Sharp Ends : First Law World

  • by Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by Joe Abercrombie, Steven Pacey
  • Series: First Law World
  • 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Read by Steven Pacey, and featuring Joe Abercrombie narrating 'Freedom'. This audio edition also includes an interview with Steven and Joe.
The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day singlehanded when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp. And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain, Bethod, is desperate to bring peace to the North.
There's only one obstacle left - his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine....
Sharp Ends combines previously published award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of sideshows, backstories and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.

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What the Critics Say

"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work." (George R. R. Martin)
"Delightfully twisted and evil." (Guardian)
"Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers...." (The Times)

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This jumps around a bit. There's no real story thread, just lots of short stories packed together - the only link being that they are all about minor characters from the First Law series.....

If you're a fan of Abercrombie, and a devotee of the First Law Series, then you'll enjoy this. There's the expected Abercrombie grit, with Steven Pacey narration - you'll know exactly what to expect. 4 stars rather than 5, as I'm not really a fan of the short story approach, and coming to this book cold (outside of the series), is probably not to be recommended.

At one point, Jo Abercrombie himself narrates one of the stories.....He "voice-acts" in a way that is supposed to be consistent with the character in question, and I suppose it is, but have to admit that I couldn't cope with it, and had to forward through that story. Jo is a fabulous storyteller - one of my favourites - but the narration is best left to Steven Pacey, who is without a doubt, one of the best narrators out there.

My favourite part of this audiobook is the footnote.....where Steven Pacey and Jo Abercrombie are being interviewed by the Audiobook people. It was brilliant to listen to the two of them chatting about the books, and the various characters, and interpretations and the performances. (I could have done without the interviewer whose questions were a little lame - rather just letting them chat away, down any path they cared to go.....good fun.).
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- Robyn

Brilliant!

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It is a joy to listen to any of Joe Abercrombie's books - I love his style of writing, its mixture of brute force, fierce fighting, webs of love, betrayal and intrigue together with a large dose of humour for good measure. I enjoyed all of the short stories especially those of Shev and Javre which had me laughing out loud many times! Hope to see more of them in the future. Steven Pacey's narration is brilliant as always, bringing all the characters to life. Great book and will definitely be listening to it again.

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- Teric42

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-04-2016
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group