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Best Served Cold Audiobook

Best Served Cold

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Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white.

While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king. War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste.

Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

©2010 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Gavin Derby, United Kingdom 21/01/2012
    Gavin Derby, United Kingdom 21/01/2012
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    "New recording"

    This book was originally sold with a change of narrator from the First Law books however the publisher has taken note and re-recorded this title and the following book with Steven Pacey. If you bought this with the other narrator you can re-download the title and it will be the new version with Steven Pacey. Excellant news given his brilliant performance.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 10/02/2014
    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 10/02/2014 Member Since 2015

    I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks

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    "Excellent follow-on from the first law trilogy"

    Joe Abercombie just keeps getting better and better.

    Story – 5/5

    Joe Abercrombie has managed to get all of the elements of this novel perfect. His character development and sharp whit is still definitely his strongest point, but this time the story has a very fast pace, for those readers who complained about the story progression in ‘The Blade Itself'

    As the title suggests, it is a revenge plot story. But there isn’t only the main story arc, there are also a few smaller intertwined stories of revenge throughout, and it is done extremely smoothly. What I especially loved about this novel was how he took a couple of the minor characters from his first law trilogy that we weren’t too bothered about, and developed them into very likeable and interesting characters. This is a standalone novel though, so don’t be put off if you haven’t read the preceding books.

    Another thing I love about Joe Abercrombie’s novels, is how he spends about 1 hour after the “big ending” to set a picture of how the story will continue. This not only gives a better impression of an epic world, of which this is a small story within, but it also prolongs the enjoyment of the story by making the reader think about it after finishing.

    Performance – 5/5

    Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators out there. His character acting was flawless, each having a distinctive and believable voice. His narration enhanced the dark comedy and whit of Joe Abercrombie’s writing, and I felt myself absorbed into the action scenes/battles.

    Music/sound effects between scenes/chapters was a nice touch as well, although it would have been nicer to not re-use previous sound effects.

    Overall – 5/5

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart OXON, United Kingdom 08/02/2013
    Stuart OXON, United Kingdom 08/02/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Low down dirty double crossing ..."

    Steven Pacey! Steven Pacey! Steven Pacey!



    I really enjoyed this, even more than the First Law Trilogy. The book has a great depth of characters, and the narrator brings these to life wonderfully. It's a great combination of a well written book and first class narration.



    I recently reviewed The Painted Man (different author) and I wasn't kind to it, because I had no empathy for the characters and ultimately didn’t care what happened to them. In this book most of the characters are low down dirty double crossing villains, but you can't help enjoy them. The reason you warm to them is they aren't just plain bad, they have some depth to them and complexity. Joe Abercrombie has a wonderful way of building a story and getting you to care for the type character that most other authors would have cast as the villain. His world isn't black and white, there are people who just seem to get drawn into bad things … as well as those who just relish it.



    The references to the First Law Trilogy were excellent and some of the characters from that appear and get expanded upon. A word of warning though - prepared for dark deeds, dark humour and a couple of occasions where you feel like you might lose your lunch.



    Fantastic stuff

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Gerard A Twomey 15/03/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "delightfully vicious"

    I loved the First Law series, and I think of this as a straight continuation into The Heroes. Steven Pacey's visceral reading brings this brilliant, fresh fantasy book to life with vivid sardonic character, and the book itself has a satisfying pace with lots of notches on the narrative axe. Because it is a complete story within one book I liked this the best of all the Joe Abercrombie series, but it is certainly richer reading them all in order, starting with The Blade Itself. It's satisfying to see minor characters from one book developed in later volumes, and it seems to me that this is a hallmark of Joe Abercrombie's writing - a mastery of point of view. I consider these books a real milestone in fantasy literature, and dare I say it, a bit better than Game of Thrones?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 07/07/2014
    Nicholas 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan, he is complex and although fighting his demons as "The Bloody Nine" is trying to do the right thing.


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

    His tone and accents paint the characters and story line to allow you engulf yourself inthe book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mike grays, United Kingdom 01/04/2014
    mike grays, United Kingdom 01/04/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Abercrombie + Pacey = Win!"
    Would you listen to Best Served Cold again? Why?

    Yes. Performance by Pacey is amazing, he does justice to the gritty dialogue


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Best Served Cold?

    Relationship between drug addled monza and shivers


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

    Shivers


    Any additional comments?

    Other narrators should study Pacey. Have listened to several audiobooks before and never heard any other performance even come close to the same quality. He is consistent with the voices but he goes beyond that and builds a character and speech mannerisms.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 21/01/2012
    James 21/01/2012
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    "Thanks Audible"

    ...and thanks to Paul of West Sussex for pointing out the change of narrator. Steven Pacey's readings of the "First Law" series were probably the most enjoyable audiobooks I have come across, and although I was enjoying this title, it inevitably suffered in comparison. Now, having eagerly downloaded the new Pacey version, I may well start again from the beginning! I wouldn't normally give 5 stars to something I haven't actually heard, but having listend to half the old version and all of "First Law", Pacey would have to be having a very off day for it not to deserve them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Aylesbury, United Kingdom 26/11/2011
    Dale Aylesbury, United Kingdom 26/11/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Well worth the listen if you don't mind the blood!"

    An epic story. Bloodthirsty and lots of graphic detail (not lunchtime reading!!) A good plot and well worth the effort. I liked it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 27/10/2014
    Ross 27/10/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a heartwarming tale..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Best Served Cold to be better than the print version?

    Along with, Half a King, this is the only other exception, where I have merely purchased the audio book version only. I think these are the weakest novels within Abercrombie's collection and as such... I wouldn't want them clogging up my shelves. Saying that... Best Served Cold, is still a ripping yarn, when judged against the other multitude of fantasy fluff soiling the literary pool.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Murcatto has got to be one of the most dislikable leads in any book... As such, every other character, need only be slightly redeemable, in order to become a fan favourite for. Best Served Cold. Vitari, Morveer and Shenkt were among those individuals I wanted to hear more about. Cosca is a bore, but as he's an old soak, I can't help but think that Abercrombie (like me), has had to endlessly endure the verbal diarrhoea of drunks and this has left its scars. I may dislike the drawn out, amoral waffling, but it seems like the character is made more authentic by such tools.

    There were so many characters I disliked in this book, that it's testament to the writers ability and the accuracy he employs when portraying the negatives of his cast, that a reader can still look past their own tastes and wade through the chapters.

    Saying that... Part of me prayed (for the majority of the book) that justice might be suitably meted out to Murcatto (someone we should feel sorry for, but don't). Spoiler alert... I was left disappointed.


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

    A myriad of voices and a sense of timing, that my imagination wouldn't naturally adopt.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me grind my teeth. I hate violence towards women, but by the end, I never wished harder for a heroine to die.


    Any additional comments?

    Considering the rest of his work, Abercrombie is generally a safe bet on ripping yarns rich with casts of three dimensional characters.

    The First Law Trilogy was such an amazing debut (setting such a ludicrously high bar), I now tend to unfairly judge all the other novels he pumps out against the strength of that initial foray. This book may be his weakest alongside the laughably bad, Half a King. but unlike that steaming chod, this is still an Abercrombie novel.

    Worth a listen, if not a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul West Sussex, United Kingdom 13/01/2012
    Paul West Sussex, United Kingdom 13/01/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Hoorah for Steven Pacey"

    Imagine my delight upon just starting to listen to this book with a different narrator, suddenly I find that it is now Steven Pacey!

    And so is the final book: Happy New Year!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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