I can't compare as I have not read the print version
The characters and the story line, keeps you intrigued. At first I didn't care for the story but then I got snagged into the characters.
This is the first I have heard of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. At first I didn't care for Kate when she tried to speak like a male character. But after that I was hooked. Michael's voice is soothing
I get engrossed in this book while I drive...and I drive roughly 6-8 hours a day. Makes my trips fly by!
Honesty. That's what you're getting from me. See how serious I am in my profile pic?
I loved the characters. Sanderson has done a great job of building characters who are unique in their personalities. You may find certain characters a little harder to get interested in than others due to what I feel is their predictable nature. In other words, you've seen these general character tropes before. However, as you delve deeper into the story, you'll get past those tropes and find that each character is much more than what meets the eye (or ear).
A mix between Kaladin and High Prince Sadeas, strangely enough. Kaladin is damaged. As you hear more of his past, you can't help but to find yourself immersed in him every time he is the focus of the story. As what I feel is the main character, that makes sense.
With Sadeas, I just felt like Sanderson did such a great job of making me hate this man who did things that I felt were wrong and at the same time was compelled by his duty to the King, even when it meant protecting his rival. The relationship between Sadeas and Dalinar Kholin is intriguing.
I have not. I found that both readers are very talented and skilled in storytelling. Kramer's ability to vary his accents gives life to some of the supporting characters who might otherwise blend in and be overlooked. Reading's performance is also good, although I find that some of her more masculine voices are a little weird.
The only reason that I didn't give the performance a 5-star review is one that I feel is relatively serious for an audio book. Reading and Kramer pronounce Sadeas differently. Sadeas is the main antagonist for Dalinar and a pretty important part of the story. Granted, a majority of the time it is Kramer that is speaking of Sadeas and Reading only does so a few times. Still, when Reading does speak of Sadeas her pronunciation of his name is so different that I thought it was a new character being discussed. Once I realized who she was speaking of, I had to restart the chapter and listen again.
To me, that's a very basic thing that needs to be addressed in pre-production and should not occur in the recording. With that said, please understand that in all other aspects the performance is great and I hope that they are narrating when I start Words of Radiance next.
Most definitely! I picked this up in order to survive a slow season at work. I planned on spreading it out over one month. It took a week. Now I must try and survive until my next credit.
I felt compelled to give Sanderson a chance. After all, I was a HUGE Wheel of Time fan and I feel that his stepping in for RJ to finish the series gave me closure to over 15 years of love for a series. Not to mention that I feel that he did a pretty good job filling in. As such, this was my first Sanderson book. It was also my first Audible book, as I typically don't do well with audio books and tend to fall asleep.
I am so very pleased that I chose this book. Both the writing and the narration were captivating enough that not only did I enjoy it from start to finish but I also never fell asleep! In fact, there were a couple of nights that I stayed up and avoided sleep in order to keep listening.
Brandon Sanderson has again created a new and unusual world, and populates it with believable characters and stories. Masterful.
Listening to the female reader (Kate Reading?) was a grating experience. Her phrasing and tempo were awkward, with frequent rising pitch at the all the wrong parts of the sentence. The male reader was slow and plodding, but at a faster speed (1.25) sounded normal; he did well and disappeared into the background of the story with appropriate accents to distinguish characters. The two readers did not coordinate their pronunciations, and thus read some names differently, which, although a minor detail, shows a lack of care in production.
Give a brother a vote.....lol
If you are looking for this type of Fantasy, this was a great series. You will not be disappointed.
Yes, I recommend this to everyone who likes fantasy novels. The series is amazing. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are wonderful. It keeps you entertaining and doesn't slow down. I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson and I recommend this book.
Wheel Of Time (The first couple books & the last few books). They are very similar. These stories are also similar to Brandon's other writings like The Mistborn Series.
Yes, and they are great as always.
I laughed a lot.
Absolutely! This is the sort of story that is so RICH with life and detail and interestingness, that I could definitely listen to the whole thing again and feel satisfied (just live I've done with the Wheel of Time series over the years).
Jasnah, without a doubt, because she is so freaking BRILLIANT. Also, Wit, because he's hilariously clever.
YES! I loved having their familiar voices (I listened to their narration of the entire Wheel of Time series) and it was wonderful!
Certainly, but seeing as it's MANY MANY hours long, that would be kind of impossible.
My Thoughts -- No -- First, A Story
Every time I finish reading a book I love, I tell my husband he should read it next. He just finished reading Elantris (another Sanderson book -- surprise, surprise) recently and he asked me, out of ALL my favorite books, if I could recommend that he read just ONE of them, which it would be. "The Way of Kings" was out of my mouth before I even realized I was speaking! Obviously, that speaks clearly of how much I loved this book.
