Haven't read the book, but Steven Pacey is an awesome narrator!
I still like Glokta. And Logan. And West. Okay, most of these characters are my favorite because they are basically trying to do the best they can given their circumstances and the world they live in. Both would reject any pity directed their way. In this novel there are no soft characters- they wouldn't survive long in the world that Abercrombie has created.
Steven gives all characters their own voices. He even does a great job of narrating Glokta's inner dialogue. That is hard to do- often you listen to a book and it takes you awhile to figure out that the narration are the thoughts of the character. Not so here. Glikta's mental musings are done fantastically! Pacey narrates all the characters with full emotional effect, and I was captivated the whole time,
This book moved me. I was spellbound. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next throughout the book. It isn't a happy book- there are no fairy tales here- but it is a compelling book.
Be warned, this book is more gruesomely graphic than the first. It's still a captivating book, and I couldn't put it down, but I wasn't quite ready for some of the gruesomeness. That's the only reason that it doesn't get a full 5 stars in every category.
Nope. The narrator was rather annoying, and that made it difficult to keep listening. I actually considered returning the audiobook and purchasing the written story. I will say, however, that she was better in this story than she was in the Girl from Hrusch Avenue.
Erika's grandfather. He was spunky. And you have to love a good villain- Nikslaus is a fantastic antagonist for Erika.
inappropriately prepared and modulated. I don't think the and should count as a word ;-)
Yes, although i had to grit my teeth at times about the narrator.
It's too bad that the narrator detracted from the story. The story itself is really good, and I am excited to read/ hear more of the Powder Mage adventures!
A better narrator.
Probably not. She tried so hard to emulate a young girl, but she forgot to modulate her voice and actually READ the story. There were a lot of run-on sentences and sometimes the pitch and tone of her voice didn't match the story line. It was really frustrating to listen to.
Read this story if you can, rather than listen to it.
Yes. If you've read any of the powder mage stories, you'll really enjoy this early story of Tamas. I really enjoyed listening to young Tamas. You see some of the experiences that shape the Field Marshal he is going to become. It's interesting to watch how he handles the discrimination he faces from the nobility for his low birth and odd powers, but also how he is forced to confront some of his own preconceptions of others.
I love his encounters with Erika, a young woman who knows what she wants! Tamas is not really equipped to handle her, and its a fun dynamic to follow!
It was like he was out of breath as he was reading, and he had no concept of the punctuation in the story. He'd just read right through periods, without stopping, which really messed up some of the structure of the story. Then all of a sudden, he'd do this great job at voices and dialogue, and I would glimpse a great narrator. Then he'd just go back to this bored, breathy run-on sentence narration. It was really disappointing to what could have been a great story
Not really. I enjoy these quirky takes on the end of the world, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. This book has a lot of humor, but then the author would go off on a bizarre tangent explaining in excruciating detail that does nothing to add to the value of the storyline. At one point i realized I had zoned out on almost 10 minutes of meaningless exposition about how certain phenomenon of the universe can't follow rules, but how the very act of not following rules is a rule itself, so sometimes the phenomenon will follow the rules just so its not following the rules of not following the rules.
I'm not sure that I would listen to another book by this author. or if I did, i would select the abridged version. It might cut out the unnecessary parts that don't actually add to the story itself.
I can't believe I'm saying this, because I would NEVER usually recommend this, but you might want to look into getting the abridged version.
this is a refreshing story line. I really loved that more than half of these characters were old men, who had seen the world, lived long lives, and were working for a different future. You start the story off with the coupes end, an then get to see what happens AFTER the government gets overthrown. great characters with lots of complexity
I have to say that I loved Tamas. He is awesome! So busy working for a better future, navigating the intrigues of the other power players in the city, preparing for a war, and trying to deal with the reincarnation of gods. All while still grieving over his wife and trying to figure out how to connect with his son. He is such a gruff, yet lovable old man.
