Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.
Their journey will take them across the lawless plains, to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feuds, duels and massacres, and high into unmapped mountains to a reckoning with ancient enemies, and force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune...and a man no one should ever have to trust…
Steven Pacey is best known for his role as Del Tarrant in the third and fourth seasons of the sci-fi series Blake's 7.
He has worked extensively in Theatre, TV and film for many years and in 2009 played opposite Graham Norton in La Cage Aux Folles at London's Playhouse Theatre. He has read numerous audiobooks including Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold and The Heroes, and abridged titles by Matthew Reilly.
©2012 Joe Abercrombie (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
I need some C8H10N4O2
What a pleasant surprise to find this book, I have read and enjoyed all the previous books and was looking forward to reading this once I found it.
While you don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this story, it will certainly bring a whole new depth to the story if you have read the previous novels. There are many, many appearances by some favourite (and some not so favourite) characters, scattered throughout the book, and the author slowly reveals some of them to you, teasing you with the information, and sometimes he just reveals them straight away. Interestingly, the story is told through the eyes of a whole cast, and it brings a fresh look, a different perspective to how we see these old characters.
I thoroughly endorse this addition to the series, and do wonder at the genius of Joe Abercrombie, for his amazing storytelling talent, and for the masterful production and narration of Steven Pacey, brilliant as always.
A Good Time
no way near as good as the heroes
Any scene with Union interests
Set after the heroes - but u dont really know what happened to the UNION!
Last we heard they were off to Styria -but so many years have past we dont know what happened!! did they win?
Joe seems to be very Anti Union which is just strange.......
Definitely. Steven Pacey is on of the best reader out there and perfectly fits this book.
The bloody nine reemerges
The bloody nine reemerges
No.. Gotta savor this one.
A very good listen. Good use of a credit.
"By the Dead! What a Performance!"
This must be one of the best audio productions I have ever listened to, a fantastic performance by the narrator Steven Pacey who's superb narration was just mind-blowing! He really out-did himself here. Once finished I actually felt like clapping! As far as the story is concerned, at first I wasn't too sure about this. A western? Really ? However, this is Joe Abercrombie, and Logen Ninefingers makes a comeback! Reasons enough to get thisone!. And I am so glad I did. Essentially Red Country is a snapshot of another episode in the life of a much older Logen and turned out to be, in true Abercrombie fashion, another very gritty story but also a very engaging and very witty one. The black humour and quotable lines, especially by loveable mercenary-villain, Nicomo Cosca, are just superb. And although a stand-alone novel, ideally this should be listened to/read after the First Law trilogy, it will make the enjoyment of Red Country and the comeback of Logen aka "The Bloody Nine" so much more satisfying. An excellent novel and wonderful performance, do yourself a favour and listen to it!
"A welcome return"
A whole new cast of characters and a welcome return of a few old ones... The narration and characterisation is as ever superb and draws you into this new world making you care what happens to the various factions in the story as the strands become knotted together towards a conclusion which left me sitting in the car in the dark not wanting to stop listening until I knew who was left standing at the end. Pure brilliance.
"Why I didn't not like it!"
I don't read fantasy and I hate westerns - so why did I thoroughly enjoy "Red Country"? because the characters just spring to life and are so well-rounded you can believe in them, feel what they feel and see their world as they see it. They exist in a world where the challenges are the same as those faced by our ancestors in pre-industrialised societies and facing people in parts of the world today. Its themes are universal. The returning character (I won't give that away for anyone who has read others in the series) Is off-centre for much of the action which allows the reader/listener to bond with the new characters. The experience is totally enhanced by the superb narration of Steven Pacey, who brings each character to life with a different voice. If you haven't tried any of Joe Abercrombie's books read by this narrator then you have missed a real treat.
"the best stand alone novel yet!"
I loved this book and the surprises throughout and when the main reveal came it had me grinning from ear to ear! a brilliant listen and a must buy!
This is my favourite book of the series so far. Engaging and wholly addictive. A must read.
"Amazing gripping storyline"
it was slightly slow to get going and jumps from here to there but by the 3rd or 4th chapter I was totally hooked and couldn't bear to pause the story! absolutely excellent!!
My favourite of Jo,s books and I've read them all
Dark humour ,always studying the dark in people
Often using humour to great effect..
Best of All we find out what happened to
The Bloody nine..Is shy south Fero,s Daughter
By Logan ???
The first law trilogy got me into audiobooks, sooo good although the end of them left me a bit dissapointed, bad endings for certain characters who didn't deserve them.
Then on to best served cold, no complaints from me, fantastic all rounder book and story, loved it.
Heroes was very good, not as good as the others but very good.
Red Country, Red Country, Red Country.. I like what he was trying to do with the western theme, it could of worked. But it really is quite boring at times and some of scenes just feel pointless. Now my biggest problem with the book is the relentless ruining of characters. I agree with everyone that Joe creates awesome characters, but half of them seem be going through changes and character arcs through the books only to revert at the end, back to how they started.
Nicamo should of stopped drinking in Best Served Cold, it annoys me that he was brought back just to be a stupid drunk again and have a bad ending. Logen upsets me even more, it would of been better if the kids were his I think, the mother should of been Ferro.. at least that would of been a nice wrap up from the weak end of Last Argument. Caul recognised Lamb in the first few minutes of the book and then he didn't bother looking any closer, just to wait for months and then confront him and not take it further!? I would of liked for Logen to at least finish by meeting up with the Dogman so they could retire and finally 'make things grow'.
So yeah I felt dissapointed by this book I'm afraid, what a shame.
"Funny, moving and brilliantly read."
I have listened to this book a few times now and every time I come back to it, I enjoy it. The characters are brilliantly written and read which means they are totally engrossing and believable.
Red Country is a great book and Steven Pacey performs it excellently. It keeps up the high standard of the series while taking it in a new and interesting direction. I enjoyed it immensely
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