The narrator has a dull voice that does little to rise to the action. Unlike other narrators that have read Sanderson stories, he doesn't do the distinct voices for different characters, nor does he ever truly seem excited by the tale he is reading. It is sad, because underneath the narration, there seems to be an excellent story. I'm just having a hard time getting through to it.
He had trouble with the different voices, it was bad. You could hear the breaths he took between sentences. He kind of sounded like a monotone Keanu Reeves. He will likely get better over time as another said but it did impact the overall book.
Good Sanderson fantasy story.
I liked the book a lot, although I feel like it could have been shortened by a couple hours without losing anything important.
the overall performance was good, but I couldn't stand the voice of LightSong; the emphasis and intonation whenever he spoke seemed unnatural, I couldn't picture anyone talking the way he did. inflections in the wrong place, emphasis on syllables that shouldn't have emphasis etc. I just couldn't shake the thought that he was speaking...."wrong?" it was just a very odd character voice that I couldn't seem to accept.
This book about bored me to tears. The author has a great imagination when it comes to magic and the mechanics thereof, but most of the characters are either boring or downright annoying. "Lightsong" being the worst. I dreaded the parts of the story when he was involved, and the narrator made it even worse. I would cringe every time this character spoke. I mean I really can't express how much I hated this character. On the other hand, Vivena was a great character whose evolution from a noble, reserved follower of Auster into a crafty, resourceful, breath-using adventurer made up the better part of the story for me. I was really disappointed in the overall story though, especially after hearing a lot of good things about the author. This is one of Brian Sanderson's first books though, so I'm not going give up on him yet. I've purchased the first book of the "Mystborn" series and plan on listening to it soon.
Stop using the "George Takei" accent and the hipster-beatnik accent, please!
The magic and the mechanics. I was impressed by the author's refreshing take on spellcraft.
Could not take any of the characters seriously. Never got invested enough in the story to care what happened. Seemed more like a comic book than an epic fantasy adventure. And I could not get past the narrator's Keanu Reeves accent when portraying the voice of Light Song. I will admit that the last two hours of the book were a dramatic improvement over the rest of it, but still not worth white knuckling through 22 hours of boredom to get there.
Beautiful and riveting with complex characters and interesting world. I shall have a book hangover possibly for weeks.
I strongly recommend this to everyone even if you are not usually a fan of fantasy.