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Would you consider the audio edition of The Blade Itself to be better than the print version?
I've not read the print version. Steven Pacey (the narrator) does a fantastic job making these characters come to life. Abercrombie writes incredibly interesting heroes with both dark and light sides to them. They drive a story that is good but just not important compared to the dynamics of the POV and secondary characters.
What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to and why?
Potentially Game of Thrones due to the grey morality and at times very brutal and bleak world. It's very realistic as one of the characters will remind you often. It is certainly smaller in scope than SOIAF though with less winding plot and more emphasis on the stories of the chosen "heroes" then the ever growing cast of GoT.
Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I've been listening to audiobooks for over 15 years and this might be the best voice acting I've heard. Abercrombie's ability to build unique ticks and traits of characters certainly helped but Pacey just made them REAL. I laughed and felt bad for it and just felt invested in the loving or hating the characters as they went through the story. (I'm speaking somewhat to the whole trilogy here which is well worth it)
Any additional comments?
I'm a Sanderson guy who loves intricate plots and world building. Abercrombie does the opposite in my opinion with more grey heroes, less emphasis on story and much more on how events affect the characters he's crafted. Different but I absolutely loved it. The characters, while frustrating and heartbreaking at times don't make decisions that I couldn't have predicted. Abercrombie establishes who they are so well that even if you disagree sometimes with how they act or are disappointed you understand why. And when they surprise you it's marvelous but still somehow always true to them. Highly recommend these books and the audio version.
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Beautifully developed characters, sweeping storyline and a plot just complex enough to be interesting not confounding or garbled. Masterfully paced with well written battles and hand to hand combat. A group of core charaers who you come to enjoy and root for at every plot twist.
Engaging and carefully rehersed performance by Steven Pacey. showing tremendous effort in developing vocal stylings for narration amd caracter dialog. Just a delight to listen to his craftsmanship. Really a beautiful, cohesive and masterful work from the reader and production team. Thank you!
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