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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Having listened to all the other Joe Abercrombie books with the brilliant Steven Pacey's narration I really looked forward to this book. And I wasn't disappointed.
Yes it has the usual levels of blood and violence but it never detracts from an excellent story that flows along at a terrific pace and with Steven Pacey's great narration you really get into each of the characters.
Despite having read all the Joe Abercrombie's books I'm not a particularly big fan of the genre in general so if you're wondering about whether to give it a go, then I recommend you do (but start with the first law trilogy) you won't be disappointed.
Why only 4 stars for the story? ... well I was a little disappointed with the ending - but I don't want to give anything away. But it's nit-picking really (4.8 stars would have been right)
I love the world and characters created by Abercrombie
Very close to a mixture of David Gemmel and Game of thrones
Nicomo Cosca and Logen, the bloody nine, though in his previous books, Inquisitor Glotka.
Hardcore realism, in a fantasy novel!!
I think the narration of the Abercrombie audio books is brilliant and characteful. Pacey capturesthe nuance of each character brilliantly, bringing them to life. Read all his books, to understand the world the characters move through!
Joe has done it again, I loved this story which mixed old characters and new but still retained their depth of background, The humour was right up there and in some places had me laughing out loud. Joe Abercrombie is one of my "go to" writers and Steven Paceys' narration is spot on. Keep 'em coming lads!
"Best Story and narrator I have found"
Easily the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Got the first chapter as part of an offer and loved it so much I got the full book. Absolutley gripping from start to finish, and Steven Pacey is an excellent narrator really brings the characters to life. My first experience of Joe Abercrombie and wont be my last.
I have read everything that Abercrombie has produced on Audible (and I agree with what everyone has said about the excellent narration of Stephen Pacey). I love the way he takes 'cypher' charecters and basically pulls them apart so that you end up disliking the heros and liking the villains and then reversing your view again. The reader gets an exciting ride!
Here, however, the characters lack that unexpected quality. It's partly because I've met most of them before and I know what to expect, but I suspect the author needs a holiday.
"Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey does it again"
The entire series is brilliant, and can't get enough of both of them. The author and the narrator.
"Same world, very different story."
Im a big fan of Joe Abercrombie and am if you're looking at this review, then im preaching to the converted! I wont really say much about the book to avoid any spoilers, but what I will say is that you may see some of the twists coming, but you will be delighted with how they pan out.
As for the audio part of this review, it's great! Its well read and the different voices are mostly believable which makes this book a great experience.
All in all a highly recommended addition to your Audible library!
"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.
"Abercrombie at his almost best."
I listen to many audiobooks to pass the time while I work, and Joe Abercrombie's never fail to hit the spot. Stephen Pacey really gives a masterful performance in his narration, and puts nearly all other narrators to shame. Add this to the fact that Jow Abercrombie writes some of the most exciting, gritty and gruesome fantasy fiction around, and you've got a real winning combination.
While perhaps not quite as good as his previous book 'The Heroes', 'Red Country', that is more a reflection on just how good a novel that was. Red Country still deserves its 5 star rating and is full of Abercrombie's trademark mix of bleakness, violence and humour. The western setting works well, and fits Abercrombie's writing style like a glove. Though all the characters are interesting and three dimensional, it is a couple of larger than life recurring characters that really steal the show.
A thoroughly exciting adventure, and the audiobook format works especially well. I encourage you to get it, even if you have read the book.
"Cowboys and Fantasy"
I know there aren't actually any cowboys in this but it has the feel of a Wild West / Fantasy novel combination about it - and theres nothing wrong with it! I liked it - its a supplemntary book to the First Law series and has some of the characters reprising their roles so if you liked the First Law then its a good book to add to your library, I found it easy to slip back into the characters and Steven Pacey's reading was familiar and put me at ease with the new (and old) characters very quickly.
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