Half the World : Shattered Sea

  • by Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by John Keating
  • Series: Shattered Sea
  • 13 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War.
Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.
Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior.
She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.
Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon.
Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption.
And weapons are made for one purpose.
Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?


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Customer Reviews

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Hated the Voice Actor

One of the best things about Joe's books before this one is the reading done by Steven Pacey. He's one of the reasons I found this series to begin with. I don't know the politics of changing from him but please bring him back.

This voice actor chose to give the main character, a female, a sort of poor Liverpool accent. EVERY OTHER CHARACTER had a more normal accent, except for a couple with an excessive Scottish accent. She is supposed to be educated but sounds like an idiot. I don't get this decision at all. It was very annoying to listen to. The other main character? Well, he grew up poor and uneducated, he gets a normal English accent. Ugh.

He also spoke in a sort of high-low sing song way that was very distracting. Thankfully he lessened it after a few hours. I don't know what the deal was but I almost returned this book because of the reader. I kept it because I do love Abercrombie books and want to support the author.

So, the story is pretty good, it's different than his previous stuff but interesting. I would recommend giving it a listen first to see if you can handle the voice actor.

And John Keating, maybe this was just a bad outing for you, maybe not. I don't want to judge on one book but please, think through your characters and don't try to put so much bloody play into the words that aren't dialogue.
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- D "I'm a writer, producer, photographer, and general consumer of creative things."

narrator is not engaging

Loved the story when I read it, I hated it when I heard it. The audio does not compare to Abercrombie's previous narrators like Steven Pacey.
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- Alejandro

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books