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  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486

It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy.

  • By Lore on 08-04-13

Tough going

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Reviewed: 03-25-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, but with reservations. "Best Served Cold" is served up with a heaping helping of foul language, liberally slathered in gore, both of which mar and muffle the otherwise good writing. And yet, I kept listening. A long, cynical, grim, dark, cheerless book, with a tiny glimmer in the darkness only at the end. Not a book for kids or those with delicate sensibilities.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Abercrombie again?

Not without some serious hesitation and only after perusing a number of reviews.

Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?


Do you think Best Served Cold needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. At more than 27 hours, the story the book tells is probably too long already.

  • A Hard Day’s Knight

  • Nightside, Book 11
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside. London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark Green

  • By Doc on 02-16-11

A Dark Green

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

My first Nightside book. I read it because of the Excalibur angle.
I wasn't bored. The book is fairly fast-paced and almost off-handedly violent--but it's fun in a sort of distopian, over-the-top way.

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