This is probably the best audiobook I have listened of all my audible books so far. The book has great characters and the plot is unique. I think some of the writing is a bit repetitive, but you hardly notice because of the outstanding narration. I could rate JUST the narrator, I would say he gets 10 out of 5 stars. He changes accents for different characters and he is incredibly consistent. When characters are tired, he sounds tired, when they are excited, he is animated. His voice inflection is top notch and I genuinely enjoyed every second. I plan on buying all the books he narrates just to experience it again.
The book starts off a smidgen slowly as he introduces first the world and then the characters. Then he really begins to flesh everything out and just when you think you know where the story is going and how you think it is going to pan out, the author shocks you with a plot twist. Even as you gasp in surprise you realize that he totally set you up for it from the start. His writing is clever, interesting, and exciting and if you don't catch yourself swearing by the Lord Ruler at some point in your day, then you weren't really listening to this extremely engrossing story. I can't wait to find out how the trilogy pans out! My husband tells me it just keeps getting better- hard to believe given the quality of book one.
Brandon Sanderson proves his exceptional fantasy genius with Mistborn. I can't wait to get the second book and continue the series. The concepts in this book are very original. I love the Magic in this book, without giving too much away, magic is extremely unique, quite limited, yet insanely powerful. I enjoy the large role that magic plays in the book. The primary and secondary heroes in this book are fantastic and dynamic. I didn't find this book to be predictable, and found myself listening whenever I could squeeze in the time. What a great book! Buy it!!! You will not be disappointed.
This was a great listen! The story was excellent and draws you in from the start. I found myself unable to predict what was going to happen; I didn???t even see the great twist at the end coming.
The characters were fun to get to know and I developed a great fondness to them even the annoying ones. I believe anyone fantasy lover will enjoy this book!
Well, I mostly loved Mistborn. Great story, good pacing, and I really like the reader. By the end I was enveloped and wanted to read/listen to it again. Kelsier, Vin and the supporting cast are all interesting characters. I hope to be as good a writer as Brandon Sanderson someday.
Definitely check this book out! The magic "system" is pretty cool - Allomancy for the win. There were a couple of little things that didn't make sense or I could tell were put in just to make the story flow, but it's all forgiven, as well... they make the story flow! I won't spoil what they are exactly. Get it and enjoy.
This series i've listened to three times through so far. I love the world and the magic system that Sanderson's created. Even when you think you have things figured out, there always seems to be another secret. Of all the mistborn books this one is my favorite.
Micheal Kramer as usual does an excellent job in narating this book.
On a side note, I read that Sanderson is going to start a second Mistborn trilogy. If true, I will be there as soon as it is released.
When I heard that Sanderson took over for Robert Jordan, I wanted to see what his other writing was like. I picked this one up sight unseen and just started listening. Boy am I glad I did.
I can't recommend the Mistborn trilogy enough. The entire series was extremely well done. Each book is exciting and fulfilling on its own, but the series as a whole is nothing short of exceptional. The main characters are compelling, the action is well written, and the plot is so rich and deep that I could not stop listening. I haven't been this fulfilled by a fantasy story in a very, very long time.
Whatever you do, don't read the descriptions of the sequels, as they ruin some of the thrilling surprises you'll experience as you go through the series.
Well, at the end I liked the book more or less. Although after the first three or four hours, I really thought I would like it far more than what I finally did. The characters and the "magic" are ok, and many of the spies and thieves issues are also good, but the plot gets pretty slow for a long part of the book. It is not that boring, but it is not amusing either.
And the worst part is obviously the end: forced, easy, and really really disappointing. I don't think I am gonna buy the other two.
Aside from that, I liked the narrator very much.
It warms up after that. I personally, think one could dump most of the first part and still enjoy the book. There is a lot of exposition and no action, which would probably turn away today's readers who live in the computer age. (You may need the first part about the plantation and meeting the main protagonist... but skipping ahead after that doesn't lose much.) Most of the information is repeated later on and the plan isn't so important since it changes so often.
Beyond that, the characters are enjoyable and if you do manage to get through the first part, the world building gets tighter and the magic system starts getting used rather than being explained. The action definitely picks up with each part. I also like Sazed's discussion of religion and found him more vibrant as a character than any of the other characters. This is also not just a typical Medieval Fantasy since it seems to pull form various cultures, rather than the European one that people know through Tolkien, which makes it a bit more unique.
The weight of what each of the plot points could mean wasn't explored fully, which kind of made me more disappointed when they were turned away in favor of making a plot twist instead. For example, there were several good ideas to start, but instead of exploring the moral implications more deeply, the plot would turn it into a plot twist instead. I'm more of the type that likes to read the full weight of the idea and then get the plot twist from that, rather than a twisting of the original idea.
I also kind of saw the character deaths miles ahead... so it wasn't as shocking, but then I kind of like the shocking character deaths. So that may be a personal thing.
I am pickier than most others, so I think for the average reader they'd really like this book after skipping the first part.