This was my first Brandon Sanderson book, and since then, I've read 8 more of his books(and plan on reading more). I liked it that much.
Sanderson creates a unique world filled with cultures, religions, and strange creatures. His characters are flawed and make mistakes. The protagonists are often over-whelmed, but he also lets his powerful characters be powerful. The story is well-paced, and often intense. I sometimes felt that the story got overly-religious, but they were interesting.
Michael Kramer is the best narrator. He is easy to understand, and uses an array of voices. I can tell which character is speaking by their voices. His voices is just nice to listen to.
I was completely immersed in this story and ended up listening to it during all my free time until it was finished, at which point I got the next book and kept going.
At first I was a little apprehensive as it seemed a lot like the force in Star Wars but giving the book time to unfold and the subtle differences was very enjoyable and me wanting to listen every day
The author is very good at creating a set of protagonists with realistic humanity. Affected by their experiences and making mistakes despite being the hero we seek.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, and Sanderson deserves some credit for his creativity -- but man, this is poorly written. Entirely inauthentic dialogue, basic and repetitive diction, clumsy character construction. I couldn't keep listening and will never know how the story ends -- but I'd rather not know than endure 20 more hours of this.
A note to would-be authors out there: vary your language, and don't keep heavy-handedly whining about "betrayal" every five minutes... subtle as a brick.
Monotone but inoffensive
Find another book.