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Abercrombie has submitted the proof copy of the first book in his new series, set in the world of The First Law. He is already revising book 2. Took stoked. Listening to The Blade Itself right now, and forgot how awesome some of the characters are. The Dogman and company are an awesome listen.
 
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Interesting how many people are listening to books now.

The narrator makes all the difference. I got a series called The Cycle of Arawn and I literally couldn't listen to it. The guy sounded like some cunt on CBeebies, ffs.

The Wheel of Time was decently done but this Raven's Shadow is brilliant. I'd fuck the guys voicebox, tbh.
 
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Interesting how many people are listening to books now.

The narrator makes all the difference. I got a series called The Cycle of Arawn and I literally couldn't listen to it. The guy sounded like some cunt on CBeebies, ffs.

The Wheel of Time was decently done but this Raven's Shadow is brilliant. I'd fuck the guys voicebox, tbh.
I always always against it until the Dresden Files. Also graphicaudio.net is incredible. They do almost everything that Sanderson has written, and they are all next level and better than the actual books (IMO)
 

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Interesting how many people are listening to books now.

The narrator makes all the difference. I got a series called The Cycle of Arawn and I literally couldn't listen to it. The guy sounded like some cunt on CBeebies, ffs.

The Wheel of Time was decently done but this Raven's Shadow is brilliant. I'd fuck the guys voicebox, tbh.

This.

I've been listening to some HP Lovecraft and some of the narrators are perfect, others are just so out of place. I find it hard to listen to women narrating too. Overly modern American voices are the worst I have come across.
 
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This.

I've been listening to some HP Lovecraft and some of the narrators are perfect, others are just so out of place. I find it hard to listen to women narrating too. Overly modern American voices are the worst I have come across.
I finished the necronomicon over Christmas and I totally agree! After listening to the first short story with a perfectly casting British narrator I really had high hopes and then on the longer more involved stories they had the most generic deep voiced no emotion American guy which totally ruined it. I am glad the narrator who did the call of cthulu got it spot on.
 
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I finished the necronomicon over Christmas and I totally agree! After listening to the first short story with a perfectly casting British narrator I really had high hopes and then on the longer more involved stories they had the most generic deep voiced no emotion American guy which totally ruined it. I am glad the narrator who did the call of cthulu got it spot on.

Call of Cthulu was the first I listened, I'd guess it were the same person you heard. The other guy I listened to straight after seemed to be really putting on the voice he thought he should be read in which was just odd. I quite like an attempt to do voices, but the straight narration should be kept to a more ear worthy tone.
 

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I know I'm late to the party here, and these collections you might have/probably have already read, but the two I would recommend if you haven't yet are the Death Gate Cycle (Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman) and the Dark Elf Trilogy (R. A. Salvatore). Old school classics.



 
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Goodness. Listening to The Blade Itself and I am just really amazed at how interesting Abercrombie could make these different characters in his first book. Say one thing about Logen Ninefinger, say that his chapters are the most well rounded. Glokta's internal monologue is always entertaining. Don't really care about Jazel's chapters all that much, but...then I remember how the story goes. Bayaz is better than I remember him being as a character. It is cool watching a lot of the moving pieces this time around. You can see...well I'm not going to spoil it for those who haven't read them. The guy is a very very talented writer, no matter how depressing all of his work tends to be.
 

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I know I'm late to the party here, and these collections you might have/probably have already read, but the two I would recommend if you haven't yet are the Death Gate Cycle (Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman) and the Dark Elf Trilogy (R. A. Salvatore). Old school classics.



Been toying with the Dark Elf series, actually. Apparently the main character is legit. The only reason I didn't go for them was I was looking for audiobooks and they were only 8-10 hours long. I only get 1 credit (= 1 book) per month so i need a 20+ hour book to tide me over.
 

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Been toying with the Dark Elf series, actually. Apparently the main character is legit. The only reason I didn't go for them was I was looking for audiobooks and they were only 8-10 hours long. I only get 1 credit (= 1 book) per month so i need a 20+ hour book to tide me over.
Ah, I see. And yes it's true, Drizzt is a phenomenal character, so much that there's been (or used to be) a lot of call for him and his realm to become RPG fantasy games and the like.

And it's kinda kinky when his sisters whip the shit out of him
 
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i like audiobooks but if it's really detailed non fiction or a non linear story i can struggle to remember everything. so then i think it's worth getting the text to read.
 

