As my first Sanderson book I was not sure what to expect. At the beginning I was very cautious and a bit cynical and then out of nowhere this story had me hooked. The story is imaginative and the characters memorable. Each chapter left me wanting to listen to more. Sanderson delivers a brilliant story and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the storm light archive has in store for its readers.
This is a fantastic fantasy book and promises to be the start of an amazing series, on par with Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law Series, and the Kingkiller Chronicle. So glad a friend got me started on this.
I was skeptical when I began reading this book. I worried about the author over explaining things to the point where the story became lost, as is the case with many fantasy writers. Then, as the book changed character perspective so many times in the first few chapters I nearly lost interest. But I am SO glad that I continued with it. The story is intricate, intriguing and insightful. I love this series so much that I've read (listened to, on audible) the first two books twice since finding them in early June. The only caution I would give is this, Sanderson is busy with several book series right now and this particular series is set to have 10 books in total when complete. There are only 2 right now and if he continues at his current pace, each new book takes nearly 2 years to complete. I hope that he starts dedicating more time to the Stormlight Archive, as it is an absolutely mesmerizing series and his readers would be very excited to not have to wait so long between each book. This kind of genius can't be rushed. Read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Michael Kramer is a bit dry, but you get used to his voice and can settle in for a listen. however, listening to Kate Reading nearly drove me insane. I wanted so badly to skip her narratives, but I knew the story would suffer for it. so I gritted my teeth and bore with it.
Another great book by Brandon Sanderson. I had this book recommended by a friend and haven't been able to stop listening since I started. I Listened to the whole thing in a few weeks.
This story is interesting by itself. Add some readers who really breath depth into the conversations and you've got an awesome 46 hours ahead of you.
Kaladin is definitely my favorite character for all the obvious reasons. He has a tortured past that he struggles to reconcile, yet allows the good to take over almost all of the time.
As stated before, their performances of the different characters really adds a new level of personality that you wouldn't normally add yourself reading. My ONLY critique is that I was very annoyed how Kate seems to end most of her sentences with intonation at the end of her sentences. It sounded like every sentence had more to it and she ended early. After a while you get used to it but it sure took time to get used to.
This is what Tolken and Rowling aspire to be when they grow up.
Highly recommended book by itself. The readers make the book just more fun to listen to. I read this only a year ago and I am just as excited to listen to it now and I was reading it for the first time.