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The Heroes

Lu par : Steven Pacey
Série : First Law World, Volume 2
Durée : 23 h et 5 min
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Prepare for one of the fiercest battle’s you’ll ever hear in The Heroes, written by the brilliant Joe Abercrombie with the complete and unabridged fantasy audiobook narrated by English actor Steven Pacey. Black Dow is a legend. He will kill any man that stands in his way. When the Union Army starts heading towards the North, he prepares for battle and for victory. There are only two people brave enough to fight against this impenetrable enemy alongside him. This is an all-encompassing saga of incredible scope and unparalleled depth. Available now from Audible.

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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 neighbour, 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.

Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts or even the strongest arms that prevail.

Three men. One battle. No Heroes.

©2011 Joe Abercrombie (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • Jason
  • 09/03/2011

Great Book , Great Author, Great narrator.

This book is an treasure. Joe Abercrombie delivers another masterpiece of a novel. Get the books in order, but get them all. This is the latest one.
Michael Page does an smashing job of narration, as always. He is one of the best .

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  • J. Baars
  • 27/04/2011

People in battle

As in real life, all characters are trying to stay afloat, while being pulled down by their past, their weaknesses and ambitions. Although the story is about a bloody battle, with wizards fighting at both sides, to me this is the most memorable theme of the book, It sets it apart from the black and white characters usually found in epic fantasy novels. Well done, looking forward to the next book

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  • matty
  • 24/03/2011

Outstanding

Joe Abercrombie continues to shine. The story was well crafted and truely gripping. The plot twists and turns, making you feel as though you know where the story is going, only to surprise you with all manner of surprises. The language is as gritty as battle scenes described. The characters are despised, but in equal measure captivating. The battle between good and evil is played out through the eyes of the little man as much as the grotesque hero. There are real parallels between the heartlessness and self interest of the characters in the book and the people of the 21st century. This, for me, was one of the best books I have listened to in the last 12 months. Highly recommended.

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  • Brent
  • 18/06/2013

Excellent books, Excellent Narration

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, having read Joe Abercrombie's other books, I decided to listen to this one on audible.

The story is excellent and you get involved with the main characters. The narration and his portrayal of voices and description of battles is excellent, one of the best narrations I have ever listened too.

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  • Marcelo
  • 03/11/2011

Mr. Abercrombie, you're the best.

Cunning, funny, fast! I love the language, the plot and, most of all, the characters!
Really amazing read!

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  • NielsToft
  • 18/03/2013

Abercrombie tells an amazing story

If you could sum up The Heroes in three words, what would they be?

Dark gritty fantasy

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing some of the protagonists battle against their own demons as much as the enemy, only to be undermined or revealed by those demons.

Which scene was your favorite?

The charge of Osrung was memorable as was the first skirmish at the Heroes.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Stephen Pacey is a wonderful narrator and thankfully reads all of the Abercrombie books on Audible. His many voices, accents and intonations the gives the characters a life and adds or underscores dimensions that might otherwise be missed.

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  • Chris
  • 09/11/2012

Entertaining, but leaves you thirsting for more.

The Heroes is once again a very well written book and supported by the excellent narration from Steven Pacey. I rate this book above Best Served Cold (BSC) as it gets back to the meat and potatoes of his world and gives us a further insight into the large scheme.

If you like the general Abercrombie style: raw, bloody, full of human failings and no real happy endings you'll like this book. His style cuts closer to the real world than one expects, but has a whole lot more entertainment and is bolder to boot.

There aren't any real surprises in this book, much as Best Served Cold, but it has the usual excellent character development, lots of bloody action, remarkably little sex (he's getting better at it ;) ) and some nice twists in the plot. More so than BSC but a lot less than his First Law trilogy.

This is where I feel that Abercrombie is falling down. Yes the individual books are good, a nice diversion, but frankly he's set such a high bar with First Law that the following novels just don't match the majesty of the trilogy. An individual novel just doesn't give the room to expand grand ideas and create marvelous intricate plots.

This book, much more so than the last at least gives more in the way of the trilogy, but it still pales by comparison. We get reacquainted with some old characters, but essentially we don't know much more about his world nearly a decade on.

Frankly, I'd like to see his talent put back into a First Law effort. This is what he is best at.

This is a good book, but in context of the world he has created, just a little slice of the pie to keep you going.

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  • Bruno
  • 13/08/2012

Joe Abercrombie At His Best!

read it!

...or the BLOODY-NINE will get you!

Or will he? Whatever happen to him? That is one of the question left hanging in the other books, this book brings you one step closer to finding out the truth. A great story with multiple plots and fantastic storytelling!

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  • Jefferson
  • 10/07/2011

"Heroes" Give the Great Leveler Plenty of Work!

Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes was a can't stop listening to audiobook, wonderfully read by Michael Page. It is full of humor and terror; exciting and horrific battle scenes; and believably flawed characters. Abercrombie creates a vivid fantasy world that exists in its own terms with its own history and cultures and that also sharply comments on our own violent real world, through epigraphs about heroes and war by the likes of Berthold Brecht, Will Rogers, and Mickey Mantle, as well as through its depiction of the unheroic folly of "the Black Business" of war, fought by canon-fodder commoners (from ignorant new recruits to cynical grizzled veterans) led by incompetent, arrogant, jealous, and overly bold commanders, everything clotted with the devastating and wasteful cost of bodies, lives, land, and resources. What is war for, finally? Money? Glory? Xenophobia? Patriotism? Power? Boredom?

The novel is an unsparing investigation of martial heroism, asking from a variety of points of view what is a hero: the man who is an insanely brave and monstrously capable killer? The man who is a "straight edge" who strives "to do the right thing" no matter what? The man who is killed outside a battle by friendly fire? The man who leads from the front? The man who leads from the rear? The man who gives up war for life on a farm?

And in addition to all that, Abercrombie writes many memorable characters, witty lines, cool similes, vivid descriptions, and page-turning set piece scenes.

Michael Page was great, doing all sorts of different voices, all with perfect pitch and emotion and intention, bringing the book even more to life. My favorite is his high-pitched and nasal Gorst, his utterances never failing to surprise me by how mis-matched they are with his hulking body and cynical thoughts.

If you like the epic fantasies of Steven Erickson and George R. R. Martin, you'd probably enjoy this one.

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  • Dan Grant
  • 18/06/2020

lots of battles but. unfortunately no plot

there is a lot of action on the book , the whole pointlessness of war ... I think the title is meant to be ironic. narrator did a good job with the material. unfortunately there is very little in the way of a plot. no antagonist. no protagonist . no one to have any empathy or feeling towards. I didn't care what happened to anybody. I also don't like how he turned Shivers into such an unappealing bitter one dimensional character. he served no purpose to the story. I'm not reading further into the series.

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  • Freesienfee
  • 02/04/2011

hat mich enttäuscht

Die First Law Reihe hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Dieses Hörbuch hat mich enttäuscht. Die Geschichte ist mir zu mager, die Ereignisse zu uninteressant und zu wenig hintergründig für die Länge des Hörbuchs. Ich erfahre einiges über die Figuren aber ich muss dafür Stunden voller Schlachtengetümmel erdulden. Blut, Sterben und Tote ohne Ende. Und wozu führt das? Ich erfahre wie schon in der FL-Reihe, dass der Magier alle Fäden auf allen Seiten in der Hand hält, die Politiker dumm, die Militärs überambitioniert und die Gerechten Opfer von Intrigen sind. Wohin bringt mich das? Keine Ahnung. Meine erneute Kritik an audible: bitte mehr kenntlich machen, wie Bücher eines Autors chronologisch abfolgen und z.B. dass dies eine Standalone Episode ist...kann man sicher im Internet lesen, wäre aber das Sahnehäubchen auf der sonst wirklich sehr guten Plattform... und ich hätte nicht bis zum Ende auf "The bloody Nine" gehofft. Say one thing for JoeA, say he can do better.

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  • D. W.
  • 07/12/2018

The very best

Read and listened to these magnificent, right-going-into-your-heart-and-brain stories over and over again. Altough i am a foreign lingo consumer its just fun and joy to follow Pacey's show, that should never end. It's so good to hear, he's performing Abercrombies new words. Can't await'em.
The story seems to some folks futile, in fact it demonstrates the futility of war. Nothing gained, much more lost. Actually it is the in between. Abercrombie's narrative is not to binged on. You've to taste it, melt it in your mouth. The dialogs are ripping madness and insanity out of our world. They make me laugh, reflect and often enough sting my prefrontal cortex . Just what stories should do. I think Abercrombie is barely beatable, even if his plots are not moving the action along briskly.

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  • Gregor Jah
  • 23/07/2019

Great book, great performance!

As all books from Abercrombie so far it was a blast and I rushed trough it because I just couldn't stop! Steven Lacey does a great job bringing to book to life with his acting skills and the story profits immensely from his vigour! For everybody who likes fantasy that is a bit on the dark side. (and nobody has plot armor!)

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  • Allan Jensen
  • 14/04/2017

War, what is it good for? The long version

A long story about the pointlessness and futility of war. Unfortunately that makes the story kind of pointless too. It has some great battle scenes, but once you realise nothing is at stake, and the book can only end in misery or status quo, it loses bite and just drags.

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  • T.Heermann
  • 14/11/2016

Mikrokosmos einer Schlacht

Joe Abercrombie schafft es mal wieder eine düstere Stimmung zwischen Hoffnung und Verzweiflung aufzubauen. Anders als bisherige Bücher der "First Law"-Serie finden die Ereignisse hier in einem Zeitraum weniger Tage an nur einem Ort statt. Dennoch fiebert man mit den Protagonisten mit - gleich welcher Seite sie nun angehö