Sometimes -- especially with books I absolutely adore -- it can be difficult to articulate my thoughts and feelings and collect them into some sort of coherent review. When I was trying to express to my husband why I chose that one, I found myself saying, "Just go look on my Kindle and read all of the passages I highlighted!"
So he did, reading them out loud while I was baking cookies or something, and this allowed me to throw in my commentary on why I highlighted each passage. When we were finished, I sat down next to him, confiscated my kindle from him, and held up a finger.
"Let me read this to you. I didn't highlight it, but it made me think of you."
The passage is way too long to quote here, but for those who are curious, it is the final chapter with Wit and the conversation he has with a couple of guardsmen near a city wall. Reading it again, aloud, made my heart swell with awe and my brain tumble with intrigue all over again.
At the end of it, I sat back and took a deep, cozy breath.
"Wow," my husband said. "That was so good!"
"I know!" I agreed, grinning at him.
"You SEE why I want you to read this book? It is SO GOOD. The whole BOOK is full of things like this -- from MANY characters, not just this one!"
"Wow," he said again.
(He's now reading his way -- much too slowly for my impatience -- through this book, and I am so excited for him!)
And now, more review-like thoughts...
This book spoke to me on so many levels that I came away from it agape, in complete awe that one person could even think up all of this stuff and put it into one book. The depth and richness of the world is incredible, and Sanderson's love of world-building is very apparent and not at ALL a detriment to the series.
I read in an interview with Sanderson, about Words of Radiance (book 2), that he wants the series to be a kind of love letter to epic fantasy. I was enchanted by the idea, but I didn't really get it until I finished reading The Way of Kings.
The main storyline is a slow build that lets you deeply and thoroughly immerse yourself within, getting to know each and every character as a whole person -- not just a caricature. I found myself sympathizing with, and respecting, Kaladin more and more throughout the book. I was absolutely in awe of Jasnah and her seemingly boundless intellect and wisdom.
The book has several sets of interludes, which contain little side stories of other people in this world, and I gobbled them up with fervor. I remember him saying at the event that you could skip these if you want, because they're not canon (they do remind me very much of all the series novellas I'm so fond of), but to me they added such a richness and grounding reality to the world that I can't imagine not having them.
Another little treasure within this massive tome is the bountiful and detailed illustrations: maps, pages of Shallan's sketch pad (including drawings of creatures and plants), and more. This might seem sort of insignificant when compared to the mass of pages in this book, but for me they were like the garnish that completed the dish, and left me satisfied.
The narrators are two of my favorites: Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who also narrated the entire Wheel of Time series. Their voices were familiar and comforting and helped me ease deeper into the story, which was really nice. As usual, their narration was stellar (even if they did pronounce a few words and names differently from one another).
I don't even know if I've actually reviewed the book here, but I hope I've at least expressed how much -- and why -- I enjoyed it.
This book, you guys. THIS BOOK.
Yes I would and I already have. Brandon Sanderson does a remarkable job building the world in which these amazing characters live and sets the scene for what is bound to be an incredible journey of epic fantasy. The book is incredibly long but Sanderson makes use of every page. His descriptions are informative but not so long you just want him to get on with it. Everything is thought out and adds to the experience.
The journey of Kaladin, how he came to be a slave in the army and his rise amongst the bridge crews is fascinating but I absolutely love his growing connection to his windspren Syl. All of the characters are developed incredibly well but Kaladin takes the lead in the first book of the series so by the end you know him best.
Way of Kings and Words of Radiance are my first books narrated by these two performers but I loved every second of it. I will definitely look for more of their work in the future. They each did a remarkable job making each and every character distinctive (and believe me, there are a lot of characters) and I never once got lost or forgot who was speaking.
It most certainly was, which was difficult since it was over 40 hours long! Still, it was one of those books that is so well written and narrated that I hardly knew how much time it was taking to get through the book. I just didn't want it to end.
This is a great start to an amazing new series! If you are new to epic fantasy then this is a great introduction. And if you're a seasoned fan, then you will greatly appreciate the care Sanderson has put into building this world for his readers. The characters are compelling, their journeys are engaging and everything comes together beautifully at the end and fully sets us up for part two, Words of Radiance. I can't wait to read more!
This is really interesting because it doesn't meander to the point of boring. It just takes its time to develop an intricate story.
So many stories that weave into one piece. Masterful.
They paced themselves perfectly for this reading.
I couldn't believe I was so engrossed after 40+ hours. I bought the next immediately.
A new idea. It is good to fine something new and interesting
the story keeps getting better as the series continues. One does not get bored.
Wheel of Time is the only other series I have heard them preform. They are very good.
no. it is just a new idea that keeps one interested in the outcome and anxiously await the next in the series.
Did not read the printed version
Kaladin, for being able to beleive in men and to give himself to them after being betraid and after all has been taken from him
The decision to save "white-eyed" Delinar and Edilan by running the bridge to the plato where they were surrounded