A different narrator wold have been nice. I couldn't get past the lack luster to get into the story. I really wanted my credit back if the truth be told. No emotion in the voice; just a flat tone that I found very irritating. I could only listen for about five minutes.
I don't have and opinion because I couldn't listen to it.
It was not what I have been accustomed to with Audible. Many narrator like Dick Hill pull you into a story. This person not so much. If I see a story with this guy talking I will avoid it like the plague.
The narration is consistent and well delivered. The story line is complex and awesome all at the same time.
Croaker for sure is my favorite. Just plan fun.
I have not listened.
It was a book I just wanted to listen too.
I love the other books to follow. I'm almost finished with book 4 in the black company series.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Necropolitan Hill, rained stones, statues bleed, sacrificial victims, bowels were opened and ten black vultures. All of this is in the second paragraph of the book. Some of the characters are One-Eye, Croaker, Pickles, Mercy, Raven, and Tom-Tom. Sounds like a great start to a great creative story, right?
Well you would be wrong. There is no plot. The author show he has imagination in his colorful naming of characters and setting, but can't seem to get past that. What usually happens is these tough guys with weird names sitting around playing games and talking tough. Super Macho talk. When any action takes place we get the start and the ending with no middle. There is no story line. Each chapter was once a short story and is loosely tied to the chapter before. A say short story, but there really is no story. GC needs to team up with another writer who can plot stories. This seemed to have so much potential.
I only got through the first three chapters which are a hour and half long each. With out reading the rest of the chapters I can guess that each chapter will have corpses and flies.
If you like listening to guys sitting around talking tough, buy the book, if you like a plot or developed characters look elsewhere.
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 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.
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.