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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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      3 out of 5 stars
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    Great series but not so great start

    This book begins a great series. Unfortunately the book itself is not that good. It takes half the book over 10 hours, before you even get the first hints of anything resembling a plot, and more than two thirds through the book before even one of the main characters get anything resembling motivations for any of the things they do. By the end of it though, things are going great, there is a plot, and characters have motivations for what they do, and you can not wait to the get the next part.

    The narrator is doing a good job. He misses few a paragraph pauses making scene-changes confusing, but he is still well above average.

    5 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazing characters and a brilliant narrator

    Story:
    What seems like a decent fantasy-story quickly becomes one of the best you will ever hear - not because it has a fancy story with twists and turns, but because every single character has a some kind of an extremely big quirk. There are no shiny heroes you can rely upon, no knights on white horses, no typical moralizers, but likeable and at the same time hateable anti heroes. And that's what this book is mainly build around.
    Narrator:
    Though at the beginning Steven Pacey seems hard to listen to (a bit too monotone and fast when he is "just" narrating), he excels later on, when he develops the characters. Almost always you know which person is talking, because each one is impersonated brilliantly by him and this is - so far - the best narrator I've experienced.

    4 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars

    Hörvergnügen!

    Die Handlung dieses Hörbuchs... ist irgendwie zweitrangig, zumindest für mich. Was diese Geschichte vorantreibt, sind die vielschichtigen Charaktere.

    Allein der verkrüppelte Inquisitor Glokta, sein trocken sarkastischer Umgang mit seinem Zustand, sein fast schlangenartiges Winden durch die engen Pfade, die die Umstände und die Mächtigen ihm vorgeben, ist das reinste Hörvergnügen.

    Und hier setzt die Brillanz von Steven Pacey an, der den Figuren akustisch viel Leben einhaucht. Er nimmt sich Zeit für die Personen, lässt jeden sehr eigen und ausdrucksvoll sprechen und die Handlung innerlich kommentieren.
    Sein Inquisitor Glokta, klar und messerscharf in Gedanken einerseits, nach aussen zahnlos lispelnd, scheinbar buckelnd, aber durchtrieben und immer wieder für eine Überraschung bereit... macht einfach Spass.

    Ähnlich wie bei Steven Fry, hat man auch bei Pacey nie das Gefühl, das er vorliest; er erzählt die Geschichte. Bei anderen Erzählern passiert es mir schon mal, dass ich gedanklich abschweife und evtl. zurückspulen muss; bei diesem Audiobook kein einziges mal.

    3 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    mediocre book, with unappealing characters

    This is a review of all three books. The series is well enough written so that I have listened till the end, and it has its thrilling and exciting moments. However, there are too many weaknesses to make it a good book. First of all, the overall story is too simple and mostly foreseeable. I have rarely been surprised by an unexpcted twist. All characters behave as expected. Extensive, bloody descriptions of fights, duels, skirmishes, battels become tiring after a while. The people on the good side are as bad as those on the bad side. In fact, the Union is so rotten, that I have whished sometimes it would loose the war. Thus, I have neither become comfortable with the characters nor with what they were struggling for (maybe except for Ferro and Dogman). Finally, the end is an imposition. Not really bad, but really unsatisfying.

    The speaker, however, is brilliant! Unfortunaltly, a nice facade doesn't make up for a bad story.

    I will certainly neither listen to nor read another book of Joe Abercrombie.

    2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

    • Gesamt
      4 out of 5 stars
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    Solid Epic Phantasy

    The Blade itself is the first novel of the trilogy 'The First Law'. Abercrombie's style and narrative is the closest I could find so far to R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. It does not have the complexity and depth, but it has its own value.
    5 characters dominate the scene:
    Logan Ninefingers, a fierce fighter from the North, who struggles with the demons of his past, running away from violence, but attracting it nonetheless.
    Inquisitor Glokta, a former war hero and dashing swordsman, but a crippled bitter man now. He has a lot in common with Tyrion Lannister, outwardly cruel and cynic, he often enough seems to be more human than most of the noblemen and leaders around him.
    Jezal dan Luthar, a vane, arrogant and superficial young officer, whom fate pulls out of his comfortable shell and throws into the midst of adventure and peril.
    Bayaz, the first of the Magi, a powerful and intriguing old wizard. Dangerous and unpredictable in his wrath, he sets out with his small group of compagnions to save the world.
    Ferro Maljinn, the most bizarre character of the group, vicious and incredibly violent, constantly on the look out for a fight.
    Bayaz, Logan, Jezal and Ferro prepare for an epic journey to the end of the world to find the ultimate weapon, which would save the empire, while Glotka plays his game of intrigue, corruption and lies to keep the powers within the empire in balance.
    Fast moving story, action packed scenes, some surprising twists and turns, all in all a great read

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    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars
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    Ein erfrischendes Juwel

    Als großer Fan der Witcher Bücher und müde von dem gewaltigen Einheitsquark an ultra-epischen Fantasy Stories voller eindimensionaler Dummhelden war diese Geschichte ein wahrhafter Genuss. Eine tolle Überraschung. Spannende Charaktere. Sogar die Nebenstränge erscheinen nicht ermüdend und ich habe gern zugehört. Der Sprecher macht für meinem Hörgeschmack einen fantastischen Job.
    Teil 2 sofort bestellt. 5/5. Klasse Hörbuch, nicht nur für Fantasy Nerds.

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars

    Say one thing about this audiobook

    ..say its amazing. Read it some years ago, the narrator does a great job impersonating!

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars
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      5 out of 5 stars

    Steven Pacey really breaths life into the story...

    ... with his incredible narration style. He really does the story itself credit, as Abercrombie delivered a gripping story with relatable (and even tho they are all very much hideous figures - be it on the inside or on the outside, or both - even sometimes likeable) characters.

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars
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      4 out of 5 stars
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      3 out of 5 stars

    Reinhören dauert

    Es dauert eine Weile, bis man sich reingehört hat. Jetzt will ich aber wissen, wie es weitergeht.

    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars
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    Great audiobook

    I love the first law series and Steven Pacey does a great job as narrator.