The story is difficult to follow...seems to meander without having a point. Characters are named with no introduction to them, we aren't given any reason to relate to them. The characters go through major conflict / battle where they suffer injury and even death of supposed beloved friends...and shortly after the survivors are playing poker like nothing happened. I'm not even sure where/when the story is set...I can't force myself to get through the book.
i found most of the criticisms of this book posted by other reviewers are spot on. very shallow characters, ridiculous character names, no depth to the story, unrealistic dialogue
I feel let down with the whole experience. The story is told by a character that seemed to rush though everything accept for a few points in the book. The narrator is sort of dull and gives the boring way the story was written the feel of a text book. Huge gaps in the war are explained in less than a page. I just don't understand why people love this series so much it is just dull.
I liked the world and the characters but the story itself never seemed to rise above prologue for something else. Maybe it was the voice of the narrator give as if he is reading from history such a dry mode but it made any instances of battle or bloody revenge sound cold and uninteresting. Never really got into it. The story also seemed to just wander about. The characters felt do directionless (intentionally so I believe) but it also made the story seem aimless. Which made any attempts at resolution confounding because I didn't know where we were headed so it had no impact when we got there. There seemed to be more time spent on character s that died randomly them those, like the captain that made it through to the end. Overall can not recommend.
I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I don't know if "better" is the right word. But it certainly brought a certain attitude to the writing and the main character that fit oh so well.
There is no book that compares directly to The Black Company. It is just that unique in the way it is told.
There are just too many good scenes to pick only one. Sorry, but that's just the truth. Instead of scenes, I'll just give some of my favorite lines:
“A chimp-sized, four-armed bundle of ugly exploded from beneath our table.”
“Fate is a fickle ***** who dotes on irony.”
“He had stumbled over a rainbow pot of power.”
“I had a mental picture of a dark-haired, ageless beauty with a sexual presence that hit mere mortals with the impact of a mace.”
“But, honestly, he was not nice people that day.”
A little long for that unless you have a whole day to kill. No, not really, even as good as this book is, the over the topness of it requires downtime to digest what has been said.
Still a classic. It's in my top 20 Fiction books of all time.
I will still enjoy reading it, but the audio edition is easier, more accessable (greatly enjoy it while driving and on flights)
It brings a level of realness to Fantasy I would not have expected.
Mark Vietor adds a husky, dark aspect to the delivery that I easily accept as the voice of Croaker and blends in well with the gritty style of the Black Company itself. Very listenable.
Laughed many a time.
Thank you for bringing this product to market!
At first you may not think much but as it goes on each book in the series gets better. The end in the last book was not expected but very good.
So i'm not really that particular when it comes to fantasy books...I don't need the book to change my life...i'm okay with cheesy...i'm listening for the diversion. That said i'm a pretty easy grader...and my goodness I could not get into the first couple of hours and I really wanted too! i'm not sure if it was the narrator but i really couldn't follow what was going on. I listen to audio books all the time tend to follow them when i'm doing many activities driving, cleaning the house etc but i couldn't follow it! HOWEVER i'm glad that i ran out of credits and didn't have anything else to listen to because about 3/4 of the way into the 1st download I really started to get into it and now i'm hooked. When I finish the book i will probably start it over to try to put the pieces together on the first couple hours :)
If you like swords,wizards,magic, and a good story line you won't be disapointed. I read the books years ago and was always hoping someone would do an audio version. Marc Vietor did a excellent read and I think caught the book and characters flavor nicely.