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.
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.
I really couldn't find a plot in the first 2 hours of the book. The story line was erratic at best, and at times completely random. There were a few spots where I thought a passable story was going to emurge, but the incredible amount of similes and completely unnecessary elaboration on irrelevant details made it impossible to finish. At times, it seem like there was litterally a simile in every sentense. Many of them were really random comparisons of things that were either annoyingling hokey or hard to follow. I can tell that the narrator is partly to blame for this stinker of a performance, but the heart of the problem is weak storytelling. I regret the $4.95 I spent on this, but I'm glad I didn't waste a whole credit.
I wish I had heeded other reviewers warnings. This audiobook was not only not enjoyable, it actually irritated me immensely as I listened.
The narrator is overblown and a little ridiculous, but can be gotten used to. What cannot be excused is the complete lack of plot or comprehensible narrative. The protagonist, of whom two hours into the book I know very little about (and care even less) other than seeming to be a physician of some sort, is constantly mentioning unexplained events and unknown people as if reading the Table of Contents of a history book. He personally jumps from one event to the next with no explanation and no apparent reason. Perhaps that's reflective of the life of a mercenary soldier, but it doesn't make for a good story. About half-way through Chapter 2, I was so confused and frustrated that I re-listened to Chapter 1 thinking I just hadn't paid enough attention, but after doing so I realized I still had no idea what was going on and what's more I didn't care.
Having read/listened to hundreds of Fantasy books, this one is actually a first for me: the first time I cannot bear to finish. Maybe, as some have said, things improve towards the end, but I don't have that kind of pain tolerance.
I got this book because Steven erikson always talks about it in interviews. I burned through his audio books and don't know what to do with myself until reapers gale comes out. The black company was really good and I have never come across a situation like this, where one book series copies another (not at all in a bad way) to such a large extent. From barrows to the magic system it blew my mind how much Steven erikson use things from this book.
That being said, the Malazan books are way way better. The black company was unreal, please don't get me wrong, I am on the third or fourth audio book right now though and about to delete it with three hours left. It slowly failed more and more at giving me my Malazan fix.
So if your like me, desperate for anything like Steven erikson, the black company can hold you off for its duration with glee. The second book too. I wouldn't go past that though it just gets a bit boring. The Malazan books have got me like a school girl though fiend-ing for the D.
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