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The Heroes

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: First Law World, Book 2
Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,392 ratings)

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They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

The Heroes

For glory, for victory, for staying alive.

First Law Trilogy

The Blade Itself

Before They Are Hanged

Last Argument of Kings

Novels in the First Law world

Best Served Cold

The Heroes

Red Country

©2011 Joe Abercrombie (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa." ( Wall Street Journal)
"Magnificent, richly entertaining." ( Time)
"Abercrombie never glosses over a moment of the madness, passion, and horror of war, nor the tribulations that turn ordinary people into the titular heroes." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Pacey is as good as it gets

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I can't express just how good this narrator is. Abercromie's writing style and imagination are always top notch but IMO the way that Steven Pacey is able to give each character their own very unique voice and personality is truly amazing. I really wish that all of GRR Martin's books could be re-recorded with Pacey as the narrator.

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Amazing

Loved all of it. Not a dull moment. It's a gritty story of battle that I would roccomend to anyone with the balls enough to read it!

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Excellent style but not really a story

I love Abercrombie's writing voice, I could listen to his storytelling all day. His sarcastic humor just resonates with me. Steven Pacey is an excellent narrator, he makes the characters come to life, and together with Abercrombie's characterization the people jump out of the "page".
This earned three overall stars, and five stars for the performance. The two stars I've given to the story is because there isn't really one. The book is more like an account of a three-day battle with all the fight, mud, blood and ugliness. The endless intrigue of the characters who try to mislead, deceive and cheat each other to reach their own pathetic desires is amazing - and amusing -, but they don't add up to a whole story. In the middle of the book it was only the author's style that kept me listening.
At the end there is a twist, a good one, but still, it doesn't make up for a nice plot.
Oh, and I missed the magic. A lot. The magic wasn't the strongest point in the previous books, but at least it was used, and we could call them a real fantasy book. In The Heroes the most "magical" thing is testing the first cannon ever made (in this world).

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nothing special

The narrator is always excellent! The story just kind of rambled on not a real protagonist in the story , a lot of detail about the war anf the fighting that just seemed tedious after a while.

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good, but weaker than the last book

overall i thought the book was good, but the characters and plot were both a bit less engaging than best served cold.

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there's a lot going on, found it harder to care.

the story is told well and there is a lot going on here, but I had a much harder time caring what happened to most of the characters in this story.

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Cynicism Spit in Your Eye

Self-loathing and selfishness all manipulated by money and special inside knowledge to no worthy end.

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not as strong as the rest of the series,

but still worth a listen. just not as epic. highlights were the references to old storylines

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Great writing, bleak story

Fantastic writing. Excellent narration. Abercrombie's stories are just a bit bleak for my sensibilities.

In life you surround yourself with friends of your choosing, so I like to think people are better than what Abercrombie gives us. I also served in the military and you do not get to choose who you serve with and I like to think our standards of behavior were a bit higher. I never saw combat, so who knows? I think the author's efforts towards realism are going a bit further towards peoples self interest than is true. A good balance against all the tales that fall short :) ? Just my own predisposition interfering with enjoyment of the story?

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excellent book, great characters.

if you enjoyed the blade itself series you should definitely read this book. His characters make his stories, here you will find some old and some new, but all are great.

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