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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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    Rob 08-11-17
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    "Slow to start."

    It was slow to start, but for some reason I couldn't stop listening. But once I it got going it was cool to listen to, the narration was excellent, and now I want to find the next book!!

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    JAMES GIDCUMB 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It Doesn't Get any Better"

    This book/trilogy is in my top 3 of all time. Steven Pacey nails the narration. I think he made an already unique and very well written story much better.

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    Taylor 05-31-17
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    "Fantastic book series"

    I love this book and I believe the narrator does a great job at telling this thrilling story

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    Dug 05-08-17
    Dug 05-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "very good"

    Enjoyed this book a lot.. Can't wait to hear the next book in the series.

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    Hanlie Cape Town, South Africa 04-24-17
    Hanlie Cape Town, South Africa 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes, yes, yes!"
    Would you listen to The Blade Itself again? Why?

    Absolutely! It was engaging and original. I normally tune out during fight sequences, but Abercrombie is masterful at describing the action and he left me gasping at times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logen Ninefingers, for sure. I also have high hopes for Glotka.


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

    This was the first and I liked his narration very much.


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

    When Logen carried the apprentice on his back for days. Also when Ferro came back for Logen.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to start on the next one!

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    Mattias America 03-05-17
    Mattias America 03-05-17 Member Since 2013
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    "FANTASTIC"

    Greit story with exciting characters. Amazing narrater that is easy to listen to. I look forward to book 2

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    Amazon Customer seattle, wa 03-02-17
    Amazon Customer seattle, wa 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "best narration ever"

    the narrator is fantastic. very wide variety of voices. I really enjoyed the story. The fighting is more gritty and realistic than many books. The main characters still get hurt in fights and they're not all perfect looking. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

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    E. Guttesen 02-09-17
    E. Guttesen 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic and thrilling!"

    With a masterful performance from the narrator. Grotesque battles, and a fascinating story told through the eyes of multiple people, across great distances and different cultures, who's fates slowly intertwine.

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    Amazon Customer 02-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great stuff"

    wished the rest of the series was avaliable in Canada. fantastic story telling, loved it

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    Marius Enger 01-31-17
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    "Boring"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blade Itself to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Abercrombie again?

    Not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    Glocter


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was really boring. It didn't drag me in at all, I just pushed myself through it.

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    11/23/16
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    "Brilliant book"

    I had been recommend this book by someone glad I took the gamble brilliant story , very well narrated jumped straight in to the next books after this one , story jumps straight in to it very fast paced from the get go

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  • Larry
    11/21/16
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    "One of the Greats"

    I really enjoyed this one. quickly downloading the next. I think it has the best narrator I have heard. the individual accents and voices are brilliant. if I had to find a critique the story line cuts off without much resolution and leaves the whole thing wide open.

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  • William Drummond
    11/18/16
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    "Gripping"

    Amazing connection to the pain, emotions trials and tribulations of the characters. You will laugh, wince, and sometimes listen through gritted teeth.

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  • Martha Sahota
    11/7/16
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    "enjoyable"

    really enjoyed this book the only thing that annoyed me was the way thee narrator pronounced grimaced

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  • Mr P J Clegg
    11/2/16
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    "Funny, Brutal and Brilliant!...."

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to and the narrator is second to none....

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  • E. Robinson
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    10/14/16
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    "An interesting book"

    I was pretty much hooked after the first few chapters. The narration by Steven Pacey is flawless, he must be one of the best narrators around. While the story progresses at a good pace there were a few aspects about the authors style that grated a bit. His constant use of the word 'sour' goes beyond a joke! Having said that he really does create his characters well. It well worth a listen if the fantasy genre is your thing.

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  • Mr. S. J. Downing
    Devon, UK
    10/9/16
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    "An unexpected delight"

    Worth it for Steven Pacey's delicious rendition of Glokta alone. I'm not usually drawn to fantasy novels - and have not read the original - but tried The Blade Itself on a recommendation. I couldn't truly tell you whether it's the writing or the spoken-word performance that make this such an epic piece of work. It's probably both. Do yourself a favour and spend some time trying to work it out too.

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  • smetters
    10/9/16
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    "best performance of all. great voices😀"

    loved it....story is brilliant and the characters really come alive with the narrator. buy iy

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  • David
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    10/1/16
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    "Well paced imaginative, and surprisingly amusing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Keeps your attention and interest by good pacing. Great characters and, despite the nature of the story-line, really rather fun. Try to ignore the constant incorrect tenses of "to sit",


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

    Maybe the Left Hand of God trilogy by Paul Hoffman, though not so dark.


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

    One of the best narrators I've listened to. All the characters are easily recognisable - with his Glokter being fantastic. Brings out the jokes and amusement really well. He made the torturer Glokter the most likeable person in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very irritating to hear the wrong tense of "to sit" being used most of the time; I know it is common to hear that someone "was sat" instead of "was sitting", but if you earn your living writing in English, you should at least know how to write grammatically.

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  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    9/22/16
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    "Slow to get going but surprisingly gripping"

    It took me a little while to get into this story. But once I was hooked it was good listening! I've had to restrict my audio time because of little ears around, but sneaking in time to listen with headphones in was a winner.

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