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A Little Hatred

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: The Age of Madness, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
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The chimneys of industry rise over Adua, and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another....

©2019 Joe Abercrombie (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Fantastic book. A must listen.

I couldn't stop listening, a real page turner with great characters and story. My favorite book if the year so far!

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A lot of love for A Little Hatred

Abercrombie's great writing and Pacey's masterful narration return for this new adventure in the changing world of the first law. I am looking forward to meeting all of my new favourite characters.

Abercrombie's writing and characterisation remain as brilliant and multidimensional as ever.

As much as I enjoy Abercrombie's writing, I think he as a nasty, cynical and vindictive god who derives great enjoyment from inflicting horrible situations upon those characters he has made us poor readers love. A Little Hatred is, like his other books, impossible to put down, and an immense pleasure to read. Highly recommended and I can't wait for the 2nd part due Sept 2020.

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Loved it

Wonderful to be back in a story
so rich and full of characters we know and love
Thank you Joe Abercrombie ... just keep em coming

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A nihilistic grimdark tale of the year

Abercrombie returns to form with realistically depicted bastards of a set of characters set in an industrial grim dark reality.

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another fabulous story

love it. finished in a couple days. Joe Abercrombie is amazing at sucking you in. the story, the characters, the writing: it's all just right,.

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I'd give it 6 stars if I could

Funny, exciting, brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated. I couldn't ask for better, one for the classics.

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A little Abercrombie

Really enjoyed this book and the narrator is also amazing. It’s great to be back into the main world after the side novels.

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First Law : The Next Generation

More outstanding story telling from the mind of Joe Abercrombie and from the mouth of Steven Pacey. I'm only sorry I now have to wait for the next book to be completed to hear where this is going.

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Rich characters you love to hate

I loved this book. It's all about the characters and expertly written. I initially hated one but upon reading he ended up being my favourite. It was all helped by Steven Paceys top notch voicework. Each character was uniquely spoken. Abercrombie is a new favourite author after this and I can't wait to dive into the rest of his work.

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One of his best!

Loved this book - really enjoyed hearing about some of the old characters from the First Law series and where they are now. Great story, great new characters, excited for the next one :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2019

Back to familiar grounds!

I've been waiting for what seems as an eternety for this book. I can easely say that its the read Ive most looked forward to in my whole life (I consider the first law books my favourite triology) and when Steven Pacey starts reading in my ears its like Im taken back to the days when I first encountered the First Law books. And for all the wonderful nostalgia I end up with a familiar feeling when I reach the end, as if I was re-reading part of the books that came before. It could be the overwhelming cast of old characters that are present in the story, or that the events are somewhat similar to what has come before in other Abercrombie books. But it is, as always, the characters that Joe Abercronbie dreams up (that sometimes give me nightmares) that help carry the somewhat thin plot forward, and I never felt bored. Its with huge expectations that I await the rest of this planned triology to see how it all evolves!

+Great characters
+Steven Paceys performance
+Great setting

-Wished the story would've evolved more
-Thought it to be a bit short
-Felt a bit too familiar at times.

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  • kristy
  • 21-10-2019

Moarrrrrr!

Simply superb. Best book I have erm read in a long time. Thanks Joe. Steven Pacey is the best narrator on Audible.

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  • Ingmar
  • 01-10-2019

The best fantasy writer at the moment.

I love all his books but this one is even better. As are many I'm also deeply disappointed by the pace GRRM writes his books. Joe Abercrombie his works should've been translated into an HBO series as well...

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  • Matthew Waltner-Toews
  • 04-12-2019

Amazing as always

If you like the rest of Joe Abercrombie’s work you’ll like this. The writing is tight and people are, if not relatable, at least believable. Joe Abercrombie still corners the market on gritty dark bloody low-magic fantasy.

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  • Harry
  • 13-11-2019

nothing short of typical Abercrombie brilliance.

and the narrator as ever has produced a topnotch performance as well. The Perfect Combination

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  • Dan
  • 22-10-2019

Abercrombie - how I’ve longed...

... for his extended imagination, his remarkable language (and no, English is not native to me), his deeply enjoyable characters - come to life through mr Pacey’s superior acting. Better than any movie, although IF it would be, GoT would look like child’s play.

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  • Telek Gergely
  • 17-10-2019

This was really good

As expected of Joe Abercrombie. Even after reading nine books of his he was still able to surprise me. Now I can't wait to see how he will torture all the old and new characters in the following books.

Also, Steven Pacey manages to make a great book even better.

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  • Isk
  • 11-10-2019

Awesome, but way too short

This is the first of Abercrombie's books that I felt ended way too abruptly and unexpected. The book was awesome, but now I'm left with a unsatisfying ending and have to wait for book 2... As always, the narrator is AMAZING, and the characters all very likeable and unique.

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  • Peter
  • 05-10-2019

Fantastic return to the circle

Really enjoyed coming back to the first law world again. Missed Sand dan Glokta, happy to meet up again, and the next generation of characters seems promising! Thank you Joe! And Steven!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2019

Hes done it again!



Joe vad written Another hilariously grim tale about the union that i couldn't stop listening to

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  • Simon
  • 19-09-2019

Abercrombie & Pacey, Purveyors of the Finest

There are some great authors here on Audible and some great narrators, no doubt about that. When you get a combination of the two, at their best like Abercrombie and Pacey in 'A Little Hatred' it takes everything up another level. This is quite simply superb!

