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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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    Henrik Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-26-13
    Henrik Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-26-13
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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

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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

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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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    Robert Anchorage, AK, United States 04-16-13
    Robert Anchorage, AK, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "one of the best "

    the story by itself is amazing but the narrator knocks it out of the park.

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    Lina Bromma, Sweden 03-30-13
    Lina Bromma, Sweden 03-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A surprisingly good book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good fantasy. The narrator does a great job and the story is quite simple but very well laid out.


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    Giovanni 03-28-13
    Giovanni 03-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It keep's getting better."

    Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he writes a damn fine fantasy series.

    This review is more for the series as a whole but if you need something specific to Before They Are Hanged, then it is better than book 1. All the things that you liked in book 1 are better in book 2. If you liked but not loved book 1, keep going.

    Admittedly, it took me a while to get my footing in the first book. I think this is more due to me having this attention span of a flea then any fault of the book. Once I got going I did not stop. The First Law Trilogy is a gritty, violent world that is utterly enjoyable. It's as violent as anything I've read yet is does not carry the weight of George R.R. Martin or Steven Erikson. It felt much lighter than that. I think this is in part due to the likable characters that Abercrombie so expertly creates. This could actually be taken as a good and bad thing. I mean, I actually liked all of the characters. Even the bad guys have redeeming qualities that makes you root for them. While rooting for characters is great, I did kind of miss feeling the satisfaction of watching a reviled character get his just due.

    One of the greatest things this series has going for it is the narrator, Steven Pacey. I am fairly new to audiobooks. I've only been listening for a couple of years but I can say without hesitation that I have not heard better narration than Pacey's. The subtle differences in characters voices never feels fake or forced. I could always tell who was talking by the sound of his voice. The voices always added to the writing, never took away from. I am extremely critical of narrators but could find little fault with Steven Pacey.

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    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 03-20-13
    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!

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    "Jumps right in where book 1 left off..."

    Great narration, decent flow and great plot line. Takes over right from where book 1 left off, enjoyable listen, well worth the credit.

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    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 03-07-13
    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Part 2 of a Most Excellent Trilogy"

    Joe Abercrombie has become tied with Patrick Rothfuss for my favorite living author. I love this series--blood, grit and swearing notwithstanding but essential--it is a story so well written and so well portrayed by the narrator that I know I will loathe its ending when I complete the last entry of the trilogy. Luckily for me, Joe has kept on writing and there are more books waiting for me.

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    Devon Brookhaven, MS, United States 03-06-13
    Devon Brookhaven, MS, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Joe Abercrombie does a fantastic job of refreshing the fantasy genre with his gritty not everything is sunshine and rainbows style of writing. Don't get me wrong there are still good guys and bad guys but most of the time there is an extremely thin line between the two, I found myself thinking all the time "that guy is terrible...but a good man", you wanted to hate some characters but you just couldn't. It's hard to explain, suffice it to say its an awesome story, a great narrator, and you'll want to keep going.

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