It is my first experience of Trollope and I have to say that I expected the style to be rather fusty and Victorian. Instead it was very enjoyable and made me laugh out loud, even though there were a few characters needing a whack upside the head...
I'm now in the enviable position of exploring the rest of this series, although in reverse order.
Simon Vance - what can I say? Brilliant!
Maybe I'm just too unsophisticated for this offering but I had to give up. All those words just weren't turning into anything meaty.
Hey, Joe Abercrombie, all is forgiven!
Maybe it's unfortunate that Joe Abercrombie set the bar so high with his previous books, but this was a woeful anticlimax. Having come to expect masterly character development I found these characters rather weak, not believable in the same way as Glokta and the Bloody Nine.
Perhaps my review could have gained another star had the narrator been Steven Pacey, but this reader was not into the story in the same way.
I selected this title with trepidation after reading the reviews, but there is quite a strong romantic theme set against the rather powerful factual backdrop of the battle of Waterloo. I enjoyed it in a different way from the usual "fluffy", improbable tales we're all accustomed to and would happily read more in the same vein (if she'd written any!).
This was OK compared to Joe Abercrombie's other offerings which I feel are brilliant. In the other books the battle scenes are interspersed with interesting narrative whereas this is pretty much all battle scene.
Michael Page was an adequate reader but he had a hard row to hoe following Steven Pacey, and this added to the impression that this just wasn't up to the usual standard.
This started off well but didn't hold my interest. The characters drawn from history weren't convincing and I think this was the core of my disappointment. The timeline of the story was difficult to follow and as the narrative went on (and on) I stopped caring about where it was going.
I thought the narrator did a good job, although I did notice a couple of entertaining spoonerisms!
This is vintage Le Carre at its best. I read other reviews before I chose it, and I have to say that I don't understand why people found the ending disappointing. I thought it all came together perfectly
I'm amazed that this author continues to produce work to this standard. Long may it continue.
Some of the reviewers compared this author with Joe Abercrombie, so I listened hopefully. Unfortunately there was not much of a story here. The reader didn't help things as his delivery was flat and without expression - rather yawn-provoking actually. A few times I found myself distracted by the thought that when readers come to an unfamiliar word, shouldn't they look up the pronunciation before making the listener roll their eyes?
Some of the more interesting characters that appeared at the beginning faded away shortly afterwards never to be seen again, and we have to wait until the last quarter of the book before we're told why they're all fighting.
I did try to like this but failing an interesting storyline I found myself picking at things that annoyed me. Like the shrugs. All the characters shrugged. On every occasion however inappropriately.
Perhaps the ending made up for it all. I'll never know.... (I just shrugged.)
This trilogy was so much fun! The story twists and turns, the battle scenes are convincing and at the most unexpected times I spluttered with laughter. What more can you ask for from an epic fantasy?
In Inquisitor Glokta I've found my new favorite fictional character, and Steven Pacey has become one of my favourite performers, using many regional British accents to distinguish the characters (how does he do them all so well?).
Unfortunately the great is the enemy of the good, and I think I'm unlikely to listen to the other titles by Joe Abercrombie that have a different reader. Not for a long time, anyway.
I'm always in awe of Ken Follett's ability to write in this epic style that grips the reader's attention throughout.
I would enjoy it more with a different narrator, however, as John Lee frequently puts his emphasis on the first word in a sentence. This is often bewildering enough to detract from the tale itself.
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