Glen Cook maybe, although this audiobook left a terrible taste. I couldn't really get into the story at all because of the god-awful narration.
After reading Erikson's Malazan series, this just didn't have much to offer. Granted, I couldn't really get into the story because of the FUCKING HORRIBLE narration.
Someone who doesn't sound like Randy Marsh.
No. Story might have been fine, but the narration absolutely ruined it. First time that's ever happened.
The story may be all right. I couldn't enjoy it, though, because I was too busy cringing at Randy Marsh's shitty narration.
I enjoyed the book, though don't feel compelled to listen to any others. Marc Vietor is a good enough narrator and I would happily listen to anything he reads.
I do wish Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. books were on Audible. :)
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Let's be up front. This is a GREAT BOOK. This is one of the BEST SERIES in fantasy. If you haven't read it go buy all the books and read them. Marc Vietor is a great narrator with excellent range. The problem is the voice he uses for the main character. It ruined the entire book for me.
I love the gritty battles. You can tell this was written by a guy who fought in a war.
The main character. This guy is an incredible narrarator but the voice he chooses for the main character kills this book for me. This is supposed to be a lower class mercenary doctor, but the narrator voices him like some kind of over-the-top ren-faire reject. His other voices are great, but I couldn't get past this. That being said, try the sample and if the main character voice doesn't bug you then you will absolutely love this book and series.
The book is awsome. Buy it and read it. (in print form)
This is one of the best series in fantasy. If you are me and don't like the narration on this one then I strongly suggest getting the series in print.
I really wanted to like this book, but half way through I just could not go on. It seemed very overwritten, but it is possible it was just the narrator that made it seem that way. There certainly seemed like something there calling to me, but sadly this audio version killed for me, what might be a good series.
The story itself was a very interesting story but at times I found it difficult to keep my attention on the story because the writing style of Glen Cook.
Well I should have heeded others when they said the narration was bad, as well as, the story. But no I had to get it.... Where to begin!? First the story was so scattered and dry it was hard to keep my attention when listening. This was not helped by the fact that the narration was poorly executed, with accents that would change mid-sentence for the same character! It is also hard to hear a voice like the 1940's movie voice over guys and take the story serious. This was even futher reinforced with the references that did not seem period to the story, even though it was not quite clear either. I have no investment in any of the characters. I think it is safe to say, but this one is going into the small group of bought but never finished audiobooks sadly.
There is a lot to recommend “The Black Company.” The characters, the setting, the situations . . . they are all very interesting. What’s lacking is depth and detail. The story feels very disjointed, almost a listing of events, as we hop from one scene to the next, sometimes jarringly. Also, while the characters are interesting, they aren’t overly dynamic. It’s almost like someone sat down with a D&D group who wanted to play antiheros and recorded their story.
I’m glad I picked it up during one of the ~$5 sales, it’s not bad, but it’s not something I’d have wanted to spend a credit on. That said, I’ll consider picking up the next one to see if the framework laid out in this book grains flesh in the next and if the prose improves.
Might be a good book if read on the printed page. Hard to follow in this format, there seem to be no real transitions from place to another. The reader sounds good, but, you never know where one chapter ends and the next one begins.... Causes a little confusion.
I couldn't get past the first chapter. The narration is horrible. The story seems good it not for the narration.
I really couldn't find a plot in the first 2 hours of the book. The story line was erratic at best, and at times completely random. There were a few spots where I thought a passable story was going to emurge, but the incredible amount of similes and completely unnecessary elaboration on irrelevant details made it impossible to finish. At times, it seem like there was litterally a simile in every sentense. Many of them were really random comparisons of things that were either annoyingling hokey or hard to follow. I can tell that the narrator is partly to blame for this stinker of a performance, but the heart of the problem is weak storytelling. I regret the $4.95 I spent on this, but I'm glad I didn't waste a whole credit.