A long time reading junky that has moved to audiobooks to continue the addiction despite the busy work and family life.
I was just blown away by how bad the performance is in this book. It is a wonderful story, but I almost didn't get through it because of how bad the narration was. For some crazy reason Mr. Jean decided that he was going to make the protagonist sound like Keanu Reeves in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." I just kept reminding myself he doesn't narrate the second book.
Putting the narration aside, this book is great, the story is great, the magic system is creative and interesting. I haven't read something so innovative in fantasy since Brandon Sanderson's last book. So suck it up and get through it, because it's all down hill from here.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I cannot rate the story of this book so I gave it a neutral "3." The reader is so distracting, so teeth gratingly bad, that he makes the entire audiobook experience about himself.
What happens in the book? After seven hours, I don't know. I know I can't stand the narration. That's about all I got out of it.
I scoffed when I saw the other reviewers describe him as sounding like a surfer dude. I now formally apologize to those reviewers for scoffing. It's just like they said. Particularly when he tries to characterize a person of slow speech or deep voice, you can hear the unspoken, "dude," or, "broseph," at the end of the sentence.
Not only is poor accent selection a problem for this narrator, he often pauses as if he is encountering a particular word for the first time. The difference between this narration and a train wreck is that I can look away from the former.
I can only recommend this book to the tone deaf. Maybe not even them.
The narrator is not good. For the setting of the book; it doesn't work. He makes me want to watch Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
I really like Brent Weeks, but the narrator kills this book for me, and apparently a lot of other people.
Can I have my credit back?
The narrator is a bit spotty, and makes the all-powerful Prism sound a bit like a stoned surfer, but the book is fun, and good enough that it inspired me to get past the mediocre voice work.
Well thought out!
The complexity of the magic and the limitations to it.
I kept expecting him to say Dude! He does not read with inflection. He reads like Bill and Ted's excellent adventure.
The twist of identities between the main characters.
I will buy the next book, because it is narrated by someone else.
Some of the characters seem very familiar in the fantasy genre but, together with a very cool magic system and solid storytelling, it really works.
The surfer dude voice used for the prism was such a travesty. I can't believe Hachette Audio allowed this to go through. Thankfully he does not narrate the second book because the series is well worth reading so far.
The book is a great story. The narration is definitely sub par how ever it is also not the worst I have ever heard. If you are like me and listen audio while driving you can get over this guy easier then some I have listened to before.
I actually paid for this book as I couldn't wait for credits! At first I could not get into the story. Usually I am doing other things while I listen and found that I really needed to pay attention to the story to understand the magic system and the different characters. Once I did this I completely enjoyed this book! It is very different than The Night Angel Trilogy (awesome series) which shows the talent of Brent Weeks. I love the characters realism showing both light and darkness even in heroes. Kip has great potential, love the fact that he seems underrated (chubby,full of self doubt,a bastard) but keeps pulling off great feats and then is confused about how he did it or thinking he did poorly. My biggest complaint is now I have to wait for the next book!
No. The cadence of his speech doesnt make any sense at all. His pseudo-Californian accent isnt the issue for me really. I got used to that. My problem is that he pauses in weird places, puts emphasis on strange words, and has difficulty enunciating during key moments. It's as if he is reading the book out loud for the first time!
His portrayal of the characters is one-dimensional.He makes Gavin Guile (the real Gavin) completely unthreatening. His character doesnt sound crazy. He sounds like an idiot. Part of what I enjoyed about this series is the incredible intelligence of each character and the very present and intense threat that each villanous person shows. Christopher's performance takes that all away, which degrades the beautiful and instense writing that made me fall in love with Brent Weeks in the first place.
I wish I could ask for my money back. I want to start a petition imploring Audible to PLEASE stop ruining the incredible accomplishment that is this series. How many people have listened to this version and were turned off to what was for me a life-changing series? This is just wrong. It's unfair to Brent Weeks and it's unfair to every single person who has paid money for this edition.
What a waste.
So, I read the reviews to this book before getting it.
I found that, contrary to a lot of reviewers, I enjoyed the whole series very much. It's a story of a hero passing on his prowess to the next generation after some dubious doings. Mean while the new hero to be is gradually growing to fill a role the reader/listener is made anxious to see define. Not bad at all for entertainment value. Not a waste of a credit, either.