So after a full 20+hrs of a relatively strong female main character, she gets reduced to a 1 dimensional woman whose only desire in the entirety of her life and truly exceptional set of skills is to be held??? Wtf. Thanks, male author. Way to kill the possibility of an empowered and formidable woman who also has feelings as a satisfying read. Good thing there are so many books about male characters who only objectify woman to help balance out this totally pointless opportunity. Sheesh.
This is not your typical fantasy story, and you'll be grateful for it. After this and the Stormlight series, I've been searching for and reading/listening to anything I can find with Brandon Sanderson's name on it.
Also, the narrator was born for this job. He's great.
Yes! I will read it again, it's brilliant. You become part of the story world and have to know what happens. There's so much detail, I know I will notice new things next time.
The story is completely original and I love the trust theme. I love this book for so many reasons it is hard to name just one. The character growth is very interesting, for example.
Yes I've listened to Michael Kramer's before. And part of why I wanted to get this book was because Michael brings the characters to life. Michael and Brandon are an amazing combination. I'm following the Way of Kings series. I listen to them over and over - they're big books and awesome detail.
Yes I wanted to listen to this in one sitting, but I have a family and it's not possible. I have the hard copy and I had so much to get done at home getting ready for our driving holiday that I couldn't sit to read. Naughty, I know, but I started straight off with the extra audio books I purchased for my hols. It's tricky to take hard copies now the weight restrictions are a bother. I listened to five large novels on my driving holiday and didn't have to worry about e-reading in the car making me feel sick.
'The Final Empire' is a must read! I couldn't wait for my credit when I arrived home and had to read the next one (hard copy). I started the day I returned from hols. two days later my audio credit was in and just in time, too! I had to know what happened next. Listening to the third book in the series made the huge washing pile actually enjoyable! Each book has great resolution, but I just wanted more!!!
This was one of my first exposures to the fantasy genre and I really enjoyed it. Sanderson did a wonderful job with this book. The concept was really intriguing and the story was wonderful.
Micheal Kramer did a good job narrating but not the best I've ever heard. Definitely not the worst. He did a fairly good job giving characters distinct voices.
The book Itself is very interesting and the writing is very well done it sucks you in......and then there is the reader. No emotion....no care....he reads the book like the book isn't good enough for him....it is a drone, Microsoft text to speech could read the book better....I think I will read thid one myseld but it means I have to pick a new series for this year's road trip.
Some of the major reveals I found to be a bit too predictable, and fell a little flat.
Excellent and engaging world and magic carried on the shoulders of competent characters made for an overall very enjoyable listen.
The performance by Michael Kramer was excellent.