Overall I love this book and the narrating. I only have one negative; the chapters of the book don't line up with the audio book chapters. I'm not sure why, this is the only one I've encountered like this, but it makes it very hard to find something if you don't know exactly where it is.
Great first book in the series. I just purchased the next one to listen to.
Audio performance was very well done.
Story was original and kept me guessing.
I came into this having read the author's Stormlight books first. It's not fair to compare this book to those but you can tell he has grown quite a bit as an author since he wrote this book.
The mystery of the villain is what kept me interested. Too bad all the secrets were not explained by the end. The book did a good job at keeping me wondering how the characters could possibly beat the villain.
There were many, many scenes of people sitting around talking about what they were going to do next. Not to say that there wasn't action, because there was some neat fights, but there were just too many times characters just talked in a room.
All in all a decent book but I haven't decided if I'll continue on.
Performance: This was top notch. Same male reader from the Stormlight books and he couldn't be better.
I could get into it, I'm reasonably hard to please and this book moves me and captivates me so thoroughly. Everyone should read it. Three separate people have called me in tears after finishing the trilogy.
Here is the problem I have with fantasy, it is that most of the novels are in series. And it is a problem especially in a novel like this since the first novel is excellent but the second and third ones are not as good.
The reader is very good.
Mr. Sanderson is a good writer and a great story teller. This first novel got me completely hooked.
However the second and third novels are not as good so approach with being aware of that.
And I was warned about that but paid no heed since I had read Elantris and Warbreaker (both decent standalone fantasy novels, Elantris better in my opinion) and also the first two novels of the Stormlight Archive series and wanted to get my fix.
These series actually made me take a break from Mr. Sanderson actually.
I have gone through several Sanderson books and their audio renditions. This opening to a trilogy stands on its own. He wordsmiths with the best of them. The audio narration is excellent. It was a joy to spectate, all around.