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A Little Hatred

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: The Age of Madness, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
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The chimneys of industry rise over Adua, and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another....

©2019 Joe Abercrombie (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Awesome, but way too short

This is the first of Abercrombie's books that I felt ended way too abruptly and unexpected. The book was awesome, but now I'm left with a unsatisfying ending and have to wait for book 2... As always, the narrator is AMAZING, and the characters all very likeable and unique.

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Fantastic return to the circle

Really enjoyed coming back to the first law world again. Missed Sand dan Glokta, happy to meet up again, and the next generation of characters seems promising! Thank you Joe! And Steven!

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The best fantasy writer at the moment.

I love all his books but this one is even better. As are many I'm also deeply disappointed by the pace GRRM writes his books. Joe Abercrombie his works should've been translated into an HBO series as well...

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Hes done it again!



Joe vad written Another hilariously grim tale about the union that i couldn't stop listening to

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The Gold Standard

Joe Abercrombie and Stephen Pacy, superb combination. The gold standard in fantasy and audio.

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Finally! As absolutely splendid as i hoped!

Steven Pacey is of course fantastic as usual. Thank you Joe i’ll listen to it again in probably... a few days?? You are a genious

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Sorry, this was disappointing

Joe Abercrombie is one of the best fantasy authors ever. The first six books in the Fist Law universe was all 5/5 and I read and listened to them 10+ times (yes, they get better on repeat).

Book 7 is good. It got parts that made me laugh and feel the gritty vibe of the first books. But also parts that felt like a manuscript from a teen movie. Like romantic fan fiction. I get back to that. It is still a good book in that genre. But most relatives of old characters and the old characters often feel much less interesting compared to a few new. It pays to much homage to the past. It feels like fan litterateur at times. Other times I’m introduced to great writing, original characters and new ways to describe the insane and violent. I hate to write this: and some parts are sweet and pathetic like a fairy tale.

Spoilers ahead!

No one really dies. Two of some importance. They are old and could likewise died if natural causes. Characters feels immortal, and the trauma of GoT on HBO resurface like an old trauma. And the two love scenes at the end is... it’s not believable. It’s introduction of the super convenient into Joes writing and a comical homage to the 80s movie trading places and some old episode of Melrose Place. I’m confused.

The same with the new heroes ending up in the circle. What..? He spared his life and all of the sudden that is not equal to signing your own death sentence? They become friends? What? And the arrogance of not killing your enemy in the ring was suddenly rewarded? Both survived and became better humans as a result?

Did they have a free press? Like gossip press? What?

On the good side. The “eye” is cool outside of the circle scene. The siege chaos was great, even if the hero survived (she did experience a trauma - that was great). The new heroes was great, I rather have 90% focus on them.

75% of the book was 5/5 but the serious and good got mixed up with 25% 2/5 that felt like fan fiction for teens.

Sorry for this Joe. I will always buy your books, but it feels like Half a King stepped into the world of First Law and you mixed in some Disney.

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Wow! What a huge let down!

You know when you were a child waiting for Christmas, hoping for a "hard" present, and then get a pair of socks? That's how this book felt to me. I have read the previous books several times, bursting out laughing at some of the dark humour the series are famous for. I loved the characters, and felt invested in many of them.

This book I could not finish. Kept falling asleep (Even though it's Steven Pacey narrating:-o). I don't find it funny or exciting, couldn't give a rats ass about the characters. It's like a woke millennial wrote this. Count me out if this is the future of this fantasy world. I'll keep the first six books, but want my credit back on this one!

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  • Simon
  • 09-19-19

Abercrombie & Pacey, Purveyors of the Finest

There are some great authors here on Audible and some great narrators, no doubt about that. When you get a combination of the two, at their best like Abercrombie and Pacey in 'A Little Hatred' it takes everything up another level. This is quite simply superb!

Anyone familiar with the 'First Law' series and its universe will know much about the kind of style to expect. But this is much more than just a trotting out of the same old characters. Time has moved on and hasn't been kind. Abercrombie writes a tale that evokes the industrial revolution and enclosure. Two examples from history that showed the baser side of humanity with huge exploitation, greed and damage to our surroundings. A message for us in the current day maybe too . .

Into this fractured and angry world he gives us a sprinkling of older characters and a batch of new ones. From the highest of the high to the lowest of the low they are fabulously observed and Abercrombie writes with wit and a gorgeously cynical (some might say realistic) take on the human condition. His take on 'romantic encounters' in particular is exceedingly funny.

Of course, such a symphony of words needs a one-man orchestra to do it justice. Step forward Mr Steven Pacey, it's been far, far too long since I last had this man resounding through my headphones. He is fantastic with a brilliant range of voices that can bring to life everything from the meanest trollish peasant to the highest of royalty.

If you haven't already read the previous books from 'First Law' and 'First Law World' then you could still get a lot out of this, I have no doubt about that. However, I've also got no doubt that you would get more out of it if you started with those first as the back story is huge and much-loved characters are either referenced or make appearances. You'll have fun whichever way you do it but taking the books in order is what I would strongly recommend.