I love Christian Rodska. The fact that he was narrating this story played a huge part in my decision to select this book!
I liked this new take on Robin Hood. The character is compelling and more fully developed. I also loved the way that young Alan, from whose point of view we view Robin, must constantly wrestle with his wishful image of Robin Hood and the reality of the man he serves. I thought it added an interesting complexity to the story.
Robin Hood is not a good man in this version. He has goals, and will do anything to accomplish them. Anything. If you are part of his inner circle, then he will die for you. Or kill for you, what ever you need. If you are not part of that circle...well, look out! Very exciting story!
Graham Padden did an excellent job of narrating the characters! I've never listened to him before, but it was great!
That's a tough one! I'd want to take robin Hood, but he would never reveal his inner thoughts and plans to me, so I guess I'd take Alan Dayle instead.
This is a much grittier version of Robin Hood. It is an excellent story, but the fight scenes are not pleasant. Donald does a great job of providing excellent descriptions throughout the tale, which makes the beautiful parts easy to visualize, but it also makes the violence that much more real too. Still, this whole series is a must read/ listen!
visceral, compelling, gritty
I like Uhtread and his straightforward approach to his warrior lifestyle. He is a great warrior and proud of that fact. He's clever, and I loved hearing his adventures.
Bates is a good narrator, with a strong voice and he does a good job of voicing the different characters. He also is pretty decent at voicing the women in the story without making them sound too breathy.
Cannot wait to find out what happens next!!!
Awesomely gruesomely fantastic
Lamb. Can't say why without spoiling it for others, but I can't wait to see/hear more about Lamb!
Pacey is amazing. These stories were designed for him to read. He captures all the characters so well! His interpretation of Cosca is fantastic, but so is Lamb and Shy and Temple and everyone else
This book made me cringe and wince and shudder and crave for more. I laughed, I was sorrowful, I was disgusted and I was hopeful. I was compelled to keep listening. Love this book!
When is there going to be more?
I've only listened to the series, which I love because Page does a great job of reading the nuances of the characters. I can hear the sarcasm, the deadpan jokes, the 'wink' in the commentary. So much fun to listen to!
A little startled by the ending. Watching the members of the Gentleman Bastards square off was a lot of fun, though! It was great seeing Locke meet his match in Sabbatha as they matched wits! I'm not sure that I like Sabbatha all that much, though. After becoming such a fan of Locke Lamora, I wanted to root for a happy ending to this love story. But I didn't really like the character Sabbatha was- I wanted to be sympathetic to her, but instead she left a bad taste in my mouth, and I kept thinking that Locke could do better.
I really like that there will more in the series, but I feel like the ending got a little overcomplicated. I think Scott Lynch is a great writer though, so I am willing to suspend judgement and believe that wherever he's going with this story will be just as exciting as these last books have been!
I think Page does a good job with these characters, he's really been able to nail Locke's jaunty wit and contrast with his melancholy self-pity. He even does a pretty good job with the female voices, lending the feminity without making them sound high-pitched and child-like.
Can't wait for the next book to come out!
I loved the Falco series. That might be the reason that I am disappointed with Ides of April. I find that I was disappointed in the character of Albia, and didn't really like her. She makes snap judgements about people, often disparaging ones, and justifies them based on her 'training' as an informer. I kept thinking " Falco wouldn't have taught her that..." Half the story she is trying to make it in a man's world, and is frustrated about not being treated as an equal (an opinion I think is totally justified in the world of ancient rome), but then she spends the rest of the time gushing about the love interest (who she has only known for a couple of days) like she is a love-struck teenager. Having gotten to know her character in the Falco series, I found I really didn't care for the adult she had become. Hopefully any future books in this series will feature a less petty heroine.
I think that this book might be best enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the Falco series. The mystery is pretty good, and I enjoyed listening to the twists and turns in the plot. I think, though, that it is probably best enjoyed without any prior knowledge of Marcus Didius Falco.
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