This narrator was atrocious...he was beyond terrible. It's unreal that Audible/Amazon is continuing to sell this as it. If it wasn't Brent Weeks I would not of suffered it...I can't wait to hear Simon Vance's voice on the sequel!!!
almost anyone...but Micheal Kramer and Kate Redding are my favorates.
Great story with very unique elements. But there was nothing happy to celebrate in the whole book. It started in a downer AND it ended in a total downer. I won't be reading the sequel. Also, I didn't care for the narrator at all.
The magic system (Magic the Gathering like) is deeply embedded from the start and both importantly complex and understandably simple, suitable for all readers.
The story is seldom dulled down by unimportant fillers, but the average reader might need a reminder that all stories need good soil, and carefull tenting, to grow into full perfect bloom. DO NOT SKIP THIS FIRST BOOK!
The narration of the story seems to have been slowed down by the audio-producer, and on my Samsung S5, at high quality, it was best listened to at 1.5x speed. The reader portays a young mind pretty well, and there are quite a few different voices applied to secondary characters. SPEED UP TO at least 1.25x or you will get frustrated! (and the next books are read by one of the greatest narrators ever!)
The author is a master writer, who must have a great team surrounding him. I believe this series will be counted amongst the best fantasy epics ever written once finished. BUY, LISTEN & ENJOY! :)
Fun. Exhilarating. EPIC.
Probably just the Genre of book he should narrate. he has a good voice and can do different character voices well but i do not think it fit well with the style of writing and settings in which Brent weeks characters are set in.
Great book overall. just the narration was off. That is all.
A different narrator could have save this book for me. I don't know if it would have, but with only the audio version to judge from. That's where the blame lies.
The narrator's inability to carry a story really hurt Brent Week's ability to tell a good story. If I had to say something wrong with the story, I would have to point out Kip, his character was strange, one minute he was courageous, then terrified to the point of losing bladder control, then whiny then snarky. It was very distracting and annoying. The magic system was interesting, but needlessly extravagant explanations were more confusing than helpful.
Paul Boehmer was AMAZING! in the night angel trilogy, loved his narration. I also really like Steven Pacey. His characters come alive in the First Law series.
I'm not sure I would but any scenes, but I would change how characters act and talk to one another.
This book has scared me away from the rest of the books in this series. The only saving factor is that they're read by a different narrator.
I hate jumping on the bandwagon here. When I see a lot of similar reviews focusing on one particular issue, I usually try to find something else to focus on. But in this case, I just can't. I found the world and the concepts introduced to be compelling and I wanted to appreciate the characters as well, because I liked how the politics was lining up and could see some clearly excellent potential for intrigue and interesting twists. However, the narration was just awful and made it very difficult to take the characters seriously.
To be fair, if Weeks has a shortcoming, it is with dialog. Some of it was dressed with modern colloquialisms that actually added to the illusion that the whole thing was a Ridgemont High School play cast with Valley Girls and Surfer Dudes. At one point, the patriarch (Gavin's father), who is supposed to be a brooding Tywin Lannister type, actually says something like, "That is so not a good thing to do." Combined with the narrator's disturbing voicing, I couldn't get this picture of Keanu Reeves aping Darth Vadar out of my head!
I really wish I had just bought the hardcopy because I fear what might have been a great series will now always be tainted for me. I do not recommend this audio book, in spite of what may be an excellent story.
This would have been twice as enjoyable, love the magic system and characters but the voice actor was so bad he should have just stopped doing voices and just read the book like a narrator, it was bad.
I should have returned this and tried reading it. The narrator was so bad I'm not confident in my opinion about the story. I liked it well enough I'm trying book 2, thankfully with a new narrator. Also, a wild pig, or javelina is pronounced with an "h" sound... It was like hearing someone on the SNL sketch "the Californians" say jalapeño with a j sound. Had to listen to it at 1.5x just to make it through