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Bleak Seasons

Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 6
Written by: Glen Cook
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Series: Black Company
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Having risked their lives and souls to capture the fortress of Stormgard, a band of weary soldiers known as the Company witnesses their commander's descent into madness and await the reemergence of their ancient gods.

©1997 Glen Cook (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michelle
  • 23-04-15

Not as bad as the other review.

I'm just writing to go against that other review of the guy hating the book and making him stop reading the series.

The narrator is great. The timeline in the story is set up strangely. But not too hard to follow and anything would be better than the book of lady.

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  • Samuel C. Smith
  • 26-11-19

TERRIBLE, ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE READER.

names pronounced incorrectly, loooooong unexplained pauses. BAD READER. Book was okay. Murgan took some getting used to which I blame on the reader. time line is confusing as well

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  • Daniel
  • 09-12-16

very enjoyable

This was a very good book. I was worried when I saw many people complaining about the story continually jumping through time. I found it a great way to tell the story of what happened to the Black Company inside the city of Dejagora (uncertain of exact spelling) during the time frame of Croaker and Lady's time outside the city (previous book) while at the same time pushing the Black Company's story along with the war against the remaining shadow masters.

also loved the narrator's performance. having a new voice for murgen to differentiate from the narrator who reads Croaker was great. the reader provided great voices and personality to all the characters. after having listened to a couple other books recently with monotonous and emotionless voices, this narrator was like a breath of fresh air.

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  • Peter
  • 19-08-12

Series Killer

If any book in the Black Company series can drive a fan to quit, it is this one. The constant, disjointed, mind numbing jumps between perspective time periods turns this book into some bastardized choose-your-own-adventure story. Take a regular novel, chop it into a dozen or two pieces, then read those pieces in random order and you've got Bleak Seasons.

The narrator does such a fine job with the voices, I almost pity the man for having to read this assault on listeners minds.

The style of presentation in Bleak Seasons is so dreadful and of no narrative relation to its predecessors that one has to wonder if Glen Cook were in a particularly vile mood when he wrote it and was purposefully trying to kill the series.

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  • John Tackkett
  • 04-02-20

Better than expected

Great narration. Didn't advance the story much, mostly a rehash of Lady's story from a different viewpoint. Jumps around a lot.

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  • Alien
  • 22-01-20

All over the place

I really like the Black Company, but this book was jarring. It was all over the place with the perspective of a character seeing visions of the past then bouncing back to the present. I really don’t know what Cook was thinking with this book. It was just odd. I give almost every book I review a 5.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-19

at home in the house of pain

I'm not gonna lie, it was harder to get into this book... it's an even bigger change than Lady's book. The first issue is either with the director or the editor... the narrator takes what seems to be a 10 second pause between most sentences, leading me to have listened to the entire first half of this on 1.25x narration. It doesn't seem like this is the case later in the book. The first half is also going to contain a lot of familiar content, and you, like me, might be frustrated at first with it feeling like the story isn't progressing, or is just being told in a way that makes listening feel like chore. But it does change tone and stop leaving you in the dark eventually. I'm giving 4 stars since the beginning of the book felt discouraging. It redeems itself long before its ending, though. Be more patient than some of the other reviewers, and trust that it's written like it is for an important reason.

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  • Gene R
  • 19-09-19

loved this book

loved the fact that this is another book being told from a different perspective . looking forward to reading the next book

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  • Eric
  • 01-02-19

Good, but...

Good, but much, much.... much slower than the others. Still, very much enjoy the characters and setting

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  • Lance A Smith
  • 23-01-19

Feels prequel at times and doesn't follow Croaker

Great performance and it was well written, but it mostly follows Murgen, the not so interesting standard bearer. Lady and Croaker feel more like side characters in this book. A lot of the story takes place during a siege that was resolved in a previous book, which makes it feel like a prequel at times and I dont care for that.

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  • Matt
  • 25-04-16

Not as good as the others but still great

found this one a little hard to follow, still very much enjoyed it just jumped around a little too much

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  • Jeff
  • 21-02-16

Disappointed

My least favourite Black Company book. it was disjointed. I was confused where we were up to a lot of the time. With this major challenge I was not that concerned with the change in narrator.

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  • Christopher
  • 18-06-15

A tough listen at first


Story – 4/5

I found this audiobook very hard to get into, as I kept drifting away, which is mainly down to the narrator. I gave up about half way at first and opted for a lighter listen instead. When I returned and re-listened, I enjoyed it a lot more and the second half was much better than the first; the last 2-3 hours especially. Probably not my favourite Black Company book, but still good enough to get 4 stars.

I enjoyed the new characterisation and fantasy element added via Murgen, and his time travelling capability, made for something new to the mix. The atrocities being committed by both sides during the conflict was interesting, and sinister, and it was good to go back and have a different viewpoint of a story already told in Dreams of Steel.


Performance –3/5

The production was a real struggle for me, and the main reason I gave up first time around. The reading is incredibly slow, and there are large gaps between (and even in the middle of) sentences. I sped it up to x1.25, and it was still a problem. x1.5 was too fast to keep up. I don’t remember this being an issue when Jonathan Davis read The Silver Spike, so it must have been the way the producers cut and pieced it together.

I liked the character voices and Davis’ tone though, so I do think he is a good narrator. I was glad I forced myself to re-listen, and I did get used to it the second time around.


Overall – 3.5/5

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-20

Great series but chapter structure is off.

I am loving this series. My only criticism for this audiobook is the chapter structure. Several book chapters are considered 1 audio book chapter. this can make it hard to keep track of where you are up to. it's confusing when Chapter 10 is actually near the end of Chapter 2 in the audiobook.