I have personally only come a cross a few fantasy writers that really impress me, Sanderson is not one of them. It all feels very geared towards young adults. Fantasy is a genre for adults too, and I'm not going to say I was amazed by this story. I hate to say it but I am also not a fan of Kramer as a narrator, there is room for more depth of character, and the main character is a tough street girl not some soft spoken aristocrate. Perhaps you should look into the characters before you decide for yourself who they will be... I would rather listen to my computer read this book since then at least I could create the character personalities in my head rather than groaning about his presentation the whole time.
Lots of people love the book and narrator, I do not. I have to assume those who love this are 12. This is not even close to comparable with Tolkein, or Martin
I don't care for his narration style, he tries to go out of his way to make everything sound dramatic, like every line is being read from the declaration of independence or something.
It inspired me to write this review. The writing is very one dimensional, character development is weak and you end up not really caring about the main players. The author does not have a firm grasp of writing political intrigue, interpersonal relationships, or in my opinion, compelling story lines. Not that there aren't interesting aspects of Sanderson's world, the magic system is unique and the creatures he describes are interesting, but you never really feel like you have a firm grasp of the world that these people live in. It rains ash through the day, one must assume from volcanic activity, and it is misty at night. That's all the information that you are going to get. The characters get a similar treatment, you get enough backstory to explain their actions in the moment, and in the case of Vin I suppose its a little more fleshed out, but it lacks any kind of real human touches. Everything that happened before was bad, in fact horrible, yet now the characters can stop pulling "scams" (... really?... that's the best term available for a system of organized crime that has had 1000 years to perfect their trade?...) and know what is right and virtuous and how the world should work?
Anyway, the book just isn't good. Kelsier isn't particularly likable, and his death toward the end of the book isn't particularly jarring as a result. Vin's love interest is not likeable, and his ascension to kingship in the midst of those circumstances is so unlikely as to completely undermine the motivations of the oppressed masses, which you learn very little about except that they are exactly like the nobility in every way except, apparently, the way they dress. I am sure that may people will disagree with me about this, apparently this series is quite popular. Just to clarify my own position, I like fantasy in general, and new and exciting twists on the tired, old, knights and wizards type of story. This is an attempt to break away from that, but not well executed.
Paper-thin characters and predictable plot. I tried to like this book. It, and Brandon Sanderson, have received so many great reviews. But I just could not do it. This is exceedingly average fare.. I could not even finish it.The reader was alright--except for the Asian accent which was not convincing.
Real characters and a plot that was not so obviously scripted.
The accents were a bit much and did not fit some of the characters.
No more for me anyway..
If you review, please be a bit more critical..
I'm not even through part two and I can't take it any more. If I finish it I'll fill out this review, but I'm so disinterested I can't imagine the day I get to erase it from the iPod.
It's tedious, pedestrian, formulaic and VERY poorly read. Total shite. . . so far. Maybe the last third is genius. And maybe Atium will fly out of my. . . never mind.
I would have given this book 3 stars if not for the ending. Story flows kind of slow but keep you interested the whole way through. Ending is pretty damn good.
The story is well written with just enough characters to keep things interesting, but not so many as to make you loose track of things. Unlike the wheel of time series (which Brandon is doing a grand job of tidying up) where you had so many characters that you needed to keep a log book so as not to loose track.
The action scenes were so well portrayed, you did not have difficulty imagining the action sequence, it gave me the same WOOOW factor I got the first time I watched The Matrix. The humor did not feel forced, and whatever jokes were thrown in there were not too repetitive. They genuinely made me laugh and they did feel like the sort of jokes friends would have together. The witty characters were genuinely witty and over all the writing style was just brilliant. Although I felt the characters were a bit too dense sometimes when they could not figure out earlier that the Lord Ruler was the terrace man.
Such great reviews that I decided to pick this one up.
What a snoozer. Every time I started listening to it I'd be asleep in 15 minutes. Good thing I wasn't driving!
I think the droning voice of the narrator had a lot to do with that and the story line just didn't do it for me. Could not even finish the first download.