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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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    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-05-14
    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVE this series"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are debating continuing with this series, keep going. I loved it. It only gets better.

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    Micah Burke California 07-29-14
    Micah Burke California 07-29-14 Member Since 2014

    Lockheed

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    "Hard Fantasy"
    What did you love best about Before They Are Hanged?

    The characters, who while they first seem like fantasy cliches, are fully developed and have their own motives and intentions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scope of the series spans continents and kingdoms, yet focuses on a small group within to flesh out the story.


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

    Glokta! To get the reader to cheer for such a seemingly despicable character requires a deft talent, and Abercrombie pulls it off. Pacey's characterization of Glokta was painfully creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the hard stuff, and I like it. Abercrombie gets how life in such a time/place would be and doesn't flinch to express it.

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    kevin LANDISVILLE, PA, United States 04-29-14
    kevin LANDISVILLE, PA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Getting better"
    Where does Before They Are Hanged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the upper third.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Before They Are Hanged?

    The fencing match with Jazelle and actually the way Logan Nine Fingers tries to get the group to bond.


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

    This guy is epic. Without this sort of performance, I am not sure I would have stuck with it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times during certain segments I would find myself lingering in the vehicle before getting out to do what I should do. Parts of this are very captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was a bit better than the first although it could be that I am finally fully immersed into the story and characters. It's funny, for as long as these audios are, it does not seem like a lot is really accomplished in each story. Rather, it is one story broken down into a lot of detail. Sometimes this gets too tedious and bogs things down but I don't feel that is occurring here. Enjoyable listen overall but I feel this is not going to have the good ending for certain characters I was hoping for.

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    Johnathan W. Hill 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Riveting Listen"

    Once again, I was bowled over by the second book in the "First Law" trilogy.

    There is a bit more action in this one compared to "The Blade Itself", which was nice because I felt that the first book dragged on a bit in plot. In fact, were it not for Mr. Abercrombie's superb characterization and Mr. Pacey's phenomenal narration, I would have probably stopped listening from lack of plot.

    That being said, the excellent characterization and narration is back, plus we get A LOT more action. There are some really great battle scenes and the characters are taken back through the wringer again. Some worse than others.

    That being said, I still am not sure what is happening with the plot. There is so much going on at a micro level that I am not seeing the BIG picture. I've yet to see how all the dots connect and I am beginning to think that they may never really connect in a way I am used to in fantasy.

    Which I am OKAY with. The novel is so well written and so well narrated that I can stand there to be not much of a plot or for there to be little plot resolution. I would like to see some questions answered in the third novel, but if they are not, I'll live. Joe Abercrombie has a keen understanding of humanity (if a somewhat dark view of it) and I am content to luxuriate in the world he has created even if it means we don't really go anywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 04-19-14
    Donna 04-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Third time around and still awesome "

    I love this series. The characters are well developed and I've yet to find a character like Glockter (spelling?) in stories or real life. Fast paced and worth coming back to again and again.

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    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 03-24-14
    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "THIS IS WHAT FANTASY IS ABOUT"
    What did you love best about Before They Are Hanged?

    The story is woven in an impeccable world without fault. There are few problems with believability, the magic is raw & powerful and the characters are fallible people just trying to stay alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love where the story is going, how the character Glokta grows into him self and how utterly ruthless he can be.


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

    Steven has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life. His British accent lends itself to many dialects and he weaves believable pictures which allows me to immerse myself into the story. He has a lovely way of building the tension which had me almost jump into a bush from fright during a particular piece whilst I was running...


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

    I have to admit that I didn't as I have read the series before so unfortunately I did not have any surprises waiting for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I can hardly rate this series highly enough. If you are almost spending a credit on this do it now...but only if you can handle hard core action fantasy. If you are into unicorns you should possibly try a different title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 03-03-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "We should forgive our enemies, but not *"

    This is the middle book in Abercrombie’s Fist Law Trilogy and as such advances the various story lines but does not attempt a conclusion. The lives of four main characters are followed, Logan (The Bloody Nine), Inquisitor (now Superior) Glokta, the Dogman, and Jazel. All these characters show significant development. So now that the stage is set with all these great characters the conclusion is anticipated. The thing is, I really have no idea where the story is headed because there is no central quest to this series so far.

    The characters are so good that Stephen Pacey has ample opportunity to display his considerable talents. Pacey is in fact fantastic making what could have been a plodding middle book into an engaging entertainment.

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    Maribee7 Earth 01-05-14
    Maribee7 Earth 01-05-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful Narrator, but..."

    I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.

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    Dea Draper 01-03-14
    Dea Draper 01-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intelligent dialogue is a high art form here"

    Time and again, I thought how clever and original, and appropriate a character’s surprising response was. There is nothing superficial about the dialogue or the characters. The conversations are used concisely for character and story development—no filler dialogue here, a pet peeve of mine.

    The story switches back & forth between groups of people, yet I didn’t have to break the story’s flow in order to remember who a character was, since thankfully, the author continually reminded me of relationships and events distinguishing the characters. He did it creatively and smoothly each time so it never felt repetitive or redundant.

    As far as the story itself goes, I read the first book in a day and couldn’t put this one down either. I am taking a break only to write this review. The third book is purchased and am already wailing that the story has to come to an end.

    The reader Steven Pacey is amazing, and a top favorite of mine.

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    Martin 12-28-13
    Martin 12-28-13

    Love Heroic Epic Fantasy, don't appreciate slow monotonic voice acting. Dragons and Magic are good, myth-based and new myth plots - super.

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    "Gripping tale"
    If you could sum up Before They Are Hanged in three words, what would they be?

