Brandon Sanderson has a gift for fantasy worlds and although his other works are great comma I think this is his best work yet. The world Roshar is deep and highly immersive, and we haven't even scratched the surface!
Love Brandon Sanderson's world building! (I wonder if he gets sick of hearing that?). I also enjoyed the Well-developed characters, with a sense of honor in the protagonists. They were people who were flawed, but absolutely doing their best.
I've already started recommending this to my friends, and learned about this from a friend.
I love this book, and, having just finished it, I'm going to immediately start the sequel. The only hiccup I've found to take away from my enjoyment is the fact that towards the end of the book, Kate Reading pronounced one of the main character's name differently than Michael Kramer had been pronouncing it the whole way through. It was really jarring to listen to 43 or so hours of the name being said one way, only to have it change for one chapter. Other than that, I'm enjoying the series more than I thought I would.
I didnt plan on writing any reviews, but this was the best AudioBook ive listened to so far. The way Sanderson builds the story, and the performances of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer in particular, id give 6 stars if i could. No need to read more reviews for this book, just download it.
Love, love, love this book. Worth every minute invested, and the story just gets better in the sequel. Be prepared to expect too much of every other author after reading Sanderson's work. And be prepared for Stormlight withdrawals as you wait for the/rest of the series to get published!
The voice performances are every bit as fantastic as the story. 6/5 stars to Michael Kramer for giving each character a distinct and recognizable voice! Flawless performance. As for his colleague (the woman portraying Shallan and Jasnah)-- her voice is like nectar. I could listen to her read a dictionary and still find it fascinating and profound. So well done!
This book requires a lot of attention to be paid in the first few chapters. The story bounces back and forth between several characters, and it is slightly confusing, but not difficult to get into. After that initial few chapters, you start to get a feel for the world of Roshar, and the story becomes very enticing. This is the sort of book that is easy to stay up all night listening to. Kate Reading starts off a little rocky, but within a minute or so, falls perfectly into her role, and I found the way she portrayed the characters quite fitting. Michael Kramer is also a wonderful fit for this book. This is definitely among my top reads!
Long time reader Sci-Fi/Fantasy but I also read fiction, too. My favorite is Robert Jordan's, The Wheel of Time. Best read ever!
Can't say enough about the cast of characters he has developed and brought to life in this hugh tomb of a novel.
There are many memorable moments but each would be a spoiler so you just have to read it yourself.
While the obvious answer is the main characters Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a fantastic job making even ancillary characters come to life. They make a great team, truly masterful storytellers; doesn't hurt that they have a lot to work with but they do their part to make tale greater in the telling.
If real life things like sleep we're not an obstacle I could've listened to the entire book all 45 hours and 38 minutes straight through but alas I was not on vacation.
I like books that take a while to set up. I enjoyed the complexity and the character development of epic fantasy especially when it's good and this was very good. Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic writer. I was first introduced to his writing when he finished Robert Jordans the Wheel of Time Series after his untimely passing.
I was amazed how closely his writing style matched if didn't see his name has a contributing author I would've thought the great Robert Jordan finished his dazzling Wheel of Time Series himself. I have been a big fan of Mr. Sanderson ever since. I have already listened to the second book in the series Words of Radiance which just got better and better and I cannot wait for the third book. While I wish it was out already I understand that writing great fantasy task as much time as it takes to do well so I will try and be patient. — Larry
My husband and I listened to this together and I'll admit that I would get ahead when on my own because I couldn't wait on him to be with me.... It was okay though because he was doing the same thing.
The book, although having a confusing and somewhat overwhelming start, was incredible. The detail Brandon put into every line made you NEED to hear how it turns out.
The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the male reader. Once there was more dialog he got better but especially at the beginning of the book his repetitive inflection for every sentence was really annoying. Thankfully, the content made me forget about an hour and a half in.
Overall, the book was AMAZING.