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Before They Are Hanged Audiobook

Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.
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Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous, and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces.

In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come... but a plot is festering to hand the city to its besiegers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon.

And to the east, a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled.

©2007 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Michael Mirrabooka, Australia 07-16-14
    Michael Mirrabooka, Australia 07-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "taken for a great ride"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes great story interesting compelling story


    What other book might you compare Before They Are Hanged to and why?

    game of thrones


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    listening is a great time saver I would rather read and let my imagination create scenes but Steven does a marvelous job of painting a great story with his wonderful style


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no but a great listen


    Any additional comments?

    give it a go if your a fantasy fan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-08-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "PRIDE AND SHAME DON'T FEED YOU"

    HONOR, WHAT GOOD IS IT?
    YOU CAN'T DRINK IT.
    YOU CAN'T F IT.
    This is life as seen through the common man. It is a harsh life, which is reflected in the language, attitude and wisdom of our main characters. This is also a life where one day you may be the handsome hero and the next the ugly monster. The characters are well developed, interesting and complicated. Each day I listened to find out what was gong to happen to these characters I had become so invested in. JA is not as harsh as George R.R. Martin, but you can not always be assured your favorite characters are not going to come to some harm or be killed.

    DOING BETTER, THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS.
    This is a five star book, but I must admit that it is not as good as book 1. Unlike others, I felt the story in this one went a little long and that it was not that much of a story. If I good give six stars, I would give book one six and this book five. I also believe that it don't matter which book you read first. Like most trilogies this book is meant to keep your interest just long enough for you to want to buy the third book, and it worked.

    AS FOR BEING A GOOD MAN, THAT SHIP SAILED LONG AGO AND I WAS NOT EVEN THERE TO SEE IT OFF.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-02-13
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The first law series, A MUST FOR FANTASY READERS"
    Any additional comments?

    The first law series is an instant classic. GRR Martin fans are going to love it. The Performance is also top notch. The best of lists for the sff genre will put this series near the top. I am enjoying another Joe Abercrombie novel "Red Country".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bedford, NH, United States 11-30-12
    Craig Bedford, NH, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Superior Fantasy for a new Century"

    I don't know where we're headed, but I'm LOVING how we're getting there! Joe Abercrombie does it again with the sequel to The Blade Itself. Another darker, grittier epic fantasy where the usual tropes and memes are turned on their heads, giving the same old chills and thrills we love of our usual epic fantasy, but with a more ominous and surprising edge. There are no pristine archetypes here, but rather a collection of flawed and fallible men and women struggling to do their . . . best . . . ? . . . worst? . . . well, definitely struggling, anyway. And as the story progresses you learn, organically and without chapters' worth of clumsy exposition, that some, if not all, of these characters aren't quite what they appear to be . . .

    Can't wait to finish The Last Argument of Kings, which I downloaded directly the MINUTE I finished this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 04-12-12
    Tango Texas 04-12-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Totally leaves you hanging"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspects are two in my opinion. The characterizations are wonderful with believable characters that the listener can identify with; few characters are totally evil stereotypes and none are saints. The political plots and machinations are equally interesting and often applicable to real life. The least interesting aspect to me are the battles. There are many more battle scenes in the second book than in the first and had I been reading this book, I might have put it down or skimmed large sections. However, it is hard to fast forward through Steven Pacey - he is an amazing reader even for parts of the book I didn't like.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know if I would have read past the first book in this series - it isn't really my genre of choice. But I LOVE listening to Steven Pacey. He really brings the book and the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why the First Law series was written as a series - should have just been a big book. Neither the first nor second book stands alone. If you are going to be forced to buy all three to get a complete story, calling it a series is sort of cheating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mohamed 03-17-16
    mohamed 03-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    can't wait to hear the Last book of the trilogy some serious development happened and now to conclude the story.

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    Trent 03-16-16
    Trent 03-16-16 Member Since 2009
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    "great series"

    I am relitening to the series and can not wait to hear the new ones.

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    Todd A Frazie 03-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly the Best"

    The best author and best reader I've ever experienced, at their best. An enjoyable experience, to say the least.

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    Robert 03-05-16
    Robert 03-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best..."

    The First Law Series is better than Lord of the Rings or Ice and Fire. Just is. Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he's raised the bar.

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    Brian 02-21-16
    Brian 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Greatness "

    Pacey is wonderful ! I first heard a book read by Frank McCourt and after that I was open to audiobooks. This book and series all together is my favorite. Pacey brings to life all the characters. He set the bar so high as far as I'm concerned. I love the series and read by anyone else would not be as good.

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  • Ali
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    "Say one thing for Abercrombie: say he should write"

    This book starts out as strong as the rest of the series and keeps the action flowing throughout. There is an over-arching feeling of frustration in this book and it really adds to the atmospheres created in the first two instalments. I think I enjoyed the book, though I can't shake the feeling of unease while reading it. Masterfully done yet again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Newmachar, United Kingdom
    5/10/11
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    "Superb follow up"

    This trilogy is probably the best piece of fantasy writing I've listened to in years. Joe Abercrombie's writing stiyle is such that you can't wait to find out what the next twist is going to be. The descriptions of the more gruesome elements of the story are so good I winced more than once. This coupled with the underlying humour moved this from a standard quest story into a whole genre. Steven Pacey's narration is perfectly paced with each of the main characters voices being distinctly different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "Dark and Edgy..."

    Dark violent gritty - absolutely wonderful, gripped from beginning to end in this second in the fantasy series, I laughed, cringed, booed, gasped and cheered. My favourite character has to be Glockta, his dry sarcastic inner monologue entertained and I love the knife edge political machinations he had to hobble through. All the main characters leap off the page and are easily distinguishable, off to go straight onto the next one.. Bravo even better than the first hence the five stars...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • e bailey
    4/24/16
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    "Before they are hanged:"

    Excellent continuation from book 1,The blade itself. Characters consistently very well portrayed and read. Storyline very well paced and put together. Can't wait to begin book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    4/15/16
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    "Masterful"

    A masterfully written story with diverse and complex characters, brought to life with the incredible talent of Steven Pacey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sowerbytom
    3/24/16
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    "Really gets going!"

    Enjoyed the blade itself but this one is even better! The story really gets going and all the characters are well formed and believable. There are different strands running in parallel and all are interesting and keep the story fresh, intricate and fast paced. Excellently written and narrated.
    Will be purchasing the last in the series as soon as my credit arrives!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R C Shillitoe
    3/23/16
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    "Just gets better"

    Great story well developed from book one superbly read again if you liked game of thrones you'll love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss H. Stevenson
    Manchester uk
    3/14/16
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    "exceptional!"

    intriguing storyline, impeccably written and wonderfully narrated. top notch. can't wait for book 3 now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger
    2/13/16
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    "Say one thing about this, say its awesome!"

    The second book in the series it continues it three main arcs well. Excellent narrator, fantastic story well brought to life. Great fantasy work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adaline
    Ireland
    12/22/15
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    "Simply Brilliant."

    Despite his occupation, the wit and sarcasm of Glokta made me love this character. His thought processes are fascinating.
    I can see the influence of other fantasy writers in the book from time to time, but this does not take away from its brilliance.
    If the first of this series was not on a daily deal, I would have missed an absolute treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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