In the 'First Law' series Logan Ninefingers often reminded us that 'you have to be realistic', and normally in life that's fine advice especially when starting books that are getting such massively positive reviews. Sorry Logan, there are just some special occasions when you can forget realism and just escape it for a while. Listening to an audiobook with the names Abercrombie and Pacey on it is one of those all too rare occasions. They really are purveyors of the finest Audible audio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-19

By the dead

Joe Abercrombie remains my favourite author and Steven pacey my favourite narator, I was always going to love the book but by the fucking dead, is it good.

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  • Loubytee
  • 09-25-19

Phenomenal.

Nooooo it finished too soon! So much drama, so much excitement, so many rich characters and storylines and so fast paced. I though I had more time! Excuse while I rewind and start at the beginning again. I’m eternally grateful to the friend who introduced me to Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey is the gold standard of narration. Proper storytelling at its finest.

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  • Mr. M. J. Hale
  • 09-23-19

brilliant book

joe smashes it out the park yet again. Loved it. bring on the next one

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  • Jakub
  • 09-20-19

Great

Great! Now I have to wait whole bloody year.
Thanks Joe, thanks a lot!
Ps. Abercrombie in his top form, and Pacey... he is, just simply, a genius.

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  • Paul
  • 10-04-19

My favourite author.

My favourite author and narrator starting on a new trilogy and adventure in Adua, excellent.

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  • Richard Hughes
  • 10-01-19

What can only be a the start of a new series

New Characters are mixed with the old creating a new dynamic. as usual no one is safe and the plot never goes with the obvious.

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  • Andy Stevens
  • 09-24-19

Fantastic listen!

Loved all.of Abercrombie's work but this is my first audio book of his. Loved every minute of it. Listened to all 20 something hours over three days.
Brilliant narration, wonderful storytelling.
Can't recommend enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-19

excellent

excellent follow up in the first law series. new characters and a few old ones. hoping for 1 more old name to appear. Stephen pacey is as good as always

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  • Jonathan Jordan
  • 09-20-19

Dear Mr Abercrombie...

Hello Joe,

I sincerely hope that you'll read this. If not; then please... (email spam & nonsense sifting assistant...) mention to him that I wrote. I have never directly written before but have bought copies of every book for friends & family. Isn't it amazing how few actually read them? Why don't people like to read anymore? I've just begun my second reading of A Little Hatred and am smiling all over.

At 53 years old... I've found books, reading, fiction, movies & theatrical entertainment a bore. It is exceptionally difficult to read anything with any blood in it. Grim Dark is fun for relative realism and enjoyable as fans can see scary, thought-provoking and exceptionally bad scenarios as we've never seen them presented before. For those of us paying for new stories... prose... descriptions, pacing, content, characters and plausibility are always horrifically suspect. In the case of movies I get it... I understand that very popular films must give way to mass appeal. I imagine the same must apply to all artistic endeavours. In the case of books and fictional characters though... I desperately await Joe's books... even when I'm not altogether pleased (Red Country) I'm still riveted.

A Little Hatred is the absolutely NOT the sequel to The First Law I hoped for. Like most fans of that trilogy... I can never get enough of the original and have listened to the audio version several hundred times. Uniformly... we (the fans I've spoken to) wanted a direct sequel following each of those characters to their graves... one by one. Having said that... A Little Hatred has made me very happy.

I'm not a fanboy and will rarely seek out any means to communicate with an Author, Film-Maker or similar but absolutely HAD TO write to Joe today.

A Little Hatred is amazing, charming, hilarious, heart-felt and exciting. From Glokta allowing his daughter to be taught valuable lessons during fencing practice to Ardee's horrific & hilarious admission...I was spellbound and left wanting more & more.

There is so much fill-in detail I'd like to read and so many questions about the 25 years we didn't get to experience. Please please please continue writing Sir. I'd do anything to skip forward 10 years just to binge the next few books.

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  • Michael Q
  • 09-20-19

Fantastic book. A must listen.

I couldn't stop listening, a real page turner with great characters and story. My favorite book if the year so far!

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  • K. N. Smith
  • 09-23-19

Loved it

Wonderful to be back in a story
so rich and full of characters we know and love
Thank you Joe Abercrombie ... just keep em coming

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  • Hawk
  • 09-17-19

A lot of love for A Little Hatred

Abercrombie's great writing and Pacey's masterful narration return for this new adventure in the changing world of the first law. I am looking forward to meeting all of my new favourite characters.

Abercrombie's writing and characterisation remain as brilliant and multidimensional as ever.

As much as I enjoy Abercrombie's writing, I think he as a nasty, cynical and vindictive god who derives great enjoyment from inflicting horrible situations upon those characters he has made us poor readers love. A Little Hatred is, like his other books, impossible to put down, and an immense pleasure to read. Highly recommended and I can't wait for the 2nd part due Sept 2020.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-19

A nihilistic grimdark tale of the year

Abercrombie returns to form with realistically depicted bastards of a set of characters set in an industrial grim dark reality.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-13-19

sensational!

as to be expected, an amazing book, superbly performed. Just love the dark humour, the engaging characters .. recommend highly

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  • Allan
  • 10-11-19

Abercrombie is back with a vengeance.

Thoroughly enjoyed Steven Pacey's reading of this Abercrombie book. Meeting the elder arch lector, shivers, and a few of the other northern members from earlier novels was a delight and fitted in well with the storyline. Looking forward to the next in the series.