I was impressed with Sanderson's writing after he took over for Wheel of time, so I bought Mistborn - and enjoyed it very much. I'm about 1/2 way through The Way of Kings, and I must say it is awesome. Its amazing how he can pump out such quality stuff so quickly. I've been waiting for the next Fire and Ice book for 5 or 6 years, and Sanderson has put out 5 or 6 novels in that time. Anyway, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read/listen. I would recommend to anyone who likes sify.
Wow! Great Book. Love the Heroes, the ladies, the readers.... Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!!
Love books with virtue and honor. One character is something like CS Forester's "Horatio Hornblower" and Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe's Rifles" series.
Great value, 45 hours of listening. Never boring or slow.
Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series is my favorite for the "Fantasy Series" genre. This one so far is on par! Other books of this genre that I like are "The Warded Man" by Peter V. Brett and George R.R. Martins "Ice and Fire" Series....
If you liked any of the books I have reference then you will love this book. If you have not read these referenced books and you like this book, put them on your readling list. :-)
Yes and no. While the last quarter of the book was quite excellent, the first three quarters are long, plodding, and often boring. Much could have been excised. Sanderson seems to have picked up on some of Robert Jordan's bad writing habits: specifically, the love for padding. It almost appears that the editor rubber-stamped the final text without ever having read it. As I said, the ending of the book is very good, almost worth the long wait, but in the end I found that there's just too much wasted words for me to give the story more than four stars.
Kramer was respectable. His strength is the difference in voices he maintains, the the remarkable consistency in those voices he maintains during the long story. His narration can become lulling, but I suspect this was more due to the fact that the book is much too long.
Reading is another story. She overenunciates every word, to the extent that she often misses the cadence of the sentence and ruins its meaning. Her female characters' voices are good, but her male ones are dreadful. Overall, she sounded like Siri on painkillers. I came to dread any chapters written from a female character's point of view.
Kramer I would have given four stars alone, but Reading gets zero, for my two-star result.
Of course it does. It was intended that way.
Sanderson does enough in the last quarter of this book to get me to buy the next. But I'm buying a hard copy of the book, and skipping the performance.
Say something about yourself!
I was introduced to Brandon Sanderson when he was hand picked to finish the Wheel of Time series after the passing of Robert Jordan. I was impressed with his work on the WOT series, and have since enjoyed several of his books. The Way of Kings is a tremendous beginning to a series that has the potential to be epic in its own right.
The character development was awesome. The deep rooted sense of honor of Dalinar, the earned cynicism, mistrust, and self doubt of Kaladin, The internalized pain of regret of Szeth, the planned deceitfulness of Shallan; the characters exhibit a wide gambit of traits typical of everyday humans in our trek through life.
The premise of the story at first, seems to be a touch disjointed as the you are introduced to the various characters spread throughout the world, seemingly with no connection what so ever. The quotes at the beginning of the chapters from people just before death? What do they have to do with anything? The characters lives are revealed to be more and more intertwined as the story develops and the quotes are also shown their relevance near the end of the book. The lost histories of the Knights Radiant and the importance of their apparent betrayal of the humans are bound to have a key to humanity's survival of the Last Desolation.
Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading continue their simply amazing narrations. They both have an astonishing number of vocalizations they impart to the various characters, allowing us to connect just that much more with the story.
If you are a fan of fantasy, this should find its way onto your 'must-read' list.
"Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination"
"I will protect those who cannot protect themselves."
I was pressured to download this book by a sci-fi loving boyfriend and sister. Since it was so long, and only one credit, I went ahead. I expected to let it sit in my library to get them off my back, but instead started listening to it while in traffic one morning. I stayed in my car for an extra 20 minutes in the parking lot because I couldn't get enough! I have seen some reviews that say the entire book is character development. Aren't all stories? The narration was incredible - as was the recording (although Kate and Michael pronounce one of the main characters names differently at the very end of the book which was a little confusing at first). I cannot wait for the next one!
Say something about yourself!
I finished listening to the book this morning. The narration by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer is outstanding. Arguably the best narrators you could find. I enjoyed the book very much and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for 46 hours of good reading (listening).
