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Best Served Cold

Auteur(s): Joe Abercrombie
Narrateur(s): Steven Pacey
Durée: 26 h et 28 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 21,48
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Description

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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  • Au global
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Well done

Another well done book by Abercrombie. Great characters, vivid scenery, chilling action and, of course, amazing narration by Pacey.

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A Gritty Tale of Loss and Revenge

As soon as this audiobook ended, I started it all over again. a wealth of characters, all expertly performed, a rich world full of depth, an unbelievable adventure. #Audible1

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    5 out of 5 stars

The best revenge story, and First Law story!

For some reason I always don't get excited about stand alone books after reading a trilogy(when they are all in the same world).
This book will always remind me not to think like that.(And all the First Law stand alone for that matter.) Maybe its because of how invested I am in the world/characters after reading a trilogy, but damn if I don't think these ones are even better!! And this one... i'm pretty sure... this one... is THE BEST.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing, but there is two glitches.

The book is amazing and a the narrator is so great and has so many voices, such that he brings the characters to life. But in chapter 34 there are two Skips or audio glitches around the 12 minute mark.

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Amazing Narration

The narrator, Steven Pacey has no fear! He gives it his all whether the characters are fighting, yelling, crying or... You know. Every character has a great voice which makes back and forth dialogue a joy to listen to. As for the story, it's Abercrombie! You know it's gonna' be good! Dark and gritty with the best told fight scenes in fantasy right now. This is a revenge story best served to your ears!

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  • Zati
  • 2014-04-28

Fun and Twisted

At this point, I think it's a safe bet that I will enjoy anything read by Steven Pacey. And I honestly think Joe Abercrombie gets better with every book. Very very addictive.

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  • Nathan
  • 2013-04-14

Great from start to finish

A great new cast of characters along with some familiar names. Things kick off right from the start and keep pace righ to the end. Great characters, well developed and in Abercrombies style often put to beffitting or undeserved ends.

Once again Steven Pacey puts in a flawless performance, every character unique and he hits every whispered, whimppered, croaked, shouted and stranggled line without fail.

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  • John M
  • 2013-03-18

Another excellent story from Joe Abercrombie

Steven Pacey is an outstanding narrator who gives life to Abercrombie's colourful characters. Its a dark tale of revenge with many excellent Abercombie twists. Things often don't go the way you might expect.

Favourite character the swashbuckling Koska who always sees the humorous side. Another well crafted, intriguing but despicable character is the Poisoner Morvia. All of the characters are flawed but it makes them all the more interesting.

I listened to the "First Law" prior to this and enjoyed it. "Best Served Cold" is also excellent.

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  • lowfat
  • 2013-01-26

11ty times better than the Michael Page version.

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

All of them. Shame this version wasn't available first. Steven Pacey narrates so significantly better than Michael Page it ain't even funny.

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  • Karen
  • 2012-08-08

not for all tastes

Found this book a bit too gruesome for myself. The underlying story is quite interesting for the more hardened listeners.

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  • Chris
  • 2012-05-24

Very average

I listened to this book following the First Law series which I found very enjoyable.

Unfortunately this particular book is pretty much a straight out, almost boring tale, with only a twist at the end to keep it from being rated even lower.

Abercrombie has excellent character development, but I feel that the characters are a little too disfunctional in an almost "American sitcom disfunctional family" style.

One particular failing that I found annoying was the eventual predictable situation of knowing something was going to go disasterously wrong when detailed and meticulously laid plans were set in motion.

All in all it felt like the characters and story had moved from the sublime to the ridiculous.

There aren't really any surprises here, no multi threaded grand design all coming together at the end. The characters are all so extremely flawed and hateable to point you feel nothing for them, which doesn't give the listener much to identify and feel with through the course of the book.

Excellent narration rescues a rather forgettable storyline.

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  • Bruno
  • 2012-02-19

A Great Story - Now With Great Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Best Served Cold to be better than the print version?

I believe that this audio production is the best way to enjoy

What did you like best about this story?

Joe Abercrombie has a wonderful talent for creating the best characters

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • matty
  • 2011-04-18

Delicious

Another triumph by the best current writer of epic fantasy. From the first page Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold is a deliciously sordid tale of revenge, murder, cowardice, triumph and trial.

The narrative is pacey and very well constructed. The scenes each build upon each other as the book progresses. The book is also on funny. There are many moments when you can't help but laugh (and then feel guilty for laughing).

The main characters are each triumphant yet flawed; dogged yet weak; hateful yet at the same time likeable. Although none of the characters are typically heroic, you can't help but sympathise with them, notwithstanding how despicable they can be.

Michael Page is excellent.

One of my top 10 audiobooks of the last 12 months. The book caused me to laugh, sympathise, despise the violence, root for the under dog, hate the hero whilst at the same time willing her to victory...a simply delicious book.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn
  • 2011-02-20

As Always

Thank goodness for Abercrombie a creator of real people and places unlike the usual heroic good guy fantasy schmaltz.

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  • Marcus
  • 2019-03-20

Great narrator. Awful book.

Really struggled with this one. Between Unlikeable characters and a predictable story full of deus ex machina, there's really only one thing to enjoy and that's the narrator doing his damndest to breathe some life into this mess.

Steer clear.