I loved this story right from the beginning but it just got better & better. The Hero is perfect, don't even know he's the Hero at first. I've been reading Fantasy stories all my life but this one is actually A NEW TWIST on the old stuff! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and I highly recommend it! the Narrator was perfect, could not have been better and I will be looking for more of his work also. five stars!
Definately will listen again. Classic good vs. evil with awesome characters.
Hard choice between Confessor Kahlin & The Morde Sith...Mistress Dena.
Dena begins life innocent like we all do, then life takes a turn for the worse, but in the end, even she finds good.
Kahlin appears soft & fragile but has an awesome power & pure spirit.
Zedicus Zool Zerander...too funny.
Seek & ye shall find!
my favorite book!
Why yes, I do frequently burst out in song!
Yes I have already recommended this book, it is a great adventure. The narrator pulls you in, and weaves you through the different characters personalities.
I was looking forward to Book 2, 3, 5 and more, but the narrators are all different.
Book 1, The Omen Machine, Book 10 and 11 are probably the only ones we will be getting out of this series. Sam Tsoutsouvas has spoiled my husband and I. His resonating voice has drawn the 'picture' of the characters.
No reflection on the other narrators, and NO I do not know Sam Tsoutsouvas. The narrators voices, on all the stories we listen to, are what envelope and propels us through the different adventure and we become addicted.
Zedd, the Wizard
way to long unless you have days of constant free time at once
i consider this book to be very well written, and has a great story. a lot of people say it lacks a lot. so there may not be a million plot twists but so what. you can get involved with the characters emotions and really visualize the scenes. it is a good story over all.
a word of warning to those who do not like graphic violence/sexuality, there is a good portion of ongoing descriptive torture and scenes of sexuality, not to mention very very descriptive bloody action scenes.
I listened to this recording a few months ago and absolutely hated the characters. They sounded arrogant, pompous and self centered. My husband just listened to the book with a different narrator and had a completely different experience. I'm going to find the next book with a different narrator and see if that helps my opinion of the characters.
The narration makes the main characters sound arrogant.
Probably not, it was a good story but I don't think it would translate to the big screen very well.
Yes, providing this is their cup of tea. While it has a basic kind of dark but altruistic plot, it's very graphic and horrific in some of its characterisations. I wouldn't expect many girls to like this kind of thing. I expect that the recommendation would be based on the story's redeeming features and with warning that some scenes border or swim in the disgusting. SPOILER: After all was said and done, I was satisfied with the book because of the outcome.
It was the first time (I think) that Richard accesses the white magic of the sword and waylays that little apple from the tree of a witch
I was turned off by the perversion of the Bad Guys. I could have done without so much graphic detail.
Let me explain that I LOVE fantasies. When I saw this book had ratings of 4+, and it was on sale, I got it. Perhaps it was because I had just finished the latest Wheel of Time book, but I cannot tell you how disappointed it was. I should have done what several other listeners did and quit part way through.
Personally, I am turned off by graphic details of the torture and murder of anyone, but ESPECIALLY CHILDREN!!!!! Now, if you like that kind of thing, then this is the book for you.
Setting aside my personal dislikes, I didn't care for was the sheer stupidity of the book. It insults the reader's (or listener's) intelligence. I don't want to go into details, since I dislike spoilers. But, suffice it to say that there are NUMEROUS times when one of the characters
ANYTHING by Brandon Sanderson. Although, I've already read or listened to everything he's written. Maybe I'll listen to The Way of Kings again -- just to remember what good fantasy is all about.
For this book? No one! I'd toss the script into a fireplace.
I kept deciding to NOT check out this book because of all the negative reviews and gave it a shot based on the overall review rating which is pretty good.
To be honest, the writing is not fantastic but not as bad in my opinion as some of the reviews make it sound to be. It's a different style of writing and, yes, it is very linear. There's nothing wrong with that once you get accustomed to it. The narrator is great in my opinion and I rather enjoyed his work.
The book is mostly entertaining however it can be cliched at times and what is supposed to be surprising really isn't. The scenes I mostly had difficulty with were the ones featuring the torture of a young boy which is unnecessarily drawn out and overly detailed - I found that to be rather disturbing. Luckily that isn't a large part of the book.
Aside from that, overall it's alright. I like the characters and I don't mind the linear storytelling. I don't like it nearly as much as I do the Wheel of Time series but I don't feel like I've wasted a credit in checking it out.
I enjoy epic fantasy and biological science books. While biological science appeals to my professional life,epic fantasy gives me a break.
If you like the TV-series based on the book you will love the book, in-spite of the many differences. If you hated the TV-series you will love the book because it is far better than the show was. Not a complicated read (no large sub-plots) but a good story. Very adult oriented at times not for young readers