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Before They Are Hanged Audiobook

Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

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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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    mohamed 03-17-16
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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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    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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    Galyn 12-23-15
    Galyn 12-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Started Audible to listen while I did work in my 5.5 acre yard. Now, I listen all the time. My TV is now only on when company is at my home.

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    "Great story, superb reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    I listen to this over and over. The story is great, everyone is damaged. No one is a hero. Full of observations and truisms about life. One of my absolute favorites


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    Mambo21 10-27-15
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    "Great audible/book"

    This continued the amazing narration of the first novel in this series. Definitely one of the best series in dark fantasy.

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    Mike Q Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 10-06-15
    Mike Q Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 10-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Book 2 of my favorite trilogy."

    It's almost like these books were written to my particular tastes. I could go on and on but I would just sound even more like a fanboy so I'll skip my speech on how much I love the first law series and say this... When it comes to the combination of writer and reader this series is in the top 1% all-time on Audible in my opinion. Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey's combined efforts make a work of high art that that I've enjoyed annually since I first listened to them in 2013 and I appreciate it more and more each time.

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    A. Alcozer Houston, Tx United States 09-23-15
    A. Alcozer Houston, Tx United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Was over b4 I knew it"

    like the 1st book, didn't have a classical climax and ending to me. felt like it was not complete but otherwise a very good book. Just means I need to buy the next one :)

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    Size13ShoeLover Duval~904 09-04-15
    Size13ShoeLover Duval~904 09-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "second read, great as the first."

    fantastic, animated narrator.
    gripping story.
    tears and guffaws abound.
    compelling characters.
    overall, a brilliant diversion.


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    "Abercrombie and Pacey unbeatable."

    This series best read of year for me. Narrator completes a great story and excellently built abd believable characters. actual historical metaphors i.e. the Union (GB), inquisition, the Kurdish aka Muslims and Arabs

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    9/23/16
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    "Outstandingly Narrated Story"
    Would you listen to Before They Are Hanged again? Why?

    I would. Hugely entertaining, rollercoaster of a story, Very dark with comedic episodes that light the darkest moments. Made me laugh out loud many times.


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

    GOT - loosely


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances. He is outstanding in this trilogy. I'll be sure to check out his other performances now though............


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    pffttt...........How should I know. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD / CONFESSIONS OF A TORTURER AND OTHER TALES / BATTLE OF THE FLESH EATERS / 100 WAYS TO KILL FOR DUMMIES......................


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    Download this Trilogy, you wont be disappointed. Highly addictive, compulsive listening. Brilliantly drawn characters. Brilliantly narrated.

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    "Fantasy books are great!"

    Never listened to fantasy stuff, have read Lord of the rings etc but this is incredible! Gripping, great story and awesome story.

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  • maaniuch
    8/19/16
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    "Great book, and an amazing performance!"

    Simply one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. Excellent choice for the voice talent.

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  • Mark
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    "Not enough action. long winded prologue to book 3"

    I was expecting so much from this series was quite disappointed to be honest.

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  • Donny
    Heriot, MidLothian United Kingdom
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    "great stuff"

    Continues the story along brilliantly. The characters are excellent as is the narration. In this genre these are the best I've come upon in a long while.

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  • NICK SHELLEY
    7/18/16
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    "Thirsting for more of the same!"

    A fine tale narrated by a consummate actor. Each character plausibly and credibly described and developed as each exciting story within the story builds.

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  • James
    Perth, United Kingdom
    7/16/16
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    "The story continues"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as the narration brought the characters to life rather than me deciding how they sound


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Abercrombie? Why or why not?

    Yes, a good follow up, perhaps on the long side, but enough to keep me going to the third one


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

    Glockter


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No too long, though there were bits it was difficult to stop at


    Any additional comments?

    Some characters are better than others, and bits of the story dragged, but entertaining all the same

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  • Richard
    7/6/16
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    "Brilliant Narration!!"

    I had already read these books but being new to audiobooks I decided to listen to something I'd already read incase I didn't like it. That way it wouldn't put me off any new books I'd bought. I needed something for work to pass the time so I gave it a shot.

    I should not have worried. Steven Pacey is a narrator of the highest quality. He brought the characters alive for me all over again. Gave them individual instantly recognisable voices. He has a great range of accents and voices I have to say.

    My only fear now is that I will struggle to find another narrator of the same quality!!! Excellent work!

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  • Harvey
    Bath, United Kingdom
    7/3/16
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    "Great story and excellent narration."

    I read this in paper format first but knew I'd really enjoy it again in audiobook form. The narration is excellent with clearly distinguished characters and good pacing.

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  • Mr
    6/8/16
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    "Book Two done"

    The story continues with the same tones as the first - and I expect the same from book three which I will be starting shortly. The characters are great and the relationships are developing in their individual scenarios.

    Again Steven Pacey puts on a fantastic performance and whilst not a 5 start story it's certainly one I am enjoying and will see through to the end of the triology.

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