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Best Star Wars book

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2019

I have read a few Star Wars related books over the years, and they all seemed lacking. This, however, was not (mostly). Usually I have a few groan moments, but only had one in this book, and it was minor. If you enjoyed Rogue One, this book should be enjoyable.

Good as ever, but appears to end abruptly

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

Reviewed: 08-10-2018

This excellent series continues as good as ever. Though in this narration it seems to just end. I read another review that a chapter or two is missing. I agree. Bren is starting to be more of a lord and more decisive. No one writes realistic social interactions like Cherryh, her heroes are never free to do as they want, though in this instalment Bren does get free of some restrictions.

Better than a movie

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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: 29-04-2018

Enjoyed it, filled the gap between the movies very nicely. Excellent voice acting too.

Keep them coming!

An unashamed knock off

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

The author has knitted a story of scenes from existing SciFi without adding any originality. Gave up listening half way through.

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A biased repetitive diatribe

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

I found the book repetitive, biased (not only did Monty falsely claim that Normandy evolved to his plan, but all British generals and soldiers were nigh worthless) and with major extrapolations (one soldier failed... All British soldiers failed type extrapolations). Very little mention of the US forces. Bradley and Patton would be proud.

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Wow!

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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: 27-05-2016

I bought this with some trepidation, being shortish and fitting-in between two good movies. I am very happy that I eventually ignored my trepidation. It felt like a movie rather than a book. Like all great horror it had likeable characters. The actors were all excellent and the sound effects contributed to the atmosphere. I like how the whole story was bought to live without a narrator.

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A strange but satisfying journey

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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: 06-05-2016

An enjoyable and easy to listen to journey, odd at first, but worth the tale. The narrator was very good. A bitter sweet tale that is hard to review without spoilers, but left me with a feeling some of the grand masters of science fiction have done in the past for me.

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Automatically bought Book 2

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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: 30-09-2015

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is science fiction (i.e. not fantasy). It covers the social side as well. Well written and well read. Scratches my CJ Cherryh's Downbellow-verse itch.

What other book might you compare Ancillary Justice to, and why?

Hmm, the likes of Downbellow Station, Merchanter's luck and Rimrunner, all my favourite SF

Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favourite?

All are done well, she uses several accents and voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Indeed, though work and sleep rudely interrupted

Any additional comments?

The best pure social SF that I have read/listened to in a long time. Is also easy to listen to.

2 people found this helpful

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2014

If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

Everything is awesome!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blade Itself?

Several, where the "heroes" have fear or make mistakes, no one is infallible or more than human. This happens throughout the book and therefore hard to select one.

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard his others, but I can not imagine how they could be better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Indeed. I probably bought it a year ago but never got around to reading it, my mistake. It kept me guessing and caring for the characters such that I stayed up way-past my bedtime to listen and yawn at work the next day.

Any additional comments?

I have been searching for new authors with limited success since the 1980's and 90's. Abercrombie is like finding a gold nugget. The combination of Abercrombie's writing with Pacey's beautiful rendition make this a true gem. I hope to forget it all as soon as possible so I can listen to it all over again.

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