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
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.
No.... The narration was comically bad.
It was given in the style of suffer dudes in epic fantasy.... I'm not sure the narrator is to blame.... But the director definitely is.
It was a great book with a great story. Reminds me a lot of Brandon Sanderson's style.
Worth listening to or reading... But really someone should have stopped the reader 10 hours into the narration... I have a feeling he was encouraged to read it like this.... And that was a BAD call.
The story was good, but the narration was horrid. I had to force myself to finish listening.
He should not ever narrate audiobooks. EVER! I kept expecting him to say kowabunga dude.
The other books with a different narrator are much easier to listen to. Simon vance does a good job.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
I find it difficult to rate this novel. There are things I really enjoyed about it and other things I found nearly intolerable.
The style is definitely a two-star novel for me. The author writes in third person from quite a few different PoV. He then throws in first-person internal dialogue asides quite a lot. These asides are almost always corney and are completely irrelevant to the story. Other reviewers have said it very well - it's like a 15 year old boy telling you a fantasy story - cursing, boobs, sex slaves and constant fat jokes. I sighed a lot.
Character development was definitely an issue in that the males and females had gender-based personalities, which actually got confusing as to what PoV we were hearing.
The plot was really good. There were enough interesting things that happened in the story that you didn't know exactly what would happen next. The pacing was also quite good. And I appreciate an author being willing to be gory but not too much so. I especially like when an author manages to make you change your mind from someone being despicable to admirable.
The magic in this novel is one of my favorite I've read. At first it's rather confusing, although the author tries hard to give you enough information to figure it out. It was a good balance of giving the basics but not doing an info dump. The color drafting was just so interesting. I'm glad he took it way further to all the different crazy ways this magic could work.
All in all, I'm glad I read this fantasy novel. I really wish the author had written it straight and left off the dorky style. It greatly took away from my enjoyment.
And for the love of God, don't do the audiobook. The narrator makes The Prism sound like a surfer dude.