I bought this book based on the great reviews (and after having read Sanderson's Steelheart) - but then waited a while to listen to it because the cover made the book seem so mystical and the synopsis didn't grab me at all. Finally I gave it a try and am so glad I did! This is a great story that is well narrated. I'm still new to Sanderson's writing but he does such an amazing job at "world-building". I felt so engaged in the world and characters and the story and found myself wanting to listen as much as possible. It's a long book, but it never drags - so it's well worth the credit. And the two additional books in the series (plus the followup novella) are just as good.
I really wanted to love this book, but it fell way, way flat. The characters are boring, the scenery (and descriptions of said scenery) bland. The dialogue is cliche and unimagined. Sorry.
I adored the Stormlight Archive series, but the Mistborn series just doesn't interest me. I still have high hopes for Brandon Sanderson, this just isn't it!
Too monotonous for me, even when voicing a wide variety of characters. Him speaking as a steel inquisitor nearly made me turn the book off. Nails on a chalkboard.
THESE CHARACTERS NEED TO STOP RAISING THEIR DAMN EYEBROWS ALL THE TIME.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
I have read Way of Kings, Warbreaker, and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, and I recently finished both Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I got to say, compared to those books, Mistborn falls well short. I am really disappointed with the book considering the reviews, I just don't get it.
I'll admit, I haven't listened to it fully through yet, I'm almost at the end (two chapters left), but so far I have no sense of connection to the characters what so ever. I really don't care about the main protagonist, or any of the supporting characters. They are so stereotypical. The leader who lost someone near to him and is now on a blind vendetta and hates anyone who was involved with the injustice made to him and his; the innocent and naive female protagonist that is (extremely) slowly developing to someone that isn't a complete idiot; the handsome Romeo character on the other side that is kinda on their side but at the same time isn't that the female rebel falls in love with. Come on.
Worst part I think is the narrator. I don't know if my opinion is particularly colored since I recently listened to an amazing performance by Rupert Degas where each voice had so much character and variation that I am still in awe. The narrator of this book, Michael Kramer, has a relatively monotone voice with little variation between characters. It's so dull it makes me fall asleep almost, he does a really poor job of capturing the emotion in the characters.
I wish this book was better, I really wanted it to be.
I was inspired to explore Brandon Sanderson's own writing after enjoying his work in collaboration with Robert Jordan in completing the Wheel of Time series and was pleased to find a fantastic story. The unique magic system, a dark world, troubled characters, a flowing plot, and sufficient description to blend everything together made Mistborn a pleasure to listen to and Michael Kramer did a phenomenal job in his narration. I look forward to continuing the adventure in book 2.
it was hard for me to really get into this one in the beginning. but don't let that stop you...it really is a very good book.
at times i thought there was a bit too much 'listening to the thought process' of the main characters, as well as the 'poor pitiful me' of Vin. and i have to say this was the type of book i use to sleep by...meaning not too much continued need to keep listening so i don't miss out. i always go back to where i fell asleep to continue the journey.
the narrator, Michael Kramer has a nice soothing voice to help me sleep, which for me is good. he isn't boring to listen to at all, i don't want you to think that. he doesn't have the kind of voice that puts you to sleep, only makes it pleasant so you can sleep.
i hope the next book in this series is as well done as i did enjoy the listen.
Yes, I'm coining a term; "SANDERSON"-terrific stories, often trilogies, that combine fantastic worlds, mystical powers, and fascinatingly complex plots with characters who inspire and motivate! What a wonderful place Sanderson's mind would be to hang out with your friends.
This book launches us into the world of the Final Empire-what an ominous name, especially for Book 1 !!! The Emperor, who has ruled for generations, tightly controls all aspects of life in all the lands through his nobility class and using some intriguing creatures he has created, all while using a slave population for the more menial tasks. What's the difference between the slave and the noble? More than blood, the use of internally burning metals to perform super-human tasks dictates who has control.
What happens when someone with these special powers reproduces with a slave? Well, sometimes you get servants with super-human abilities who evolve to a point to organize a rebellion. Could that possibly work against a 1,000+ year old master of these powers? You'll have to read to find out!
Wonderful creatures and terrific character development proliferate throughout the story. Don't pick a favorite-it's too hard!!
I have no difficulty believing 20,000 plus people enjoyed this book. It is just terrible enough to be loved en masse. Simplistic characterers, obvious, dreadful dogma, utterly unconvincing plot line and near idiotic conclusion. I suffered the entire book so as to be able to fully capture the dreadful prose.
Something other than Sanderson.
For an american accented narrator he might be the best of the worst. He was not helped by the book
Can I have my money back?