I wasn't 100% sure that this book would appeal to me, but I'm glad I bought it. Excellent story and the reading by Neil Gaiman was also excellent and added to the story. One of the best books I read/listened to this year!
Cannot rate this book highly enough. Download it and you will not regret it!
I read a lot of fantasy fiction, but I had never come across Joe Abercrombie before. I gave the book a try bested on previous reviews. This book blew me away, it was fantastic. The characters are brilliant and the story is even better. The narrator is excellent and really brings the whole thing to life. Easily five stars.
"Worth a listen"
If you like Henning Mankell style of writing books you will like this book. The characters are likeable and the book moves at a good pace (not as quick as say Simon Kernick though). The narrator is very good and he definitely adds to the story.
If you liked the first book 'The Strain', then you'll love this one. It's an excellent follow up to the original. I'd recommend listening to the first one before listening to this one. It give the characters extra dept in this book.
"Good, but could have been five star!"
Good follow on book from the Genghis Khan trilogy. I think it would be pretty hard to top the first three which are excellent. I wouldn't recommend this book without reading/listening to the first three in sequence though. The book is intended to stand alone in it's own right, but would I think confuse the reader/listener a little. The characters are more real having read the previous books.
I read the reviews for this book and was expecting a lot. I found the plot mildly interesting (hence one star), but the character development was dire. If you can't 'connect' with any of characters then the book is in real trouble! It was a struggle to get to the end of the this book, and I was genuinely relieved to get to the end.
I usually take a chance on books that may not sound very good (to me) based on the star rating. This book is actually quite poor. It takes ages to get going. The third quarter of the book is actually quite good, but on a whole the book is not great. Too many boring sections which are complete irrelevant to the story.
Another reviewer already said it "Too many descriptives and not enough suspense". I'd have to agree. The worse thing is that the author spends a huge amount of time trying to get you to like the characters which are about as interesting dish water. You end up not really caring by the end of the book who did what or why! I bought the book based on previous rating, each to their own I suppose.
loved this audio book, it's like bourne really
Loved this book. If you like crime thrillers then you'll love this. Excellent!
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