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The Blade Itself Audiobook

The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

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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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    Eric 01-09-14
    Eric 01-09-14

    Over 300 titles under my belt in the sci-fi fantasy category. I usually go for over 20 hour, and unabridged. (J. Butcher excluded)

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    "Paceyius Excellus"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's fifty percent delivered, an' I believe the Bloody Nine would agree!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blade Itself?

    It was like looking into a mirror.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one with blood.


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

    Yah, if my ass was three days long.


    Any additional comments?

    Bloody Hell

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    david Helotes, TX, United States 12-22-13
    david Helotes, TX, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "If you love GRRM..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I was looking for a new series to read and stumbled on to this one. Wow! As a GRRM, Robert Jordan and Steven Erikson fan, I have high expectations and Joe Abercrombie earned a place on my favs list. My only complaint is that that are only 6 books to enjoy…I hope there are more coming. The writing is gritty, realistic, and witty…what more can you ask for? Additionally, the narrator is incredible. Yes, they were forced to use a different one in 2 of the last 3 books, but give him a chance…he is almost as good once you get over the initial disappointment of a new narrator. I highly recommend these books!


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    Dominc Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-17-13
    Dominc Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Blade Itself the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is fantastic and I listen to a lot of audio books and his range of voices is truly amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan 9 fingers. Just a very interesting character and very likeable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    THe book started out a bit disturbing but it then became extremely interesting. Keep through it and you will find that you are excited to go on to the next book in the series.

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    Zati 12-07-13
    Zati 12-07-13
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    "Brilliant"

    I can't think of a better way to enjoy this dark fantasy novel. Joe Abercrombie is amazing and Steven Pacey is the perfect voice for this fantastic tale. Just pure genius!

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    LornaDavis United States 12-04-13
    LornaDavis United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not so much"

    After reading so many reviews about how great this series is I thought I would give it a chance. I really wanted to like it. However, it just seemed like a never ending story going really nowhere. I will not continue with the series.

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    Lucas Theisen Denver, CO USA 11-23-13
    Lucas Theisen Denver, CO USA 11-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Unique story staring deep characters with history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this story as a story of flawed anti-heros. Something we could all relate to (the flawed part more than the hero).


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    Brent Melbourne, Australia 11-14-13
    Brent Melbourne, Australia 11-14-13
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    "Brilliant dark fantasy"

    Joe Abercrombie's dark fantasy world is compelling. The characters are excellent where none of them are your typical heroes, yet despite any evil they do you still want them to come out on top. The style of writing from different viewpoints gives a great insight into the story and the characters mind and development.

    Steven Pacey's performance is excellent, his voices are brilliant and the pace and style of his reading is impeccable, one of the best narrators I have come across.

    I would recommend this story and audiobook to all fantasy fans.

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    Keith T Mclaughlin 10-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Gritty often humorous Anti Hero"
    Would you listen to The Blade Itself again? Why?

    I have listen to the whole series twice through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is so much to like here it is hard to pick one. Every character excellent. Rich dark characters all with various faults. I also love how Abercrombie injects humor into the most tense situations. This is dark fantasy, the world Abercrombie creates is very violent.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Steven Pacey did a good job bringing the characters to life but a note to whoever produces these things. STOP putting in music and sounds effects. There isn't much of it in these book more just some mood music during the start of chapters but I think I speak for all when I say it unneeded and unwanted. Just let the guy tell the story. If you have the right guy and as I said Pacey is excellent, you don't need sound effects.


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    Torah Cottrill Seattle, WA 10-22-13
    Torah Cottrill Seattle, WA 10-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Absorbing story, complex characters, great reader"

    I was blown away by this series. Abercrombie has created these characters that I've had arguments with friends about: Is Glokta evil? What's the importance of Ardie West? How significant is speaking with spirits? I deeply cared what happened to all of these people, and I sped through all three books, amazed to see how things fell out. I guarantee you you won't expect the end of Book 3.

    Steven Pacey's performance is the fourth wall of this magnificent edifice, though. I could tell you which character was speaking without any clues from the text, his feel for voice is so good. When I finished this series, I went looking for more Abercrombie books; I also went looking for more narration by Pacey. He's amazingly good.

    There's nothing not to like here: it's a fantastic story, compellingly told and perfectly read.

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    Henrik Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-29-13
    Henrik Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Well writen book without a good plot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is an introduction to the characters and settings for the first law series. The book is well written, the characters interesting but there are no "goal" in the plot. Alone, The blade itself, is therefore not the best read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the characters. Inquisitor Glokte. And the dark humor.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Very good. Especially his voice of Logan and Glokte. Female voices not so good.


    Did The Blade Itself inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. I've brought the second book in the series.


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  • John Ferguson
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    8/10/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Blade Itself again? Why?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to from Audible and I have listened to a lot. The writing and characterisation are fantastic and the listener gets drawn in to the plot. If this is book one I cannot wait to listen to the others.

    Steven Pacey's delivery helps round off the pleasure. His voice and characters are just perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the gruesome inquisitors. Although I hate violence the way in which this was written brought a little humour to the torture (Believe me)


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant


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  • K
    UK
    2/1/14
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    "An absorbing web"
    If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

    An intriguing world.


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

    Lord of the Rings or The Name of The Wind


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He has an impressive repertoire of accents to distinguish characters, of whom there are many, and his consistency is outstanding. Excellent and enviable skill.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The later fight between Logan and the Practicals is vicious but compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot praise the narration highly enough and I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
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    12/15/11
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    "High expectation , low result"

     I never engaged with this story and listened to much of it on x3.  There were a few good set pieces but there was always a sense that this was only going to be 1/3 of the whole story and tended to meander to no fixed conclusion by the end. I think the author can write well but I had more fun reading his blog.  His description of having a  real fight with a group of youths was funny and more gripping than anything he describes in this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    11/15/16
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    "Building a Promise on the Most Solid Foundation"

    Abercrombie. Somehow it’s a name that puts me in mind of a purveyor of fine goods which is apt really because that’s exactly what this author is. His opener to the series builds a solid base for the remainder of the series to come. Characters are varied and deep, introduced without fanfare and explored in detail. The writing style is tight, direct and simple, not a word is wasted and where a simple one suffices it usually takes precedent over its more flowery synonyms.

    It’s written from multiple points of view; the dashing but shallow and stupid noble swordsman, the near cliché arch-mage Bayaz with of course a bad temper and eccentric character, his hopelessly inept assistant and the murderous Logen Ninefingers himself. They and others are all good characters and the world and its machinations promise much too. Fortunately with this being a long book and there being a lot of scene setting we have Steven Pacey to breathe dramatic life into it all as narrator. He is a fine voice actor and oozes characteristics like sarcasm, bitterness and more positive ones too.

    The undoubted star of the whole show is the bitter and twisted wreck of an ex-fencing champion; Inquisitor Glokta! He’s a nasty piece of work, make no mistake but seeing things from his point of view imbues understanding. His constant pain and carping about things like stairs are a reader’s joy. He’s a miserable, broken man that wields much power in his role as torturer but yet has crippling weaknesses and a healthy paranoia about his own life chances. He’s clearly going to be a highlight of the series.

    So for me, the only complaint could be that there is a lot of time spent for not a huge rate of plot development. Personally, I enjoyed the characters so much that the time flew by. The author has made a huge promise for the rest of the series with this opening book. It’s a very solid foundation so I expect something special to follow!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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