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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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    Jim "The Impatient" 12-08-13 Member Since 2016
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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 2017
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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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    LaKisha 06-15-12
    LaKisha 06-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "still amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the book, but Steven Pacey is an awesome narrator!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I still like Glokta. And Logan. And West. Okay, most of these characters are my favorite because they are basically trying to do the best they can given their circumstances and the world they live in. Both would reject any pity directed their way. In this novel there are no soft characters- they wouldn't survive long in the world that Abercrombie has created.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Steven gives all characters their own voices. He even does a great job of narrating Glokta's inner dialogue. That is hard to do- often you listen to a book and it takes you awhile to figure out that the narration are the thoughts of the character. Not so here. Glikta's mental musings are done fantastically! Pacey narrates all the characters with full emotional effect, and I was captivated the whole time,


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

    This book moved me. I was spellbound. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next throughout the book. It isn't a happy book- there are no fairy tales here- but it is a compelling book.


    Any additional comments?

    Be warned, this book is more gruesomely graphic than the first. It's still a captivating book, and I couldn't put it down, but I wasn't quite ready for some of the gruesomeness. That's the only reason that it doesn't get a full 5 stars in every category.

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

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    philip 11-14-17
    philip 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "outstanding performance"

    great story and amazing narration and performance. will look out for more of either author or narrator

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    jahn mcgeary 10-25-17
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    "pacey nails it."

    best character voices I've ever heard. masterful performance and pacing. big time talent, don't miss out.

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    Anonymous 08-13-17
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    "superb fantasy, nothing more nothing less."

    fantastic story with brutal plottwists, characters You love to hate, characters You weep for. do your self a favour and get going with this epic.

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    Traceloy 03-17-17
    Traceloy 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A keeper"

    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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  • Nina
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    "A good middle book to a well written trilogy."

    Joe Abercrombie's "The First Law" trilogy is really growing on me (I have not read the 3rd book yet).

    The second book in the series picks up where the first left off, upping the tempo on our journey of intrigue and danger, developing the main characters further and thrusting them deeper into the vortex of events which will leave the world around them forever changed.

    The book has elements of surprise, and its only when you reach the end the that thing do not quite turn out as you expected.

    The description of the war is realistic and portrayed in all it's horror. Let's be honest, war is ugly and this is where the author shows his great story writing skills.

    Steven Pacey's narration is one of the best. He is soft, he is scared, he is dangerous, he is a man of many distinctive voices.

    I would recommend this book to any fantasy fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ninecatz
    6/29/16
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    "Excellent!"
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    Brilliant story and narration! Listen and be transported to another world where you laugh at the inquisition and urge on unseemly hero's!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • graham
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    "Buy it, Download it, Enoy it.."

    That's exactly what I have done..like part one "the blade Itself" this is a fantastic story, well written and excellently executed by narrator. The characters each have their distinctive characterisation, that blend and meander through the story . The story is exiting and interesting and builds each chapter.
    If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, you will enjoy this..It has the quality of writing of GOT, but the narration is so much better

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  • Mr
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Brilliant continuation of The Blade Itself"

    I discovered Joe Abercrombie from reading reviews on Audible and was glad I did. I wanted something fresh to read and not derivative of other authors. I found this here.



    I did everything I could to find time to continue listening to this book. I offered to do the shopping, gardening and even pretended to go to bed early so could slip in the ear phones and lose myself in the characters and the world.



    The book is not without faults - the expedition to edge of the world seems a pointless, if engaging, ramble - but they are few and greatly offset by the story and narration.



    I would recommend this series to anyone interested in fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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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
  • Katie Samuelson
    Cambridge, UK
    11/10/17
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    "The best audiobook I’ve ever listened to."

    The story, the delivery, the production are all amazing.

    If you like epic fantasies you’ll absolutely love this. If you’re not a fan of the genre you’ll still think it brilliant as the underlying multi-threaded story is a thriller, a military campaign, a crime story and a romance all in one. Steven Pacey’s narration; his tone, emphasis, voices and characterisation, are all excellently done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • declan
    10/16/17
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    "3rd or 4th time"

    as from the title i have listened 3-4 times its well read n wrote. love the performance. i am looking 4ward to my next credit for another book by joe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    10/5/17
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    "Masterclass in Fantasy storytelling "

    Abercrombies writing style will be enjoyed by anyone who is a fan of Robert E Howard and David Gemmell. Where Abercrombie succeeds beyond these two worthies is in the gritty reality and astonishing breadth of characterisation.
    His characters swear, fornicate , and crap themselves and the books embrace the bloody and painful details of humanity at its worst. But here's the trick that Abercrombie performs, he manages, through engaging humour pathos and irony to weave a believable tapestry of emotional highs and lows . No one is all bad , no one is all good . Heroes are fallible, villains have their tragedies and the extraordinary characters in these tales are believable and rise from the pages in three dimensional glory.
    The narration is exemplary and virtually faultless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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