I'm only part way through part one and I am having a hard time not listening. The characters are likable and it's paints a very good picture of the world and characters. I am unfamiliar with Brandon Sanderson's other work but I'm going to check it out now. I'll try to update it when I finish it.
This is definitely a long listen and it does jump around alot between seemingly unrelated characters. The beauty is how the characters begin to come together. I can't wait to see what he does with them in the following books.
What a terrific start to what is bound to be a great epic. After about 45 hours of listening, I felt like it was over too soon. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment.
I wasn't really sure I would enjoy this book after reading a few negative reviews about his style of storytelling, but I am VERY glad I took the chance. The book is completely appealing to me and have enjoy the storyline and details. This is my first listen to Brandon Sanderson and it's got me hooked. I can't wait for the next book of the series.
If you liked the Mistborn series you will love this.
I'm rating it up there the Lord of the Rings.
I only hope the remainder of these books is as good.
I read A LOT of science fiction/fantasy, and this one was wonderful!!! Brandon Sanderson is truly a gifted author. His characters are amazing. I always have a favorite character in a book, but I fell in love withh Caladen. The struggles and triumphs you go through with this character are amazing. I absolutly can not wait for the next book in this series. As for the narrators, it just dosen't get better than Michale Kramer and Kate Reading, I wish they narrated all my favorite books! This book is worth 3 credits!!
With any series starter, most of the book needs to be spent with developing the characters and building the world. Hand in hand with this, there are times when it can become tedious to trudge through some of it, but it Brandon wrote it just about as perfect as you could. My one and only major complaint was the over use of flashbacks for the character Kaladin. There comes a point where using flashbacks to build a characters history becomes tedious.
The rest of the book is phenomonal. It's like I'm starting the Wheel of Time series again. The momentum has just begun and I can't wait. Brandon is really becoming the modern fantasy master. This world he creates is so unique, and has so much depth that it really feel like it exists. The wide array of personalities in the characters makes it interesting when he switches from each character. I find myself drawn in, and not dreading when any character's section is coming up.
If you're a Robert Jordan fan, or if you wished you had gotten into The Wheel of Time series at it's beginning, this is your chance. Really a great book, and can't wait for the next.
Never heard of Brandon Sanderson. I just finished listening to most of Alexandre Dumas and was ready for something different (although I love Dumas). Thought about what I was in the mood for and my love for Stephen King's Dark Tower series as well as The Lord of the Rings pushed me to fantasy. I looked at the best sellers and The Way of Kings was at the top of the list. I listened to the sample and wasn't real sure I'd enjoy this and the 45 hour length made me more nervous about buying this. I typically love long unabridged books because of my long ride to and from work so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. It starts off slow because Sanderson needed to bring the characters to life, but once it got going I was in all the way. I found myself hoping for traffic and when I arrived at home or work I would stay in my car as long as possible. If you like fantasy, Brandon Sanderson has created a world (not far from our own) where you either choose power and celebrity or you choose honor. Riveting! I can't wait for the second edition.
Reading and Kramer do an outstanding job of creating different voices for the various main characters and maintain the style for each throughout the book. The only reasons I didn't give this 5 stars were that the book itself sometimes takes a bit too long to get to what is a pretty obvious point, it starts out really slowly (I was tempted to stop listening at one point), and Reading and Kramer really need to talk to one another and come up with a standardized pronunciation for the main characters (the most egregious offense was the mispronunciation of Sadeas by Reading). But other than those small problems, the book was great and I can't wait for the next installment.
The Way Of Kings is a superbly crafted work which demonstrates Sanderson's unfolding maturity as a writer. The vision is grand, the plot complex, surprises many. The book did drag a bit at times, especially during flashbacks. Overall, though, Way of Kings begins what will likely be a multi volume series in a grand way. I could not help compare the book with the vivid characters in Mistborn,
Sanderson's first major work.
Though it took awhile to really become involved with them, I found WOK's characters to be intriguing and
quite complex. Like Mistborn, good and evil are not quite so distinct as, say, one finds in Terry Goodkind or Robert Jordan. Frankly, I prefer Sanderson's nuances to Goodkind's political preaching. Narration is superb; Kramer and Reading are a great team. My 5's always leave me wanting more, full of questions about future directions and with a real warmth about the triumph of Good and Honorable.