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  • Half a King

  • Shattered Sea, Book 1
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

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  • By Robyn on 14-09-14

An Enjoyable Story... shame about the performance

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Reviewed: 28-12-14

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I liked the story, though I much prefer Abercrombie's First Law World. Unfortunately the performance really lets the side down. Bring back Steven Pacey. Where Elliot burbles his narration in a monotone drone, Pacey has the emotional range to bring the words to life. Where Elliot's character voices all sound the same, Pacey imbues each character with a unique identity capable of expressing complex emotions. I will buy Half a Land when it is released, but I don't think I'll buy the audio companion, not if it's narrated by Ben Elliot at any rate.

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