I love Sanderson, this is my second favorite if his series after the storm light chronicle. His universe is just so unique in a world of genetic elves dwarves and magic that has become fantasy literature. His characters have depth and seen so real. This is a great first Sanderson book if you are not familiar with his works, he switches point of view less often than his other works.
There were certainly some aspects of this story that were a bit clunky, such as the heavyhandedness of some characterizations, and the excessively detailed descriptions of the magic system, but I found the plot and universe quite interesting, and the story took some turns I didn't expect. Overall, a fun read. Michael Kramer did an excellent job of narrating.
I can't wait for the next story.
That being said - Narrator's choice of voices for each character gave away a little bit, but some are making it to be a bigger deal than it is. Sure it was a key end plot item, but I think I would have guessed a bit of it anyway. Other than that the Narrator does a good job.
First in the series and seems pretty good. Nice character development and good flow to the story line. Not amazing plot but good.
I love allomancy and feruchemy. It was just a really interesting magic system. The story held my interest and the ending was satisfying. I got what I expected while still being surprised, which is quite the feat.
I liked most of the characters. I of course liked Vin, though it's a bit frustrating she's the only female character in the book pretty much.
He took a few minutes to get used to. His voice sounds boring at first, but it's really not. He does good voices and his female voices weren't terrible. A lot of the time men playing women sounds whiny and awful, but he did a pretty good job on Vin.
Yes, but spoilers.
Some of his fight scenes are overdescribed and hard to follow as audio where rereading is more difficult. I also wish there were a way to isolate the journal entries for an easy second listen, because I didn't really get them until it was revealed what they were. Still, I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy.
The first 3 books are awesome in this series. I couldn't stop listening. Very cool magic concepts and a solid plot. I listened to the fourth book which is a different story line and was completely underwhelmed. I'm not sure if they forced him to continue writing the series. Different time period feel length and a complete lack of character development. That being said don't miss out on the first 3.
Loved it. Brandon introduces a lot of characters but once you get past that you are immersed in his world. Michael Kramer does justice to Brandon's words.