This book is a great example of a mature Fantasy genre, a book full of contrasts, of seemingly terrible characters that somehow make their way into your heart. The pacing is agile and the subjective point of view and the superb performance really does the job of immersing you into the fantasy world. This book is by no means "High Fantasy" it is more of a "Human Fantasy" book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be hearing the rest of the series!
Well written, in a manner perfectly adapted for an audiobook.
Getting the "evil" point of view is original and refreshing, as are the characters.
Plot twists like I haven't seen in a fantasy novel in a while.
Vietor has done an incredible job. You almost feel like you're a part of the Black Company.
Recommend to a fantasy lovers!
It took me through the first third of the book to really start understanding who the characters were. There was not a lot of voice differential from the reader, so it made it even more difficult if they weren't one of the Taken.
Overall I enjoyed the book, just understand it's not one seamless story but more three short stories loosely tied together.
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 have the whole series in print and bought the whole series in audible to read again. It was well worth it!
The character development was very nuanced. There are very memorable villains such as The Limper, Whisper, The hanged man, The Lady, Soul Catcher....
I would read a book Just about the Limper!
I had read the books before but the narration brought the characters to life.
Awesome! Got to read the whole series. OOOOOH! there are ten of them!
This series is one of my most favorite series of all time.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
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 could not get into the narrative.
I did not get far enough to become interested.
I could not get into the narrative.
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
After reading this book I can honestly say I'm not sure why I am currently almost done with book four. They definitely improve. 100 fold. I read and listen to tons of fantasy. Mainstream popular authors to self published newbies. Some are horrible, some are good, a few are great, and a couple are out of this world epic entertainment. But, no matter where I find my books Glen Cook and the Black Company seem to come up on top 10 list and as one of the fathers of modern gritty fantasy. Had to give it a try.
This book was rather slow starting for me. Too many people, places and things to get to know and it gets a little distracting and felt somewhat confused. But, how could millions of fantasy fans be wrong. I kept going and I did enjoy the story and the growth of the characters. By the end of book one I was not completely sold on the Black company and wasn't sure I would be buying book two. Again, it was okay, and..... how would it show up on all those best fantasy list if it didn't get better? So I bought it. AND
IT DOES GET GOOD!!!! I would say book one is necessary for background and world building along with all the character development. It definitely got much better about 3/4 o the way through and the subsequent book have kept and even improved on that pace. Being one of the classics for this type of fantasy I would say that the Black Company series is one of those that just can't be missed for any serious fantasy reader.