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Before They Are Hanged Audiobook

Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

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Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous, and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces.

In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come... but a plot is festering to hand the city to its besiegers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon.

And to the east, a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled.

©2007 Joe Abercrombie (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Michael Mirrabooka, Australia 07-16-14
    Michael Mirrabooka, Australia 07-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "taken for a great ride"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes great story interesting compelling story


    What other book might you compare Before They Are Hanged to and why?

    game of thrones


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

    listening is a great time saver I would rather read and let my imagination create scenes but Steven does a marvelous job of painting a great story with his wonderful style


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

    no but a great listen


    Any additional comments?

    give it a go if your a fantasy fan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-08-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "PRIDE AND SHAME DON'T FEED YOU"

    HONOR, WHAT GOOD IS IT?
    YOU CAN'T DRINK IT.
    YOU CAN'T F IT.
    This is life as seen through the common man. It is a harsh life, which is reflected in the language, attitude and wisdom of our main characters. This is also a life where one day you may be the handsome hero and the next the ugly monster. The characters are well developed, interesting and complicated. Each day I listened to find out what was gong to happen to these characters I had become so invested in. JA is not as harsh as George R.R. Martin, but you can not always be assured your favorite characters are not going to come to some harm or be killed.

    DOING BETTER, THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS.
    This is a five star book, but I must admit that it is not as good as book 1. Unlike others, I felt the story in this one went a little long and that it was not that much of a story. If I good give six stars, I would give book one six and this book five. I also believe that it don't matter which book you read first. Like most trilogies this book is meant to keep your interest just long enough for you to want to buy the third book, and it worked.

    AS FOR BEING A GOOD MAN, THAT SHIP SAILED LONG AGO AND I WAS NOT EVEN THERE TO SEE IT OFF.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-02-13
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The first law series, A MUST FOR FANTASY READERS"
    Any additional comments?

    The first law series is an instant classic. GRR Martin fans are going to love it. The Performance is also top notch. The best of lists for the sff genre will put this series near the top. I am enjoying another Joe Abercrombie novel "Red Country".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bedford, NH, United States 11-30-12
    Craig Bedford, NH, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Superior Fantasy for a new Century"

    I don't know where we're headed, but I'm LOVING how we're getting there! Joe Abercrombie does it again with the sequel to The Blade Itself. Another darker, grittier epic fantasy where the usual tropes and memes are turned on their heads, giving the same old chills and thrills we love of our usual epic fantasy, but with a more ominous and surprising edge. There are no pristine archetypes here, but rather a collection of flawed and fallible men and women struggling to do their . . . best . . . ? . . . worst? . . . well, definitely struggling, anyway. And as the story progresses you learn, organically and without chapters' worth of clumsy exposition, that some, if not all, of these characters aren't quite what they appear to be . . .

    Can't wait to finish The Last Argument of Kings, which I downloaded directly the MINUTE I finished this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 04-12-12
    Tango Texas 04-12-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Totally leaves you hanging"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspects are two in my opinion. The characterizations are wonderful with believable characters that the listener can identify with; few characters are totally evil stereotypes and none are saints. The political plots and machinations are equally interesting and often applicable to real life. The least interesting aspect to me are the battles. There are many more battle scenes in the second book than in the first and had I been reading this book, I might have put it down or skimmed large sections. However, it is hard to fast forward through Steven Pacey - he is an amazing reader even for parts of the book I didn't like.


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

    I don't know if I would have read past the first book in this series - it isn't really my genre of choice. But I LOVE listening to Steven Pacey. He really brings the book and the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why the First Law series was written as a series - should have just been a big book. Neither the first nor second book stands alone. If you are going to be forced to buy all three to get a complete story, calling it a series is sort of cheating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Traceloy 03-17-17
    Traceloy 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    A very engaging, disturbingly human storyline. Steven Pacey is up there with the best of them in its narration.

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    E. Guttesen 02-13-17
    E. Guttesen 02-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great sequel"

    Lots of fighting, lots of character development, lots of mysteries and intrigue. I bought this book hoping it would last me to the end of the month, but i gulped it down in just four days. I have of course the third book already downloaded, there area still mysteries to be solved, and i can't wait to start on the third book.

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    Rickard 10-03-16
    Rickard 10-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional"

    From the writing to the story to the performance of Steven Pacey. All exceptional. Can't wait for the closing one.

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    Dave Logan 05-26-16
    Dave Logan 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    I've listened to this book multiple times and it only gets better. I love the voice of the narrator.

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    Alex P Mackey 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    Great follow up! Would love more tales of Logan and the named men of the north.

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  • Ali
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    "Say one thing for Abercrombie: say he should write"

    This book starts out as strong as the rest of the series and keeps the action flowing throughout. There is an over-arching feeling of frustration in this book and it really adds to the atmospheres created in the first two instalments. I think I enjoyed the book, though I can't shake the feeling of unease while reading it. Masterfully done yet again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris W
    GREENFORD, United Kingdom
    8/14/11
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    "a very good listen!"

    After listening to the first book I bought this one (being the second book) it too was not a mistake. I thouroughly enjoyed it adn found it if not as good as the first book then better! once again it was well read by Stephen Pacey with all the emotion and grit of the first book. This is definatly worth it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "Dark and Edgy..."

    Dark violent gritty - absolutely wonderful, gripped from beginning to end in this second in the fantasy series, I laughed, cringed, booed, gasped and cheered. My favourite character has to be Glockta, his dry sarcastic inner monologue entertained and I love the knife edge political machinations he had to hobble through. All the main characters leap off the page and are easily distinguishable, off to go straight onto the next one.. Bravo even better than the first hence the five stars...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/17/17
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    "awesome book"

    An excellent book with awesome narration. The narrator brings the book to life with distinct voices for every character. I laughed out loud in a way I likely never would if I'd have been reading this book myself. Highly recommended!

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  • Andrew
    5/12/17
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    "As good as the first!"

    Gripping story, great characters with depth and narrated fantastically with much versatility.

    At the end of each chapter I'd be disheartened yo be changing location to focus on another characters story only to feel the same at the end of their chapter again when returning! Getting the third book now!

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/11/17
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    "Excellent book"

    I enjoyed more than the first book, the characters are more fleshed out and the story more engaging. Voice consistently an amazing talent with incredible range.

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  • Ian
    5/5/17
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    "The 2nd in the series"

    I've never heard of the author before the 1st book, now I've just finished the 2nd book and can't wait for the 3rd, simple as that, what a story, what a find

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  • pearse
    4/26/17
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    "somehow better than the first"

    seriously. just read (listen) to this. it's great fantasy with some of the best war scenes I've read (listened to). and I've read almost three other books so I know what I'm talking about. (one of them was a where's wolly book)

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  • JPA
    4/7/17
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    "colourful characters and brutal battles"

    One of my fave narrators brings to life a sequal that improves on the previous book - which I also enjoyed.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/16/17
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    "loved it"

    This story just gets better and better. loved it can't wait to start the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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