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The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1 | [Glen Cook]

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

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....
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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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    david 02-02-15
    david 02-02-15
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    "stands the test of time"

    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.

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    Sean5294 Colorado 08-14-14
    Sean5294 Colorado 08-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent New Way to Enjoy a Great Series"
    What did you love best about The Black Company?

    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".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe Marc Vietor’s voice?

    Cool, RobertStack, Expressive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roland Tallinn, Estonia 03-02-14
    Roland Tallinn, Estonia 03-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A good story ruined by a bad narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is great, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.


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

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sölvesborg, Sweden 01-23-14
    Amazon Customer Sölvesborg, Sweden 01-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you are looking for darker stories, look here."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 12-28-13
    Robert 12-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent story"
    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 03-11-13
    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good ideas, nice world, shallow story, ok writing"

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Grafton, Australia 10-24-12
    Sam Grafton, Australia 10-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stop! You old medieval 'Guys' or I will kick your"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any ten year old that realised medieval fantasy should not have characters using the term 'you guys'.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Need to flush this crap out with some Cormac MacCarthy or Tim Winton - only the lyrical will destroy this stumbling, stuttering, unnatural rhythm.


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

    The guy from blues clues - anyone who knows how to pronounce 'dour' without sounding like an anchor man-like abuser of the English language..


    What character would you cut from The Black Company?

    ALL


    Any additional comments?

    Stay Away if you have a pre-frontal cortex.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rooster RALEIGH,NC 27613 07-06-12
    Rooster RALEIGH,NC 27613 07-06-12

    Voracious listener of Science-Fiction and Epic Fantasy...

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    "Good story, hampered by point of view narrating..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Not just one moment, but the battles between the "18" and the "10" were noteworthy


    What aspect of Marc Vietor’s performance would you have changed?

    lacking and monotone, just didn't click with me, really made it hard to listen to. Only the story itself kept me interested.


    Any additional comments?

    If the additional stories have a different narrator, I may read on, as of now, this is the last, sad to say really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 08-02-11
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Its a good book."

    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.

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    Bob Nelson 04-08-11
    Bob Nelson 04-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "And now for something TRULY different..."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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