They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust....
©2012 Joe Abercrombie (P)2012 Hachette Audio
What an amazing book! I blew through this book very quickly and can't wait to listen to the other two. If you are looking for a true dark fantasy epic that is boiled down to nature's true gritty grasp, give any book in this series a chance to cut a way into your dark twisted heart: ) Thanks Joe Abercrombie for making my life numbing commute an enjoyable experience!
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after the last two books which I didn't like as well this one was a pleasure to read enjoyed every minute I am glad they went with the original narrator. i hate when a series changes readers in the middle.
Joe Abercrombie is so good I just buy hus stuff without caring what the book is about. I grew up reading everything Robert E. Howard. Abercrombie is the modern incarnation of Howard. Read his stuff, listen to his stuff, whatever.... you will not be disappointed.
By the way, Pacey is pretty bad-a too. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, if you get my drift.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
After listening to the first three hours I decided to bail on Red Country. The senseless violence and crude circumstances of medieval mercenary life was getting to me. I missed my squeaky clean corridors of space. Then I went back and re-read some of the five-star reviews. So now I am going to complete the book.
Five days later…
I finished Red Country after remembering what I found attractive about the First Law trilogy: humor. It may seem entirely paradoxical but amidst the Sam Peckinpah carnage—where men are exsanguinated in nearly every scene—there lies an undercurrent of sanguine whimsy. Joe Abercrombie is one of the foremost modern practitioners of the insult. His characters are all adept and the underhand compliment. Once the mind is trained to listen for these barbs, even the most mangled melee becomes melodious. Find this optimistic hook and you will have found the key to Amercrombie, and hours of enjoyable listening.
Steven Pacey is one of those one-man-show performers. Even with a cast of thousands he manages to give every character, no matter how minor, their own distinct voice. And Pacey’s sense of pacing is marvelous. He instinctively knows how to give each scene the right level of energy to achieve the greatest dramatic impact. Without his narration I would not have been able to engage with the story. Like Bronson Pinchot he can take a story of passing interest and make it into something special.
P.S. — Several Joe Abercrombie books have been reissued by a new publisher and the reviews for the older versions are no longer available unless you already own the title. There are literally thousands of ratings and hundreds of fine reviews on the original audio versions of Joe Abercrobmie’s First Law trilogy. If you are new to his writings, these are now inaccessible to you. This is unfortunate, since it was the opinions of my fellow reviewers that convinced me to try Abercrombie’s books in the first place. If you wish to know what I thought about Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, and Best Served Cold, you can find them on my reviews page.
Not unless that friend wanted to find out what "happens" to a couple of characters from previous books, and even then, not really cause you have to wait the whole book to find out very little.
Really not sure, this one was so boring, and Abercrombie's young adult series probably isn't what I'm looking for.
Steven Pacey is phenomenal, any author who is lucky enough to have him read their book should be eternally grateful. Anyone who listens to any book read by him will understand why, he is the best voice actor ever period.
Really love Joe Abercrombie's work, don't think I'm just some hater come to talk trash, this book really did bore me, and I liked all of the other first five of his work.
I love the characters and the narration is first class. This is a book that doesn't gloss over the darker corners. I like that. Every character is flawed and not the perfect person that so many books love to sell.
I was never a fan of the Magi and the history of this world Abercrombie built. That all was weak. If I brush that off (as he did...mostly in this book thank God), everything else is bloody awesome. The characters, the battles, the lies and the complete lack of good vs evil. I am excited to delve into some of his other series.
Full of action, blood, bowels spilling its contents, love, sorrow, self sacrifice, and, finally, at the last page (or word masterfully read), the sentiment of sadness for its end.
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