These books and the narrator have ruined anything I can listen to from now on out. But, I would never take back the amazing experience I enjoyed. So what if nothing will ever touch the combo of these two people....I'll just have to live with it. The word excellent doesn't even cut it. After listening to all these books, I have TRIED to listen to other books. The bar was raised with these listens far too high for anything to even come close. I cannot express how good these books are. And the narrator.....I really don't see anyone doing even close to better. No one has yet...and I have listened to many, many books. He truly is a gem. He makes this story live and breath. Try these listens and see if I ain't right about that. REALLY...listen to these books!
I feel compelled to express how impressed I am with Abercrombie. He is a great author and I intend to hear/read all he offers. However, I feel it even more important to give props to Mr. Pacey, the narrator.
I have attempted to listen to books that I know are good or even great, only to stop in frustration at bad narration. I will only put myself through so much of that. The narration hear is truly amazing. Character voices distinct and unique without going over the top. Inflection and pacing is perfect. Best example is his rendering of the character Glokta. It almost makes the novel. I could be wrong, but I don't remember in the text of the book that Glokta had a lisp. Missing teeth, yes, but I don't remember the mention of a lisp. The narrator decided to add/include this to the character. Brilliant.
Don't get me wrong. The author is incredible too. Just hear the books. Do yourself a favor.
Fairly new to audio books and have found that I am very, very picky when it comes to narration. This narrator is the best I've heard yet. Characters very distinct, pacing and inflection pitch-perfect. I will listen to everything else this guy has done.
As for the story itself...It is grade A-plus if you like dark, gritty, no-holds-barred storytelling. As I very much do.
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