The story in Warbreaker is very intriguing but I simply cannot get past the narration. I don't even think I got a few hours into part 1 as it is.There is something about the character voices that drives me insane. All of the men sound like meatheads, and the girls all sound ditzy. I like Brandon Sanderson's use of color as the force that drives the story. I ended up having to buy the paper novel of Warbreaker so I could get through the book. Luckily I only spent a few dollars on this audiobook so it wasn't a total loss. I wish they would have gone with Michael Kramer for this book as narrator instead of James Yaegashi.
Sanderson has kept up to his usual standard here - the world was unique, the characters were interesting (flaws and all), and the story was twisty, suspenseful and unique enough to make keep me interested.
If it wasn't for all that, I wouldn't have made it through the narration. I guess the best way that I can describe the narrator is "dopey." It's great when a narrator can create distinct voices and emulate specific personalities.... I don't imagine it's easy though, and to me, Yaegashi doesn't pull it off). I felt that instead of adding to the story, this narrator really subtracted from it. It's one thing to make a character seem lighthearted and jovial, it's another thing to make them sound like a lumbering semi-retarded oaf - which is how just he made just about every male character in the novel come across. Surprisingly, I didn't feel this way about the female voices - maybe because he didn't feel as comfortable making stupid sounding female voices. I doubt everybody feels this way, but this is how the narrator came across to me.
Highly recommend the book. But pick up the book - you'll fly through it faster than you could possibly expect to endure this narrators very self-satisfied blubbering.
I am an avid sci-fi reader and a big fan of Sandersons, and as others have pointed out, I would say this is less than what I've come to expect from him, though not unenjoyable. If you've read other books by him and are a fan, then the story is probably worth the credit, especially if you like to listen to a very long book here and there to get more mileage out of your credits. However, if this is your first foray into Sanderson I would listen to Elantris (stand alone novel) or the Mistborn series first - both are, I think, more representative of how talented Sanderson is.
What really made this book hard to listen to was the narration. For the most part, it's not all that bad, but one of the core characters, a flippant personality, is done as what sounds like an unintelligent 'surfer dude'. I get that the narrator is trying to capture what he thinks that character's personality is, but the 'surfer' intonation is so pronounced it comes out almost like a caricature of a surfer, or like a jerk trying to be sarcastic.
So take this with a grain of salt - I was constantly frustrated with the narration, and the story was ok, but sub-par for what my experience has been with Sanderson, but when all is said and done, I did finish the book.
I think it is my least favorite Brandon Sanderson book. Or either the editor wasn't that great. It is definately not War of Kings.
This is one of my favourite authors - though I don't consider this his best- the Mistborn series is superb. Unwisely I didn't listen to a sample before purchase and now I have buyers remorse as I really hate the narrator - both the tone of his voice and his emphasis - and lets not even talk about his character voices. Urgg.
Warbreaker was truly a chore to get through. I liked the narrator well enough, but good lord. I spent 3/4 of the book waiting for something interesting to happen. Do yourself a favor and go read one of his other books, they are truly great books and much better paced.
quite possibly the worst narrator i've ever heard. he draws out the syllables, making the characters sound infuriatingly vapid. sad, because it almost ruins listening to this otherwise enjoyable story.
I enjoyed this book. Good story, very imaginative. A world that is truly multidimensional and fully lfeshed out. The reader, however was not the greatest. Half the voices can only be described as "sufer dude" and don't seem to fit very well. I understand what he is trying to do in terms of the characters personality but this is one of those readers who over-acts the voice. In audiobooks I believe its necessary to differentiate voices - to act- them but there are too many that go overboard and this is one of those readers. I have read Brandon Sanderson's books before and found that is they had one shortcoming it is sometimes cheesy dialogue. In this case I don't know if its the reader.
This book is awful. If I’d started with this one, I wouldn’t have ever picked up another book by Sanderson. Why Brandon, why? You’re so much better than this. The reader is worse. His cadence is off and he makes Lightfoot sound like a surfer dude. Sanderson should have BEGGED Michael Kramer to do the reading!
I LOVE Brandon Sanderson's books. I have yet to meet a lousy one he's written.
James Yaegashi however sounds like he's reading a stock market report, sullenly, and ruins the experience for me.
Is this guy an amateur? I'm never buying another book with his narration in it.