Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Obviously Simonine the main character was the only real focus. He was a great example of an unsympathetic character which we find fascinating. The portrayal of his twisted mind on its journey of revelation was one that kept me chomping at the bit for the next twist or turn through his historic voyage. I liked the idea of this true antihero detective trying to solve his own mystery for utterly selfish reasons which made his fantastic journey more believable.
I like the title
Somewhere between Sherlock Holmes, a Historic biography, and Fight Club. It's the type of book that makes learning fun.
The story is interesting. The concept of the color related magic is something unique and cool. The world itself is an interesting fantasy construction and Weeks is great at the twist ending.
I would say it is more Robert Jordan style fantasy then George RR Martin. So far his other series The Night Angel Trilogy drew me in more. Although I think one of the issues i am having getting hooked is the AWFUL Narrator.
He is killing this for me. He bounces around between various charactures of voices that have much more of a modern feel then a fantasy one. (California Surfer wizard, Forrest Gump, mockery of an effeminate man) He also uses a lot of broken phrasing that makes it seem like he didn’t even read the book before trying to perform it in one take. His standard narration voice has a mocking quality almost like he is making fun of the material while reading it. I twittered Brent Weeks and he said he had nothing to do with the narration choice but that he did weigh in for book 2. Anyone would be an improvement.
Yes I think it would work in film. Although A Night Angel Film would be better. (More dark fast past action)
Don't make the mistake i did and buy the audiobook. Just buy a paperback or kindle version. I wish i had my $30 back soley because of the narrator.
A lost art in the fantasy genre a complete tale in one novel. This story takes place in the same world as the First law series but it is a stand alone tale of revenge. New characters mix with smaller characters from the original series in a expanded role in a very interesting narrative that tells of the lands of Styria. Ambercrombie has a great gift for character development and crafting of high paced action. He is a tier below Martin, and Tolken in the fantasy genre...but I personally would call him my third favorite to read.
I really enjoy what was done with infamous mercenary Captain Nicimo Cosca. His rougish devil may care additude was a nice charge of pace for the gritty determained Monza.
Carlottis house of pleasure. Cool action scene with lots going on.
They changed narrators for just this book and The Heroes. I won't say i was disappointed by the reading. it was fine. It was however inferior to Steven Pacey performance which was exceptional.
I would. This was a book i had previously read but bought for my brother for Christmas. I got the audio books so that i could refresh myself with the series and discuss. Mr. Pacey's reading is nothing short of exceptional. Several well done voices with excellent emotion and inflection. His Glotka in particular really brings the character to life. Overall the series is a really interesting take on the traditional fantasy in the vein of George RR Martin. This second book focuses on Glotka's quest for truth against forein forces, a heroic journey, a military campaign against barbaric forces, and political intrigue in the capital of the Union. Lots of action and mysteries revealed all with Ambercrombie's trademark wit and visceral telling of grey stories and human characters. Highly recommended for any fans of the genre. Also recommended for fans of war and intrigue. Like Martin, this is fantasy for people who don't read fantasy.
Glotka surrounded on all sides by enemies within and without searching for answers.
Perhaps after reading some more of the series. I definitely feel it was a rich story full of details and imagery that could be explored a few times to really get the full experience.
I really enjoyed the reference to other works, religions, time periods, and blending them seamlessly into one gritty tale. I also love the build up towards a redemption and the twist.
Guidall is the best narrator i have heard. He has so many voices in his range and the delivery really adds an inflection that brings the story to life.
I think they are making an HBO series.
Possible, Infinite, extraordinary
The very first big reveal. It's no big mystery, Asimov tells you from the get go exactly where he is going with the story, yet, when you can't help being surprised it makes it that much more powerful.
What if you had a map to lead you to the future? Would you know how to follow it?
This is definitely one of the quintessential scifi tales from one of the masters. It is believable and incredibly imaginative at the same time. Scott Brick does a solid job at narration while trying to follow the inflection of the characters without trying to hard and stepping outside the bounds of narrator. A must have for scifi fans.
I would say both by the novel and the audio performance this series is at the top of all audio books i have enjoyed.
The cast is so ensemble it is a difficult question for this series but for this book in particular the redemption arc of Jamie Lanister is especially compelling. It's is a truly complete picture of a broken man on the precipice.
I believe Mr. Dotrice does a masterful job of weaving seamlessly through multiple characters.
All of the above.
This series truly lives up to the hype. It defines what modern fantasy/scifi is and can be. A picture of realistic humans struggling through a limitless world. Martin constantly glides between the fantastical and the realistic with such ease it is easy to lose yourself in the tale.
I enjoyed both but with so much detail i would suggest reading print first then listening to audio after.
The Reek story line was incredible. Martins pseudo redemption of such a hated character was well crafted and as always perfectly walked the line of grey to show all spectrums of the human animal.
I listened to all of Song of Ice and Fire Audiobooks and Dotrice did a masterful job in all of them. I feel his ability to bring characters to life and the inflection he uses really adds another dimension to the text.
Ummm Winter is coming...they did that :)
These books are the type that give the reader something new with every time through. I feel like this lends well to the audio book format.
Not really I was fairly disappointed many people who's opinion i respect talk about Robert Jordan like another George RR Martin or Tolkein. It just seems somewhat predictable, cheesy and uninspired. It wasn't awful...the imagery is very good . Just felt like i had read everything here already in Tolkein or Frank Herbert and they both did it better.
I would not for the reasons i just stated.
I thought the vocal performance was probably the best part about this purchase
It has several but after giving Jordan 2 books to draw me in with an open mind i will bot be purchasing the third
I would instead recommend Joe Ambercrombie The First law series, The Black Company by Glen Cook, or The song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin
This followup had a different narrator then Scott Brick who i hate to say was vastly inferior. I don't know if it was his narration or the general tone that changed from book one to book 2 but the drop-off was the difference between great and mediocre. I am going to give book 3 a try now which has a different narrator yet.
Yes i loved the 1st so i will give book 3 a try.
The style and science of this book were fantastic. It's amazing all of these concepts he arrived at when he did. Mr. Burroughs was truly crafting something beautiful and glorious from a concept that hadn't previously existed.
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