This book was an order of magnitude beyond any audiobook I had previously enjoyed. Sanderson crafted an exceptional story in Way of Kings. By listening to the book, I appreciated the story on a much more detailed level than by just reading it. The voices were superb, and Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading have quite spoilt me for other narrators. Even good narrators that I enjoy are usually a bit of a barrier between me and the story; I am too used to reading and forming my own images in my mind.
I enjoy audiobooks because they force me to slow down and appreciate the whole story. I enjoyed this reading of Way of Kings because I never once felt held back--only carried along by the magnificent performance.
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Absolutely! I've enjoyed both books released so far and am highly anticipating the next edition. As the books seem to be on about a four year release cycle, we have about three more years for another installment.
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It made me read without stoping, I absolutely gorged myself on these two books, unusual for even me.
Give them a try, you're sure to like the unusual story and it's well throughout progress.
Hands down, best high fantasy I've read in a long time . The world feels very real with plenty of cultural nuances that really brings it home. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy of any kind.
One of the best fantasy series out there. Sanderson's world building skills are fully lashed to the divine... ;) Both narrators offer excellent readings as well.
Again Sanderson is awesome! I have read 6 of his books so far and will continue until I have read them all! He is possibly the best author I have ever read...and I have read hundreds of books.
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This book is really three books about three characters. Two of these (the stories of Dalinar and Shallan) are quite dull for 3/4 of their stories, and the third (the story of Kaladin) is engrossing from start to finish.
I think reason why the other two stories drag is because they really don't have a central conflict; they are kind of just an account of the various day-to-day happenings of two people. But their stories really do come alive at the 3/4 mark, when these characters become entangled in trying to prevent an impending doom (that will affect the entire world). Kaladin's story is interesting enough to get you through the slow bits in the others.
If you have not read any Brandon Sanderson, I suggest reading the Mistborn series before reading this series. It is better. But if you have already read those, I do recommend reading the Stormlight archive series. It may not be as good as the Mistborn series, but it is still a rollicking good time.
This book has two narrators: a girl that reads the point-of-view chapters of girls, and a guy that does the same for guys. I like the guy more than the girl; but overall, both were fine. I was a bit annoyed that they did not standardize the pronunciation of the names between them; there is a character called 'Sadeas', and the narrators pronounce his name completely differently, which really broke the immersion. It took me a minute to realize that they were talking about the same guy.
Michael Kramer should only narrate books for sleep aid. His reading is dull, flat, and emotionless, with an irritating lilt at the end of almost every sentence. A good narrator should should tell you the story, breathing life into the characters and their actions. Mr. Kramer's narration is so horribly boring and annoying that I couldn't bring myself past the first hour. I will never again waste my time and money on any book with Mr. Kramer's deadpan narration.
Exceptional book, absolutely fantastic story telling and multiple characters leads to a very compelling novel.
Further, the two voice actors have great voices with a wide range of alternate accents and emotions. The performance is fantastic.
Over all one of my favorite books ever, I highly recommend it.
Though it occurs in a world vastly unlike that of Jon Snow, Danaerys, and the others, Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" reminds me of it in spirit. The characters aren't two dimensional; they have weaknesses, prejudices, and strengths that make them human -- both frustrating and likable. At times the story seemed to move slowly, but if you persevere you will be rewarded with characters you care for more and more, a physical world that is fascinating, and a race against time and unknown opponents to unravel the threads of impending doom. I just finished listening to this book and will be downloading the second installment as soon as this review is posted!
P.S. One minor annoyance: the two narrators pronounce Sadeus (spelling?) differently. Wish they'd coordinated to use the same pronunciation.