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They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following.

Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust....

©2012 Joe Abercrombie (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Nothing lacking

I've enormously enjoyed my last three weeks of binge-listening to Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, Best Served Cold and Red Country (in that order) and deem it time well-spent. Abercrombie's characters are satisfyingly complex and multi-dimensional. Even the villains, bit players and walk-ons are presented with convincing and, in many cases, entertaining back-stories. Every bit of dialog snaps and nudges the action - of which there's no scarcity - along at a good clip, frequently with dry and wry insights and humor. Narrators Steven Pacey and Michael Page are masters - both are subtle, nuanced and enormously talented voice actors who consistently present the books' multiple characters with fidelity and empathy. I discovered Abercrombie through a listener review of which I was enormously skeptical. As a fairly critical listener/reader, I'm almost embarrassed to file a similarly gushing review. However, I'd recommend Abercrombie even to those listeners who generally thumb their noses at works relegated to the "fantasy" genre. Abercrombie's Audible selections are lively, entertaining, well-plotted, thought-provoking - and well worth a serious binge.

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  • John B
  • MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States
  • 02-24-13

Not a single gripe!

This is my first entry into the first law universe, and I was very pleased.

Abercrombie and Pacey make an amazing duo. What is an extremely entertaining and brilliant story is only enhanced with great narration. I can only say good things about the epic story, the interesting characters, and the world I can't wait to hear more about. I am just so very glad that the First Law trilogy is also narrated by Mr. Pacey! If you are interested but still on the fence, listen to this book.

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Another great one from Abercrombie!

What did you love best about Red Country?

As in his other books, Abercrombie gives you a story that really draws you in. It's great to see strong female characters that knows how to hold their own .

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  • Thomas
  • Christiana, TN, USA
  • 01-23-13

"Abercrombie Delivers, Again and Again"

Let me dive right into this review in much the same way that I did with this book, head first and fully aware of what I was getting into. I am not new to the world that Abercrombie has built, and I was pleased to find it left much the same way it had been before in previous books. However, Abercrombie has begun to do something rare in most fantasy series. His world is progressing technologically and he has placed new characters with some of the beloved cast from previous books.
If you have never delved into this world be forewarned, there will be blood, gore, violence, and strong language. The characters that Abercrombie has created are realistic with their own selfish values and desires. Abercrombie has the ability to give his characters shocking realistic personality. If you have loved his characters in past books, you will find these to be just as detailed and enjoyable. Maybe your new to this world, it might be best to start with the First Law Trilogy to become more aquainted with the harsh, cruel world that Abercombrie weaves with characters that are extremely complex.
In closing, this listen was great. I laughed, cringed, and delighted at this tale told with a western style blending with Abercrombie's harsh approach to fantasy. If you are looking for a fantasy novel or just a novel that walks the razor's edge of reality, you can look no further. Red Country delivers and then delivers a great tale, again and again. I would be remiss in mentioning that this book sees the return of one the great narrators on Audible, Steven Pacey. I would spend my credit based upon his wonderful narration alone.

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  • charles
  • Edison, NJ, United States
  • 01-15-13

Always a great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, great narrator, great author, interesting story

Any additional comments?

anything he writes is very enjoyable. Although his books can easily be read standing alone,
start from the 1st in the series to get the full treatment. Remember if there is one thing they say, it is to start at the beginning of the series.

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You Don't Know Joe!

Think you know Joe Abercrombie? While this book is another excellent read from an extremely talented writer, it certainly pushes the bounds of his earlier books. It has that comfortable blue jeans feel, but I could definitely feel the writer pushing out of his own comfort zone and expanding his expertise beyond war and gore. Yes, there is plenty of action, but this book goes farther afield into human interaction. I'm purposely being vague :)

You could easily read this book without having read any of his others, but if you've read the others, you will have a far deeper appreciation for the... restraint on display here. The character array is nothing short of brilliant (as usual) and the narration is beyond brilliant (also as usual)!

No big shocks, just a lot of great character development and storytelling, which is just all right with me. This means our story can continue it's bloody march forward without getting all goofy because the author overreached (as often happens in many series). When your writing is this good, you can just let the story unfold without cataclysmic end-of-the-world uber drama and leave (at least many) of your characters alive to fight another day.

So, I say bring it on Mr. Abercrombie! Stretch it on out there a bit from time to time, just retain the elements that keep those pages turning and we'll be here eagerly awaiting to immerse ourselves in your imperfect world.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 12-22-12

Joe Abercrombie at his best

What made the experience of listening to Red Country the most enjoyable?

I think Steven Pacey is wonderful with his narrations. His voices, accents, and emotions are fantastic. Abercrombie is an amazing author. I have read all his works to date. I'm never disapointed

What did you like best about this story?

So many different characters, with twists and turns, that only Abercrombie can do

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

Again his is brilliant, with voices, accents, and emotions.

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

There were many but the first and was the attack on the farm homestead.

Any additional comments?

This book reminds me a bit of the Glen Cook series "Black Company". Of course it's only one book compared to 10, but the characters and inter actions remind me of Black Company series. If you enjoyed that series you will love this story. The best part you only have to read this one book. However I suggest all of Abercrombie's works, he is a genius.

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  • HEIDI
  • United States
  • 11-30-12

A fun romp with an awesome narrator

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This release is amply peppered with laugh out loud moments. It took me about a quarter of the book to really get into it, but now I am appreciating each scene as it slides into my ears. Awesome narration!!

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  • Erik
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • 01-27-13

He's back!

In writing this review, I'm assuming that 99% of the readers will have read the first books (The Blade Itself, etc.) with Logan Nine Fingers as one of the main characters. Suffice to say, it was great having him back. Even better was the return of Steven Pacey as narrator. The Abercrombie-Pacey alliance makes for an exceptional experience.

This book is a great follow on to the early stories, but can stand alone on if the reader has no background of the characters. Indeed, many characters are new. Although not as epic in scale as the first three books, the story has a simple entertaining plot that moves along nicely. Be warned, however, that this book tends to the darker side, as do most of the books in this series. Joe Abercrombie’s characters are neither good nor evil, which can make for some interesting sub-plots.

Overall, highly recommended, but you should start with the first 3 books in the series to get the best appreciation of this one.

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  • Nicole
  • North Kingstown, RI, USA
  • 12-01-12

Abercrombie at his best

This is as good as the First Law Trilogy. I found myself sitting in the car to just listen to a few more minutes and was disappointed that it had to end. It's a great story filled with vibrant characters. Next to Lamb I really enjoyed the appearance of Nicola Cosca. Dark, gritty and pretty much not a single "good" guy among the characters, I love this book and the world Abercrombie creates. Steven Pacey is the perfect narrator for these stories. I can't wait for another one.

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