It has now been some time since I listened to WOK and I wanted to take the time to say I enjoyed the read/listen. I like the style of weaving together different characters and scenes, past & present toward an inevitable merger. I liked the characters and appreciated author taking the time to integrate their weaknesses into the story. So many fantasy novels use simple hero characters... this was refreshing. Many story lines and subplots.... a book with depth. I liked the narration by Reading and Kramer. At first it was a bit disconcerting getting used to the different voices when speaking of same character but I got over it and accepted the oddity before it became a distraction. From a fantasy standpoint I thought there were some fresh ideas... a bit of a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, action and intrigue.
What an interesting world and society the author has created! Whether you admire the societies and their rules, they are clear, consistent and create a fascinating background for engaging characters.
I bought this because I thought the author wrote extremely well, based on the Wheel of Time books he wrote.
At first I was confused by the way this book jumped from one group of characters to a different story line with other characters that didn't seem to have any connection with one another. I finally realized that all the plots were gradually converging towards an intersection. It took time, but the author made me really care about the characters as thought they were real people.
Now THAT'S good writing!
Except for one thing, I'm looking forward to the other books in the series. If there are as many books as there are in the Wheel of Time series and it takes as long to write each one, I doubt I'll live long enough to get to read the last one and find out how the stories end. And I really want to!
This is my first fantasty audio book and my first fantasy book in a _long_ time. I found it to be well written and never too boring. I picked it up on a whim back when it was on sale for 1 credit and found it well worth the credit. Because I listened so much, and went back and forth a few times to get refreshers, I even unlocked a bunch of great badges on my Audible app!
This was a somewhat difficult read; the start is slow and skips between characters before the reader really gets to know them. You should be warned that it will take a few chapters to feel genuinely interested in the book. Despite the necessarily slow start, when the book finally sinks its teeth into you, it will not let go.
This book is haunting, heart-wrenching, and full of a rare hope that will bear the reader on strong wings. I found myself lost in the characters of the book, desperately hoping for the light the plot both spurns and hints to. I have rarely read a novel of such grace and emotional power. "The Way of Kings" will move you in surprising ways. The characters and their story will stand in your memory and inspire you to be better. I can't wait for the next book.
No lead in's, no background, just jumps right in. The first couple hours I had trouble figureing out what was what, but once the characters were developed and explained (somewhat) it became quite an interesting listen! Much of the magic and happenings are still unclear but if you just take them as "that's the way things are" and go along, it become very enjoyable. I will definitely get the next in the series, when ever it comes out.
This book was my introduction to Brandon Sanderson. It's a fantastic read overall. He created a truly unique world and storyline. The use of magic is excellent and left me wanting more. It's a tale well told and well read. The one knock I *might* have is that it's long. In Audible format that's not a problem, but if this was a book I had to read, I *might* have set it down at some point. However, there are only a few parts that feel a bit slow or drawn out and the rest more than makes up for them. In fact the slower parts are probably needed in order to set up the more exciting scenes. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
As others have indicated, this tale takes a long time to get going. You will need to invest 10 to 15 hours of listening up front before the story becomes very interesting. Once past the beginning, I really did enjoy the book. The characters are well developed and it is not a typical fantasy setting. I would have given this 5 stars if it had not started so slowly.
Micheal Kramer does another fantastic job. The book was awesome. I hope the next comes out right away.
The book seemed to start slow for me, it having to give backgrounds and descriptions of abilities. Once it got past that it was hard to stop. The story give in depth descriptions that allow you to get a vivid idea of everything going on.