Anyone familiar with the 'First Law' series and its universe will know much about the kind of style to expect. But this is much more than just a trotting out of the same old characters. Time has moved on and hasn't been kind. Abercrombie writes a tale that evokes the industrial revolution and enclosure. Two examples from history that showed the baser side of humanity with huge exploitation, greed and damage to our surroundings. A message for us in the current day maybe too . .

Into this fractured and angry world he gives us a sprinkling of older characters and a batch of new ones. From the highest of the high to the lowest of the low they are fabulously observed and Abercrombie writes with wit and a gorgeously cynical (some might say realistic) take on the human condition. His take on 'romantic encounters' in particular is exceedingly funny.

Of course, such a symphony of words needs a one-man orchestra to do it justice. Step forward Mr Steven Pacey, it's been far, far too long since I last had this man resounding through my headphones. He is fantastic with a brilliant range of voices that can bring to life everything from the meanest trollish peasant to the highest of royalty.

If you haven't already read the previous books from 'First Law' and 'First Law World' then you could still get a lot out of this, I have no doubt about that. However, I've also got no doubt that you would get more out of it if you started with those first as the back story is huge and much-loved characters are either referenced or make appearances. You'll have fun whichever way you do it but taking the books in order is what I would strongly recommend.

In the 'First Law' series Logan Ninefingers often reminded us that 'you have to be realistic', and normally in life that's fine advice especially when starting books that are getting such massively positive reviews. Sorry Logan, there are just some special occasions when you can forget realism and just escape it for a while. Listening to an audiobook with the names Abercrombie and Pacey on it is one of those all too rare occasions. They really are purveyors of the finest Audible audio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2019

By the dead

Joe Abercrombie remains my favourite author and Steven pacey my favourite narator, I was always going to love the book but by the fucking dead, is it good.

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  • Mr. M. J. Hale
  • 23-09-2019

brilliant book

joe smashes it out the park yet again. Loved it. bring on the next one

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  • Loubytee
  • 25-09-2019

Phenomenal.

Nooooo it finished too soon! So much drama, so much excitement, so many rich characters and storylines and so fast paced. I though I had more time! Excuse while I rewind and start at the beginning again. I’m eternally grateful to the friend who introduced me to Joe Abercrombie and Steven Pacey is the gold standard of narration. Proper storytelling at its finest.

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  • Jason Rimmer
  • 22-10-2019

What can I say......

It's another Abercrombie masterpiece! Coupled with Mr Pacey narration it's genius.

I listened to the First Law trilogy and loved it. Though I came to,this book unsure, set years after with a host of new characters I was worried I'd miss the old ones, I really needn't have worried.

Say one thing about Abercrombie say he is a fuckin great author!

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  • Jakub
  • 20-09-2019

Great

Great! Now I have to wait whole bloody year.
Thanks Joe, thanks a lot!
Ps. Abercrombie in his top form, and Pacey... he is, just simply, a genius.

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  • Richard Hughes
  • 01-10-2019

What can only be a the start of a new series

New Characters are mixed with the old creating a new dynamic. as usual no one is safe and the plot never goes with the obvious.

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  • Andy Stevens
  • 24-09-2019

Fantastic listen!

Loved all.of Abercrombie's work but this is my first audio book of his. Loved every minute of it. Listened to all 20 something hours over three days.
Brilliant narration, wonderful storytelling.
Can't recommend enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2019

excellent

excellent follow up in the first law series. new characters and a few old ones. hoping for 1 more old name to appear. Stephen pacey is as good as always

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  • Jonathan Jordan
  • 20-09-2019

Dear Mr Abercrombie...

Hello Joe,

I sincerely hope that you'll read this. If not; then please... (email spam & nonsense sifting assistant...) mention to him that I wrote. I have never directly written before but have bought copies of every book for friends & family. Isn't it amazing how few actually read them? Why don't people like to read anymore? I've just begun my second reading of A Little Hatred and am smiling all over.

At 53 years old... I've found books, reading, fiction, movies & theatrical entertainment a bore. It is exceptionally difficult to read anything with any blood in it. Grim Dark is fun for relative realism and enjoyable as fans can see scary, thought-provoking and exceptionally bad scenarios as we've never seen them presented before. For those of us paying for new stories... prose... descriptions, pacing, content, characters and plausibility are always horrifically suspect. In the case of movies I get it... I understand that very popular films must give way to mass appeal. I imagine the same must apply to all artistic endeavours. In the case of books and fictional characters though... I desperately await Joe's books... even when I'm not altogether pleased (Red Country) I'm still riveted.

A Little Hatred is the absolutely NOT the sequel to The First Law I hoped for. Like most fans of that trilogy... I can never get enough of the original and have listened to the audio version several hundred times. Uniformly... we (the fans I've spoken to) wanted a direct sequel following each of those characters to their graves... one by one. Having said that... A Little Hatred has made me very happy.

I'm not a fanboy and will rarely seek out any means to communicate with an Author, Film-Maker or similar but absolutely HAD TO write to Joe today.

A Little Hatred is amazing, charming, hilarious, heart-felt and exciting. From Glokta allowing his daughter to be taught valuable lessons during fencing practice to Ardee's horrific & hilarious admission...I was spellbound and left wanting more & more.

There is so much fill-in detail I'd like to read and so many questions about the 25 years we didn't get to experience. Please please please continue writing Sir. I'd do anything to skip forward 10 years just to binge the next few books.

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