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A Little Hatred

Written by: Joe Abercrombie
Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: The Age of Madness, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Joe Abercrombie comes the first book in a new blockbuster fantasy trilogy where the age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die.

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 specializes 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...

For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

The First Law Trilogy:

  • The Blade Itself
  • Before They Are Hanged
  • Last Argument of Kings
  • Best Served Cold
  • The HeroesRed Country

The Shattered Sea Trilogy:

  • Half a King
  • Half a World
  • Half a War
©2019 Joe Abercrombie (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Rife with emotion with wit to spare, both honed to an effortlessly fine edge. A Little Hatred is the joy of watching a master of the craft with his tools at their sharpest." (Sam Sykes, author of Seven Blades in Black)

"Abercrombie's work is dark and gritty and filled with black humor and grim observations about human nature." (Forbes)

"A Little Hatred is Abercrombie at his very best: witty, wise, and whip-smart. Masterfully plotted.... I had high hopes for this book, and it exceed them all." (Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld)

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found my new favorite author <br />

This is the 1st book I've listened to by Joe Abercrombie.. Now that I have listened to his latest work I feel as though Ive missed out all these yrs.. Thoroughly entertaining, I laughed out loud so many times I'm sure those around me thought I was alil touched.
As you progress thro the story, Joe masterfully introduces you to all the aspects of his characters personalities at perfect intervals, it's almost like getting to know someone at just the right pace.. I will be starting Joes' books from the beginning of his first series, and making my way back to his latest works..
I honestly cant say enough good things about the narrator Steven Pacey either, very consistent with his different accents, you hardly need to be told who is saying what as the characters are easily recognizable...
It is a wonderful adventure of the imagination.. ☆☆☆☆☆

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Wow

Wow,
Great start to a new "Grimdark / Medieval / low magic" series,
and I did like how it presents the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the world

But you should read the First Law Series first to get more out of this one

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Enthealling

Great performance and excellent story as expected from this combination. Thank you for the experience.

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Another great story!!

I've listened to all of Joe Abercrombies books. They are my favorite stories. I believe this book lives up to the standard of the rest of Joes books. Thank you Joe :)

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Truly Hateful

I could not wait to listen to this audible book. Since discovering Joe Abercrombie’s books I have read/listened to everything he writes. This novel was fantastic. The characters wonderfully fraud and totally interesting to say the least. Steven Pacey is a great narrator for Joe’s books. Read/listen/enjoy

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First audible book!

Didn't need to think twice about this one. Joe Abercrombie + Steven Pacey? Sign me up for the next 20.

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Great, but was hoping for a little more

Love Joe's work, his writing is great. Not as engaging as his other books thus far, though I'm sure it's just setting up the other two books. Still feel it's lacking compared to a book like "The Blade itself" but maybe it's just because at that time I had no expectations. Still a Joe book, so still a great listen.

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An appetizer

This story in general feels a bit too light and too quick compared to the First Law series. But it also feels much more modern, which is an interesting change. Overall this could be a good start for an exciting trilogy.

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Fantastic

awesome book with great characters. You just gotta be realistic about these things.. looking forward to the sequel.

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Hooked again!

If you’ve read and loved Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, then his opening to the next trilogy will not disappoint. Characters are just as well realized, action just as blunt and bloody, and plot twists just as unforeseen. I would recommend reading the stand-alone books before coming to this one, however, in order to get the full flavour of Abercrombie’s brilliant world-building. As always, Steven Pacey is the perfect voice through which to experience Abercrombie’s books. I’m on the edge of my seat for the next one!

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  • Daniel Leveson
  • 2019-09-18

Still got it... and then some!

I was worried about this book. Worried I had set my expectations too high. I really loved the first Trilogy, and had read those wonderful Stand Alone thematic novels at least five times each (some even more). So I was incredibly excited for this book and the new trilogy set in The First Law world. I love Abercrombie's way of creating nuanced characters with interesting thoughts and decisions, and his fantastic way of crafting brilliant dialogue (brilliant meant in the actual sense of the word, not the British way. I mean actually BRILLIANT). So I was worried. Worried about my insurmountable expectations. Worried about this world and story I love letting me down. Well, I'm happy to report – expectations mounted. And then some. Seeing some of the older characters pop up was like the icing on a lush and savory cake full of new intrigue and charm. I had always missed the feeling of reading the The Blade Itself for the first time. The quickly dawning realization that, wow, this is… this is interesting, this is different, this is… really good! And then devouring all the other books (luckily I became aware of Mr. Abercrombie's work right before Red Country was out, so I could read them all in a row.) Well, this feels like that. Although I know the world and the setting, and some of the main players (and those pulling their strings…) this new story holds promises of new intrigue and fantastic character work that I'm happy to gobble up. Purposefully avoiding talking about what actually happens so as not to spoil anything. Side Note – really hoping to get more standalones after this trilogy concludes, as Red Country, The Heros, and Best Served Cold are some of my all-time favorite books. They are a true master craft of taking the late medieval fantasy genre and combining it with concepts from modern cinema (Western, War Movie, Heist/Revenge Flick). I'm more than hungry for more.

