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
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"Another hit from Abercrombie"
A simple plot again but its how the characters get there that matters. I enjoyed every minute of the book.
"I'm surprised I'm surprised it's that good"
Yes he's back! Logan is back but it's not all about him. Great cast of characters. The story is good. I enjoyed this book, I smiled, I laughed, the closer I got to the end, the sadder I grew. I didn't want to be out of this world of escape searching for my next fix.
6 fantastic books. I would start from the beginning with The First Law series and work from there.
"Very good but..."
The book slows down a little in the middle.
Nice to finally find out what happens to a certain character though.
"Fantastic as always"
This was awesome like all the other books set in this world.
Took one star off because he killed my favourite character.
Author is awesome, reader is just as awesome. I love these books. Interesting characters and settings, always moving, never dragging and occasionally humorous. The appearances of a few First Law characters was pleasantly nostalgic.
The reader is amazing. Perfect, distinct, recognisable voices and beautifully timed and read.
"My favourite of Abercrombie's standalone books"
From some of the other reviews of this book I was a bit hesitant about choosing it. I'd found The Heroes to be a rather turgid affair where it was hard to feel much connection to any of the characters, so for me Red Country is a fantastic return to form. Some others have felt the plot to be awkward and the re-use of characters from previous stories as contrived, but I really enjoyed the reappearance of two major characters from previous books. It offered satisfying closure where I never expected to find any. As usual all the characters are complex and flawed and grow through their experiences, and even the most minor characters are given interesting traits and backstory before they're (typically) brought to a sharp and pointy end. Generally I find that I much prefer Abercrombie's characters when they're trying to do the right thing, even when it turns out disastrous, rather than the revenge-saga of Best Served Cold, and there is plenty of warm-hearted tender moments in Red Country. My only complaint is that I wish we'd spent more time among the Dragon People, because their culture sounded really very interesting, and I felt it was a shame we didn't hear more from their fascinating leader. All in all, if you've enjoyed all the other books, you certainly won't be disappointed with this one. "Better to do a thing than live with the fear of it".
Steven Pacey's performance makes it easy to have a great number of memorable moments. I obviously rather liked the moment when I realised that my favourite character was going to make an appearance. I don't want to mention any specific moments so as not to give spoilers. Let's just say there were many.
Steven Pacey's narration continues to be irreplaceable. I've heard many good audiobook narrators but Pacey's many accents are just perfect for this genre and I don't think I could imagine anyone else doing Abercrombie's audiobooks.
I feel Abercrombie's books work most effectively when you know the protagonists are about to make terrible choices but you also know that you'd probably have done the same. And then Abercrombie has them reflect on what went wrong, so you get to agonise right along with them. I often find myself wishing there was just one truly good character to root for, but that's not how life is and you won't find any such souls in Abercrombie's world either. I did love the way the characters from previous books had not only aged in appearance but also in character. The older characters really feel older, and you feel their pain and regret right along with them. Not many laugh-out-loud moments in a book like this, but I got a good smile from a few extremely colourful streams of invective that Pacey seemed to really enjoy delivering!
I only wish someone would give Abercrombie's stories the Game of Thrones treatment.
"The searchers meets film noir in a rich fantasy"
Great story and fantastic reader.
The lamb bar fight is one of the great moments in writing.
Steven's accents for the characters are great. Niccomo Costa's voice is one of my favourites.
"By the dead, I wish there were more"
I loved this whole series. Great narration throughout. Good to see some existing characters again, and there were some great new faces as well. The Wild West setting was an interesting idea, but I felt it didn't fit in with the other books. There were some things I saw coming, I was never able to predict what would happen next in the prior books. So I'm deducting a star for that. Overall though, a fitting end to my favourite series of books.
Sad now, how can anything else compare?
"Welcome back Bloody Nine"
The more of Abercrombie's bloody sagas I read the more enjoyable they become. The use of a mixture new characters with old 'favourites' gives a real sense on continuity and depth to the sagas. This story drags a little in the middle - and of course leaves many loose ends. However a thoroughly good listen, excellently narrated.
Steven Spacey makes another Joe Abercrombie book come to life. The character voices are spot on. Rather than another potentially mono voiced telling of a story the narrator brings humour and pace to the story.
I would recommend all of the Abercrombie tales, though enjoyable as seperate tales in isolation to get the best from them I would start at the begining tales to fully get the characters development
great characterisation of the voices
Funny and full of adventure. A great yarn
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