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....
©1984 Glen Cook (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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