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JAMES

Glenn Dale, MD, United States

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  • Shaman's Crossing, Book One of the Soldier Son Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Hugo and Nebula Award finalist Robin Hobb crafts intricate fantasy tales featuring larger-than-life characters and exotic landscapes. Nevare Burvelle was born to be a soldier in the Gernian army. But as Nevare's career takes off, his worldview alters considerably. Corruption and nepotism reign, and now Nevare questions his own ideals, wondering why he continues fighting for the empire.

    Clint says: "Good Book"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    Never have I hated the hero of a story so much! Burvelle was so annoyingly idiotic. I have to agree with some of the other reviews that have shared their disappointment in the main character who was so tediously arrogant and dense throughout. It was painfully aggravating to see him repeat his nonsensical mistakes without any real development in his character as a person. I found that many thoughts and ideas in the narration repeated over, and over again as if to pad the book with more words to meet a prerequisite word count like a essay assignment in college. I also found myself cheering when the hero gets unjustly punished as payback for the agony I experienced by listening on hoping it got better. I'm glad I only used my credit for this and will be saving more by not buying the rest of the series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3635)
    Performance
    (2584)
    Story
    (2599)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Jefferson says: "Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir"
    "One of the best fantasy epics ever!"
    Overall

    Steven Pacey really makes the story and especially the characters come alive with his many voices. Joe Abercrombie is definitely a talented writer having created memorable and personally engaging people that would make me curse but also laugh out loud. I highly recommend this series. Having also just finished George R.R. Martin's master work, I was left with a fantasy-epic void, but alas, it was solidly and immensely satisfied with Abercrombie's First Law series.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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