The author seemed to glory in pedophilia, bad language just for the sake of bad language, and violence & gore.
I get wanting to set a dark tone for a story, but this author went way beyond that. All the sexual, mental, and physical abuse of children in this story (inferred or not) makes me think the author has several issues that need professional help. This wasn't a dark tone, it was a disgusting and pitiful tone for the story.
The language was worse than any Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock movie. Cursing can help the ambiance of a story, especially if you take the time (when writing a fantasy) to come up with unique curses that fit your world. This was another example of the horrible excess the author went to. Time and again throughout the book he tossed out the same tired old regular expletives that we know so well. It seemed he tried overcompensating his lack of imagination with a sheer shock factor of not only throwing in some of our most vulgar curses, but throwing them in repeatedly. One wonders what his excuse was..
No. Brent Weeks is a pathetic and twisted writer, and I feel sickened by what I read/listened to in this book.
Although I now despise anything to do with Brent Weeks, I must in all fairness admit that the narrator did a very good job portraying emotion, settings, and voices throughout the book. It was easy to tell the difference between characters in dialogue, and he was consistent with each of the voices and accents.
If I'd been the editor, this piece of garbage would have been rejected in its entirety, and I'd have recommended the author seek professional counseling.
This is nothing more than a snuff & child abuse film, in print (or audio) form.
So well written. He is an accomplished writer, who has the true insights into life and people, and a way with language, that are always a joy to encounter in an author.
Most of the book was taken directly from Game of Thrones (A song of ice and fire).
He's only an okay narrator. Not bad, not good, just okay.
A Bore. I didn't really care about any character. The story is a jumbled mess.
It's a not horrible but definitely a waste of time.
Not for me
Ruined the book. Worst performance of an audio book I've ever heard.
I couldn't finish it
If you hadnt ever heard Locke Lamora or the name of the wind books you might find this story decent. However, if you have come to this book after those I strongly recommend saving your money. I gave the book 3 stars because I think if you read it yourself it might be decent.
I might have liked this story, but couldn't get past the narrator. It's the first time in three years of being an Audible listener of over 80 books that I wanted my credit back.
I like the Night Angel Trilogy, once you read this book you're going to want to read the other two. I like the way the author does not make his lead character infallable. He is allowed to make mistakes and wrong decisions and still be the hero. The story reminds me a bit of the "Assassin" trilogy by Robin Hobb even though the story is quite different. If you enjoyed those books you will most likely enjoy this one as well.
Initially I couldn't decide if I wanted to spend my credits on this book. It's another assassin story in a fantasy medieval world. I think I made the right decision.
Overall, it's a good story. There are several problems that keep jarring me out of the story and back into reality. There have been many times I've stopped and said to myself "That idea/scenario came directly from _______.
The dialog drives me crazy. There is way too much "He said", "She said" I couldn't believe an editor allowed it to remain. I kept thinking this must be the author's first book.
While the reader is certainly competent, often I find the cadence of the performance jarring and the inflection on the word "shadow" gets tiresome. I thought it must be something the reader affected until I heard the word "window."
Despite these problems I find the story very compelling. There are times I feel the author has done an excellent job of giving us a graphic explanation of the horror of certain situations and just how evil some of the characters are. I want to know what happens next and I liked it well enough to go ahead and purchase the second book in the series. I know at this point I will also need to get the third.
I've only purchased a few audible books and I'm relatively new to the audio book experience. But the reader for this is horrible. The story isnt bad, I enjoyed it. I think I should purchase the hard copy though to make sure I didnt miss anything as I couldnt concentrate on the story through the horrible reading.
The reader does not pause between scene changes. He has 2-3 voices for characters and uses them interchangabely. Sometimes using the same voice for 2 characters in a scene. Makes it hard to distinguish conversation. His voice is also kind of monotone so its hard to listen to from the outset.
All that said, if you can get past his voice and train your ear to the rapid scene switches, this book is worth purchasing. The story is interesting and the characters are good. It may be a little shallow/comic bookish but its enjoyable. I recommend giving it a shot.
This story was so fun! You may need a little patience at the beginning but I promise it will pay off. The character building was fantastic. You'll wonder how 20 hours was enough time to create so many distinct individuals, make you care about them, and have remaining time to flip all of their worlds upside-down so entertainingly complete.
I have to say this book has much potential to be 5 Stars. It seems like the plot is very well developed. The characters are very well developed. Everything great but one thing. The "scene" transitions are sometimes AWFUL! I am not sure, if book is not good for audio version or narrator / director didn't do a good job transitioning. I think it might be a little of both. It has A LOT of characters and many different plots and subplots. In other words, it is a complicated story. However, I think if narrator / director could have done some "things" to help listener. It at times seemed like a SMOOTH transition between two different varying "scenes". (Just to be clear; that is not a good thing.) The scene changes and either I didn't catch pause or whatever OR it is all me and I was distracted. Anything is possible, but it happened in all situations I normally listened with no problems. It will not STOP me from reading rest of series, actually can not wait, but it does make it frustrating at times. I think any less of a story, would have me stop with series. I think it speaks how good a story it is that I will continue on. A lesser of a story, I would have quit a LONG time ago.