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Matthew

lynchburg, VA, United States

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  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2169)
    Story
    (2179)

    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."
    "Wow"
    Overall

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3974)
    Performance
    (2910)
    Story
    (2922)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    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.

    1 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
    (1219)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (852)

    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."
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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