Hard to pinpont the worst part of this book. Immature, comically bad dialogue. nonsensical plot devices. Moronic naming conventions. Mixture of adult themes wielded by a child's understanding.
not volume 2.
"He WALKED in the DOOR. SHE was on the OTHER side of the BED."
Overemphasizing the wrong word in an endless stream of bad accents,lack of plot understanding, and bad acting for lack of a better word. This narrator however, fits perfectly to this awful book.
Marble genitals comes to mind. The book needs edits more than anything.
Don't buy this.
Anyone who enjoys weak character development and very inappropriate use of the 'F'-Bomb.
Narration was OK
Disappointment that a potentially great story could be so poorly written.
Once you invest 20 hours listening to this book you'll wish you hadn't, and unfortunately you can never get it back.
this book is awesome. it had me hooked from the start. I own both the book and audible. I already got the second book and I can't wait to start it!
The narrator tried for too much pathos. It got wearing after a while, and it's hard to immerse yourself in a story where everything is delivered breathlessly.
My favorite books are science fiction, fantasy, and a combination of the two. I love listening to audiobooks on long distance runs.
I would not try another book from Brent Weeks.
There are some genuinely interesting ideas in this book. Unfortunately, the book suffers from quite bad characterization, and ridiculous amounts of sexism.
Massive gaps are left in the story. This is interesting when the reader is intended to infer things from the narrative. It is not interesting when it leaves out any depth of characterization. For example, we know Azoth and Jarl, as well as Logan and Kylar, are friends because we are TOLD they are. Almost any scene that would establish this fact is left largely to our own imaginations.
Worse still, practically every female character (at least every female character worth describing) is described as beautiful, with very large breasts ("six feet of breasts" in one case... whatever that means), and defined entirely by the Virgin/Whore dichotomy. It is as if there is literally nothing else about them the reader needs to know. By the end of the book, a new female character's breasts are the only detail the author deems worth noting about them. I laughed out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of it by the mid-point.
The only other thing I will add about the over the top sexism is that the primary female character is virtually "fridged" in the opening chapters. By definition the sole purpose of this event is to further the male protagonist's plot, and that's just lazy, bad writing.
It is too bad really. If the author had deleted the vast swathes of text devoted to describing beauty, curves, and breasts; he might have had space to provide detail and life to all of the characters. Instead we have a collection of cardboard cutouts defined by single words (assassin, orphan, prince) and their props (virgins and whores). This would have been fantastic, because there are several characters with real potential, but they never really advance, and we never really learn anything about them.
As it is, instead of getting a story, the author tells us a plot, in fits and starts.
Also, if the villains weren't rapists, child abusers, and much worse; I might root for them instead, because they are actually effective, and have long term plans and goals. The protagonists spend the majority of the book clutching their brows and hesitating for extreme lengths of time, until the flow of events finally forces them to action.
I would not listen to anything by Brent Weeks again.
The narrator was passable. Not bad. Not great. He frequently used the same voice for different characters. This would be fine, but he frequently does it when the characters are talking to each other.
If I were the editor, I would remove most of the expository describing how beautiful, curvaceous, and busty every single female character was, and flesh out all the main characters in detail.
This book is bad. Just bad. It gets so bad, that I started laughing out loud toward the end. Particularly every time a new female character is described. Again, I cannot state enough how disappointing this is, because much of the background and world building seems very, very interesting. But it isn't worth wading through drivel to get to it.
Looking for new titles to listen to any suggestions?
It is interesting what you find when you listen to this book while in a state of introspection and find so many things that help you get through the morass a doubt and confusion that you have in life.
This story is like your most disappointing and frustrating sexual experience.
Several times in the narrative it promised pleasure and each time it just turned into self-conscious bumbling.
The dialogue is forced and
Uncomfortable, the vulgarity is juvenile.
The experience completely forgettable.