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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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  • Zati
  • 28/04/2014

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Nathan
  • 14/04/2013

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • John M
  • 18/03/2013

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
  • 26/01/2013

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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  • Global
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  • Karen
  • 08/08/2012

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
  • 24/05/2012

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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  • Global
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  • Bruno
  • 19/02/2012

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • matty
  • 18/04/2011

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn
  • 20/02/2011

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • PuckerFactor
  • 06/09/2018

Steven Pacey is now my favourite narrator

Another great book by Joe Abercrombie. Steven Pacey has made it hard for me to enjoy similar books in this genre by other narrators. He isn't just narrating, he is acting out these characters with a wide range of emotions and regional dialects and accents. He is absolutely amazing. It was interesting to get some of the minor characters from the First Law trilogy becoming some of the major characters in this story...a great story of revenge with some exciting capers.

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  • Global
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  • Fl00py
  • 25/08/2016

Defenatly worth a hearthrough

Full of dark sarcatic humour and wisdom. Betrayl is only a handspan away and not one charakter is onedimantionel.

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  • Global
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  • T.Heermann
  • 20/09/2016

His best so far

Der Autor versteht es eine realistische, düstere Atmosphäre aufzubauen in der sich seine Charaktere schlüssig und gut gezeichnet bewegen. Auch wenn die Storyline um die Thematik "Rache" nun nicht gerade das Rad neu erfindet, so macht sie dennoch Spaß.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • CD-litRPG fan
  • 02/10/2018

Good but lacking in comparison to First Law

I was looking forward to reading this new book set in the same universe as the First Law. And while I truly appreciate that it breaks with the past, unlike so many other authors, I can't help but feel that it is lacking something. The sequential killing for revenge makes it both repetitive and somehow doesn't quite develop the characters as in the original trilogy. It feels too direct and the sidestories too much like plain raw vegetables when you expected a complex dish.

  • Global
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  • Cathrin
  • 18/06/2018

good, but not as good as first law Trilogy

liked to hear from known characters, but unfortunately couldn't quite 'warm up' to any of them - unlike in the first trilogy. but nonetheless a nice story and interesting twists - no mistake in trying it out :)

  • Global
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  • Stefan
  • 15/03/2017

Simply glorious

Wie hat Ihnen Steven Pacey als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Steven Pacey is the most amazing narrator I have ever had the great pleasure listening to. He effortlessly gives unique voices to dozens of characters, finds the perfect pitch for every mood in the book and adds immense additional quality to any book he narrates. I am indebted to him for countless hours of great entertainment!

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