This book can be a little confusing some times, as the time line slips back and forth in small parts between past and present. But I found this book to be a great listen. I loved the characters, and Yes to the other gentleman, Wetboys can be a hard title to swallow, for a deadly assassin, but that is part of what makes a story and its author unique. Wetboy is a title unique to Brent Weeks stories and thus he makes his book his own.
I would also like to supply the definition of the word Spartan that so irritated that same reviewer.
1.Of or relating to Sparta or its people.
a.Rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained.
b.Simple, frugal, or austere: a Spartan diet; a spartan lifestyle.
c.Marked by brevity of speech; laconic.
d.Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity
Perhapes before slandering a persons choice of words, you should yourself do a little research.
The reader only used a few changes of tone to seperate different characters, but the author provides enough clarity that it doesn't confuse the listener.
all in all 5 of 5 stars, and I hope to see more stories from Mr. Weeks.
I had high hopes for this one. I bought it cause a friend said it matched up with George RR Martain "song of ice and fire" series. but fell way short. Weeks isnt the writer Martian is....nor does he match up with Sanderson or Jordan in the fantasty realm. It seems he dont bring the story to life. And the narrator isnt the best either. I like detail....and to me, it lacks in that.
A childdish, drawed-out, disconnected plot that leaving you scratching your head. By the 8th hour, stop listening and deleted it from my collection. What's a waste of time and money
After reading this one I was really excited to finish the series cause it developed some really interesting characters and had a interesting world created for them....... Then the second and third books got really weird and dark. The other thing that bothered me about the series was the "women" in the story that are in most of the sex scenes are like 14 and 15.
It was actually hard to listen to this book. The author's writing style and overall lack of writing skill makes a plot that might have been half way decent, if entirely predictable, completely uninteresting.
I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.
The first book started off great, I had high hopes for rest of series. The end of the first book was not bad but the whole style and pace of the fantasy changed. The second book I wanted to stick a nail in my eye when the author talked about love (perhaps due to my cold heart). He had creative plots ideas but really needed to just slow the pace down and focus on the quality of the writing. I loved some of his characters, Vye (or however its spelled) must be among my favorite women in fantasies, but like every character in this book she is unrecognizable by the end. Truth is I am very angry about this series, it had such potential by the third book a new plot twist was revealed every chapter like any bargain bin fantasy. I might give the author another shot but I have many more worthy authors to spend my money on before then.
First, what for me, detracted from the story..
1.) A couple of instances between Azoth/Kylar and Master Blint where our story-teller re-hashed the underlying motives of both characters as to why each was feeling or reacting as they did.
2.) Maybe a little more cultural history, and flat out geography, (maybe I wasn't paying attention - for those of us who actually are ADD ;-), as to the layout of this kingdom would of fixed this world a little better in my mind.
Other than that ... I was dropped into this wonderful, terrifying world and loved it.
Why I liked it ...
1.) With the mix of cultures, the story-teller's use of names hinted at and/or delineated the characters and made them real for me.
2.) His weaving and mixing of the Old World, Yakuza, and maybe even a nod at the Tongs to create a world where a "Durzo Blint" and a "Kylar Stern" could exist. (Before rabid perfectionist jump on the word Tong, it isn't PinYin, Wade-Giles or Yale.)
3.) As an ex-Grunt, there wasn't an MOS that didn't have it's own special vocabulary e.g. 05H, ditty-chasers, 98G, dingy-lingy, so it wasn't so hard for me to jump from "wet-work" to "wet-boy" without any difficulty or sexual insecurities on my part....
What made it funny ....
"Humping the bridge"....
Hope this helps, Q
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.