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jason

long beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Johannes Cabal the Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government.

    Ryan says: "Not as good as the first Johannes Cabal novel"
    "I enjoyed this listen."
    Overall

    While I did miss a little of the Dark Carnival of Necromancer, Cabal's foray (mostly) out of the arcane and into international intrigue was just as entertaining.

    The quality of writing has improved greatly. Although I enjoyed Necromancer, I found it a bit episodic. The storytelling in Detective is much tighter and the author does just a great job ending this book. The epilogue alone is nearly worth the price of admission.

    If you read the first and liked it, enjoy anti-heroes (consider a sociopathic Allan Quatermain), or have an appreciation for a dry sense of humor, I absolutely recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2689)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1940)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "Last part of a trilogy"
    Overall

    So if you liked the first two, chances are very good that you'll enjoy this as well.

    If you enjoyed The First Law Trilogy as much as I did, you'll also get a kick out of Abercrombie's stand alone novel, Best Served Cold.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (768)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Overall

    A great revenge story, full of memorable and fleshed out characters and more than a few laughs if you get dark humor.

    The reader has an excellent voice and does a solid job giving each character a different tone. I'd like very much to be able to listen to the other Abercrombie books from the First Law Trilogy.

    Glad I purchased, I expect that this will be listened to more than once and at over 27hrs it is well worth a single credit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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