I'm not sure who would really enjoy this. I love Fantasy fiction, from Lord of the Rings to the Forgotten Realms saga. Dragonlance, The Wheel of Time, and Game of Thrones.
There was no back story. No explanation about who someone was or where people were. You're dropped right in. Trying to keep everyone straight was incredibly difficult, and if you stop listening for just a few seconds you find yourself completely lost.
There was very little variation in the performance. Several times I kept missing who was actually talking. I get that the story is told POV from one of the characters, but the entire book was narrated in this over dramatic fake movie trailer voice.
None, but I would have added a ton! A little here or there to let you know when there was a transition from one setting to another would be great.
This book was like one giant run-on sentence.
I usually think the first volume in many fantasy series is weaker, and The Black Company is not an exception. For much of the book I felt rather lost, as not much is explained in the usual way, and it was hard to tell the characters apart because I didn't have much detail about them. It picked up at the end, but the majority of the book was just simply hard to follow and uninteresting. The naming system didn't help, either, and really kept throwing me out of the story. I know this is military fantasy, but callsigns such as Tom Tom, Goblin, The Lady, and a bunch of other that have passed out of my mind as soon as the book ended just really didn't work for me. Also I caught a lot of slang terms that the author used that I would never expect to hear in a bleak, medieval fantasy world.
This book, while seeming like it might have helped influence the Malazan series, nevertheless now feels like a pale foreshadowing of it. I also did not like the narrator's voice too much. While his voice sounds appealing (even Clint Eastwood-esque), his inflection and ability to cast multiple characters failed on me.
The voice acting really made this book alot more enjoyable. This is a story that's better to listen to than to read I think. Not very long but still worth the credit.
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.