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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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  • Global
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  • David
  • 10/01/2011

This is heaven

Abercrombie plays hardball. The moment you think you are getting ahead of the plot; as soon as it becomes obvious who is going to survive and who is not; an instant after you sigh with understanding and a knowing nod of the head, a new window opens, perspective changes, and everything in the room makes a new and different kind of sense. Finally you just quit trying to suss it all out, accept the fact that you are in the hands of a master, and listen--rapt. I have finished the first two books now and have no idea where this is going. I just know that I will be fascinated and satisfied when we arrive.
Steven Pacey is flawless. Exactly the narrator Abercrombie deserves. And all for less than ten dollars a book. This is heaven!!
Two caveats: under no circumstances should you read these books out of order, and if you have problems reading descriptions of brutality or tolerating common, sexually descriptive language, just don't bother starting.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marcheta
  • 21/09/2010

Great story, excellent narration

Joe Abercrombie is now on my list of writers to watch and Steven Pacey is superb. I've recommended this trilogy to friends, and the audio version is a must. Thanks to audible readers who mentioned Joe Abercrombie in their comments on other books or I would never have stumbled across this great trilogy.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lore
  • 27/04/2013

Back to the Mud

Much like at the end of the first book in this series, I found myself completely caught by surprise when this book ended. Once again I was entranced by Joe Abercrombie’s characters and the life infused into them by Steven Pacey and it was jarring to abruptly be forced to return to real life. I say abruptly because there is no closure to the story arc with this book. If you decide to come this far then you will need to go further to sate your hunger for an outcome to the many story threads.

Book two follows Bayaz, Logen, Jezal, and Ferro on their quest to the edge of the world for a powerful artifact. Of course this is a volatile mix of personalities and the only time they aren’t close to killing each other is when someone else is trying to do the job for them.

The Union’s war in the North continues and Collem West finds himself entangled within a dysfunctional military leadership group facing a deadly enemy in Bethod and his assembled armies. With two Generals that spend more time opposing each other than the enemy and a useless, spoiled Prince the Union army is primed to destroy itself.

And finally, our old friend Glokta finds himself in the South tasked with preventing the Gurkish from taking the city of Dagoska. As a war starts up on a second, much less defended front, Glokta must fight his own demons from the past as a prisoner of the Gurkish in addition to the Gurkish themselves.

I was pleased with the increased amount of time spent with Logen’s former band of Northmen, which is now led by Threetrees. As with all of the other story threads I was always eager to find out what happened to them next and was always saddened anytime someone was sent back to the mud.

So if you enjoyed book one, I see no reason why you would not enjoy book two. As with book one, I am once again only handing out 4 stars overall because of how I was left hanging at the end. I was shocked when it was over and felt there should have been more to the book and more closure to the story threads before moving on to book 3. That being the case, I did not hesitate to fire up book 3 because I need to spend more time with my new friends, no matter how flawed they are. And I must know what happens...

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  • Global
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  • Bronwyn Soell
  • 20/07/2011

Continues an outstanding series

I am amazed once again by the high quality of this trilogy! Rather than disappoint, like so many sequels, Before They Are Hanged is even better than its predecessor! Joe Abercrombie's writing and characters are so interesting that I really have no 'favorite' parts. No matter which group of characters or storyline the plot is following, I am totally entertained and invested and can't wait to find out what happens next! Abercrombie's battle and fight scenes are particularly well written and evoke strong pictures in the mind- many better known authors would do well to study his style.
And Steven Pacey is a MARVEL. His vocal characterizations and accents are so solid, he brings each character to unique life, easily recognizable just by his voice. If you are looking for a new narrator to follow, look no further than Steven Pacey. I cannot give this book high enough marks for both story and reader!!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin
  • 04/07/2010

Do yourself a favor and get this book

Finest author in the genre. This is not a novel for children, or for fans of unicorns and pixies. As fantasy books go, Mr Abercrombie writes his novels with an amazingly realistic portrayal of his many flawed but entertaining characters. Dark, gritty full of black humor, these books actually get better as the series progresses. Fantastic narration.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael J. Gibbons
  • 28/06/2010

Previous Book Incomplete

Just finished The Blade Itself - the first book in this series.

Beware: The audiobook for Blade Itself does not include the entire book and is missing the last 3 chapters. Audible has removed, I'm assuming to fix the issue. If you have not read the first book I would wait until they fix the audiobook before starting this one.

