Brandon Sanderson has always been an author I appreciated, but it wasn't until I read this book that I truly loved his work. It sat on my shelf for years before I finally took it down and began to flip through. This was when I was just starting with Audible, and when I saw it was Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who performed together on the Wheel of Time series as well, I snatched it up and barely put my headphones down before it was done. The physical book does have some material you can't get here, namely illustrations and maps, which enrich the world, but those two narrators breathed life into Roshar. Sanderson's words became music, and I knew I had found my new favorite thing. Reading and listening to this series began me wanting to write, and two books into my career I still see them as my golden standard. I watch the progress bar on Sanderson's website for the next release with obsessive regularity, and I can't wait to see where Kaladin, Dalinar, Shallon and the rest find themselves in volumes to come.
Oh man, what a fantastic epic fantasy book! I love the interchanging narrators, they both did such an amazing job subtly changing their voices for each character. Each story keeps you fully invested! And then the book ends with even more questions! Who are the Void Bringers?!! How will the Knights Radiant be united?!! This book has convinced me to read everything Sanderson writes. If you like long epic fantasy than you'll enjoy this for sure.
A story that kept a tight grip from beginning to end. Character development and intricate plot line thrilled. Will continue with the entire trilogy. Another homerun for Mr. Sanderson.
Brandon definitely uses a different style to start his first book the very enjoyable read or listen at the end wanted made you want to read the second book recommended not quite as highly recommended as we have time is but still a very good book.
The cosmere consumes me.
If you like epics this book is for you. The characters all have depth and the fact that all these stories are connected in some way to Cosmere is exciting and makes you want to know more.
Others have done a better job reviewing than I can. I would still like to add my thoughts. This book rocks!! I liked it more than mistborn, and more than the game of thrones books. It's got some great character development! It makes one think, and the fight scenes are freaking amazing!
I just listened to it with my girlfriend on a trip from Tucson to San Diego. (some of it) lets just say that she doesn't like swords and violence, and hasn't enjoyed any of my books other than the Martian. We listened for six hours too and six hours back.
I think it says something about the complexity of the whole thing. It's got kick ass parts, sad parts, moments of self discovery and some lovey-dovey parts. Each part serves its purpose without ruining any of the others, only complementing.
The narrators are also top of their profession. I have a hard time with different narrators for different characters, but the two (man and woman, who are husband and wife in real life) each do their own chapters . The man does the man parts, and the female voices in them, and the woman does the woman chapters, and the male voices in them. Sometimes they overlap, but it never felt wrong or sounded awkward.
When multiple narrators are used, they need to be on the same page a out the pronunciation of the names of important recurring characters.... The Sadi'us vs Sa'dius was very distracting for an entire chapter.