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The Black Company Audiobook

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

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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.

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    Guillaume 06-26-15
    Guillaume 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, original fantasy"

    Well written, in a manner perfectly adapted for an audiobook.

    Getting the "evil" point of view is original and refreshing, as are the characters.

    Plot twists like I haven't seen in a fantasy novel in a while.

    Vietor has done an incredible job. You almost feel like you're a part of the Black Company.

    Recommend to a fantasy lovers!

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    Jennifer 06-22-15
    Jennifer 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good solid story"

    Author sort of drops you into his world without a paddle. It's nice but can be confusing.

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    Evana Bellevue, NE USA 06-16-15
    Evana Bellevue, NE USA 06-16-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Confusing at First"

    It took me through the first third of the book to really start understanding who the characters were. There was not a lot of voice differential from the reader, so it made it even more difficult if they weren't one of the Taken.

    Overall I enjoyed the book, just understand it's not one seamless story but more three short stories loosely tied together.

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    Pamela 05-15-15
    Pamela 05-15-15
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    "unfocused"

    The story is difficult to follow...seems to meander without having a point. Characters are named with no introduction to them, we aren't given any reason to relate to them. The characters go through major conflict / battle where they suffer injury and even death of supposed beloved friends...and shortly after the survivors are playing poker like nothing happened. I'm not even sure where/when the story is set...I can't force myself to get through the book.

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    Six six six 01-03-14
    Six six six 01-03-14

    Spicy Meatball

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    "Narration ruins it"
    Would you try another book from Glen Cook and/or Marc Vietor?

    Glen Cook maybe, although this audiobook left a terrible taste. I couldn't really get into the story at all because of the god-awful narration.


    What was most disappointing about Glen Cook’s story?

    After reading Erikson's Malazan series, this just didn't have much to offer. Granted, I couldn't really get into the story because of the FUCKING HORRIBLE narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Vietor?

    Someone who doesn't sound like Randy Marsh.


    Was The Black Company worth the listening time?

    No. Story might have been fine, but the narration absolutely ruined it. First time that's ever happened.


    Any additional comments?

    The story may be all right. I couldn't enjoy it, though, because I was too busy cringing at Randy Marsh's shitty narration.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sq 12-24-13
    sq 12-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This series is a MUST for fans of epic fantasy!!"
    Would you listen to The Black Company again? Why?

    I have the whole series in print and bought the whole series in audible to read again. It was well worth it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development was very nuanced. There are very memorable villains such as The Limper, Whisper, The hanged man, The Lady, Soul Catcher....

    I would read a book Just about the Limper!


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had read the books before but the narration brought the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Awesome! Got to read the whole series. OOOOOH! there are ten of them!


    Any additional comments?

    This series is one of my most favorite series of all time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 11-01-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "A great book, but the narrarator ruined it for me."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Let's be up front. This is a GREAT BOOK. This is one of the BEST SERIES in fantasy. If you haven't read it go buy all the books and read them. Marc Vietor is a great narrator with excellent range. The problem is the voice he uses for the main character. It ruined the entire book for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Company?

    I love the gritty battles. You can tell this was written by a guy who fought in a war.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    The main character. This guy is an incredible narrarator but the voice he chooses for the main character kills this book for me. This is supposed to be a lower class mercenary doctor, but the narrator voices him like some kind of over-the-top ren-faire reject. His other voices are great, but I couldn't get past this. That being said, try the sample and if the main character voice doesn't bug you then you will absolutely love this book and series.


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

    The book is awsome. Buy it and read it. (in print form)


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best series in fantasy. If you are me and don't like the narration on this one then I strongly suggest getting the series in print.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bruce SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-28-13
    bruce SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I'll stick to the print version"
    What did you like best about The Black Company? What did you like least?

    I could not get into the narrative.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I did not get far enough to become interested.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    I could not get into the narrative.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Haydhan Fire Southern California 10-08-13
    Haydhan Fire Southern California 10-08-13 Member Since 2014

    I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.

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    "Hmmmmmm!!!!!"

    After reading this book I can honestly say I'm not sure why I am currently almost done with book four. They definitely improve. 100 fold. I read and listen to tons of fantasy. Mainstream popular authors to self published newbies. Some are horrible, some are good, a few are great, and a couple are out of this world epic entertainment. But, no matter where I find my books Glen Cook and the Black Company seem to come up on top 10 list and as one of the fathers of modern gritty fantasy. Had to give it a try.

    This book was rather slow starting for me. Too many people, places and things to get to know and it gets a little distracting and felt somewhat confused. But, how could millions of fantasy fans be wrong. I kept going and I did enjoy the story and the growth of the characters. By the end of book one I was not completely sold on the Black company and wasn't sure I would be buying book two. Again, it was okay, and..... how would it show up on all those best fantasy list if it didn't get better? So I bought it. AND

    IT DOES GET GOOD!!!! I would say book one is necessary for background and world building along with all the character development. It definitely got much better about 3/4 o the way through and the subsequent book have kept and even improved on that pace. Being one of the classics for this type of fantasy I would say that the Black Company series is one of those that just can't be missed for any serious fantasy reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BLESSING Pikesvile, MD, United States 07-20-13
    BLESSING Pikesvile, MD, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"
    Would you listen to The Black Company again? Why?

    Yes I will. This Book Started slow, and I asked my self why did I buy it. As soon as Raven got involved, I started getting involved, and then Soul Catcher made me get more interested. As soon as a fantasizing Croaker met The Lady, I became hooked. Before I knew it, I have listened to all 10 books in about 2 weeks. I like the way Glen Cook builds up a character, make you love them for who they are, and then kill them. I fell in love, felt like crying, felt disappointed, and then felt how life does not give you what you always wanted. Great Author, and Books; I will ready more of your work as I have done R.A Salvatore, and Terry Brooks.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    Yes it was great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Battle of Powers


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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