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.
just finished eriksons malazan saga and am now doing glen cook and his black company. i can see the influences on erikon and cook does a great job of revealing the fears and doubts everyone has in the face if confusion and the manipulative. cant wait for book two.
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.
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.
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 read this because Steven Erikson mentioned it was one of his inspiration. And I can see why, there are many elements that led to Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. The difference is that Erikson is a brilliant story teller. Cook, not so much. It was an entertaining read, with some very interesting military fantasy elements, I think he started a genre here in some ways. But the story is just so shallow, you never really get into the characters. It's written like a first person account that was written in the Annals of the Black Company, so that justifies the lack of detail, but I still missed it, the book would have been so much stronger if it was written with more emphasis on description and maybe some other character's POVs. I might listen to the rest of the series if I've got nothing better to read, but I'm not going to go out of my way I don' think. If you've tried this, you're gong to love Steven Erikson, esp the first few books of his Malazan series
Any ten year old that realised medieval fantasy should not have characters using the term 'you guys'.
Need to flush this crap out with some Cormac MacCarthy or Tim Winton - only the lyrical will destroy this stumbling, stuttering, unnatural rhythm.
The guy from blues clues - anyone who knows how to pronounce 'dour' without sounding like an anchor man-like abuser of the English language..
Stay Away if you have a pre-frontal cortex.
Voracious listener of Science-Fiction and Epic Fantasy...
Down and dirty fantasy read, like a "lord of the rings" lite. It could have really used a different point of view for the story telling, or at least a more animated and more creative narrator. The story itself is fairly good, but it lacked an overall excitment the premise deserved.
Not just one moment, but the battles between the "18" and the "10" were noteworthy
lacking and monotone, just didn't click with me, really made it hard to listen to. Only the story itself kept me interested.
If the additional stories have a different narrator, I may read on, as of now, this is the last, sad to say really.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
Marc Vietor does a great job. If you looking for the best bang for your listening experience this is not it. Its kind of old school high fantasy with a crass feel. Its worth the read.. but not for the spendy credit. Honestly i liked it. But it lost the attention of my girlfriend on chapter one. Its a book you have to hang with to like it.
I almost abandoned this book after only an hour or so... It started slowly and I couldn't imagine where it was headed. The characters were strange, and often unpleasant: not very much worth knowing. Or so it seemed... and yet... there was substance. Cook's style is dry and descriptive, speaking from the POV of the mercenary Black Company's scribe. Who is also a soldier and a good one. He needs to be good because the Company is often in dire straits. Gradually, the book becomes a hymn to courage and determination and comradeship, without reference to whatever futile cause is slowly consuming them.
The narrator exaggerates a bit on different characters' voices, but not disastrously.
I finished the book, and have thought quite a bit on it. I'm still not sure if it is a "good book". But I will surely read more from Glen Cook.
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