• Water Sleeps

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 8
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (894 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For years, Glen Cook's Black Company series has built a major audience among fantasy fans. Told from the "worm's-eye" view of the soldiers and functionaries who fight in the trenches of vast sorceress wars, this epic has riveted a generation of readers. If the Joseph Heller of Catch-22 were to tell the story of The Lord of the Rings, it might read like the Black Company books. There is nothing else in fantasy like them. Now Cook brings the latest cycle of the Black Company saga to a major climax, as the survivors of the disaster at the end of She is Darkness regroup in Taglios. Determined to free their fellow warriors held in stasis beneath the glittering plain, they journey there under terrible conditions, arriving just in time for a magical conflagration in which the bones of the world will be revealed, the history of the Company unveiled, and new worlds gained and lost...all at a major price. Wry, tough-minded, brilliantly imagined, and told with enormous flair, Water Sleeps is Glen Cook at the top of his game.

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Extraneous Mouth Noises

Would you try another book from Glen Cook and/or MacLeod Andrews?

Glen Cook is fantastic. MacLeod Andrews has been great with other books, but this one, the recording distracted from his voice acting and the story.

What did you like best about this story?

This far into the series, pulled away from the protagonist that started the story, there was a challenge to make the reader care about these people. Glen Cook managed to keep me going, which is saying something.

How could the performance have been better?

Lick the roof of your mouth while opening your mouth. Here that popping, clicking sound? The subtle, moist smacking? At almost every pause in the narration, and several times in the middle of sentences, I could hear that sound.

Imagine 18 hours of that sound, and that's what the experience was like listening to this book.

My guess is that the microphone was too close to MacLeod's mouth, or something along those lines. Whatever the reason, it made listening to this book extremely difficult, because it was a constant distraction from the story being told.

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religious nonsense

religious nonsense was getting boring coming from sleepy all the time, i personally could careless about his god, maybe the worst book of the series.

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Great

Story was amazing per usual.

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While he might not be my favorite Narrator in this series, there is no doubt he is the most talented. His voices for one eye and the new character Suverin(sp?) are amazing works of art.

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Fantastically Narrated

It had been a while since I had read the Black Company series, and this audible re-introduction was a pure delight. McLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. The sheer dexterity of his voice allowed the diverse characters to fully come to life in this tale.

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entertaining

little drawn out but i still love the characters. was interesting to see how the group stays the same even when there is only one original member from the first story.

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LOVE this series-Least favorite book in series

I cannot skip this as its part of the series but its pretty boring over all and this narration is pretty annoying. I appreciate that they were able to do so many voices and accents but some voices seemed modern or did not match the style of book. Willow Swans voice was so obnoxious it couldn't be taken seriously. Think like, Gilbert from Rocko's Modern Life. I do not understand it? They did have Goblin and One Eye perfectly. I think this person would he better equipped for goofy cartoons. There are multiple characters that have roughly the same voice. I might just read the rest.

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Huge Fan, but this was a disappointment

The storyline here is one that seems to focus more on explaining away all of the legends and religious myths, but what it does is introduces an over-complexity that quite honestly does not make sense. Cook seemed to want to just wrap this one up without a cohesive conclusion. By far, the weakest of all books of his.

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Is this really the same writer?

Sooo much boring exposition. Im only on chapter 12 but im not sure i can keep reading. I get a different character voice but why so much random exposition and side stories that have nothing to do with a plot?

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Didn't see the point

Felt like filler. Just undoes the climax of the previous book and ultimately serves as a mere explanation of Sleepy replacing Murgen in plot significance. Everything that happened at the end of Water Sleeps could have just as easily happened at the end of the previous book and without the slap-in-the-face time jump that unnecessarily deprived the series of Murgen and Sahra moments. There's dark fantasy and then there's contrivance.

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An essential read for the series

A new narrator, a new take on the story of the Black Company. The narrator gives a great interpretation of the current Annalist of the Company, Sleepy and her efforts to free her brothers from their captivity.

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  • Martin
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Back to form

I very much enjoyed Water Sleeps after not quite the same enthusiasm for Bleak Seasons and She is the Darkness. It is not the best paced story but it generally rattles along and builds out significantly the Company, Kina and Glittering Plain back stories.

There is some good character building - we learn much more about some former bit part players (not least because one is the annalist).

While some new characters come to centre stage there is a sense throughout that others are lining up for their final curtain call.

It could have been an ending - but it isn't - and it sets things up nicely for the last book.

Good narration.

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