The entire series is unique because of the gritty, first person, perspective. Beyond that, I enjoy the way good and evil are portrayed. I don't think any series does such a wonderful job of painting "shades of gray".
This is a hard question for The Black Company, especially the first three books. Everyone who reads, or listens, to these books will like Croaker, but I think you have to look beyond Croaker. Beyond Croaker, I like Goblin and One-Eye.
Cool, RobertStack, Expressive
I don't have the time to listen to a book in one setting, and as much I as I might enjoy that if I did have the time, I actually like breaking up any story to better digest it.That said, the production WAS good enough to listen to it all the way through.
I was very reluctant to even try Audible. I felt the prices were high, but I bike commute 2 hours a day and I really enjoy audio books. In the realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Audible pretty much has a monopoly.I picked the first three books of The Black Company as my first foray into Audible audiobooks because I thought they would be a challenge to do right. I figured if they were able to do the The Black Company, then I'll try other titles. I'm pleased to say, that they definitely pulled it off. Not only that, its clear that a lot of production, editing and work was done to read the book so expressively. This series is worth the cost in my opinion.
There was no payoff for my time invested.
Marc brought the end of the book. I'm have no doubt I wouldn't have continued to the end on my own if I was reading it. I had to make myself listen to it in the car and I still hate myself for it. I must have OCD. Marc's reading of the book was dead and seeing his name on the next recording I get would only be a bonus.
I almost jabbed a blunt object in my eye. Does that count?
How is this consistently on lists of top fantasy books to read? I am guessing people read it in their teens and are going on fond memories. I loved Stephen R. Donaldson as a kid and then sadly I ruined my favorite series of all time by rereading them. This has to be what is happening here. The writing is just terrible. The world is pretty much non-existent. I realize the world doesn't have to have much but the characters and story are just weak. The story felt like a Dungeon & Dragons campaign. How do these people get published? Maybe his writing matures at some point but this guy makes Jordan look like Martin.
The book is great, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.
The narration is not awful per se (I've heard worse), but it absolutely does no service to the excellent book itself and the characters depicted in it, dragging the entire story down with it.
There are so few books in the fantasy genre that isnt the glorious hero doing good against evil, and i dislike them all, this one is about a merc band working for a evil side, and i love it.
i hate hero BS where they need to be retards to make the story progress.
Not a lot of action as the book is written from a more behind the frontline point of view for the most part.
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. :)
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.
I wish I had heeded other reviewers warnings. This audiobook was not only not enjoyable, it actually irritated me immensely as I listened.
The narrator is overblown and a little ridiculous, but can be gotten used to. What cannot be excused is the complete lack of plot or comprehensible narrative. The protagonist, of whom two hours into the book I know very little about (and care even less) other than seeming to be a physician of some sort, is constantly mentioning unexplained events and unknown people as if reading the Table of Contents of a history book. He personally jumps from one event to the next with no explanation and no apparent reason. Perhaps that's reflective of the life of a mercenary soldier, but it doesn't make for a good story. About half-way through Chapter 2, I was so confused and frustrated that I re-listened to Chapter 1 thinking I just hadn't paid enough attention, but after doing so I realized I still had no idea what was going on and what's more I didn't care.
Having read/listened to hundreds of Fantasy books, this one is actually a first for me: the first time I cannot bear to finish. Maybe, as some have said, things improve towards the end, but I don't have that kind of pain tolerance.
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.