Fantasy is not usually my favorite genre, but I needed a long novel for travel...and found that Mistborn Book 1 was not bad. I'm looking forward for Book 2.
I found the overall story arc very interesting and engaging. I didn't want to stop listening, and raced toward the end (quite like the characters did, but without the allomancy).
However, there were two things that kept this from being a five star rating for me. The first is a peculiar authorial tic. He writes about "adjective eyes" (angry eyes, depressed eyes, horrified eyes). It drove me crazy by the end. The other was that this particular narrator, Michael Kramer, had a few problems throughout with Kel's accent. Kel would have an English accent, a Irish accent, an American accent, etc. It would eventually go back to normal, but it was a problem for me.
I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
This series was fantastic--incredible creativity mixed with character development throughout the entire series. Of the fifty or more books I've downloaded, this series is tops. Get it.
And to make it even better, he does it without horribly descriptive torture or vulgarity. A clean story with tons of action, creativity, and twists of plot.
Doesn't get much better than Michael Kramer when it comes to narration. Once again he does a fantastic job. The story is also about as good as it gets when it comes to fantasy.
I am a fantasy fan. That being said, this book was different than others I have read. Very creative with twists throughout that kept me listening. I'm looking forward to listening to Brandon's other books.
I can't recommend this series enough. The first book stands as a great work in its own right with a solid ending. However, the story is continued in books 2 and 3 with revelations that only make the storytelling in book 1 that much more appreciated.
Book 1 of the Mistborn series (The Final Empire) is well done. The advent of allomancy was ingenious of Sanderson. The books are a little lacking in good descriptions of how things look and feel; and the books are pretty dark. Of course, they do deal with a pretty dark subject matter, so it is to be expected.
However, Michael Kramer (the narrator) is exceptional. He adds dimension when the text lacks and life when the prose gets a little droll.
This is a winner if you want good fantasy that doesn't leave you feeling like you just read a children's book. No tiny elves and dwarves bouncing around in this novel. Politics, intrigue, creative source of magic, and philosophy all add up to a series that will keep you going.
Well, I really never did much reading. But after finding audio books. I can't seem to stop listening. Thanks Audible!
After listening to the Gathering Storm that Mr. Sanderson picked up after Robert Jordan passed on. I found that Mr. Sanderson did a wonderful job on the Gathering Storm! I then started to look at some of his other books and this was the first I picked up. Again Mr. Sanderson ability to tell a story in detail was very enjoyable. Although some may not like this, I often find I like knowing every little detail about everything!
Michael Kramer as always does a wonderful job in making the stories come to life! Mr. Sanderson, if you had a hand in picking Mr. Kramer to read your books... Well done Sir!
Thank you Mr. Sanderson and Mr. Kramer for the many hours of enjoyment, and I'll continue to listen to the rest of the series!
This is a superb trilogy with fantastic narration that puts you inside the story,relating with every character. Be careful if you listen and drive, you might get too wraped up in the story !! One of the best books I have ever listened to!!
Sanderson does it again! I simply loved what he did with book 12 of the wheel of time, so I thought I would try another of his books. This book was very different but I easily found my self getting lost in the world that Sanderson created. I very highly recommend. GREAT READ!