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A fitting end for an incredible journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-19

I was a bit worried that the ending might be anticlimactic or traumatic, but it was a thoroughly satisfying coda to this amazing series of books. Not only are the characters engaging throughout this series, its world absorbing, but it is very thought-provoking; the nature of pride, love, familial duty and sacrifice. It examines some well-known religious/Christian concepts. Simon Vance did a great job as narrator. Thank you Mr Weeks - what a journey! PS - listeners to the audiobook should listen past the acknowledgements at the end for a further piece of the jigsaw.

Wow, wow, wow! Abercrombie and Pacey on top form

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-19

This opening book of the new series set in the First Law universe took my breath away and I'm not normally the gushing type. Abercrombie's writing style, character development, acute use of formal and informal vocabulary is superlative. And all underpinned by his wry sense of humour and irony. I loved the rhythm of the book - Abercrombie has a great sense of dynamics - we have well-wrought battle scenes, triumphal marches interspersed with philosophical musings and romance. The themes are satisfying; political history , ambition, loyalty, and what it is to be human. I wouldn't normally focus on bedroom scenes in a review but only a master of the writing art such as this could deliver romance out of what is droll; crudeness without being the most bit crude. Pacey's performance was as stunning as ever - Abercrombie's writing style is perfect for Pacey's talents. He delivers a convincing and distinct voice for this huge cast of characters; female voices as convincing as the male ones. What a formidable partnership he and Abercrombie make. Thanks for an incredible 20 hours! Oh - don't hesitate to buy this folks. I'm sure you won't regret it.

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Bartmaeus on sparkling form!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-19

What a joy to have another chance to enjoy a further episode of Bartimaeus. The action takes place long, long before the time of the original Bartimaeus trilogy. I was a bit concerned about a new narrator - loved Stephen Pacey's narration of the Trilogy, but Jeff Rawle does a fabulous job. Where Stephen's Bartimaeus was slightly crafty cockney, Jeff Rawle's is slightly effete Home Counties (apologies - only makes sense for a British reader) and he's part institutional insider, part rebel. But what he always is, is great fun. A rollicking good yarn that will hold your attention throughout and brighten up the days when you listen to it.