I thought the story was painfully slow, and written for a prepubescent child. I've listened to 5 of 22.5 hrs and it hasn't gotten any better.
The main character is reportedly a 17 year old boy, but acts like he is still 10-13. The descriptions are verbose but childlike.
Listening to him drone on and on about his boring chores, doesn't make for a very exciting or intriguing book.
After purchasing works by Sanderson, Jordan, Glen Cook, Sergey Lukyanenko, or Brooks's Shannara series this was very disappointing.
I tried, gave it 4 hours.. twice. Just something about listening to someone complain about how boring their life is for 4 hours, makes the story... well, boring!!!!
I listened to this and couldn't get into it, I tried a second time and gave it 4 hours. I can't imagine how this story could get worse. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone at all. I don't understand the 4 star rating because the story just isn't good.
I may have enjoyed this book when I was 13. The characters are described in hackneyed terms and resemble a child's conception of a "bad guy" or a "bored child with talent." Also, this narrator would make me dislike even the finest book -- she reads far more slowly than this material deserves, and her style is that of a condescending teacher reading to a kindergarten class. Maybe it gets better after the first few hours, but I will (thankfully) never know.
This story is truely uneventful. I almost can't bare the thought of listening to another chapter. The annoying way the authors would discribe the most unimportant details at the worst possible time made this book so frustrating. Ahhhh! Why did I waste so much time? Plus, NOTHING happened. I have read more eventful chapters in a fairy tale. This book was selfish, drawn, and and soooo pointless. The main character was a 17 year old boy who whined and droned on about his little girlness. Don't waste your time. You WILL be sorely dissapointed!
I listened to the whole book and liked the story overall. It was fairly predictable however and seemed more like entry level fantasy. After reading Jordan, Martin and Sanderson this was a little disappointing.
Lackey and Mallory had some good ideas woven into the plot and there was lots of action but I found the inconsistency annoying. For example, in the beginning they say Kellen would get into fights with street kids. Then later when someone grabs his arm he's shocked because he's never been manhandled in his life and it hurt.
I will probably listen to the rest of the series because I don't like leaving a story in the middle. I hope the next two will improve.
yes....tacks you away and the characters are beleavable
Chalkin the unicorn...
yes and did my best to do it
I listened to all three back to back i couldn't get enough....
it had them all, rag tag bunch, true friendship in the end, tons of Jesus symbology. I suspect if I we 10 years younger I would have been very impressed
There were many times during the recording that the intonation of a particular word reached an unbearable pitch rather unexpectedly. This interrupted the flow of the story and was extremely uncomfortable to the ear. If listened to at low volume the problem lessened somewhat, but that made it difficult to follow along with what was happening.
I bought this trilogy by mistake thinking that it was the the sequel to this series, but the story is still enjoyable. I didn't think that the character doubted himself too much in the first novel as other reviews have indicated, because he eventually grows out of it and this is a tool used to to mark a contrast between where the protagonist starts his journey and ultimately ends up.
The only problem I have with the story is that everything with the Endarkened is basically torture porn which does nothing for me. The end game antagonists are too one dimensional. Fortunately there are very few sections from their PoV, and most of the conflicts in the story relate to other people, races, and communities.
The main problem I have with this download is the narrator. I've heard worse - I'd have returned the entire series if it was unbearable, but she reads painfully slow compared to other narrators. I tried speeding up the playback on my iPod by selecting Read Speed: Faster in the settings, but this is one of those books that start sounding clipped and choppy when I did that so I was stuck at the leisurely pace Erikson takes to wander through this story. The voice is... okay. She doesn't have a huge range of character voices, and "white bread" is the phrase that keeps coming to mind whenever I hear it, which is to say that it is lackluster. She doesn't make the story pop like other readers often do.