Joe Abercrombie is the Guy Ritchie of fantasy fiction. His books are fast paced and fun with emphasis on wit and action rather than the depth of human experience that you might find in more challenging work. His stories move well, due to a confident and easy prose, with occasional rough gems as well as polished turds. While Abercrombie seems to try to push conventions with how dark and gritty his protagonists are, I find the gratuitous violence and sex to be instantly forgettable. There is nothing haunting or unsettling in Abercrombie's fantasy, not because there isn't terrible things happening, but because it doesn't feel real.
Like Ritchie's movies, I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Abercrombie any more than I would a steady diet of Bojangles biscuits, but that doesn't mean the occasional one doesn't go down awful good.
I have not read a western in many,many years. Though this story technically is not a western, there are no six shooters, it is very much a western world and story. Even if you are not a fan of the genre please don't let this fact put you off. Joe Abercrombie is so good a story teller and writer that it simply doesn't matter what genre he tells his yarns in, you simply know that it will be a rip roaring ride and well worth your time and money. This story is no exception.
His characters are so wonderfully hard edged, fantastic and yet quite real in all the ways that count. The dialog between the characters is snappy, intelligent, thought provoking and humorous!
I have loved All of Abercrombie's works to date and this story, though quite different in its being a frontier, western/ fantasy story, is no exception. Just loved it. I give the story five stars.
What did I think of the narrator? Steven Pacey was so incredibly good at bringing these characters to life. I can not imagine another Voice for these guys. With his voice of major general Nikoli Koska taking the highest of honors. Abercrombie's dialog and Pacey's voice had me laughing out loud many, many times, and had my full attention with his wonderfully profane/ profound view of the world.
Five star performance by Mr. Pacey!
Overall, 5 star book. Well worth your time!
I should say that this book is gritty, lots of profanity, death and mayhem. Definitely a rated R story. Take this into consideration when listening to it. I have 3 kids and therefore listened to it on my headphones and when they were not present. If you don't have kids, let it rip out loud because it is really a fun story!
I'd recommend Joe Abercrombie to anyone remotely entertained by Game of Thrones. These are great stories.
The characters. Joe has created some great ones. When tackling books of this size ultimately its the characters that drive the story. The humor in the books is great also. something I think alot of fantasy stories lack. Joe`s wry,cynical humor is just great. Then of course there is the action. I would say "gritty", is a great way to describe it. overall Red Country has all the esentials of a truly entertaining, and often insightful book.
He is as good as i have heard. I was glad to see him back for Red Country.
Wanted to? I almost did. About two days.
Anyone interested in a fun,thoughtful story, cant go wrong here. I would recomend starting with "The First Law" trilogy, so u can know each characters backstory. But isnt essential. You wont be lost.
Ah! Like I said Joe is the best .. Our favorite dude returns and the world is balanced
again..... I love Joe's character development abilities... Read all his books and thank me
Red Country is an existentialist fantasy western spiked with generous helpings of true wisdom. Abercrombie touches on universal themes in uncommon, surprising, and somewhat convoluted ways. Some of them are: Can a man change? The nature of violence. The nature of redemption. Can we wipe away our pasts and start again? The list goes on and one. There is no good and evil in Abercrombie's characters, just highly flawed people managing their needs, aspirations, and weaknesses as best they can. Red Country is positively gripping and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. The settings are imaginative (and just plain neat) and the battle descriptions are rich and unpredictable. This is truly uncommon fantasy. It made me look forward to my commute.
PS. This is not orthodox fantasy. If you are looking for a chosen one and a magical sword and a quest, this may not be for you.
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.
What am I supposed to say here?
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?)