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Red Country | [Joe Abercrombie]

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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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 12-12-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "YOU'LL really want to read this spoiler"

    Ah! Like I said Joe is the best .. Our favorite dude returns and the world is balanced
    again..... I love Joe's character development abilities... Read all his books and thank me
    later"....

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    J. Leon Long Beach, CA 12-09-12
    J. Leon Long Beach, CA 12-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More wise and uncommon fantasy from Abercrombie"

    Red Country is an existentialist fantasy western spiked with generous helpings of true wisdom. Abercrombie touches on universal themes in uncommon, surprising, and somewhat convoluted ways. Some of them are: Can a man change? The nature of violence. The nature of redemption. Can we wipe away our pasts and start again? The list goes on and one. There is no good and evil in Abercrombie's characters, just highly flawed people managing their needs, aspirations, and weaknesses as best they can. Red Country is positively gripping and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. The settings are imaginative (and just plain neat) and the battle descriptions are rich and unpredictable. This is truly uncommon fantasy. It made me look forward to my commute.

    PS. This is not orthodox fantasy. If you are looking for a chosen one and a magical sword and a quest, this may not be for you.

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    Mark Beaverton, OR, United States 12-06-12
    Mark Beaverton, OR, United States 12-06-12
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    "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This"
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    While the First Law series isn't absolutely required background material it certainly doesn't hurt. Why would you want to miss out on something so wonderful anyway? I was thrilled to see that Pacey had returned for Red Country as I consider the First Law series on audiobook to be a masterpiece.

    A friend introduced me to Joe Abercrombie about 3 months ago and I have voraciously consumed all his novels since. My only complaint is that like his other fans I have to wait for him to write another having completed them all.

    Mr. Abercrombie may be the most brilliant story teller of our time and he doesn't let us down with Red Country. Steven Pacey's narration is flawless giving each character a distinct voice that they need not be named for the listener to recognize. Pacey doesn't fall down on any of the myriad charcters he's given voice to in the First Law series or Red Country.

    I couldn't recommend any audiobook ahead of anything Joe Abercrombie has written especially when narrated by Steven Pacey.

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    Sandra NH, United States 12-05-12
    Sandra NH, United States 12-05-12
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    "A HOME RUN!!"
    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    Wow, Wow, Wow


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lam (Logen Nine Fingers), of course. But the new characters of Shy and Temple were great as well.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    SP is really unbelievable! How he can make you feel the actions though his voice. Job well done.


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

    I laughed in places at the reactions of my "old friends" and was sad to see them leave when the book ended. I will be listening to this again!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not read/listened to the other Joe A.'s books in this series, please do before this one. I think you need the others to help you enjoy Red Country even more.

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    Nick Plainfield, NH, United States 12-02-12
    Nick Plainfield, NH, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2015

    What am I supposed to say here?

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    "Great Story, Bad Western"
    What did you love best about Red Country?

    Revisiting returning characters from previous novels, and seeing possibilities in a few of thesse new ones


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Country?

    Lamb at the bar, rolling up his sleeves. And your like, o man, here it comes! And Ro's new 'daddy.'


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    Cosca!!!!! Pacey does Cosca the best. But I must say, I liked Michael Page's Friendly more though :-)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Shy said, '"better to do it, than to live with the fear of it." Thats what Lamb would have said.' It was nice to think that Logan got to have some years of family and happiness.


    Any additional comments?

    My primary complaint is with the 'fantasy-western' thing. Best Served Cold was a thriller of sorts, and The Heroes was a tale of a battle. So with this one, Abercrombie went with an american western. But in this case, it wasnt a 'western feel,' it was a western paraody. Any cliche of the american western is overt, and even expected to carry the story. In a few cases, it was to good affect: Like Lamb at the bar, when we first see him kill. But in most cases, it was overdone and took me out of the story again and again.

    HOWEVER!! It is as gritty and violent as any other Abercrombie novel, and the characters are fun to follow. Temple especially. He's so wishy-washy, I wanted to call him Charlie Brown :-) But it made him unpredictable, and so lots of fun. Though I'd consider this Abercrombie's weakest novel, its still better than most other fantasy novels out there. If you've read Abercrombie's other novels, it is important you read this one, And if you havent, then read his other books first.

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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Great book, worth the wait and difficulty."

    Joe Abercrombie has just kicked out another unbelievably adventurous story, thank him very much! This book by itself is awesome if you've never read some of his other books, but if you have, you figure out who Lamb is by about mid-book. That is great, though the story is about Shy. A girl desperate to find her brother and sister and punish those that took them. It has fully formed characters throughout, as usual, and we get to hear a little about those from books past. I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Pacey as narrator, he was a perfect choice for this book.

    This paragraph is about the delivery ratings. I'm disappointed that people are giving this low ratings because of a technical difficulty. I've been a member for 10 years, and this is the first time I've had a problem, so the percentage of problems is remarkably low. (I have almost 600 titles) So please give the author a break, the book is still awesome and needs to be rated on it's own merits. Plus the star system says performance, story and overall. Not, I didn't get the book yesterday and have to do a little more work and research, GASP! (seriously?)

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    HEIDI United States 11-30-12
    HEIDI United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2000
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    "A fun romp with an awesome narrator"
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    This release is amply peppered with laugh out loud moments. It took me about a quarter of the book to really get into it, but now I am appreciating each scene as it slides into my ears. Awesome narration!!

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    Matthew 11-29-12
    Matthew 11-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Red Country in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Joe Abercrombie


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. The story was good, the narrator was good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had many, but I'd rather not post spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked it if the mages made more of an appearance, but I understand that Joe needs to save something for other books!

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    shane eden, VT, United States 11-29-12
    shane eden, VT, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2015

    McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree

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    "say one thing about joe A, say hes a master"
    Would you listen to Red Country again? Why?

    yes because its that good It doesnt get better than this , its like deadwood mixed with conan, mixed with indiana jones mixed with the thirteenth warrior mixed with.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    shy because she reminds me of vin (mistborn)


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    lamb


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the thing is full of mments that made go YES


    Any additional comments?

    mr A writes the best dark fantasy available and while some of the story feels like I have heard it before it still works, ie I know the guy who allways looks out for himself , will see the light and do the right thing ,but I cant wait to hear it .
    and I have never listened to a whole book waiting to hear the protagonist say a name his name I can picture him with blood dripping down his chin saying "I AM L&%@# N&N% F&*(@R% you M*^HERF&#K%R

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    SciFiSurfer Miami, FL, United States 11-28-12
    SciFiSurfer Miami, FL, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Abercrombie + Pacey = Yihaaah! Awesome"

    If you were a fan of The Blade Itself then you will enjoy this book. Abercrombie and Pacey are back in action again. This is not for kids or the faint hearted, an excellent tale well delivered by an excellent narrator. I pre-ordered this book and am very pleased with my purchase. Many thanks to the author and narrator and I hope to hear more of the same.

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