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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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    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
    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 audiobook series."

    Can't say enough about this book and it's reader. Dark, real, succinct, funny and completely satisfying (when you finish the series.)

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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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    Amazon Customer 08-30-15
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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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    Kindle Customer Winnipeg, MB, Canada 08-26-15
    Kindle Customer Winnipeg, MB, Canada 08-26-15 Member Since 2011

    Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters.

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    "Great 2nd book !!!"

    I love this author and narrator. The author deliveries a great story and the narrator really deliveries the characters and makes you feel the action .

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    Kent Sauers 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best..."

    Great story. . great narrator. . characters to love.. believable fantasy. .. hoping for a happy ending, but not expecting one..

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    clever_oxymoron 08-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely riveting and entertaining"

    Joe abercombie has a singular style that begs to be read in one go. The characters are fascinating, the writing is witty and absorbing, and the reading performance is near perfection.

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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
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    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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  • Ninecatz
    6/29/16
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    "Excellent!"
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    Brilliant story and narration! Listen and be transported to another world where you laugh at the inquisition and urge on unseemly hero's!

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  • Mr
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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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  • stodgy78
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    "Bladdy good! Whatto!"

    everything about it is great. From the narrators acting to the well written coversations and just the rigjt amount of description in just the right places. Joe Abercrombie manages to place the characters perfextly in their environments, in how he writes their thoughts

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  • Amazon Customer
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    6/4/16
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    "Superb narration...not even talking about the book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    No idea, I do not own printed version... but I guess the narration, and it is one of the best I have ever heard, gives the audiobook an added value.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Still Sand dan Glokta. I still rejoice when he comes into the scene. But I have to say that within this second book I became to like Logan and West and Dog Man as well. I am now wondering what becomes of them.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He is just superb. He can play the characters. Even there is no introduction, you can still get very well who is talking at the moment. Amusing, touching and entertaining at the same time.


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

    Definitely. But, c'mon, 22,50+ hrs? No way.


    Any additional comments?

    As I wrote in my review of the first book (The Blade Itself), the story is great. I love fantasy and given this one does not boost with supernatural stuff, and any magic seems (so far) to be a sort of decent, gives the book a nice sense of reality. Apart from certain moments I guess if could have easily happen. The characters are well drawn and the fact that there are several story lines makes it far from dragging despite the three huge books it consists of. I am now on my way to the third and final book - The Last Argument of Kings - and I cannot wait.

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  • James
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    6/2/16
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    "fantastic story with marvelous narration. "

    loved it! If I had more time I could probably write a page on the reasons why but it's easy to say, if youre a fan of epic fantasy won't regret delving into this series.

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  • Maria
    5/31/16
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    "Read book 1 first"

    This is a trilogy where the books can't really stand on their own.
    Thanks to a perfectly matching reading performance I am just now working my way through this world for a second time as I've gotten through both the original trilogy, the spin-off novels and the short stories.
    Gritty, lifelike characters with just a bit of the overnatural thrown in to keep too much realism at bay.

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  • Neil
    5/19/16
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    "if you love fantasy fiction this is for you!"

    this series of books is excellently narrated and a fantastic listen would highly recommend it to anyone he likes a bit of fantasy love violent sex and gore!!

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  • Big Giraffe
    5/19/16
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    "Great follow up"

    Pleased how this is all developing. really good narration. shame it will end.

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