The characters are not run of the mill archetypes and have much more depth than most in the genre, while the setting is common enough to be familiar so that time is not wasted on long-winded descriptions, but rather colorful even poetic descriptors. The narrator did a good job with accents and inflections, (especially the 6th blade).
The protagonists are reminiscent, but not clones, of the classic fantasy heroes Fafhrd and Mouser. Two very different people held together through their common experience, their relationship is obviously close and growing. The dialog between them is very engaging.
Good job providing the different characters with accents and speech impediments.
The continuous growth of the protagonists' brotherly bond.
Conan . . . because Crom gifted him with all he needs.
I have read Conan books for countless hours, but never did I imagine him having an Irish or Scottish sounding accent. Some of the pronunciations drove me batty. If I heard demonic pronounced "de-moan'-ee-ak" one more time, I would have screamed. Not a huge fan of his female renditions either, but I realize that's a tough call. Good pacing, and good range of intensity, and I like his voice for the most part.
This one will be very hard to beat. The narrator is superb, and Abercrombie is always stellar.
It is in the same vein as Malazan Books of teh Fallen or Game of Thrones. It is fantasy, but no elves or dwarves, and magic is rare and very powerful.
Best. Narrator. Ever. Great job with voices, great inflections, very engaging. Abercrombie often reveals his characters thoughts during dialog by having them thinking what they would really like to say, and the narrator does a fantastic job of keeping that separate from actual dialog. Think about that: that's no mean feat. Well done sir.
Would have loved to, but it is no short story.
Any Abercrombie book is worth the read/listen for a fantasy fan, but now I will be looking for other books by this narrator as well. That is something I never thought I would do. He sets the bar very high.
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