I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery and a healthy dose of British wit. Hodgkins does a great job as "Basher" Moran, the narrator. His sibilant rendition of Moriarty is also very enjoyable.
I'd have to say Moriarty. We so often see things from Holme's point of view. It was refreshing to taste the "dark" side, so to speak. Interestingly, as amoral as the narrator would have us believe Moriarty is, he still is not some raging psychopath that one would have a hard time sympathizing with.
It made me laugh in some spots...Moran is quite descriptive.
This book was a refreshing change from one's typical fantasy; I'd put it in the "Mage and Musket" genre, if there is such a thing, with the Iron Elves series and Wexler's "A Thousand Names".
The setting is the fantasy equivalent of the Napoleonic Era; there is a revolution to overthrow a corrupt monarch; the new ruling cabal must contain the civil unrest and maintain a semblance of order. At the same time there is a rival nation that smells blood and is poised to invade.
To top it all off, the monarchy was protected by a god who swore to return and avenge it if ever overthrown...this promise was an obscure prophecy guarded by a sect that most take for granted.
There is a lot of action, a lot of intrigue and very entertaining dialogue, and I enjoyed the book immensely.
The narrator modulates well and reads with great emphasis and feeling; however his voice style is gravelly and grating, and I often cleared my throat unconsciously while listening to the narrative.
This is an interesting story: it goes beyond the common plots and ideas of sci-fi: alien race invades earth, or youth struggles to survive in a post apocalyptic dystopia, etc. He introduces three main characters and weaves them together in a deranged mixture of treachery, avarice and corruption that slowly changes over the course of the series: he teaches that appearances can be very, very deceiving.
Donaldson grabs you and then hurls you deeply into the twisted and damaged souls of his characters.
I love it...but it got to be just too much: too much angst, too much navel gazing, too much self recrimination; it almost became like a soap opera: a really deep soap opera, yes...but still....
Scott Brick did a great job at narrating; he captured the emotions so well, that I actually got tired just listening to two of the books...not bored by any means: just tired. I still would recommend the book for a sci fi lover: but if you have read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, then you might know what I'm talking about.
Yes; and this is only so because of the narrator, George Guidall. If I had a choice between reading the novel and listening to his narration, I'd choose the narration.
Stan Hurley was my favorite character; in spite of being totally obnoxious and as ornery a grizzly with bowel cramps, he is noble and kind hearted in his own unique way. And his sheer cussedness in the face of death and torture both unnerving and admirable at once.
I've listened to another Mitch Rapp story and also Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield, which I most definitely recommend if you like ancient history. Guidall brings characters to life; He is up there with my favorite: Steven Pacey.
This story is on par with his other performances: excellent.
The book made me laugh; listening to Stan Hurley's diatribes was vastly entertaining to me; I especially enjoyed the inner monologue that he had when sparring with Mitch for the first time, when he realized that he might have to reassess his initial opinion of Mitch, the "college puke".
Debatable...I loved the story, having read the book. But I didn't really care for the narrator; also, the audio was mixed poorly, if I'm phrasing it properly...there was faint white noise that I never hear on other books. It would stop and start when the narrator reached a section; I could tell when one recording session started and one ended.
I loved the characters; I like repartee in the dialogue and also mild understatement, both of which were common in this book. I also loved the action sequences. There were not many, and they were not spectacular; they were....real. In a melee, one man protecting himself against five is cause for concern, regardless of his skill. The writing reflects this.
Steven Pacey, without a doubt. Then perhaps Bronson Pinchot or Michael Page. I'm currently listening to John Lee, who is also good.
Chris Chung read with feeling, yes, but his attempts at changing accents to fit the various characters detracted from his narrative. Incidentally, few do this as well as Steven Pacey!
Steven Pacey knows how to tell a story! His inflection, modulation, pitch...it was constantly changing with the narrative, at all of the proper places. I had read the entire trilogy before discovering audible.com, and I loved all of the books as well. Pacey has definitely done it justice!
For me, when one of the main characters of the story unwittingly commits a great atrocity against a dear friend...his having to live with it afterwards...
Steven Pacey's modulation is outstanding: he is loud when he needs to be loud, pensive when he needs to be pensive; he seasons the story with wit, terror, and visceral emotion...he gives his characters their own voices, so that a dialogue can be followed without the narration stating who is currently speaking. He truly brought the story to life.
It made me laugh at times, and wince at others...The First Law trilogy is both whimsical and very dark. Joe Abercrombie doesn't gild the lily when describing battles or human nature...
All three of the audio books are superb, and I have listened to them more than once.
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