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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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    Dave Logan 05-26-16
    Dave Logan 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    I've listened to this book multiple times and it only gets better. I love the voice of the narrator.

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    Alex P Mackey 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great world/characters"

    Great follow up! Would love more tales of Logan and the named men of the north.

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    mohamed 03-17-16
    mohamed 03-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

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

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    8/23/10
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    "An EXCELLENT trilogy, BRILLIANTLY narrated"

    An excellent audiobook brilliantly narrated.

    This is the second book in Joe Abercrombie's 'First Law' trilogy and it is important to read/listen to the books in order to get the most out of them.

    The book picks up more or less when part 1 ended. There are now three distinct story lines involving Glokta, Major West and the Byas expedition and they are pretty much separate throughout. There is also a lot more action. But the main strengths of the first book continue: well written, excellent characters and plots and a tour de force of narration by Stephen Pacey, who brings the book brilliantly to life. Stunning is the only word to describe his performance.

    A five star listen - I'm already onto to part 3!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    2/5/14
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    "How to apply dark comedy to a gritty fantasy"


    Joe Abercombie continues on top form with his second installment.

    Story – 4.5/5

    I did feel like a lot of the story was unnecessary to the overall aim, but what it did help to do was develop the characters, and this was clearly Joe Abercrombie’s intention, as he has set it up for one hell of a ride in the conclusion to the trilogy (which I have already read)

    Each of the characters becomes even more likeable, and the dark comedy becomes even funnier as you learn more and the story develops. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect, and I found I couldn’t turn the audio book off.

    This story has more action and violence than the first, concentrating on both the battles themselves as well as the politics behind them.

    Performance – 5/5

    Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators out there. His character acting was flawless, each having a distinctive and believable voice. His narration enhanced the dark comedy and whit of Joe Abercrombie’s writing

    Music/sound effects between scenes/chapters was a nice touch as well

    Overall – 4.5/5

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    1/18/11
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    "An excellent sequel."

    This book continues the brilliant form of the first. There are some new characters introduced but mainly it continues the stories of the diverse and varied cast from the first book. It is bloodier than the first, with more battles and action, but retains the intelligence and humour of the first. A remarkable series of books so far, made all the more enjoyable by the narrator. An excellent effort all round!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Bruton, United Kingdom
    6/10/12
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    "These books are the reason I need more credits !!!"

    This second part of the trilogy is not the "mark time till the finale" filler usually found in fantasy trilogies. The characters are solid and the story makes turning off your mp3 player very hard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    10/20/11
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    "Fantastic stuff"

    Gripping to the end - fantastic stuff! Brilliant story and brilliant narrator. I usually only listen to Audible stories while driving (on my sat nav) but this one was so good I took the sat nav out of the car and listened to it straight through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    GREENFORD, United Kingdom
    8/14/11
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    "a very good listen!"

    After listening to the first book I bought this one (being the second book) it too was not a mistake. I thouroughly enjoyed it adn found it if not as good as the first book then better! once again it was well read by Stephen Pacey with all the emotion and grit of the first book. This is definatly worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • graham
    plymouth, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Buy it, Download it, Enoy it.."

    That's exactly what I have done..like part one "the blade Itself" this is a fantastic story, well written and excellently executed by narrator. The characters each have their distinctive characterisation, that blend and meander through the story . The story is exiting and interesting and builds each chapter.
    If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, you will enjoy this..It has the quality of writing of GOT, but the narration is so much better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Brilliant continuation of The Blade Itself"

    I discovered Joe Abercrombie from reading reviews on Audible and was glad I did. I wanted something fresh to read and not derivative of other authors. I found this here.



    I did everything I could to find time to continue listening to this book. I offered to do the shopping, gardening and even pretended to go to bed early so could slip in the ear phones and lose myself in the characters and the world.



    The book is not without faults - the expedition to edge of the world seems a pointless, if engaging, ramble - but they are few and greatly offset by the story and narration.



    I would recommend this series to anyone interested in fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Alderly Edge, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Superb"

    I downloaded this entire book for a long car journey across Europe. Absolutely superb. Being new to audio books it was the quality of the narration that really impressed me... such a range of different voices and all from one person. I have read Joe Abercromie books before so I knew I could bet on a good story and I haven't been disappointed. Highly recommeded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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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

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