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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Abercrombie Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781400188475
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Three men. One battle. No Heroes.

They say Black Dow has 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 by smiling while Black Dow 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.

Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honor on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he’s far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt—even if it’s his own.

Prince Calder isn’t interested in honor, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he’ll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it—just as long as he doesn’t have to fight for it himself.

Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins anymore; he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what the right thing is when the world is burning down around him?

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.

This audiobook is introduced and closed out by author Joe Abercrombie, who also reads the acknowledgements.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 (starred review)

  • “One of Abercrombie’s most masterfully executed and compellingly readable novels to date.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Ridley | 2/12/2014

    " Latest in sword and sorcery series, very graphic violence but mixed with great storytelling, humour , and characters that you believe in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake Charlton | 2/4/2014

    " j. abercrombie kicks the concept of heroism up and down a verdant, soggy valley. the concept of heroism seems to, mostly, enjoy the abuse. abercrombie seems to, mostly, enjoy the abusing. some wonderful one liners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raven614 | 2/1/2014

    " Very good. Stand alone but tied with the same characters and places as all his other books. Other books are a bit more epic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 1/26/2014

    " I cannot believe this has sat on my shelf for so long. Abercrombie's ability to make you sympathize and hate each of the characters in turn, where nothing is black or white is the reason I love his stories so much. With this one, he did something new, where the whole book is just centered around one battle, told from each side, with great characters each. I absolutely love this book, and can't wait to read more from him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cjeight | 1/20/2014

    " Didn't care for it much. It did have interesting insights into the impotence of large bureaucratic organizations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Wiltrout | 12/1/2013

    " About what I expected from Abercrombie: blood, guts, and decent storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle La | 11/30/2013

    " Every book in this series is amazing! This one was fantastic! I could not put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanika | 7/16/2013

    " This book was okay but with so much going on and so many characters, i found myself confused many times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simkine | 6/21/2013

    " Short chapters, lots of PoV changes and a cast of thousands makes this a confusing read. Joe's still got that special knack to make a great story but I think he overreached here a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 1/25/2013

    " Currently marking 3 stars (3.25), but will be giving it more thought over the course of the day. I can see it going up to 4 stars, as I liked how it ended, but it was a rather meandering path along the way... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 12/4/2012

    " Great book. Another entertaining read from Abercombie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Rogers | 11/10/2012

    " Excellent, another great example of the genre (hard fantasy) from the new master. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gustav Lembke | 9/23/2012

    " Must say i prefered his other books, but its still good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elana | 8/4/2011

    " I love Joe Abercrombie, I want to have his babies. This book was fantastic, the only thing missing was The Bloody Nine! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/10/2011

    " Gritty, character-driven military fantasy that really explores war from the good and bad angles. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 4/26/2011

    " Good read. Not as engaging as his trilogy, even though a lot of characters overlap. But if you like lots of fighting, gore, and dirt - you'll enjoy it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/24/2011

    " Love Joe Abercrombie...great account of a four day battle and nice to return to the familiar world. Really liked it, but as a stand-alone, I liked Best Served Cold better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess | 4/8/2011

    " Lived up to my expectations. Stunningly violent with underlying wry, dark humor. Not splatter-violent as much as human-violent. There is no formula to this book - it is truely surprizing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/7/2011

    " Bloody fantastic.

    Not for the epic-minded fantasy fan, as this is a story that spans only 3 days and is almost completely spent in one area. And there are no unicorns, dragons, elves, or anything else of the sort. Just war.

    Bloody, brutal, funny and gritty as fuck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 4/5/2011

    " Grrrreat. You cant love or hate any of these characters. They are all flawed in some way, and all have some sort of redeeming trait...except Bayaz... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syp | 4/5/2011

    " Excellent tale of a three-day battle from multiple perspectives, fifth in the First Law series but can be read independently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/4/2011

    " Abercrombie's best work so far. Tight prose, excellent narrative, and I felt "satisfied". That's something very difficult to accomplish in the fantasy genre with a stand alone novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 3/30/2011

    " Simply the best Fantasy author working today. "

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About the Author
Author Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full-time writer and freelance film editor who lives in Bath, England, with his wife and three children.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.