professional and community. On the family dimmension hs stuffed up a bit but opnely admits it and holds himself to account. I admire his honesty and integrity. It's and inspirational book by a remarkable man.
Janis Ian is leading a remarkable life. She stormed into the public eye with the brilliant and socially controversial “Society’s Child” single in 1967 at the tender age of 13. A tremendously talented song writer and performer she continues to deliver wonderful music to this day. But what a life, it took a while to build on her meteoric start but she did. She leaves little untold from tilted sexuality to enduring a rocky heterosexual marriage to becoming secure in herself as a gay woman. She enjoyed major financial success then near ruin at the hands of a crooked manager and cruel IRS. Janis was an early embracer of the digital/internet world and the artistic freedom it offered. And all along the way are many, many lyrical, lovely songs. I really enjoyed this book and Janis tells her own story so very well. One thing that does not come through in the book though is what a great performer she is, and how witty and fun she is as a performer.
Steven Pacey is an outstanding narrator who gives life to Abercrombie's colourful characters. Its a dark tale of revenge with many excellent Abercombie twists. Things often don't go the way you might expect.
Favourite character the swashbuckling Koska who always sees the humorous side. Another well crafted, intriguing but despicable character is the Poisoner Morvia. All of the characters are flawed but it makes them all the more interesting.
I listened to the "First Law" prior to this and enjoyed it. "Best Served Cold" is also excellent.
Good narration, added to the story and did not get in the way.
This is a well written story that draws the listener in steadily revealling more about the characters, their life experience and the Spanish Civil war. The passages about the killiing of the fascists at the start of the movement and the descriptions of the battle scenes really take you to them. An excellent classic book, brilliant in fact.
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