With that said, I just started this book and am really liking the continuation of the story. The narration is fantastic (as in the first book) though read a little choppy during battle sequences. The narrator does a great job with the dialogue and infusing different character into each of the voices, especially Glokta. The writing style and dialogue is top notch. Anything Abercrombie has written to date is a treat. Note: not for the faint hearted.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Billy
  • 18/05/2011

Amazing with GREAT narrator

Great, engaging story with a GREAT narrator. SO good I can listen to it on a stairclimber and get through an hour wanting to work out more so I can keep listening. Very gritty story, not for delicate audiences.

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  • Michael
  • 16/07/2014

taken for a great ride

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

yes great story interesting compelling story

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

game of thrones

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

listening is a great time saver I would rather read and let my imagination create scenes but Steven does a marvelous job of painting a great story with his wonderful style

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

no but a great listen

Any additional comments?

give it a go if your a fantasy fan

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • donald
  • 02/01/2013

The first law series, A MUST FOR FANTASY READERS

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The first law series is an instant classic. GRR Martin fans are going to love it. The Performance is also top notch. The best of lists for the sff genre will put this series near the top. I am enjoying another Joe Abercrombie novel "Red Country".

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Craig
  • 30/11/2012

Superior Fantasy for a new Century

I don't know where we're headed, but I'm LOVING how we're getting there! Joe Abercrombie does it again with the sequel to The Blade Itself. Another darker, grittier epic fantasy where the usual tropes and memes are turned on their heads, giving the same old chills and thrills we love of our usual epic fantasy, but with a more ominous and surprising edge. There are no pristine archetypes here, but rather a collection of flawed and fallible men and women struggling to do their . . . best . . . ? . . . worst? . . . well, definitely struggling, anyway. And as the story progresses you learn, organically and without chapters' worth of clumsy exposition, that some, if not all, of these characters aren't quite what they appear to be . . .

Can't wait to finish The Last Argument of Kings, which I downloaded directly the MINUTE I finished this book.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Freesienfee
  • 30/11/2010

Klasse, witzig, heftig, einfallsreich

say one thing for joe abercrombie, say he`s a writer.
Das sind coole Figuren und eine breit angelegte Geschichte. Da ist Witz drin und einiger Sarkasmus. Ja, die Story ist auch brutal. Für mich ist JA auf dem Weg in die erste Reihe der Fantasyautoren. Ihr solltet Inquisitor Glokta, Logan Ninefingers und die ganze Bande mehr oder weniger wahnsinniger Figuren kennen lernen und heraus finden, ob Ihr sie mögt. Ich freue mich jedenfalls auf die nächsten Bände!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • BikerJoe
  • 08/10/2014

A lot of action, but little direction

Abercrombie is a great story teller, but the story itself did not go anywhere in this book. This is not unusual for a trilogy, where the middle book leaves all the questions unanswered.

3 different story lines compete for the attention of the reader:

Superior Glokta, the crippled shadow hero of the story defends Dagoska, an isolated town in the south of the Union, against Gurkish invaders. Political power play, intrigue and human weakness add some spice to this part of the story.

The magus Bayaz leads a small band consisting of the violent and brutal Logan, the arrogant and stuck-up Union officer Jezal dan Luthar, the vicious and mysterious Ferro Maljinn and a navigator on an eventful journey to the end of the world. The trip is full of adventures and surprises and as unbelievable as it sounds, a little bit of bizarre romance between Logan and Ferro.

Colonel West defends Angland in the north of the Union against the invasion of Bethod, king of the North. A little group of rough Northmen, friends of Logan and all of them 'named men' become his allies.

Abercrombie packed a lot of action into this book, incredible fighting scenes, cruel and bloody details of torture, complex intrigues and political backstabbing, but somehow I felt like watching an action movie where the special effects outweigh the story. Regardless of that, it is an entertaining and gripping novel.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sebastian Stüber
  • 07/06/2017

The struggle continues

We still follow the different parties at different parts of the world. The conclusion or solution still not at hand.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tukaan
  • 13/12/2016

Gute Story, Ende etwas antiklimaktisch

Der Sprecher ist genial, er baut mit seiner Erzählweise Stimmung auf. Die Story ist auch gelungen

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna
  • 24/08/2015

Level wird gehalten

super zweiter Teil
keine Fehler in der Logik und die Stimmen und Akzente werden genial durchgezogen

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Allan Jensen
  • 15/05/2015

Great story, excelent narration

The book continues the story that finally picked up in the end of the first book, and it keeps going at that high level. The world building is a bit vague, but that doesn't matter as much because where the meat is, is in the characters, everyone of them unique, and all of the protagonists deeply flawed people. The characters are also made alive by great narration so you are never in doubt which character is speaking.

I only take a point off for the lack of proper world building, since that is a favorite part of mine in fantasy.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Petra
  • 01/06/2016

absolute top

great reader, too story and cool characters, especially Glocta, must hear, so there are great

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