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Goodness. Listening to The Blade Itself and I am just really amazed at how interesting Abercrombie could make these different characters in his first book. Say one thing about Logen Ninefinger, say that his chapters are the most well rounded. Glokta's internal monologue is always entertaining. Don't really care about Jazel's chapters all that much, but...then I remember how the story goes. Bayaz is better than I remember him being as a character. It is cool watching a lot of the moving pieces this time around. You can see...well I'm not going to spoil it for those who haven't read them. The guy is a very very talented writer, no matter how depressing all of his work tends to be.
I'm in the middle of the 3rd book right now. This narrator is very, very good.
 
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I'm in the middle of the 3rd book right now. This narrator is very, very good.
The first few minutes killed me. That high pitched English voice, I thought it was going to be annoying. Then he started jumping in and out of voices and really showing an investment in each moment. He's amazing. My favorite is still James Marsters once he gets to the middle of the Dresden Files series. Anyway. I'm looking forward to getting through the series, then I'm REALLY looking forward to listening to Best Served Cold. Also Red Country...the guy just created such a great world with a cast of characters that he gets to flesh out without letting it all fall off of a cliff.
 
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@mandela @Juiceboxbiotch you got anywhere with the Dresden Files at all?
I'm still on Raven's Shadow, mate. On the final book now.

After the first one I went to listen to the 2nd installment but the first came on again and it was so good I listened to it right through again. Phenomenal. I've never done that before.

Unfortunately, the 2nd book isn't as good. He changes the style, from a first person perspective to focussing on different characters, kinda like GoT does, and this loses a bit of the intensity and focus. Still a great read but maybe a 7 when the first was a solid 10.

About 1/5th of the way through the final book. Dresden next.
 
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@mandela @Juiceboxbiotch you got anywhere with the Dresden Files at all?
Any chance of a brief synopsis? I prefer fantasy a bit more historically based but willing to give it a try. Hate clear black/white, good/evil characters and much prefer if the magic elements aren't the be all and end all. Particularly not a fan of fantasy where every new villain introduced is more powerful than the last. Or heroes for that matter. Seen a few people mention The Kingkiller Chronicle on the first page; wasn't a fan as the main character (Kvothe) seemed to have a natural ability at just about everything.
 
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Any chance of a brief synopsis? I prefer fantasy a bit more historically based but willing to give it a try. Hate clear black/white, good/evil characters and much prefer if the magic elements aren't the be all and end all. Particularly not a fan of fantasy where every new villain introduced is more powerful than the last. Or heroes for that matter. Seen a few people mention The Kingkiller Chronicle on the first page; wasn't a fan as the main character (Kvothe) seemed to have a natural ability at just about everything.
It's about a Wizard called Harry who may or may not be part of prophecy with a great destiny to defeat evil.

Think Harry Potter for adults. With all the fantasy creatures of myth and folklore.

Harry is a (somewhat) grumpy wizard who is a private investigator by trade, with a dark past. So far he tends to deal with minor stuff - trolls, finding lost things (tracking spells), general consulting with the Chicago PD on 'weird' cases. Then things ramp up massively, and Harry is at the centre of a huge mystery against a powerful sorcerer. The series explodes quickly and feature Bob, Vampire courts (and brothels), Chicago crime lords, fairy queens, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, necromancy, T-Rex, Excalibur etc.

The first couple books can be rough - it was initially a school/college writing project, so he needed time to grow. Most people say skip the first few, but I think it's a bad idea. Fool Moon (#2) is probably the hardest one, but still introduces a lot of new stuff. But you'll be hooked so fast, and so engrossed that you'll not even realise it til you're 6 books in and can't stop.

It's not all about the magic, and the magic is based in real principles, there are clear limits (unlike Harry Potter for example) and it makes sense. Villians can get stronger, but Harry grows with it, and not always on the side of good. The last thing that can ever be used to describe this series is "Black or white". Hard choices are needed to be made, sacrifices and consequences. Harry goes through hell in each book, and the ramifications stay with him.

I'd honestly feel like I need to rate it the best series I've ever read, and I say that as one of the biggest Harry Potter nuts alive.

It's even better when you get the audiobooks and James Marsters to read it outloud for you. He IS Harry.
 
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