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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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    John Ethier 09-19-16
    John Ethier 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome werewolf story"

    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 :)

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    Shannon Peel Calgary Canada 09-10-16
    Shannon Peel Calgary Canada 09-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "one of my favouites"

    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.

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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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  • James
    Perth, United Kingdom
    10/21/15
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    "A great listen"
    What did you like most about The Blade Itself?

    The characters and the performance


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great characters well read


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Shaped the characters with a great variety of accents


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really good listen looking forward to book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    10/15/15
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    "Too slow for me, I'm afraid."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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)


    What will your next listen be?

    I'll try another fantasy book, or the new Bernard Cornwell 'Warrior Chronicles' book.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What character would you cut from The Blade Itself?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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  • Lungsford
    10/15/15
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    "Love the whole series!!"

    A great story well narrated, I have finished my second run through and happy to listen again soon.

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  • Mr. J. J. W. Alderson
    Kent, England
    10/14/15
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    "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.

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  • John Vallely
    10/11/15
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    "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

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  • Stephen J Merrington
    9/15/15
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    "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.

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  • Thomas Newell
    7/28/15
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    "The sample does not do this story justice."
    What made the experience of listening to The Blade Itself the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Always brilliant.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can not stop the bloody nine.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carl gibaut
    Jersey
    7/25/15
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive easy listen


    What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to, and why?

    Game of thrones


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Amazing ability to use and change into the voices of each character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm
    Herne Bay, United Kingdom
    7/24/15
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    "Delightfully twisted and evil"
    What made the experience of listening to The Blade Itself the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to, and why?

    The blood song


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Steven Pacey has brought this gritty book to life. He fully submerses us into the characters of the book.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    “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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.... 😊

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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