By mature, I don't mean sexy. In fact, most characters in this series are revolting on some level. It's this aspect of the complex characters that make it mature in nature.
The story seamlessly picks up at the end of volume one. I don’t think one will get much from this book without reading “The Blade Itself”, so I recommend that book to get you started.
The Abercrombie-Pacey team is again brilliant. These books and this narrator are meant to go together.
I highly recommend this series, unless you like your heroes unsullied and as shining examples of all that is good, for you’ll be disappointed by the “good guys” in these books.
I loved this book. I Perhaps this was because I didn't expect too much from it. Of course it was relatively silly, but it is reading entertainment at it's best. The narrator put in a solid performance on a variety of characters, which made for a well balanced package.
Have a listen to this if you have a quirky sense of humour.
Although a bit slow at the beginning, the story did pick up. It is an true story after all, and not every day of a life is exciting. This story, however, is important to know. Not so much the story of the man himself, but the story of how people can act and react in trying circumstances.
It took a bit to get used to the narrator, which is likely because I have listened to British accents for the last few books, and the lower tones of an American inflection took me a bit.
To sum up, everyone should have read of this book in order to better understand our recent past.
This was a nice Christmas free download. I'd heard the tale in the "Complete" series of Sherlock Holmes, but it was nice to hear a different narrator to compare to.
I had never heard of this book, but saw a review scrolling down the right side of the screen and quickly clicked on it. It sounded like an interesting story, so I ordered it. Boy, am I glad I did. A wonderfully researched book that gives fantastic insight into the two different points of view of pilots in WWII. The story was well crafted and the narrator was well matched to the story.
I won't go on, but this was one of the most pleasant books I've had the pleasure to listen to in some time.
I found this to be an excellent story as it tells more than just the story of the featured climb. The author does a great job of describing the history of climbing this mountain, and of the personalities of those who climb the mountains.
The author was also a decent narrator, and it’s always good to hear the words from the source.
Others have criticized the author for being to self-absorbed. I don’t agree. Mountaineering is, by its very nature, a relatively solo pursuit, so I think it natural for the story to reflect this.
I highly recommend this read for those interested in the outdoors, mountaineering, or in the personalities and nature of those who chose to put themselves at risk.
A well recorded intro to audio books. Glad I found out about this format, as it has made my commutes to and from work much more enjoyable.
Too few of these books exist in our libraries today. As someone much more brilliant than I has stated before "the victor write the history". This is never more true than of our recent (last 200 years) past. Between dime store novels and Hollywood, the North American Native is universally thought of as a savage and threat to the "brave" settlers" of the past.
Works like this, however, reveal the other side of the story, and one that is likely far more accurate than the white mans version, who was desperately trying to justify what is now being seen as greedy and unethical.
While the prose may be unfamiliar with todays readers, don't let this dissuade you from listening to this book. It is too important to pass this over.
I’ve read a lot of books over my life, and this series, of which this is the last book, stands out as one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to read.
While fitting the fantasy genre, this book is so much more. Every character is complex, and none without their dark side. Others have criticized the fact that the ending is not as “clean” as it could have been. This in a way is true, but having worked my way through the three volumes, this is in line with the entire series. Most of the story lives in the grey, and nothing is ever black and white.
As I’ve mention in the reviews of the first two books, Steven Pacey is a first rate narrator. His acting here makes the work really come alive. The books ore solid on their own, but with this narrator, they are magical.
Really, what more can I say about a series so famous as this. The stories remain as entertaining today as they did when first written.
Again, Charlton Griffin preforms flawlessly. It is great he has stayed committed to the series, as changing narrators between volumes can be annoying.
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