    Great story indeed


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

    The name of the wind; Wheel of time series<br/>All great fantasy epics, thorough character description, great action


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ambush when Jezel gets his scars


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Starring Johnny Depp as N d'cosca


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great read, the whole trilogy. Vibrant scenes, detailed characters and plenty of action.<br/>In addition, the reading is superb.

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    8/23/10
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    "An EXCELLENT trilogy, BRILLIANTLY narrated"

    An excellent audiobook brilliantly narrated.

    This is the second book in Joe Abercrombie's 'First Law' trilogy and it is important to read/listen to the books in order to get the most out of them.

    The book picks up more or less when part 1 ended. There are now three distinct story lines involving Glokta, Major West and the Byas expedition and they are pretty much separate throughout. There is also a lot more action. But the main strengths of the first book continue: well written, excellent characters and plots and a tour de force of narration by Stephen Pacey, who brings the book brilliantly to life. Stunning is the only word to describe his performance.

    A five star listen - I'm already onto to part 3!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    8/30/16
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    "Excellent"

    I have just been hunting through my favourite authors, looking for some new releases from them, and realised that I hadn't rated this book yet!! When it comes to a Joe Abercrombie-Steven Pacey combination, I feel it part of my listener's duties to at least rate it, even if I don't write a full review.

    Five stars it is. All round! Story, Performance, Overall! I've just re-read my review of the first book in the series, and realise how lukewarm it sounds. Clearly book one was just the warm up. Book 2 (and 3!) were outstanding. Steven Pacey brought it all to life with what must surely be an award-winning performance. Joe Abercrombie's writing is gritty, colourful, and positively alive. This is one of my favourite series.

    When I'm trying to encourage somebody to try an audiobook for the first time, and if they're into fantasy, then Joe Abercrombie is always in my top three suggested! Always. And an Abercrombie-Pacey combination is hard to beat.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Bruton, United Kingdom
    6/10/12
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    "These books are the reason I need more credits !!!"

    This second part of the trilogy is not the "mark time till the finale" filler usually found in fantasy trilogies. The characters are solid and the story makes turning off your mp3 player very hard.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/20/11
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    "Fantastic stuff"

    Gripping to the end - fantastic stuff! Brilliant story and brilliant narrator. I usually only listen to Audible stories while driving (on my sat nav) but this one was so good I took the sat nav out of the car and listened to it straight through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    2/5/14
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    "How to apply dark comedy to a gritty fantasy"


    Joe Abercombie continues on top form with his second installment.

    Story – 4.5/5

    I did feel like a lot of the story was unnecessary to the overall aim, but what it did help to do was develop the characters, and this was clearly Joe Abercrombie’s intention, as he has set it up for one hell of a ride in the conclusion to the trilogy (which I have already read)

    Each of the characters becomes even more likeable, and the dark comedy becomes even funnier as you learn more and the story develops. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect, and I found I couldn’t turn the audio book off.

    This story has more action and violence than the first, concentrating on both the battles themselves as well as the politics behind them.

    Performance – 5/5

    Steven Pacey is one of the best narrators out there. His character acting was flawless, each having a distinctive and believable voice. His narration enhanced the dark comedy and whit of Joe Abercrombie’s writing

    Music/sound effects between scenes/chapters was a nice touch as well

    Overall – 4.5/5

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    1/18/11
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    "An excellent sequel."

    This book continues the brilliant form of the first. There are some new characters introduced but mainly it continues the stories of the diverse and varied cast from the first book. It is bloodier than the first, with more battles and action, but retains the intelligence and humour of the first. A remarkable series of books so far, made all the more enjoyable by the narrator. An excellent effort all round!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    12/31/16
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    "You have to be realistic - actually no you don't!"

    Logan Ninefingers often reminds 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. Judging by this series so far listening to an audiobook with the names Abercrombie and Pacey on it is one of those all too rare occasions.

    There are few series out there that manage to deliver such incredible depth of characters, genuinely exciting storyline and yet still find ways to make you laugh regularly. Off the top of my head I can only think of one that has done this quite so well albeit with a very different storyline and in a completely different genre. Pacey here is the obvious link to Jussi Adler-Olsen's wonderful Department Q series but there's so much more to it than that.

    The characters like Glokta for example, a twisted cripple, a husk of a man in constant pain, in turns deliciously evil and yet so human. The mingling of his thoughts with the main dialogue is a pure delight and no-one could do him much better than Pacey. He is portrayed so differently to the usual clichéd, pompous inquisitor types. He sees things for what they are and doesn't feign ignorance of things like the effects of rough treatment on a people. His assessments of the city of Dagoska and the people there demonstrate how well he is written.

    The other characters too are richly drawn and I think that they are characters I will take to the grave with me, remembered long after others have faded back to the mud. Logan himself, Ferro, Giselle, so many to choose from and they take part in a much faster-moving and action-packed storyline in this instalment.

    As for that comedy I mentioned, the sardonic and intimate thoughts of the likes of Glokta and Logan will keep the corners of your mouth twitching throughout. However something like two thirds of the way through the book is possibly my favourite ever "romantic encounter" scene of all-time. They aren't something I often remark upon but this is genuinely something a touch remarkable. I'll say no more but you'll see what I mean when you get to it!

    Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie he writes a good book. Say one thing about Steven Pacey, he reads a good book very well.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Darren McGuire
    6/22/17
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    "The narration is a delight"

    I have already read all of abercrombie's novels and I liked them so much I decided to get the whole series on audio.
    The story is as wonderful as I remember it but what makes this so good is Steven Pacey's narration, he is brilliant. As soon as he starts talking you know exactly who is speaking and his accents are wonderful. Quite simply Pacey is one of the best narrators working today I cannot compliment him enough.

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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