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Paula

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  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (772)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "If You're Looking for Sophistocation, Look Elsewhe"
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    Would you try another book from Glen Cook and/or Marc Vietor?

    If really wish I had not purchased the first two books in the series. All my past experiences with Epic Fantasy have been so good, that after reading the reviews and matching them with other books I had enjoyed, I thought this would be, at worst, an okay read...I was wrong. I will pass on any other Glen Cook stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I cannot decide if the narrator's reading was flat and ponderous by choice or if the actual writing doesn't provide much room for another interpretation.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was deeply disappointed when I finally realized the writing was not going to improve after the first two chapters. The author seems to have no sense of description, other than the obvious. There is no sophistocation to either the description or the narrative. The writing feels rather like a graphic novel. Perhaps this would be an acceptable book for adolescents or younger, but anyone who truly appreciates the complex thematics and writing style of George R R Martin or Joe Abercrombie or even the delightful humour of Lois McMaster Bujold will be disappointed with this book.


    12 of 19 people found this review helpful

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