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.
This latest work from Brandon Sanderson is much more fun than some of his previous works. I've read (and enjoyed) Mistborn and Eleantris, and this story does border dangerously close at times to being too much like Eleantris. Still, there is enough difference to be entertaining. Some of the characters are carefree and comical, but there are still scenes dark enough to remind you who wrote the story.
Once again, Sanderson brings us a tale of a world with almost-mortal gods. It's a world where colors play an important role and the breath of life has magical powers. Both personal and political conflicts blend into a complex tale that is still easy to follow. Sometimes the story is sadly lacking in details, but no more so then Eleantris was. It's another wonderful one-shot.
A few of the characters are new to Sanderson's writing style. The most different is the carefree god who doesn't take his role seriously and attempts to be comical at all times. The expanded personality set used in the characters shows that Sanderson is still growing as a writer and we can continue to expect great things from him.
I'm not sure I understand the dislike of the narrator. He seems to capture the personality of characters well and I had no trouble listening to this work. I even laughed a few times as he brought particularly comical moments to life. Lightsong's voice might be what bothers people most; it's somewhere between a frat boy and a surfer dude. However, as I came to know more about the character, I found it fit his personality amazingly well. I'd have no trouble getting another book read by Yaegashi.
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.
I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.
Never knowing or being able to guess what would happen next.
None yet, I'm new to audible and am finding it hard to pull myself away sometimes. I do like sci-fi /fantasy and this was a good one.
For the main characters he was excellent. I did not like the speed of his tone though, I found it very frustrating in the beginning, however, once I sped up the speed of his reading to 1.25x, it was a lot more interesting and fulfilling.
Yes, I wish I could.
Reviewer: Age=24 I am a Closet Nerd (I hate not knowing if some 12 year old wrote a review that I'm using to influence whether or not to purchase a book)
Brandon... Please... Please... I thought that Elantris was just a fluke, Mistborn Trilogy in my top 5 series, and your work on Gathering Storm, INCREDIBLE. I was really excited to listen to something else by Brandon Sanderson and was thoroughly disappointing, I felt like I was listening to Elantris again yet I knew less of what was going on. Nothing eventful happens in the book!!! The only positive thing I have to say it that I like the little twist in the end.... a little.
This was a great book. It was well written, the narrator nailed the different parts, including what others called a ‘frat boy’, which was exactly how the character acted.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a standalone story, and for one really enjoy when an author can wrap up an entire story without dragging a 7 book series out of it.
Overall I would recommend this book to sci fi fans, as well as people looking for a great listen with a very interesting story filled with unique characters.
Sanderson has done it yet again. I really enjoyed his debut Novel Elantris. The Mistborn Series was great, Especially the third book. I really enjoy how well thought out all of Sanderson's magic systems are. The story in Warbreaker was incredible. There were some twists in this book that took my completely by surprise and it has been a while since I read a book that was able to do that. I recommend this book to any one looking for a good read. Just be warned you may have to put your life on hold for a couple days and just spend your time listening.
The story is good and certainly has some surprises. The narration AND production should have been better. As a producer/director the phrasings were terrible. In many places it was like listening to a 6th grader read his book report. As a narrator, Mr. Yaegashi needs to work on his voices. He kept going up into his higher range by the end of many sentences that began as a manly voice turned into a teenage boy. It reminded me of Keanu Reeves trying to read a story to his kids... whoah.
I love Sanderson's books but I have no idea what is going on with this one. Maybe it is mostly the narrator but I haven't clue and having a hard time even listening to is. Maybe it would be better if you read it. DOn't buy.
I found myself losing interest. I understand that it's a standalone novel and there needs to be character development but there wasn't enough to keep my interest. I ended up skipping ahead quite a bit. I'm surprised because I loved Sanderson's earlier work. With this book and Steelheart I've been disappointed. It does't help that the performance brought nothing to it.