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
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 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.
"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.
"Superb - Forget Game of Thrones !"
Epic, real, gripping
The characters are three dimensional
Anything to do with Nine Fingers, but it's all good
Read beautifully by Steven Pacey
"no need for bad language"
slow start and jumps around a bit, but the us no need for the use of vulgar language. have got book 2 as would like to know what's going to happen.
"My favourite book series at the moment"
It's has alot of gore, dark comedy and anti-heroes. Great characters and great character development through out.
The storytelling let's you sympathise with people trying to survive in a rough world, often letting them choose between bad choices. There are twist and turns through the book creating unexpected comical and intreging situations.
"awesome - looking for suggestions of more like JA"
I have listened to it twice along now with all his novels art from the junior fantasy
Glokta what an awesome character
Steven Pacey is brilliant and right up there as on of the best iv listened to - wish he would do game of thrones as I had to send the book back as that guy was so bad.cant recommend this highly be nought along with his stand alone which are also great - thoughnot read his llast for young people. Anyone know for any similar writers to JA
This was my first foray into audio books and thoroughly enjoyable it was too. A wonderful story enhanced even further by the narrator's performance. I am truly in awe of Steven Pacey's ability to bring every page to life and imbue each character with their own voice and personality. The descriptive passages and action dialogue were also delivered with the same attention to detail. I'll definitely be listening to the rest of this series.
I loved the writers turn of phrase. I found myself laughing out loud while out for a walking several times.
The readers voice was perfect, really suited the characters well. Inquisitor Glockter was my favourite character so far. I will definitely listen to the next book.
The characters are all very flawed & selfish which is where some of the amusement comes from.
Yes, great narration and great writing. Interesting plot that slowly unfolds and similarly interesting characters to suit it.
Listened to it non stop
Just finished wheel of time and looking for something new. This don't disappoint, great characters and storyline which had me giggling. Too much swearing though other than that.... Excellent....
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