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You Die When You Die Audiobook

You Die When You Die: West of West, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

You die when you die....

You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll end the day either a hero or drinking mead in the halls of the gods. That's what Finn's tribe believe. But Finn wants to live. When his settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe, Finn plus several friends and rivals must make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, and to survive, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought before.

The David Gemmell Award-nominated author of Age of Iron returns with You Die When You Die - an epic fantasy adventure in which a mismatched group of refugees battle animals and monsters, determined assassins, an unforgiving land and each other as they cross a continent to fulfil a prophecy.

©2017 Little Brown (P)2017 Angus Watson

What the Critics Say

"Unflinchingly bloodthirsty and outrageously entertaining." (Christopher Brookmyre on Age of Iron)
"Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on!" (SF Crowsnest on Age of Iron)
"It simply grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go." (BIBLIOSANCTUM, review for Age of Iron)
"A fun and addictive read." (Fantasy Faction on Age of Iron)
"Watson's tale is gore-soaked and profanity-laden - full of visceral combat and earthy humour, and laced with subtle magic." (Publishers Weekly on Age of Iron)

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    Tom 07-01-17
    Tom 07-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I like it, more fun than other books."

    I have like 10 million audio books and anytime an author can keep me interested and make me smile/laugh I give high regard. I hold Joe Abercrombie in a special place and this does not have the satirical genius of Joe or King Lear, it does spark some fire in my bones. (I just put Joe Abercrombie and Shakespeare in the same sentence. I am sorry I am not sorry)

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    Kindle Customer 06-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "WOOOOOOTAH!"

    First up, fair warning - there is a cattle truck full of swearing in this book. Hilariously used, but if your boat sinks at some cussing, you'll need to look away.


    Look, I love my books bat crud crazy. They can make absolutely no sense, as long as the book ‘works’ throughout the nonsensical-ness. ‘You Die When You Die’ sits right about in my happy zone, however for those that need some plot to follow, this has it. It has a ‘run-from-the-evil’ plot line, and it does use quite a few tropes.. Well, the outer skin of tropes that have been gutted, stuffed with crazy string, then stitched back up.


    Honestly, just read/listen to it. Laugh crazily, snort at the antics, and just enjoy Watson's ability to mold amazing characters.


    Bring on book two so I have another excuse to snort laugh at a speculative fantasy historical fiction.


    (the narration by Sean Barrett was top notch as well! Bet he enjoyed swearing like a sailor!! Or a Scrayling!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David NAMPA, IDAHO, United States 06-22-17
    David NAMPA, IDAHO, United States 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, Great performance."

    I really enjoyed the other series by Angus Watson. He does a really good job of blending humor into the story without making it seem silly.
    This book is just as good, and I highly recommend it.

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    6/23/17
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    "Angus! Angus! Angus!"

    During my formative years I remember fans at an AC/DC concert chanting “Angus, Angus, Angus” in homage to their guitar hero as he strutted his stuff on stage. While AC/DC weren’t huge favourites of mine I always remember the warmth, affection and excitement pouring off the crowd for their man. Well that came back to me as I listened to Angus Watson’s first trilogy, “Age of iron” not so long ago. He drew the crowd in with an excellent opener, crossed the tricky minefield of keeping it going in the second book and rounded it off with a thudding wallop of a closer. And now he’s at it again!

    You Die When You Die is a genuine fantasy series but once more Watson has based it loosely on real geography and history. This time it’s some Vikings in the Americas of all things! In terms of plot it’s also a long way from the “Iron” books. Our “hero” is Finn and he’s no Gus that’s for sure. He and some friends are forced on an epic journey pursued by the fantasy equivalent of Charlie’s Hell's Angels and running into all kinds of different tribes and problems along the way.

    That said, this delivers in very firmly in the same style as the Age of Iron series. Great fun characters who are defined as much by their failings as their strengths or mighty deeds. Watson delivers their inner child with great aplomb and for anyone who worries about such things much swearing. There’s a strong argument that it is reminiscent of Abercrombie but I think maybe now we should avoid such comparisons because Watson is forging a style of his own.

