I listened and thoroughly enjoyed Sanderson's "Mistborn" triology. I was excited with Warbreaker but got quickly irritated with narrator he choose.
Yaegashi sounds like a sarcastic, 20 something frat boy. Throughout the entire narration there is no sincerity in his voice. He does a comical job with his voice changes for different characters....very inappropriate for sci fi/fantasy book.
I don't know why author's decide to change narrators for new audiobook releases when there earlier audiobooks got good reviews. Extremely irritating and disappointing.
Well.... this was not what I was expecting from the man who wrote Mistborn and The Way of Kings. It was just empty. The characters were flat and uninteresting. The story line was interesting at first but was not developed completely and fell flat. Maybe if I would have read the book first, I may have gotten more out of it because the narration really ruined this story for me. I found it hard to believe in a God who sounded like a good friend of Bill and Ted. I was waiting for him to say something was "narley" or he wanted to "catch some waves, dude!" What a disappointment.
If I had not thoroughly enjoyed the story I would have immediately ditched this one. Yaegashi is NOT the right narrator for this novel. He's just annoying. The story however, once you get past Yaegashi, is very good. Kudos to Mr Sanderson. Mr Yaegashi however needs to work on his narration. Every character sounds like a surfer dude with an adenoid problem with all the stereotypes that entails.
Wonderful story! However, the "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" Keanu Reeves voice was really annoying. Only the fascinating plot kept me listening, in spite of the reading dude.
Say something about yourself!
After listening to some other Brandon Sanderson novels like the Mistborn series, and the Way of Kings, I was all set to settle in to another great listening experience. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
The narrator read this as though he was half asleep, or this was some punishment he was forced to undertake. The limited inflection was mildly disappointing, but the pauses between the sentences were almost unbearable after the excellent narration I had listened to in so many other books. I somehow struggled through the first part, and either the narrator picked up the pace a touch, or my mind became numb to the slow pace of his reading.
At that point, I was able to actually enjoy the book a little, although some of the character's reactions to events left me shaking my head at their absurdity and naivety. It seemed that the characters bemoaned the same gripes repeatedly, and I was wishing they would just suck it up and deal with things.
I would say that while this is an OK book, it does not measure up to the standard I had come to expect from Brandon on his more recent novels. If I ever see James Yaegashi's name as the narrator on any book I am considering in the future, I will have to pass on it.
Speaking of Which...
Of the novels that I've read/listened to by Sanderson, I would recommend any of the others before this one. The characters remain mostly one-sided until the Sanderson Avalanche towards the end of the book. The concept of breaths is an intriguing one, but the characters really are awful almost the entire time. I kept with it just to see how it would resolve itself, and most of the parts lined up fine but it was a pretty grueling task to get to the end.
Nah. I've read a lot of terrible fantasy over the years.
If the narrator hadn't played almost every bit of dialogue as if it were supposed to be a joke. It felt like he was wanted to pause to not interrupt our hilarious laughter that just never came. He also seemed obsessed with making one of the main characters sound like Keanu Reeves... it was was almost unbearable.
I truly hope not. There are many many many books of higher quality that should be made before this thing gets a chance to get made.
Yes and no. I'd say I have never had a reading and a book be so poorly matched. I'd have never finished the book if it was not nearly as enjoyable a story
Not if I can help it. This was the worst reading I have ever listened to. He takes deep breaks, swallows, speaks in an overly dramatic voice all the time, and every sentence ends in a full stop no matter what the mood or pace of the story at the time.
Very likely. Especially if James Yaegashi was not narrating it.
Someone should redo this with a better reader. I listen to books because I don't tend to have time to read and while some readers put me to sleep and are boring this was the first time I cringed every time I hit the play button. If I didn't like the author as much and enjoyed the story I would never have finished it.
I've read a few of Brandon Sanderson's books now, and it seems to be that they all involve a unique, creative, and well-thought-out system of magic. Warbreaker was no exception; it was a great story, set in a really interesting world. James Yaegashi's narration was fantastic.
This one is like a trilogy all in one book, it is so long and well developed. But I hope there will be a sequel anyway.
The magic is unique and the characters are diverse and interesting - though I confess it took a chapter or two for me to really be into the storyline - after that I was hooked. The end gives excellent closure - something I think all books should give.
Insulting a narrator's performance is something I usually don't do. Unfortunately this narrator gives a 1980's surfer dude cadence to several key characters (which doesn't fit). His in between the dialogue voice is very pleasant though.
* Still worth a credit for the many hours of high quality fiction.
Warbreaker, to me, was sink or swim fantasy. You get dropped in, figure out where you are and either become part of the world or stay confused and give up. I swam, and I enjoyed this book a great deal. I admit to floundering a bit at the beginning and wondering if I had missed Book 1 or something, but that didn't last too long. I want to know more about this world some day.