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Red Country Audiobook

Red Country

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.
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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

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    Chuck 03-04-13
    Chuck 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Welcome Back Steven Pacey!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    NC-17


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing Steven Pacey say "you have to be realistic"


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good as all the rest. Pacey's Nicomo Cosca is the best!!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This ain't no place for no hero.
    This ain't no place for no better man.


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    John 03-03-13
    John 03-03-13

    Mainly a Sci-Fi, Fantasy guy, but also classic fiction, and detective books.

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    "There are no "Good Guys" in Abercrombie's world."
    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    "You have to be realistic"


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well developed characters, all motivated by self interest. Not innocents motivated by some sense of duty or service. If that is not your kind of story, find another author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anytime the "Bloody Nine" makes an appearance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Blood splaches all over the screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Abercrombie is not for the faint hearted that like happy endings. He creates complex characters that all have their virtues and flaws. Everyone can be a hero or villan depending on the perspecctive.

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    Mark H. Ohio, USA 02-26-13
    Mark H. Ohio, USA 02-26-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Deja vu all over again"

    The Bloody Nine Fingers has spend the recent past hiding as a meek farmer watching over his "step" children. They don't know his past. Then all hell breaks loose, someone has kidnapped two of the children, killed friends and burned down the farm. With the help of his older, tough "step" daughter they go after the kidnappers.

    With limited mention of the Union and the Maji this story stands well on it's own. Well read with good charater development.

    In the end Nine Fingers knows he can't hide from his past. Good lead in to another story.

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    Boris 02-25-13
    Boris 02-25-13
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    "Great Book I love Joe Abercrombie"

    This book was great I loved the pace and the humor of this book. I just wished there were more of them.

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    David Baranowski Houston, TX 02-19-13
    David Baranowski Houston, TX 02-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "not as good as previous works for Joe A"
    What did you like best about Red Country? What did you like least?

    First Law Trilogy and Best served cold I would recommend before the Heroes and Red Country


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    Bert Georgia, USA 02-11-13
    Bert Georgia, USA 02-11-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent blend of Old West and Sword Swinger"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read all of Joe Abercrombie's books and this one rates near the top of the list for me. Red Country reminded me of The Searcher's which is an old John Wayne movie that I love. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Mr Abercrombie.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a good job of engaging me throughout the story. I was able to clearly differentiate the characters and enjoyed his take on their accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I work a third shift job and listen to books before drifting off to sleep every morning. This book made me want to stay up all day.


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    Ashley Bloomington, IN, United States 02-08-13
    Ashley Bloomington, IN, United States 02-08-13
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    "Disappointed by audio quality"
    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened (via Audible) to all of Abercrombie's previous books (including the Heroes) as narrated by Pacey. He is again outstanding.

    Unfortunately in this recording, however, it sounds like he is 5ft away from the microphone and often characters sound like they're shouting through a megaphone.

    (Of course, I am using the "Enhanced" quality download option.)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Cool. It was a cool Western. How'd he do that?"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lamb first got down and dirty in the bar with the 3 offshoots.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending made me smile a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish that I could have downloaded it on my Audible App instead of having to rely on iTunes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-20-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 01-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Tha's A Western A-Wrapped Up In That There Fantasy"

    Joe Abercrombie is an excellent writer, and I own his other audiobooks, and love them ALL, so when I saw this audiobook arrive, it was a "must buy" for me. However, it's a bit different from his previous works.

    Don't get me wrong - It's very good. It's...well... a...umm... western?

    Yep. That's right, pardner. A western movie snuggled up in a fantasy setting. Think I'm off on this? Here's the quote from the back of the hardcover copy:

    "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 stepfather 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…"

    Wow...and a bit of a spaghetti western, at that.

    Again, it's great, but you'll be TOTALLY reminded of True Grit. (Mattie Ross, Rooster Cogburn, Ned Pepper, Lawyer J. Noble Daggett, etc...) You sort of know the path it will take, and in this order: Tragedy, pain, passion, resolve, tribulation, confrontation, and justice.

    But don't get cocky.

    This doesn't make it bad, just a tiny bit predictable; But not completely. J.A. throws enough twists and reversals in this to make you sit back, scratch your head, and pay attention. He provides great characters with "character," not shallow furniture for his literary stage. As usual, I found myself liking certain characters, disliking others, not for their position in the novel, but because of how the author fleshed them out - And that's a GOOD thing.

    This is an audiobook worthy of your listening time, and although it's somewhat of a sidestep from his wonderful series, it's enjoyable, and a fitting reason to use your hard-earned Audible credit. It was for me.

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    Todd 01-14-13
    Todd 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Gritty , low magic story"
    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the voice of nicomo cosca is great :)


    Any additional comments?

    I like stories that are not the standard local boy becomes ruler of the world. This story reminded me of Deadwood Showtime (I think) Series. Gritty dirty and interesting. I prefer low magic stories with deep plots. The plot here was a bit predictable but still an excellent story.

    Overall very good i will be looking for Joe Abercrombie's next book.

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