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Let's not glance over how Steven Pacey's masterful narration and nuanced and distinct accent work brings everything to life in an incomparable way. Like watching a movie in my head. Fantastic.

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  • Kevin
  • 2019-10-16

Exactly what I've been waiting on!

In today's age where readers some times have to wait a decade for a story to continue, having a let down novel in a highly anticipated series is always a real concern... Unless that series is written by Joe Abercrombie.

He played just enough fan service to the original First Law trilogy to keep the biggest fans pleased while introducing a cast of new characters that are unique, but definitely belong in this world. I cannot wait to listen to this book as many times as I've listened to the other First Law books (3 times a piece).

As for narration, it's Steven Pacey. There's nothing left to say. Sometimes you just have to keep your mouth shut and enjoy listening to a master at work. Simply the best.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2019-09-25

A Multi-Layered Nascent Industrial Age Fantasy

I've read and listened to close to 100 fantasy novels and am always on the lookout for ones that are unique and then hope that the story is interesting. This book caught my eye and I had my hopes up listening to the sample and then all of the positive reviews. I was leery, though, since this was my first introduction to Joe Abercrombie's writing. I had seen other offerings from him in the past but for one reason or another, passed him by.

What a mistake that was. He has spun a story so varied in nature and done so with a wit so subtly and sometimes, not so subtly, that I found myself refusing to do what my body and mind were screaming for me to do -- put it down and rest my weary body for the evening.

There are a multitude of characters whose charms or idiosyncrasies or cunningness or fecklessness or ruthlessness or even whimsicalness was so entertaining that I was almost spellbound to find even flimsy reasons to stop real world tasks and venture back into the telling. To that end, Steven Pacey's narration performance was superb in constantly surprising me with the author's timing on delivering comical passages and critical events.

I was saddened to discover that this was book 1 of a series and book 2 was not yet available. However, my disappointment was assuaged to discover that his First Law Trilogy series was a predecessor story to this one. I already started into it.

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  • Nathan
  • 2019-10-16

Detailed, but incredibly slow.

While it is well written and detailed the pace was too slow. I would find myself daydreaming then having to rewind in order to find out what I missed turns out not much.

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  • ryan
  • 2019-09-23

Pull out that old Practical's Mask

As huge fan of the First Law series I couldn't wait to get this book. As release date approached I started worrying that it wouldn't live up the stratospheric expectations i had set for it. This book delivered and surpassed all expectations! The new characters are terrific, Every time an older character from the first 6 books makes an appearance it lends to the story, they are not there as a cheap cameo.

If you're new to the First Law world you will still be able to get into this book but I recommend reading them first so you understand all of the context behind some of the feuds, decisions, and friendships between characters, factions, and nations.

Again, Steven Pacey is at the top of this craft. You will not find a better narrator. Period. This man's ability to create so many voices borders the unnatural.

Buy this book now and thank me later, you will be back for more.

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  • Jared Clark
  • 2020-01-08

Rough listen.

Well written book presented and read with skill. The story is awful. Profane talk of violent sexual acts and forced bestiality. Couldn’t get into the story, not for me.

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  • Hannah
  • 2019-09-20

Bloody brilliant!

It isn’t a must but to get the maximum enjoyment out of this book you really need to start with The Blade Itself, read the trilogy then the three stand alone books. The Heroes, Best Served Cold and Red Country.

A new generation and an industrial revolution. As grim as you would expect from Abercrombie, just as bloody, just as dark and just as fantastic. Lots of new characters and plenty of the old ones that we all already love.

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  • Marlon
  • 2019-09-20

Great Book as always

You know why I like Joe Abercrombie books is because the nice and good people don't always win or survive. I love the fact that men, women and children die just like normal because it makes the story much more realistic rather than just the good saves the day and only the bad people die. That doesn't follow human nature, but this does where the story builds around people and you see the dark side of people and human nature.

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  • Lisa
  • 2019-09-24

Another incredible book.

If you have enjoyed Joe Abercrombie’s works in the past, you will absolutely love this book. I am amazed by his storytelling skills. It is a grim story indeed, cut from the same cloth as the previous series, but possibly even written better. I love the new characters and feel invested deeply in them and in the changing world Mr Abercrombie is creating.
Just having finished it, I have that awestruck, yet melancholy/ feeling that comes over you when you find that you don’t know what your going to do with yourself now that you are through the story and must wait however long you have to wait for the next book in the series.

An amazing book well with your time!

And Steven Pacey has crushed it out of the oark yet again. Cudo’s to you both.

Please Lord, may both Joe and Steven keep themselves healthy and fit, and may Joe’s muse keep singing so beautifully in his ear that he can’t put his pen down! (Just so that I don’t have to wait too, too long for his next installment in this fine story! I am
A selfish bastard I know!

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  • Kevin Osborne
  • 2019-09-27

not enough stars I can give this

So good I am restarting right away, best author best voice actor! would recommend rereading heros at least before starting.

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