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One of the Very Best writer's in existence. Narration is really enjoyable. Fantastic Combination. Brilliant.
If Joe Abercrombie wrote a Western this would be it. it has all the trappings of a classic Western story told through the lens of the first law trilogy. It also is as grim and dark as ever. Death and murder abound.. and it feels like the movie no country for old men.
The killing gets done, but nobody's happy about it.
Enjoy it for what it is, and it isn't. B+/A- work overall.
joe you the man. to really appreciate his work you need to read/listen to all of these books. each ties in with others with multiple refrences to earlier books. If i were to pick an order of books it would be ; the first law trilogy, best served cold, heroes, then red country. reason is chronological order and references that you would only get if you had read the previous. but by no means think that each of joes books could not stand alone. all have different plots and main story lines. joes genious lies in creating an evolving world and dynamic characters where no one is truly good or evil and the world doesnt simply end because a particular story is done. nor does the world revolve around a single person. in the words of my favorite character joes world....has to be realistic. has to be lol
Joe Ambercrombie just keeps coming up with great stories and with Steven Pacey narrating it was just that much better. Its still hard to believe one person was reading the book. Cant wait for the next one!
What an amazing book! I blew through this book very quickly and can't wait to listen to the other two. If you are looking for a true dark fantasy epic that is boiled down to nature's true gritty grasp, give any book in this series a chance to cut a way into your dark twisted heart: ) Thanks Joe Abercrombie for making my life numbing commute an enjoyable experience!
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after the last two books which I didn't like as well this one was a pleasure to read enjoyed every minute I am glad they went with the original narrator. i hate when a series changes readers in the middle.
Joe Abercrombie is so good I just buy hus stuff without caring what the book is about. I grew up reading everything Robert E. Howard. Abercrombie is the modern incarnation of Howard. Read his stuff, listen to his stuff, whatever.... you will not be disappointed.
By the way, Pacey is pretty bad-a too. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, if you get my drift.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
After listening to the first three hours I decided to bail on Red Country. The senseless violence and crude circumstances of medieval mercenary life was getting to me. I missed my squeaky clean corridors of space. Then I went back and re-read some of the five-star reviews. So now I am going to complete the book.
Five days later…
I finished Red Country after remembering what I found attractive about the First Law trilogy: humor. It may seem entirely paradoxical but amidst the Sam Peckinpah carnage—where men are exsanguinated in nearly every scene—there lies an undercurrent of sanguine whimsy. Joe Abercrombie is one of the foremost modern practitioners of the insult. His characters are all adept and the underhand compliment. Once the mind is trained to listen for these barbs, even the most mangled melee becomes melodious. Find this optimistic hook and you will have found the key to Amercrombie, and hours of enjoyable listening.
Steven Pacey is one of those one-man-show performers. Even with a cast of thousands he manages to give every character, no matter how minor, their own distinct voice. And Pacey’s sense of pacing is marvelous. He instinctively knows how to give each scene the right level of energy to achieve the greatest dramatic impact. Without his narration I would not have been able to engage with the story. Like Bronson Pinchot he can take a story of passing interest and make it into something special.
P.S. — Several Joe Abercrombie books have been reissued by a new publisher and the reviews for the older versions are no longer available unless you already own the title. There are literally thousands of ratings and hundreds of fine reviews on the original audio versions of Joe Abercrobmie’s First Law trilogy. If you are new to his writings, these are now inaccessible to you. This is unfortunate, since it was the opinions of my fellow reviewers that convinced me to try Abercrombie’s books in the first place. If you wish to know what I thought about Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, and Best Served Cold, you can find them on my reviews page.