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Troy

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  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (957)

    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!"
    "Worth It"
    Overall

    I almost didn't download The Heroes based on the reviews regarding the narration. You don't get a very good idea from the preview, since it's just him reading off the character descriptions at the beginning of the book, so I tried Best Served Cold first. I found Page to be acceptable, even if his voicing of some of the characters (Cosca) was jarringly different. It's a little like each subsequent actor who has played Bond. Some aren't great, some are pretty decent, none will ever be Sean Connery. That doesn't mean it won't still be a pretty cool Bond movie. So I decided to go ahead and give The Heroes a shot too.

    Very glad I did.

    Yes, again there were some odd choices in voicing. Dog Man has been mentioned by others, and it was indeed an inexplicable accent. Yes, I very much missed Steven Pacey, who was exceptional. Despite that, it did not ruin what was another down and dirty, ingloriously brutal tale by Abercromie. Grey areas of morality were wide, characters were full, and he did some great stuff with action scenes. In general I love how the author is giving us different stories with different characters from throughout his world, with enough old friends and undercurrents of the big picture to keep us happy and looking forward to more.

    I do miss Pacey, I do hope they bring him back for future installments, but I still found this listen to be completely worth my credit.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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