I've written less than 5 reviews despite owning literally over a hundred audible audiobooks. But this one warrants a review! DON'T BUY THIS BOOK, UNLESS YOU WANT THIS AS YOUR FUTURE:
(1) You will literally put your life on hold to listen to this book. This was so bad, that I actually downloaded the barnes and noble nook software so I could buy a written copy, so I could READ it faster. I have too much to do to take 5 days listening to this but it was soooo good that I was going to do that.
(2) If you're like me, you may love the book. But that just makes you want the next installment more. On Sanderson's site it says it's not even planned to be released until Fall 2012. D'oh!
But what you'll get is a great book. Great characters who you'll care about and who'll grow. Great world that will make you think. Great narration. 5 stars! And what a bargain for just one credit!
I was expecting a good book, I tottaly underestimated this book. If indeed this is a "Epic" series it will be better than WOT. Amazing....
I don't often go for fantasy books. I listened to the sample and wasn't too sure about Michael Kramer's voice. Based on the other reviews and the fact that it was a long story for 1 credit I decided to give it a listen. This is one of the most engrossing stories I have listened to and I didn't want it to end.
The characters are well developed. The author provides you with characters that aren't perfect, they're conflicted, they're fallible, and they're intelligent. There is a bit of everything in this book from battles to philosophy and the characters all have reasons and motivations for their actions. I really enjoy that aspect of the story and the way it is developed throughout. The world isn't described with intense detail but there is enough to allow you to create the images of the places and people in the way that you see it, not the absolute way author sees it.
The narration is outstanding. There is a large cast in this in this story and the narrators do a great job of giving a different voice to each character. There was a time when the narrators ran across the same character's name and they pronounced with a different emphasis on the syllables (making the name sound like a new name to me), so I had a brief moment of confusion. No big deal though.
This is very easily among my favorites and am anxious for the next in the series.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I bought this book a few years ago, along with a flurry of others, in preparation for a lengthy trip overseas. Somehow THIS book got lost in the Chaos and sat in my Library, Forgotten, for YEARS. Then I experienced one of those "Can't Find A New Book That Looks Good Right Now" Slump, and was browsing back in my library as far as 2004 hoping to find a book that maybe I had "Put Off For Later" or something... and stumbled upon this one again. I THOUGHT I had already listened to it, but I couldn't remember the plot, and even the Publisher's description wasn't ringing any bells for me... "OK, Time To Listen To THAT One Again, At Least Until I Recognize It..."
...by about the 2nd hour of this book, I realized this was one of those "I Put It Off For Later, Or Something" books I had been looking for... By the 20th HOUR of this book, I COULD NOT BELIEVE that this Jewel had been sitting, LOST, in my library all that time!!!! By the 30th hour, I was watching the clock in a 'lack of sleep haze', dreading every minute that went by, knowing the book was getting ever-closer to ENDING! By the 40th Hour, I was throwing a dart into a picture of Einstein on my Dartboard every 15 minutes, because I was SURE it had to be one of HIS stupid theories about time/space that was responsible for time seeming to move FASTER as the end the book got closer, Especially after I checked the 'net and found out the next book wasn't available, and there wasn't even any info about a possible second book's release date!! (There HAS to be a "Time/Space/Book-Ending Correlation Law of the Universe" we just haven't discovered yet!)
Surprisingly, I wasn't so badly upset when the book DID end after 45 HOURS, because I realized I was going to HAVE to listen to this book again to refresh my memory about the series when a release date for a second book got close, Not to mention that I was SURE I was missing important chunks of the book due to stupid interruptions ("I have to eat... AGAIN?!?!?"), and sleep deprivation!
FANTASTIC Book!!!! Doubly so, since I usually don't like "This kind of book", being more of a "Hard Corp Sci-Fi Aliens/Hi-Tech/Strange-Planets/Warfare" fan... Which this book kinda IS, While NOT being...
And NOW I'm Procrastinating as hard as possible, doing things like writing this review for Book 1, because I only have 6 Hours and 19 Minutes left in the SECOND book (which is over FORTY EIGHT HOURS long, and even better than the first book!)... Need to print out another picture of Einstein!!!!