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.
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.
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?
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
I swear that I could do a better job narrating this book! I rated the "Story" 3 stars, but I was just being nice. I couldn't tell much about the story because I am soooo distracted by the amateur reading quality, gahhhhh! I can usually get past almost any narrator. Even if they are not good, I can force myself to concentrate on the story, but this guy is like a really bad actor in a really bad movie. His normal reading voice has a surfer dude quality to it, but I could have gotten past that, except that his voice characterizations are very bad (you usually can't tell the difference between the characters) and worst of all, his cadence and the emphasis he places on different parts of the sentences is completely off. Imagine a really bad actor doing a reading for a part that he's never read before. Seriously, it sounds like he just turned on the microphone, opened the book, and started reading out loud.
Oh man, I hate being this negative, especially on a Brent Weeks book (I liked the Night Angel trilogy quite a bit). So, I just went out and bought this book in paperback and will give the actual book another try.
I'm sorry Cristofer Jean, but you need to keep your day job dude :(
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.
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!
I absolutely loved the story. Brent Weeks has earned a spot on my list of favorite authors with this book and I am eagerly looking forward to continuing the series. I found the characters to be dynamic and engaging, and more than once my opinions and feelings towards them were drastically changed as more of their back story unfurled or a situation was presented from another characters perspective.
My only complaint about this title is that while Cristofer Jean has a wonderful voice for narration, his acting never rises above adequate with several complete misses. There were time when I thought I was listening to a bad Keanu Reeves impersonation and had to do second takes in my head with what I felt to be proper inflection. Fortunately, one of my favorite voice actors, Simon Vance, is reading the second book in the series.
Brent weeks, always. Cristofer Jean, Never.
Literally made me suffer at certain scenes.
Please Re-Record this book with a different narrator, like the narrator from book 2. i would Use another credit to get this book with almost any other narrator.