Fantastic story... Characters that inspire emotion... Excellent pacing... Nearly ruined by a poor narrator!!! Imagine bill and Teds excellent adventure accent in a story with magic and musket guns :( really jarring... Still a great book tho
I couldn't get all the way through Weeks' Night Angel series because of what amounts to bad gender politics which poisoned my experience but Weeks seems to have improved his thinking, this series is fun and non toxic.
What most others have already said, his narration is distracting and his voice just doesn't translate to audiobooks. I've tried pushing through, but it's just hard to enjoy when the narration draws so much attention to itself, rather than the story.
The story felt kind of Young Adult and the dialogue was not great, but there is a promising world underneath. I'll try the actual book instead.
I was really excited about the ideas in this book the whole light magic is a clever twist on how magic works. The author spent spent extensive time educating you about the massive mechanics but when the characters use the magic you get a sense of oh who cares. A shame.
The characters are interesting and generally likable. Flow of the story is good, if not predictable as I mentioned earlier.
As for narration. It was sub optimal, felt way too California breach bum. I was waiting for a eh dude moment every time a character change occurred.
The story is fun, and hooked me from beginning to end, I never felt bored and I plan to read the rest of the series, that said, the narrator is awful, and this sounds like it was recorded in one take.
The narrator is wooden and hits the sentences in such odd structures. It was a real turn off. I'm going to try more Brent Weeks books, but I couldn't make it through this one.
I'm sorry but the Gavin character is read like a surfer dude. His other voices sound mechanical and robot like.This is so distracting. Please re-record. This great series. Please? I have had the same feedback from others after hearing the narration. They said they will not buy a Audible book that sounds like this narrator. I bought the next book so I am in for the duration.
As an audiobook, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
I took a chance on Brent Weeks, in spite of what I've heard about his inherent sexism, because he was recommend by Brandon Sanderson as having a good sense of worldbuilding. The magic system is different, but it feels like he's trying to take a simplistic idea and force it to be complex by adding in-world jargon. He doesn't seem to explore or extrapolate things that would come from such a system much at all, but it's possible that's done in later books of the series. The writing in and of itself seemed adequate, but not great. I might try another book from him in the future, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money on it.
The only good thing I can say about Cristofer Jean's performance is that he speaks clearly... but that's it. His delivery is wooden and emotionless; my GPS has more personality than he seems to. Additionally, he either didn't read the book beforehand, or has terrible reading comprehension, or both. It's as if he doesn't understand the meaning of the ideas he's supposed to be expressing. He emphasized entirely the wrong words very often, entirely skewing what the author obviously meant to say. Perhaps he's not a native English speaker, but that wouldn't excuse his awful characterizations. Almost every character's voice sounded like a caricature of some surfer dude, unbearably whiny, or both. Don't waste your time with his narration.
I'm extremely disappointed by this Audible purchase and will be returning it if I can. It's very frustrating to expend a credit on something so patently awful.
Don't buy this audibook. Read it in real life, or as an ebook, sure, but this narrator ruins any chance of it being a good listen.
Brent Weeks is just awesome. This story was very very good; I highly recommend the series.
As for the narration, it was good. I enjoyed it overall. Don't get me wrong, I like this guy's voice. However, his inflection, intonation, and cadence could really use some practice. He would often pause in the middle of a sentence and make it sound like the end and he would often make questions sounds like statements. He also didn't portray shouts or loud speech or whispers well, not differentiating them from normal speech. It was forgivable though. His portrayal of Gavin Guile was the only seriously bad thing. It sounded really brutish and unintelligent. You'll understand if you hear it.
I would recommend this overall, in the end.