This trilogy was so much fun! The story twists and turns, the battle scenes are convincing and at the most unexpected times I spluttered with laughter. What more can you ask for from an epic fantasy?
In Inquisitor Glokta I've found my new favorite fictional character, and Steven Pacey has become one of my favourite performers, using many regional British accents to distinguish the characters (how does he do them all so well?).
Unfortunately the great is the enemy of the good, and I think I'm unlikely to listen to the other titles by Joe Abercrombie that have a different reader. Not for a long time, anyway.
This ranks up there with my favorites. I could barely tear myself away from it, and this was a surprise since my expectations were modest.
The narrator was spectacular, especially as some of the dialogue must have been a serious challenge. I shall look for this reader in the future.
This tale, although long, kept my interest throughout. It deserved better narration as the intonation was clueless, and some of the pronunciation was hilarious.
However, the content was an interesting and knowledgeable portrayal of the times, and it was worth listening to.
I devoured this in a very short time but didn't emerge totally unscathed. The author is limited by historical events which results in a portrayal of calamity upon catastrophe - don't listen last thing at night if you want pleasant dreams!
I hardly dare raise my head here to say that I found the narrator's accent distracting to the plot. I can't pretend he's from England which is basic to the performance. It's comparable to an English voice narrating a Mickey Spillane novel.
Just spoils it really...
The narration of this book is let down by the way the dialogue is handled. The characters seem to be shouting at each other about 75% of the time and the voices used would be fine if they were in a fairy tale. Real human beings don't talk like that, however.
It's too bad for the author because the story is quite good and the review would have been much better if it wasn't for the distracting voices.
This was really exciting and I gobbled it up in 2 days! One of my all time favorite audibles.
It is my first experience of Trollope and I have to say that I expected the style to be rather fusty and Victorian. Instead it was very enjoyable and made me laugh out loud, even though there were a few characters needing a whack upside the head...
I'm now in the enviable position of exploring the rest of this series, although in reverse order.
Simon Vance - what can I say? Brilliant!
Maybe I'm just too unsophisticated for this offering but I had to give up. All those words just weren't turning into anything meaty.
Hey, Joe Abercrombie, all is forgiven!
Maybe it's unfortunate that Joe Abercrombie set the bar so high with his previous books, but this was a woeful anticlimax. Having come to expect masterly character development I found these characters rather weak, not believable in the same way as Glokta and the Bloody Nine.
Perhaps my review could have gained another star had the narrator been Steven Pacey, but this reader was not into the story in the same way.
I selected this title with trepidation after reading the reviews, but there is quite a strong romantic theme set against the rather powerful factual backdrop of the battle of Waterloo. I enjoyed it in a different way from the usual "fluffy", improbable tales we're all accustomed to and would happily read more in the same vein (if she'd written any!).
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