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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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    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 03-24-14
    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "THIS IS WHAT FANTASY IS ABOUT"
    What did you love best about Before They Are Hanged?

    The story is woven in an impeccable world without fault. There are few problems with believability, the magic is raw & powerful and the characters are fallible people just trying to stay alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love where the story is going, how the character Glokta grows into him self and how utterly ruthless he can be.


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

    Steven has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life. His British accent lends itself to many dialects and he weaves believable pictures which allows me to immerse myself into the story. He has a lovely way of building the tension which had me almost jump into a bush from fright during a particular piece whilst I was running...


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

    I have to admit that I didn't as I have read the series before so unfortunately I did not have any surprises waiting for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I can hardly rate this series highly enough. If you are almost spending a credit on this do it now...but only if you can handle hard core action fantasy. If you are into unicorns you should possibly try a different title.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 03-03-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "We should forgive our enemies, but not *"

    This is the middle book in Abercrombie’s Fist Law Trilogy and as such advances the various story lines but does not attempt a conclusion. The lives of four main characters are followed, Logan (The Bloody Nine), Inquisitor (now Superior) Glokta, the Dogman, and Jazel. All these characters show significant development. So now that the stage is set with all these great characters the conclusion is anticipated. The thing is, I really have no idea where the story is headed because there is no central quest to this series so far.

    The characters are so good that Stephen Pacey has ample opportunity to display his considerable talents. Pacey is in fact fantastic making what could have been a plodding middle book into an engaging entertainment.

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    Maribee7 Earth 01-05-14
    Maribee7 Earth 01-05-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful Narrator, but..."

    I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.

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    Dea Draper 01-03-14
    Dea Draper 01-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intelligent dialogue is a high art form here"

    Time and again, I thought how clever and original, and appropriate a character’s surprising response was. There is nothing superficial about the dialogue or the characters. The conversations are used concisely for character and story development—no filler dialogue here, a pet peeve of mine.

    The story switches back & forth between groups of people, yet I didn’t have to break the story’s flow in order to remember who a character was, since thankfully, the author continually reminded me of relationships and events distinguishing the characters. He did it creatively and smoothly each time so it never felt repetitive or redundant.

    As far as the story itself goes, I read the first book in a day and couldn’t put this one down either. I am taking a break only to write this review. The third book is purchased and am already wailing that the story has to come to an end.

    The reader Steven Pacey is amazing, and a top favorite of mine.

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    Martin 12-28-13
    Martin 12-28-13
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    "Gripping tale"
    If you could sum up Before They Are Hanged in three words, what would they be?

    Great story indeed


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

    The name of the wind; Wheel of time series
    All great fantasy epics, thorough character description, great action


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ambush when Jezel gets his scars


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Starring Johnny Depp as N d'cosca


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great read, the whole trilogy. Vibrant scenes, detailed characters and plenty of action.
    In addition, the reading is superb.

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    James ROSEVILLE, MN, United States 12-06-13
    James ROSEVILLE, MN, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The most likable fantasy antiheros"
    Would you listen to Before They Are Hanged again? Why?

    Sure, it's super fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Come on, no question really. The Bloody Nine is a legend.


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

    Yup


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    Henrik Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-26-13
    Henrik Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "More of Book 1"
    Would you listen to Before They Are Hanged again? Why?

    I usually don't listen twice to my audio books and I'll probably won't in this case either.


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

    Steven Pacey is excellent at portraying the main characters and give them more of a personality with humour. I especially like his version of Glotke and Logan. He definitely brings them alive!


    Any additional comments?

    It's really more of the same as Book one in the series. If you liked the first book you'll probably like this one more as the story progresses.

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    Ross MUSKEGON, MI, United States 10-03-13
    Ross MUSKEGON, MI, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    do not know


    What did you like best about this story?

    its very funny


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

    only his reading of the first book. he is a great reader.


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

    its that good!


    Any additional comments?

    an outstanding audio book for fans of Game of Thrones, while we wait for the next installment in that series : ) utterly enjoyable.

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    C. Torrillo 09-22-13
    C. Torrillo 09-22-13

    Kring

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    "Still missing something - but good overall"
    Would you try another book from Joe Abercrombie and/or Steven Pacey?

    Probably not, I'll finish the series, but overall not that great of a book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Glokta is the best character. The overall story feels disconnected from the Characters. After Reading Rothfuss & GRRM books, this is no where near either of those series. There are interesting parts but it's missing the finer details and gives details where not relevant. This is basically just a story that requires no thought what so ever, nothing surprised me.


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

    Just as good - he's one of the best. If not for Pacey I probably wouldn't have finished the series. This must really be a hard book to read.


    Did Before They Are Hanged inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 07-25-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    UncleHammy

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    "Book 2 is better than book one."

    The second istallment of "The First Law" series is more action packed than that first, most of the characters were introduced in the first book so little time is needed to describe charactors.

    Before They Are Hanged is a great continuation of the series. But it is obvious that the author never intended the books to be read seperately. The second book ends much like the first book by just stopping. No resolution of the story threads just stops.

    I did notice in this book tha the author is very tallented as is the narrator in bringing the story to life. In one scene Logan is fishing in the back ground and the author has him interject from out of the scene several times. It make it seem more like real life.

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