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. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it.
But as he's discovering, old habits die hard....especially when Bayaz gets involved. An old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glokta, Jezal, and Logen a whole lot more difficult....
©2010 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group
I never leave reviews but I am for this book, I am huge werewolf story and movie buff and these 3 books are the best werewolf story I've heard so far.. werewolf horror at its best :)
I love this series. I've read it and listened to numerous times. The voice artist does an A++ job. If you like darker stories where the endings aren't all unicorns and rainbows then this trilogy will become one of your favourites. Bloodier than Game of Thrones and characters that you will love and others you will hate because you love them. Nothing is at it seems.
At first the story was a little hard to pickup on. however this is not an issue of the narrator, rather it is just a big world with a lot of characters. On the note of the Narrator Steven Pacey, he has easily become one of my all time favorite narrators. The story is rich, the characters are gritty, and the narrator delivers without fail. highly recommend this audiobook.
One of my favorite series! I absolutely love the narration! Steven Pacey nails it! This is the 3rd time I'm listening to this series because I enjoy it so much.. I have only listened to the same story a handful of times because I feel like it's a waste.. I can tell that's not the case with these. Highly recommend to anyone that enjoys a gritty story with awesome characters, brought to life by a fantastic narrator!
One of my all time favorites. Steven Pacey is the best narrator for Abercrombie's novels. Witty, funny, emotionally charged, mixed with complex characters and intrigues, this book has it all. Pacey brings the entire trilogy to life.
"A great listen"
The characters and the performance
Great characters well read
Shaped the characters with a great variety of accents
Just a really good listen looking forward to book 2
"Too slow for me, I'm afraid."
Hard core fantasy fans who appreciate the political slow burn. Maybe those who like Game of Thrones? Many people have written very positive reviews so have a look for yourself... My opinion is just an opinion :0)
I'll try another fantasy book, or the new Bernard Cornwell 'Warrior Chronicles' book.
He was very good indeed - it was the reader and the reader alone that kept me going for seven and a half hours of this story. Great voice artist with a wonderful range. Would happily listen to other books written by him.
It's not about cutting characters, it's about having some action in the story. Have the characters go and do something other that reminisce, talk and sit around. Maybe I'm being unfair but a third of the way in and nothing has happened.
I have stopped and given up at the 7.5 hour point (I felt this was a reasonable amount of time to see if the story gets going). Having read other reviews, I get the impression that the first book doesn't have a conclusion - it just leads to another two books in the trilogy... at the end of which there is very little conclusion. Of course I cannot verify this myself but I cannot spend 60-70 hours listening through all three books just to find out!
"Love the whole series!!"
A great story well narrated, I have finished my second run through and happy to listen again soon.
"Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie"
Say he's a master story teller.
I had already read this book but loved it so much that I was happy to snap it up as part of the daily deal and if anything the audio book is better than the tree book. The narrator is excellent and captured the spirit of the characters perfectly. The story is so well paced that I got through it in only a few days.
I couldn't recommend this highly enough and I'm signing back up to the monthly membership to get the rest of the trilogy.
"Much more to come"
First time I have listened to a book by this author has the same feel about it as the classic wheel of fortune,witch I loved
"Great story nearly ruined by one word"
The story line is strong with the usual formula of disparate characters coming together for a common purpose. The characters are nicely flawed and are consistent. In general the narration is very good.........except one word. Grimace. It is pronounced grimis and grimising. His insistence of rhyming it with chasing infuriates me. He still does it on book three. There are a LOT grimacing people in this book. This trilogy is well worth reading because it is Saved by the story line and taking my anger out on random strangers.
"The sample does not do this story justice."
The sample available on "audible" is for the opening lines of the book and does not do the narrator justice. Steven Pacey is an incredible narrator. He has a wide range of voices and accents. His choice of accents and affectations for each character are perfect.
The story has the venom and grit of "Thrones" and the humour of Pratchett's "disc world" novels. Great characters. Blurred lines between good and bad. Super POV story telling.
You can not stop the bloody nine.
Listened to this in three days. Didn't have credit to get the second book so refunded a really good book that I just purchased. Now I have used my refunded credit to purchase the second book. It is past midnight and I know I am going to be up for a couple of hours listening to the sequel.
Addictive easy listen
Game of thrones
Amazing ability to use and change into the voices of each character
"Delightfully twisted and evil"
An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read and packs a mean punch. It is crammed full of torture, vengeance and bad behaviour whilst keeping a good sense of humour.
The blood song
Steven Pacey has brought this gritty book to life. He fully submerses us into the characters of the book.
“Once you've got a task to do, it's better to do it than live with the fear of it.”
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself
"this has come one of my favorite listens"
the story is a little slow to start, but once past the main buildup it flows and entertains. the bloody 9.... 😊
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