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The Blade Itself Audiobook

The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    michael 06-14-16
    michael 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best!"

    loved every second of this series. Amazing narration and the story lunches right into the action!

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    Carl Sarasota, FL, United States 05-22-16
    Carl Sarasota, FL, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Awwsome"

    You will not be disappointed by spending a credit for this. High fantasy at its best.

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    Aaron D. Harrel 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Have!"

    One of my favorite books of all time. Best narration I've ever heard. No navel gazing. Fast paced

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    Danton 03-24-16
    Danton 03-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Well executed book by an excellent Narrator."

    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.

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    Kerry 03-20-16
    Kerry 03-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites!"

    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!

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    Jay Peterson 02-29-16
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    "Great Story"

    Fun book to listen to. Interesting characters and great performance. Very excited to see where the story goes.

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    yeahmanitsmike 02-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best"

    One of the best series out there! I'm on my second listen! Pacey is absolutely great! I wouldn't pick a better narrator!

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    Robert 02-21-16
    Robert 02-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Masterful writing and narration."

    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.

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    Brian 02-21-16
    Brian 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best!"

    2nd time through and it's even better. Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey are a great combi

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    Grant Michael Cook 02-05-16
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    "Wonderful"

    I can not say enough good things about Steven Pacey. I could listen to him read the phone book.

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  • ken
    7/20/15
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    "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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  • Mr Simon L Elven
    7/20/15
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    "Excellent story, perfect narration"
    If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, exciting, detailed


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A truly fantastic book. In depth characterisations and involved story line. The narration was one of the most enjoyable I have listened to.

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  • Edmund
    Chirk, United Kingdom
    6/30/15
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    "Good but nothing special."

    Firstly I would say that the performance by Steven Pacey is very good, especially his voice of Glokta. This really gives the character an extra degree of vindictiveness and vicousness which makes it better.

    What really lets it down so far is the distinct lack of driving story. I've given it time but havent really got into the swing of the book. I've not been particularly drawn to it nor do I find myself leaning to want to know more.

    It took up to chapter 39 get better. There doesnt seem to be enough of a driving force in this story at all. I get the feeling that a lot of this could have been axed and nothing would have been lost. 22hr book in 15 perhaps. It really comes into its own at the end which is honestly far too long to wait.

    I personally don't align with the overwhelming positive reviews perhaps showing that this isnt for everyone.

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  • A D MCCLENAGHAN
    6/28/15
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    "Bloody good read"
    If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Sharp, cutting and bloody


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So many great characters to choose from – this is the strength of the novel. From the barbarian the Bloody-Nine himself to the self-obsessed young duelist Jezal dan Luthar. But it has be the crippled inquisitor Sand dan Glokta with his funny yet chilling interior monologue who best captures the tone of the novel.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Everything I've listened to by Steven Pacey is brought to vivid life. He doesn't just read the novel but performs it, bringing each character to life for the listener. This is an excellent novel and he does an excellent job with the material.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The novel was funny, exciting and at times chilling.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely one for fantasy fans. General readers who enjoy the likes of The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones will also enjoy this exciting and at times very funny novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Skou
    2635 Ishøj Denmark
    6/17/15
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    "Amazing"

    Gripping story, wonderfull characters and the best ebook narration I have ever had the pleasure of listening too.

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  • Paradrew
    5/30/15
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    "Anti heroes Aplenty!"

    Thoroughly enjoyable story in a classic fantasy mould but with some excellent twists in the way it's presented. All the classic tropes are here, dashing swordsmen, dour northerners, enigmatic wizards and sinister inquisitors. Classic roles they may be, but run of the mill they most certainly aren't; the dashing swordsman is a vain brat who loves himself above all things, the Northern Barbarian is self effacing, witty and quite endearing, the wizard is a wise,but often irreverent, Mage and the Inquisitor is a cripple with a savage wit and a 'why do I do this to myself?' attitude. All of them are believable and even likeable in their own ways.
    The story is standard fare, multiple threats to the 'civilised' Union are arising but there's sensible reasons as to why they are and there is a healthy mix of bloody combat, magic and intrigue. It's also full of humour that never seems out of place, characters finding the ironies of the darkest situations. Of course there's also hints of a greater evil at work but there are few details as yet.
    Steven Pacey narrates the story excellently, giving every character their own distinctive voice. I wasn't sure at first but he soon won me over.
    All in all I loved this from the minute I started listening to the minute I finished. I hope you do too.
    Ah well, onto the next instalment!

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  • BEN I.
    5/27/15
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    "Awesome Abercrombie!!"

    Brilliant story, fab characters incredible imagination run wild! I thought this was one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to...

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  • Stephen
    5/26/15
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    "A real page turner"

    This is a really good read and a real page turner.
    To put it in very simple terms: you could say it's a cross between serious, hard fantasy with political plots and backstabbing like George RR Martin, and more whimsical, humorous fantasy like Terry Pratchett.
    It's written in a very modern, easy to read style.
    The plot itself is fairly standard. But the quality of the writing and the way the characters leap off the page and stick in your memory really makes it stand out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Peel
    Newbury, Berkshire
    5/26/15
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    "All world building with no story."

    Great performance from Steven Pacey, but the story was lacking.

    In my opinion a story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. In this case it just has a beginning. Presumably the plot actually gets going in the next book... And the one after that... And after that... Ad infinitum.

    It just feels like a teaser for more. Lots of questions were asked but scant few were actually answered by the end. It's not actually interesting enough to make me want to buy the next one though,so that backfired.

    Frustrating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derfel C
    5/24/15
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    "Superb - Forget Game of Thrones !"
    If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, real, gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are three dimensional


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Anything to do with Nine Fingers, but it's all good


    Any additional comments?

    Read beautifully by Steven Pacey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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