Great story, it was very captivating and hard to put down and leaves you asking questions and wanting more. The narrator was ok, but not the best. Can't wait to read the second one.
Brent Weeks is fantastic when it comes to writing an engaging and enjoyable story. I've found myself so enwrapped in this story at times, regardless of the poor job on the narrator's part, that I've found it difficult to remain focused on anything outside of listening to this.
I wouldn't let other reviews on this novel deter you from getting this book. If you are into this genre at all, this book will still be remarkably enjoyable to listen to.
Mediocre at best
While the book is fantastically written, you'll notice that Cristofer Jean has a tendency to make all the characters he voices sound imperious or even a little douchey. Gavin often tends to sound like some kind of surfer / stoner. But as mentioned before, the story is certainly enjoyable enough to make up for this flaw in his performance.
I thought the magic in this world was interesting, and I love a protagonist with a dark past. The only bone I have to pick is that the narration, IMO, sounded like some bro telling me something incredibly deep while stoned - an inherent mismatch in character of voice and subject.
The story was very neat. I could imagine all the colors of the rainbow being used as magic. The reader sometimes sounded like a surfer and that got annoying at moments.
This is a great series combining a unique magic system and setting, political intrigue, and religious overtones. The main characters are wonderfully faceted and flawed. The first book in any new project can stumble under the weight of exposition, but it is all totally worth it.
The counterpoint scenes of the Freeing and the Color Prince's rise to power.
I want to be positive here, but honestly, this is the weakest point to this audiobook. The first book is narrated by Mr. Jean. His performance is solid, but it doesn't fit the series nearly as well as Mr Vance, who narrates books, 2 and 3 (hopefully book 4 as well).
Mr. Jean has a much younger, and less polished style. It lends itself to a first book, and young protagonist. This isn't a problem for the parts voiced by Kip. But Gavin/ Ironfist/ Andros/ .. others, need a more mature and refined style. Mr Vance is wonderful in this role.
I did eventually.