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.
Never has a world so greatly sucked me in. Never has a book kept me up so late. Heck, I normally never listen to books outside of the car or when I walk my dog.
Magic, violence, love, hate, tragedy, dark comedy, suspense, ect, ect. The book has it all. Mr. Weeks has brought the characters off the pages, and made them real inside my head. And he does this without hours upon hours of needless flashbacks, and pointless dialogue(I'm looking at u Brandon Sanderson). These characters are defined by their actions, and though their past plays part in their decision making, we are not forced to listen to the peoples life story to understand it. The action literally plays out like a movie in your head it is written so well, and there is a lot of it. Which is great, because more times than not, a book of this length is very much bloated with needless dialogue and world building. Mr. Weeks has managed to give me an incredible vision of his world while still keeping the pace up. A rare treat in the world of epic fantasy.
Do yourself a favor and get this book now!
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This was an enjoyable read. I think Brent Weeks did a great job bringing out the characters in this book
Following a familiar pattern in epic fantasy, this book (the first in a trilogy) introduces us to the main character, Azoth, who starts the book as a young street rat with nothing but his wits, and ends it as one of the deadliest warriors in the kingdom, with super-ninja powers, a magical talent, and possibly immortality. Along the way, he acquires a Wise Old Master, assembles a varied collection of allies, faces down old enemies, uncovers secrets, and gets the girl. So, it's pretty much a standard heroic fantasy, except the "hero" is an assassin who's done a lot of bad things to atone for. And right on schedule, the real adversary appears at the very end of the book, setting us up for the sequel.
This was a great story -- fast-paced, well-plotted, full of twists and turns and an interesting cast, and lots of action. The writing was a cut above average, but only a cut. Also, it was like a lot of Hollywood blockbusters -- a fun thrill ride while it lasts, but there's nothing deep or novel in it. Brent Weeks isn't carving out his own niche in the genre, he's just settling comfortably into the space occupied by others. Will I listen to the rest of the trilogy? Sure, I'd like to hear what happens next. But this is still, ultimately, standard-issue dark fantasy; you'll enjoy it if this is your thing, but I can't see putting it on any "Best Fantasy Series Ever" list yet, though maybe the next two books will up the ante enough to impress me more.
Brent Weeks has an amazing talent for plotting amongst chaos. This powerful character driven series is suspensful and will leave a person trailing the characters to see what happens next. I enjoyed the books and look forward to rereading them to see what else I discover among the pages. I highly recommend the books to everyone. The author uses fresh names and ideas that trigger intrigue and excitement :). You can't go wrong with the Night Angel Trilogy :). P.S. ignore the bad reviews, those people are crazy!
The story may have been Ok, but the reader, Paul Boehmer, was two steps past annoying. That said, it felt as if the author REALLY wanted the main character to get in touch with and STAY in touch with his effeminate side.
The story had potential, but the characters were terrible. I listened to the whole thing because it was like a train wreck. I am very surprised to have read positive reviews on this book... this is not one of them.
I think the Author has as sick a mind as the character Rat/Roth. The narrator didn't help the story any.