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Water Sleeps

Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 8
By: Glen Cook
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Series: Black Company, Book 8
Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (11 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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  • Brian
  • 20-04-2017

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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  • Zach
  • 15-03-2018

Great

Story was amazing per usual. Performance 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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  • james
  • 27-08-2013

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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  • Bruce
  • 04-03-2013

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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  • onfire247
  • 28-09-2020

Excellent Narration

The story is the story. At this point in the series, you either love it, or you don't. Instead, this review will focus on MacLeod Andrews performance. At first, I was a bit put off by his narration. For one, I had never heard him before. He sounded nothing like the previous Black Company narrators, each of whom I liked for their own individual narration talents. Second, in the beginning, the book focuses primarily on two or three characters. During these chapters, the narrator makes all of those voices sound like variations of each other. But as the story progresses and the author adds more and more characters, the narrator's voice talents begin to shine. Each character has his or her own voice, and by the end of the story, I bet there were at least forty or so unique voices that he somehow managed to keep track of through the narration. I was incredibly impressed with this one sixty-second scene where Soulcatcher is talking with herself in a moment of insanity, which the author makes clear that each comment is meant to be heard in a different voice. And to my pleasure, the narrator brings out new unique variations for each of those voices without missing a beat. Bravo, MacLeod! Bravo!

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  • Kyle Myers
  • 20-06-2020

Loved it!

Glen Cook did it again! Another dark Masterpiece as haunting as it is imaginative and beautiful!

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  • Hawkins
  • 13-05-2020

Amazing voice actor

The voice Actor is utterly amazing. Perfect voice for sleepy and really brought soul catcher alive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-12-2019

chew with your mouth closed

Either the microphone just clicks and pops for no reason, or ol' buddy's slobber filled mouth smacks with every sentence's end. Still a good book.

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  • J G
  • 30-08-2019

shouldn't have switched readers

i get that there is inherent bias once you get used to a good reader but this guys accents are over the top and his cadence is bad

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  • Trinculo
  • 27-10-2018

Cook thrills—yay! Andrews underwhelms—ugh!

Macleod Andrews is worst reader of the series—he makes a lot of errors that took me out of the story by way of awkward breaks, dry mouth, ambient sounds, and mispronunciations. Also haven’t been a fan of the accent work since Mark Vietor was replaced. Andrews simply cannot distinguish characters without an absurd accent, and his preponderance of Indian-style accents seems uncomfortably exaggerated and even vaguely racist at times. Vietor’s Soul Catcher is so much more vivid and alive than Andrew’s Protector—it’s painful at times. Same goes for the ongoing Scottish brogue of One-Eye—previous narrator’s misstep that stays & remains the most nonsensical artist choice of the series. Still this is the best story of the Glittering Stone series so far, so the quality of the narrative overcomes the shortcomings of the narrator. Easily the best story since Shadows Linger, and a much more deft handling of a woman-centered fantasy narrative than Dreams of Steel. I only wish Rachel Butera or someone with her abilities had been brought back for this one.

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  • Martin
  • 10-04-2015

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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