The story got a little too dark for me at times, and the narrator was just a bit off, I think, too. But I definitely enjoyed it, and will be reading/ listening to the next one asap.
The absolute horrid performance that this narrator gives would ruin ANY lesser novel.
Luckily, Brent Weeks is a genius that I enjoy nearly as much as Brandon Sanderson. This is a must read, just not a must listen.
The story itself is the most badly imagined I've ever imagined. The writing is rough draft at the very best. The editor who approved this publication should be fired immediately. As for the Audible Narrator. Is this supposed to be some kind of joke? He read the story, as far as I could stand it, like a highschool freshman being asked to read aloud in class.
I will now be cancelling my Audible account.
The narrator was awful. There was no inflection, punctuation or enthusiasm! He sounded like the turtles from finding nemo. I'm convinced the narrator is a robot surfer dude. It's enough to make me think twice about buying the next book.
The world building was interesting, but the characters were childish. What were supposed to be plot twists were tired and predictable. By far worst of all was the narration. Any chance I had of forgetting the flaws in the writing was obliterated by the fumbling read.
I almost didn't buy the book because of the bad commentary on the narration. Still, Audible is a great partner to work with, if you hate the book they reimbourse - so there is no reason to be so cautious, there is nothing to lose- and lots to gain, in this case.
The narration is indeed lacking, but I've had worse. It didn't add to the story at all but was not distracting as I'd feared it would be. It was just... Bland, poor intonantion, no character.
But the story is five stars! The story is imaginative, fast paced, often surprising in develepments - really, really worth trying. The author has a lovel sense of humor that does suffer a bit under the narration, but I'm looking forward to the next installment, with a different narrator. It was my first book by Brent Weeks and a great discovery.
The narrator was absolutely, positively horrible. I cringed through 2 chapters, then I walked away from it. I came back a few days later and desperately, with all my heart, soul & strength tried it again and I just couldn't.