This book was suggested by my husband, since he loves it so much. It took me longer to get into the story as by the time I would become invested in a character, the focus would shift for ten chapters to another character, then shift back almost as soon as I started really caring about THAT character. Honestly, if I had been listening on my own, I would have dropped the book early on, but the story and the performance were very good and I was rewarded for my perseverance. So yes, it's a VERY long book, but in the end it was worth it.
Fair warning though, is the first book in a series which I don't believe is finished yet, so keep in mind before you get attached. ☺
Masterful set up for the series. Epic. phantasmagorical. suspenseful.
As part one of a massive series the story does not rush itself. There are many small moments of suspense and climax however the overarching plot does not get much beyond an introduction of the characters. there is a definite sense of the world ending danger although none if the characters are yet aware of the scope of the story their lives will tell. as the reader, one is left with more questions than answers but with 9 more volumes there will be plenty of time fit these to be answered. by the end of the story you no longer notice the descriptions of the other world and its odd plants or creatures. The board is set. the pieces are in motion. Game on.
Excellent book. My only complaint was there were two readers (a male and a female) and they didn't pronounce some of the names the same... If they're going to have more than one reader, they ought to take the time to sit down and at least agree on the pronunciation of character and location names.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading might just be the best narrators that I have ever heard narrate a story. After listening to The Wheel of Time and now the first of the Stormlight Archives, I am still amazed at how completely enveloped I become in the story listening to them read. It helps that the stories they narrate are amazing, but they add they final element that makes audiobook perfection. 5 stars for the story and more for the narration.
Normally a book can hit a few things perfect while other things suffer. This book really does everything perfectly. The way he uses finesse to create a brand new world and the subtle clues he gives us while still having legible action scenes, sharp humor, original ideas, and a complex but not ridiculously over extended plot. My new favorite book.
I love stories of honorable Knights. The story is intriguing by the way it brings you into the setting. Character development is phenomenal! This book displays the internal battle of right and wrong morals is better than any I've read before.
The speaking of the words of honor.
The readers did a good job. Their voices did a good job at capturing the tone and style of the book.
I instantly renewed my audible membership to get Book 2. ... Book 2 was even better!
I would try another but hesitantly.
Speed it up and not make it so depressing. This book is set in an interesting universe but is just one terrible thing happening after another to different characters over and over again. The author literally spends hours describing a characters reasons for being happy or overcoming trials just to destroy them in the cruelest way possible. I felt depressed after listening to this all day at work. Perhaps if I were a moody teenager I could have identified more with this work. I just couldn't take any more tragedy from this book. Between this and keeping up to date on current events I wanted to go to sleep to escape the world.
"The Way of Kings" universe reminds me a lot of the Dark Sun campaign in D&D. So, it was interesting to explore that world in this book, but I really didn't enjoy the style of the author in revealing information.