Just finished The Blade Itself - the first book in this series.
Beware: The audiobook for Blade Itself does not include the entire book and is missing the last 3 chapters. Audible has removed, I'm assuming to fix the issue. If you have not read the first book I would wait until they fix the audiobook before starting this one.
With that said, I just started this book and am really liking the continuation of the story. The narration is fantastic (as in the first book) though read a little choppy during battle sequences. The narrator does a great job with the dialogue and infusing different character into each of the voices, especially Glokta. The writing style and dialogue is top notch. Anything Abercrombie has written to date is a treat. Note: not for the faint hearted.
I gave this audio book 4 stars because the narration is so bad - otherwise the book itself deserves 5 stars. I listened to the book in the car while commuting to work and read the paperback while at home. Completely different tone to the story from the paperback compared to the audiobook. Not only does the narrator speak in a monotone most of the time I think the way he reads dialogue changes the character of the person speaking and not in a good way - at all. My wife liked the reading even less than I did.
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