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The Black Company Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mike 08-18-15
    Mike 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging story from the view of mercenary soldiers"
    Would you listen to The Black Company again? Why?

    Yes, this story is action packed and has a lot going on


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marc Vietor?

    Yes, but it did take me awhile to get use to his narration. I felt it was often hard to pick out transitions in the story due to a lack of pausing in the reading. His style can seem a little monotone also; however, he has a natural edginess in his voice that fits the dark theme of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are situations that pertains to war that are vivid and can be disturbing especially to younger readers.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story with a refreshing point of view of a select circle of soldiers within a mercenary group. While the Black Company can be mercilessly violent and guilty of committing foul acts during the horrors of war, they exhibit steadfast loyalty found amongst soldiers. The world of The Black Company is dark with blurred lines between good and evil which constantly tugs at the morality of the characters. Overall I greatly enjoyed the story and plan on following the entire series.

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    Amazon Customer Melrose, MA USA 08-02-15
    Amazon Customer Melrose, MA USA 08-02-15 Member Since 2011

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    "awesome"

    one f the best stories I've heard in years
    everyone should read this book. I cannot wait to start the next one

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    Mark United States 07-24-15
    Mark United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Platoon meets Wheel of Time"

    If Robert Jordan had fought in Vietnam, seen the worst of humanity in both the enemy and in his own comrades, and then came home to write a fantasy series, it might have felt something like this.

    The message of the book is clear: There are no good guys, just degrees of evil.

    Black Company is about a band of mercenaries caught up in a war of swords and sorcery. Their moral compass is nearly non-existent, save for loyalty to each other.

    The story is well-told, gritty, dark, completely gripping, and will at times leave you in revulsion for what the "heroes" do. You may love the unique characters, but you'll be hard-pressed to admire them.

    Spoilers for those who may need fair warning on the content of the book and moral position of the main characters:

    - Killing, torture, lying, cheating, theft are all condoned by the protagonists and are actively described in the narrative.

    - Murder of civilians including women and children by both sides is treated as normal, though sometimes regrettable. Incidents are mentioned but not described in detail.

    - Rape of civilian women after battle is condoned and considered normal as a "reward" to the mercenary protagonists. Rape incidents are mentioned, but neither described nor eroticized by the author.

    - An incident of a child being gang-raped by enemy soldiers is discovered and stopped by the protagonists. The rape itself is neither described nor eroticized by the author.

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    Othon Luis Cabrera Guillen 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great story of war and a delightful cast!"

    This book is a great example of a mature Fantasy genre, a book full of contrasts, of seemingly terrible characters that somehow make their way into your heart. The pacing is agile and the subjective point of view and the superb performance really does the job of immersing you into the fantasy world. This book is by no means "High Fantasy" it is more of a "Human Fantasy" book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be hearing the rest of the series!

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    Gary 06-26-15
    Gary 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth it."

    It's a bit short for the price but it's a great story and super compelling. There's a reason there are books in the series

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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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