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Michael J. Gibbons

Peoria, AZ USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 334 titles in library
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  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2662)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1844)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Previous Book Incomplete"
    Overall

    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.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

    A User says: "Horrible Narrator"
    "Very Bad Narration"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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