In writing this review, I'm assuming that 99% of the readers will have read the first books (The Blade Itself, etc.) with Logan Nine Fingers as one of the main characters. Suffice to say, it was great having him back. Even better was the return of Steven Pacey as narrator. The Abercrombie-Pacey alliance makes for an exceptional experience.
This book is a great follow on to the early stories, but can stand alone on if the reader has no background of the characters. Indeed, many characters are new. Although not as epic in scale as the first three books, the story has a simple entertaining plot that moves along nicely. Be warned, however, that this book tends to the darker side, as do most of the books in this series. Joe Abercrombie’s characters are neither good nor evil, which can make for some interesting sub-plots.
Overall, highly recommended, but you should start with the first 3 books in the series to get the best appreciation of this one.
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.
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.
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.
I had heard about this book quite a while back, and was pleased to see it available in an audio format.
I really enjoyed the story. The author does a good job of describing the events before, during, and after the disaster. He assumed a lot of risk in doing so, as he will always be heavily criticised by those close to those involved that day, and by the mountaineering community at large.
Knowing that there are many opinions out there on this subject, I found the author did a good job remaining relatively neutral in the telling. He carefully explains how each experience recounted may have been influenced by fatigue, conditions, and lack of oxygen. He wasn’t overly critical of anyone as I expected, based on criticism of this book I had run across in other books.
While the narration could have been better if done by a pro, it was still good to hear it read by the author. He did a solid job.
In summary, I highly recommend this work for anyone thinking of exploring the high places, or for those interested in a solid work of non-fiction adventure.
This was a really good listen. When I first hit play, I was somewhat taken aback by the quality of the recording, but I realized this was an earlier recording most likely transposed to digital media. Once I was over that surprise, the listening was easy. The narrator read at a somewhat slower pace than I’m used to, but was clear and concise.
The story itself was well done, but will appeal to a specific audience. As with most works of non-fiction, don’t get this if you’re looking for a Hollywood experience. This is real life. In this story, real life is fascinating enough, and knowing that real people perished on this adventure makes the story all the more relevant.
I recommend this book to anyone seeking real life adventures. If you’re interested in the unknown, history, and exploring, this will appeal to you.
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