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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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    can't wait to hear the Last book of the trilogy some serious development happened and now to conclude the story.

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    Trent 03-16-16
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    I am relitening to the series and can not wait to hear the new ones.

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    Todd A Frazie 03-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    The best author and best reader I've ever experienced, at their best. An enjoyable experience, to say the least.

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    Robert 03-05-16
    Robert 03-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    The First Law Series is better than Lord of the Rings or Ice and Fire. Just is. Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, say he's raised the bar.

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    Galyn 12-23-15
    Galyn 12-23-15 Member Since 2012

    Started Audible to listen while I did work in my 5.5 acre yard. Now, I listen all the time. My TV is now only on when company is at my home.

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    "Great story, superb reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before They Are Hanged to be better than the print version?

    I listen to this over and over. The story is great, everyone is damaged. No one is a hero. Full of observations and truisms about life. One of my absolute favorites


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    "Great audible/book"

    This continued the amazing narration of the first novel in this series. Definitely one of the best series in dark fantasy.

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    Mike Q Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 10-06-15
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    "Book 2 of my favorite trilogy."

    It's almost like these books were written to my particular tastes. I could go on and on but I would just sound even more like a fanboy so I'll skip my speech on how much I love the first law series and say this... When it comes to the combination of writer and reader this series is in the top 1% all-time on Audible in my opinion. Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey's combined efforts make a work of high art that that I've enjoyed annually since I first listened to them in 2013 and I appreciate it more and more each time.

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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 09-30-15
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 09-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "another great addition to the series "

    loved every minute of it. great addition to the series. Joe Abercrombie never dissapoibts in this book.

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    A. Alcozer Houston, Tx United States 09-23-15
    A. Alcozer Houston, Tx United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Was over b4 I knew it"

    like the 1st book, didn't have a classical climax and ending to me. felt like it was not complete but otherwise a very good book. Just means I need to buy the next one :)

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    Size13ShoeLover Duval~904 09-04-15
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    "second read, great as the first."

    fantastic, animated narrator.
    gripping story.
    tears and guffaws abound.
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    overall, a brilliant diversion.


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    "loved it"

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

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  • Kjetil
    2/25/17
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    "Loved it!"

    Will listen to the third book now! Now!
    Best series in a long time. Recommend to all lovers of high fantasy.

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    The narration is fantastic which adds to the already great story. The characters are really good.

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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.

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    "Travels, battles and politics."

    What more could you ask for really, a very well written, entertaining book that never got bogged down and moved swiftly. Though after reading the stormlight archive and ASOIAF I found my self wanting more detail and depth suppose that is the difference between a story and an epic. Still enjoyable though and still worth the reading.

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  • Russell
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    "Brilliant!"

    the story was excellent the narrator was fantastic and I can't wait to listen to the next part.

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  • Phillistein
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    10/9/16
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    "Even better than The Blade Itself"

    So loved this book. The characters are developed with a strong promise for all the following books. Very highly recommended.
    The narrator is one of those rare people who is able to tell the story, rather than read it. The many voices and subtleties of each character are delivered faultlessly. Even good enough for me to nearly forgive the strange pronunciation of grimace. That's unless I've said it all wrong all my life. A bit like another reader who insisted that buttocks should sound like someone had made a timepiece out of butts..
    But... if that's the only thing that I can call a negative out of so many hours of faultless narrative and narration then thus must be a triumph.
    Read it, or listen, if you are prepared to put yourself into its power for some considerable time. Not to mention the satisfying number of books on the series. I'm hooked!

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  • Bobby Bawbaggins
    9/28/16
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    "Brilliant"

    As good as the first book, book 2 continues the excellent story telling with memorable characters and moments, and the narration by Steven Pacey is again a joy to listen to.

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  • BHinkley
    9/23/16
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    "Outstandingly Narrated Story"
    Would you listen to Before They Are Hanged again? Why?

    I would. Hugely entertaining, rollercoaster of a story, Very dark with comedic episodes that light the darkest moments. Made me laugh out loud many times.


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

    GOT - loosely


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

    I haven't listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances. He is outstanding in this trilogy. I'll be sure to check out his other performances now though............


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    pffttt...........How should I know. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD / CONFESSIONS OF A TORTURER AND OTHER TALES / BATTLE OF THE FLESH EATERS / 100 WAYS TO KILL FOR DUMMIES......................


    Any additional comments?

    Download this Trilogy, you wont be disappointed. Highly addictive, compulsive listening. Brilliantly drawn characters. Brilliantly narrated.

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    "Fantasy books are great!"

    Never listened to fantasy stuff, have read Lord of the rings etc but this is incredible! Gripping, great story and awesome story.

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