    This is an author delivering my kind of contemporary fantasy with a narrator who is definitely up there near the top. So, go on shell out a credit for this one and join me chanting “Angus, Angus, Angus” as messrs Watson and Barret take us on another great ride!

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  • Richard Browne
    6/29/17
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    "Great book."

    Author is brilliant. I don't often take time to write a review and I've read a LOT of books, this author is my favourite. I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon him by accident with the Age of Iron series. Age of Iron is by far the best book I've ever read, but this is also a great read. The characters are well developed, they are endearing, (even the evil ones) and the author is a master at making the funny ones funny, particularly little girls. I'm waiting patiently for the next book now and I'll listen to this one again straight away.
    Angus Watson, if you ever read this, thanks for putting pen to paper. You big badgers bollock.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    7/21/17
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    "excellent "

    another great book from this fantastic author. It's fantasy with a gritty reality to it. The charaters are wonderfully written and have fantastic depth to them. Sean Barrett is as always top class in his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Wilkinson
    7/21/17
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    "Looking forward to next instalment"

    Superb book can not wait for the next instalment. Read Age of Iron trilogy also enjoyed. Some great one liners Sean Barrett excellent performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walter
    7/20/17
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    "It's great, but it's awfully familiar...."

    The voice performance is superb. The content is witty and I listened to the whole thing pretty much non-stop so I really did love it. But it's all just a bit too familiar - almost like the author pinched a few choice bits from a bunch of other fantasy novels and made another (albeit great) one.

    I'll definitely be buying the next two though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/17
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    "Fantastic, fun and absorbing."

    Fantastic story line with first class narration by Sean Barret. Can't wait (I suppose I will have to) for the next book in the series. To console myself I'll re listen to the Age of Iron trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gryfynn
    Stockholm, Sweden
    7/5/17
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    "I Want an Axe Now!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have done so. I recommended the Age of Iron trilogy mercilessly until some friends gave in and read that too. Angus Watson has built a style of fantasy all of his own. It's possibly what you would get if you put the genius of Terry Pratchett, GRRM, Bernard Cornwell and a dash of some of the other historical fiction and fantasy greats into a blender and hit start. However it's a crap analogy, because what you really would end up with is probably just an unuseable blender, but maybe you get the idea. He creates characters you just can't help but love, even if they are a little bit on the evil side. His attentiveness to historical detail is also something I appreciated as a lover of all things past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Angus Watson provides a rich environment of surroundings and dialog, not to mention an incredible array of curses. A work like this needs a master of naration to really breathe life into it though. Sean Barrett's use of tone and inflection hasn't disappointed yet. The way he reads the dialog between the different characters and more importantly the way he reads their points of view as the story progresses, really added to the experience of listening to this book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Honestly I can't pick out a favourite at all, because I have so many and the whole book from start to finish was just brilliant. mostly I just love the language and description Watson uses. I remember early in the book the Swan Empress talks about being heavily pregnant like being a dying buffalo, and I remember saying to myself 'right on, mate'. Just too true. that's exactly how it feels like and anyone who tries to tell me how wonderful I should have felt at the time doesn't know what they are talking about.


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

    Yes, and I was very miffed that I couldn't. It's also a book I very much intend to read again before the second one comes out.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a book you shouldn't listen to in front of younger children. My 2 year old picked up some very lovely words because I had it playing in the background while making dinner. If this is your first book by Angus Watson you definitely should also read the Iron Age trilogy. A different setting with different characters, but still the same attention to detail and the same excellent use of dialog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    7/5/17
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    "Brilliant and funny"

    Loved it from start to finish. I love the genre but it can be a little depressing at times. Angus Watson has a brilliant way of creating a story based on historical possibilities in a interesting, funny and frankly charming way. The narration here is very good also. If you enjoyed his previous age of iron books, you will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. Murray
    England
    7/3/17
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    "Love it - and his other books"

    Great new book. I love POV writing, and this is up there with the best. Bring on book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/30/17
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    "Brilliant fun"

    Sean Barrett's fantastic narration brings to life ANOTHER awesome book. by Angus Watson-funny, touching and insightful-absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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