While the First Law series isn't absolutely required background material it certainly doesn't hurt. Why would you want to miss out on something so wonderful anyway? I was thrilled to see that Pacey had returned for Red Country as I consider the First Law series on audiobook to be a masterpiece.
A friend introduced me to Joe Abercrombie about 3 months ago and I have voraciously consumed all his novels since. My only complaint is that like his other fans I have to wait for him to write another having completed them all.
Mr. Abercrombie may be the most brilliant story teller of our time and he doesn't let us down with Red Country. Steven Pacey's narration is flawless giving each character a distinct voice that they need not be named for the listener to recognize. Pacey doesn't fall down on any of the myriad charcters he's given voice to in the First Law series or Red Country.
I couldn't recommend any audiobook ahead of anything Joe Abercrombie has written especially when narrated by Steven Pacey.
Wow, Wow, Wow
Lam (Logen Nine Fingers), of course. But the new characters of Shy and Temple were great as well.
SP is really unbelievable! How he can make you feel the actions though his voice. Job well done.
I laughed in places at the reactions of my "old friends" and was sad to see them leave when the book ended. I will be listening to this again!
If you have not read/listened to the other Joe A.'s books in this series, please do before this one. I think you need the others to help you enjoy Red Country even more.
Revisiting returning characters from previous novels, and seeing possibilities in a few of thesse new ones
Lamb at the bar, rolling up his sleeves. And your like, o man, here it comes! And Ro's new 'daddy.'
Cosca!!!!! Pacey does Cosca the best. But I must say, I liked Michael Page's Friendly more though :-)
When Shy said, '"better to do it, than to live with the fear of it." Thats what Lamb would have said.' It was nice to think that Logan got to have some years of family and happiness.
My primary complaint is with the 'fantasy-western' thing. Best Served Cold was a thriller of sorts, and The Heroes was a tale of a battle. So with this one, Abercrombie went with an american western. But in this case, it wasnt a 'western feel,' it was a western paraody. Any cliche of the american western is overt, and even expected to carry the story. In a few cases, it was to good affect: Like Lamb at the bar, when we first see him kill. But in most cases, it was overdone and took me out of the story again and again.
HOWEVER!! It is as gritty and violent as any other Abercrombie novel, and the characters are fun to follow. Temple especially. He's so wishy-washy, I wanted to call him Charlie Brown :-) But it made him unpredictable, and so lots of fun. Though I'd consider this Abercrombie's weakest novel, its still better than most other fantasy novels out there. If you've read Abercrombie's other novels, it is important you read this one, And if you havent, then read his other books first.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
Joe Abercrombie has just kicked out another unbelievably adventurous story, thank him very much! This book by itself is awesome if you've never read some of his other books, but if you have, you figure out who Lamb is by about mid-book. That is great, though the story is about Shy. A girl desperate to find her brother and sister and punish those that took them. It has fully formed characters throughout, as usual, and we get to hear a little about those from books past. I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Pacey as narrator, he was a perfect choice for this book.
This paragraph is about the delivery ratings. I'm disappointed that people are giving this low ratings because of a technical difficulty. I've been a member for 10 years, and this is the first time I've had a problem, so the percentage of problems is remarkably low. (I have almost 600 titles) So please give the author a break, the book is still awesome and needs to be rated on it's own merits. Plus the star system says performance, story and overall. Not, I didn't get the book yesterday and have to do a little more work and research, GASP! (seriously?)
This release is amply peppered with laugh out loud moments. It took me about a quarter of the book to really get into it, but now I am appreciating each scene as it slides into my ears. Awesome narration!!
Classic Joe Abercrombie
All of it. The story was good, the narrator was good.
I had many, but I'd rather not post spoilers.
I would have liked it if the mages made more of an appearance, but I understand that Joe needs to save something for other books!
yes because its that good It doesnt get better than this , its like deadwood mixed with conan, mixed with indiana jones mixed with the thirteenth warrior mixed with.....
shy because she reminds me of vin (mistborn)
the thing is full of mments that made go YES
mr A writes the best dark fantasy available and while some of the story feels like I have heard it before it still works, ie I know the guy who allways looks out for himself , will see the light and do the right thing ,but I cant wait to hear it .
and I have never listened to a whole book waiting to hear the protagonist say a name his name I can picture him with blood dripping down his chin saying "I AM L&%@# N&N% F&*(@R% you M*^HERFK%R
If you were a fan of The Blade Itself then you will enjoy this book. Abercrombie and Pacey are back in action again. This is not for kids or the faint hearted, an excellent tale well delivered by an excellent narrator. I pre-ordered this book and am very pleased with my purchase. Many thanks to the author and narrator and I hope to hear more of the same.
I noticed this morning when I tried to download this book that there was a big problem & called Customer Service first thing. So they are definitely aware of the issue - something to do with the formatting (first part is 19 hours, the other two parts are 1 minute each, which is definitely wrong). I'm confident they'll get it fixed, but it can't hurt to notify them again of the issue. Call or email if you haven't done so already.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
Joe Abercrombie is an excellent writer, and I own his other audiobooks, and love them ALL, so when I saw this audiobook arrive, it was a "must buy" for me. However, it's a bit different from his previous works.
Don't get me wrong - It's very good. It's...well... a...umm... western?
Yep. That's right, pardner. A western movie snuggled up in a fantasy setting. Think I'm off on this? Here's the quote from the back of the hardcover copy:
"They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…"
Wow...and a bit of a spaghetti western, at that.
Again, it's great, but you'll be TOTALLY reminded of True Grit. (Mattie Ross, Rooster Cogburn, Ned Pepper, Lawyer J. Noble Daggett, etc...) You sort of know the path it will take, and in this order: Tragedy, pain, passion, resolve, tribulation, confrontation, and justice.
But don't get cocky.
This doesn't make it bad, just a tiny bit predictable; But not completely. J.A. throws enough twists and reversals in this to make you sit back, scratch your head, and pay attention. He provides great characters with "character," not shallow furniture for his literary stage. As usual, I found myself liking certain characters, disliking others, not for their position in the novel, but because of how the author fleshed them out - And that's a GOOD thing.
This is an audiobook worthy of your listening time, and although it's somewhat of a sidestep from his wonderful series, it's enjoyable, and a fitting reason to use your hard-earned Audible credit. It was for me.