I liked the magic system and the characters all brilliantly woven into a complex plot. I really struggled listening to it because the reader's rendition of several of the voices was painful.
He used inflection at odd places and made Lightsong sound like an idiot. There were also several times where he started into a line with one character's voice and finished the sentence with another character's voice--realizing halfway through that the other character was speaking. It made me wonder if he even prepared at all before reading it aloud.
I have been listening to most of Brandon Sanderson's books, and I haven't disliked any yet. In this novel, I was really unhappy with James Yaegashi. I have never read this book, but I still didn't like how James portrayed some of the characters.
I like Brandon Sanderson, but his books tend to take a really long time to get into.
but not sure I can suffer thru the narrator.
Perhaps it's the speakers on my phone? They make the narrator sound like the blue charactor "Alf", from the tv series about 20 years ago.
I listen to most of the books on my phone so that is sort of important, but it might sound better if I plug it into my car?
The story keeps me listening...the voice (or my speakers) make me grit my teeth.
The listening experience was very bad. The narrator was horrible. Very breathy and most of the voiced he attempted was not relate-able to the characters.
Love the story, very much like the Mistborn series.
Very imaginative book.
If you have already enjoyed the four Mistborn books and The Way of Kings, check this standalone novel out. I've not yet read Elantris so I'm not sure how it stacks up. Warbreaker is a truly inventive and unique fantasy book that dashes many common tropes.
Hmmm...I cannot say I can compare it to a similar book, but it has the feel of a Jim Henson script to me; something vivid, creative, wildly different.
James Yaegashi is not a good narrator. His narration sucks the life out of these characters and makes them caricatures. However, towards the end of the book I almost enjoyed his overwrought inflections.
Yes, if you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson you should certainly listen. Warbreaker is another part of his Cosmere.
The narration by James Yaegashi was unbearable. I pushed through half of the book but had to stop.
I love all the other works of Brandon but this one was not up to par.
Great book. I'm not quite finished with it, another couple of hours to go, but it's typically great Sanderson with plot twists that have you arching your eyebrows. HOWEVER...the narrator...well..it's not that he's bad. Overall he does a fine job EXCEPT for one of the main characters...it sounds like he's channeling Bill and Ted and I found his voice for this character annoying to the point of distraction. Other than that, excellent listen.
This was a great story, but I had a hard time getting around the voice performance. I couldn't get over the feeling that Lightsong sounded like a character from Waynes World.
The attempt at humor was bad. The concept of "color" magic was weak. I like Sanderson so I'll just assume this was failed early attempt that he tried to make a few bucks from. I stopped listening after 8 hours or so but left it on my iPod in case I am stuck without a credit and no books to listen to. If I ever finish and my opinion changes I'll update...I doubt it.
Nothing. The story moves at a snail's pace, and the performance is subpar.
I am not turned off from other books in the genre, but definitely from other books by Brandon Sanderson.
The performance would have been better with a different performer reading a different book.
Siri and Lightsong.
The combination of the quality of Mistborn and the solid reviews of Warbreaker made me feel really good about my selection of this audiobook initially. My elevated expectations came crashing down after about an hour of listening to the meandering drivel.
If you are one of Sanderson's religious fans, this book might not be as off-putting for you. For the rest of you, save yourself the time and money and skip this one. I read the Mistborn series, and appreciated Sanderson's innovative ideas and magic system. Warbreaker begins with a similarly unique system, but the intrigue dies with the conclusion of the prologue.
The remainder of the story is awkward comparison of the religions of two different cultures. In making the comparison, Sanderson beleaguers points that he makes obvious very early on, leading to quite a bit of redundancy. Sanderson’s idea of a break from bashing us over the head with the tedious details of the two societies is what he considers witty banter between Hallandren Gods.
The “performance” of James Yaegashi only added to my annoyance. Maybe Mr. Yaegashi was only as good as the story allowed him to be, causing me to judge him too harshly.