Quite good. Sanderson crafts great characters and always manages to surprise me. I enjoy him because with most authors I see what is coming long before.
Michael Kramer does a good job as the narrator, but not his best. It is almost as if the producer told him to ease off a bit.
I feel like I can see Sanderson maturing as an author. His style and his rules keep creating more vivid worlds and stories. Perhaps he just lacked the gravity with the publisher during the time that allows him to create the rich and detailed world he does in The Stormlight Archive series.
The story is pretty good, which is why I'm still listening. I really don't care for the performance. The way he voices Vin makes her sound breathy and afraid. It doesn't match at all the impression I have of her- her self-sufficiency, strength, and cunning. Instead, she sounds more like how I would expect a simpering noblewoman to sound. The way he voices Kelsier makes him sound old and surly with no sense of humor, which is definitely inconsistent with his personality. It really does take something away from the story.
I made the mistake of starting at what I've found is commonly seen to be Sanderson's best, the current Stormlight Archive series, but I had heard mixed reviews about Mistborn. I ended up loving it. Without spoiling anything, I openly admit I teared up and reveled in wins alongside the characters. Kramer has become one of my favorite narrators just from how soothing and powerful I find his voice. A great listen, I'm moving right on to the second book!
A very creative world with a swelling plot and attractive characters. This is my first taste of Brandon's writing and I am thoroughly intrigued and anxious to continue this series.
Yes. The story has unique races/types of beings. In contrast to more orks, elves, etc.. The characters have powers and I love a super powered hero. The source of the powers and the way they are used is original and interesting. This is an intelligent and very creative author. That's the killer combo. Both sides of his brain must be welded together.
The characters develop well and I never once got annoyed or had a single complaint of story flow or plot development. I often thought that it was cleverly written. I finished this book faster then most because I had to keep the story going.
Narration was Excellent. I just finished the Expanse series narrated by Jefferson Mays who I would describe as an actor (because he is an actor). He acted all the roles in that series which was amazing, each character having a distinct tone, inflection, and mannerism. You immediately knew who was talking and any description of who was talking wasn't needed once you knew who the characters were. It took a few chapters in Mistborn to get used to 'Narration' and get my brain retrained to listen to the language ques to follow the characters who were speaking. I forgot how much attention it takes.
Excellent book that far exceeded my expectations and I would dare to say one of the best books I've ever read! Harry Potter meets Ocean's 11/Gone in 60 Seconds. I could not put it down and often went to bed hours after my normal bedtime, enraptured by listening to the twists and turns. I fell in love with all the characters. Sazed may have been my favorite, "I think". Brandon Sanderson is a master at his craft! Narrator could be a bit monotone at times but was accomplished at character separation. You will NOT be disappointed.
Started out very slow for half the book or so. But when it finally picked up I was intrigued and couldn't wait to come back to it.
This book was entertaining because of it's fresh and original ideas. The story progressed well, the characters were well developed and consistent, and the content was new and different. To bad the second story in the series couldn't live up to the expectations that this book created.
I had never read any Sanderson or many fantasy books, and honestly I chose this one simply based on its length. I'm on a four month road trip and listen to audiobooks on the road. This one was so good that I listened to it outside of the car too! I was dubious at first about whether this performer was the ideal voice for this story because he gives so many of the male characters such pretentious voices but it grew on me after a while. I'm hooked. I'll definitely be getting the next audiobooks in the series and probably look for the physical books as well.