Don't get me wrong. I love Brandon Sanderson's work as a whole -- in fact, this is probably the only book of his I am really struggling to like. It just... Annoyed me. Perhaps it would be a better book if I had read it instead of listened to it, or if someone else had narrated it. But the whole thing had a slightly whiny tone to it. Most of the self imposed humor was jarring and, as the author repeatedly notes, annoying.
Putting my annoyance aside, the writing isn't absolutely terrible. It is very purposefully the type of book it is. It is possible that if you like Terry Pratchett you would like this story. It tries to be very tongue in cheek, intentionally annoying (once again, a fact stated multiple times by the "author" of the story), and witty in its comparisons to other "unnamed" works. It just wasn't for me.
NO. Could have been a good series, I had high hopes after having read most of Brandon Sanderson's other works. I bought all three books together, so I felt compelled to finish them. If I had had books I would have skimmed like mad. The narrative style of the book was so annoying that I'm sure people in other cars were looking at me funny as I made faces at my speakers.
It was a good story, but being told this way left me just happy when each book was over, I don't think I could list something memorable.
The narrator was clear and had a great voice.
No, I can't get that time back. I listen during my 3 hour/daily commute. I was trapped with this one, then felt compelled to listen to the rest as I had already purchased them.
Don't let this put you off any of Brandon Sanderson's other series. It felt like he wrote this one when he was 13.
I was definitely not prepared for this. After Steelheart and Mistbourne, this was kind of a shock, it took me quite a while to make the transition. My grandkids warned me, but still caught me off guard. Once I got in to it I found it funny. My grandkids found it hilarious. I enjoyed the creativity, play on words, and the story itself. I think the next one will be more enjoyable as I will be used to the story. Listen to this when you just want something for fun to lighten up your day.
Alcatraz is a great pick for those who like sarcastic humor but if you are not it can be a little bit annoying. I personally think it is very funny. Alcatraz's plot is quite unique and really creative but can be slightly over the top. The action was pretty good and the book had solid characters. Last but not least Ramon De Ocampo was just great, he really really made the book more immersive by having great character voices and good emotional interpretation. Every book he has been in has been improved because of him. I would definitely recommend this
I've listened to a lot of books and I think this is in the top 10%.
I like that there is humor in here for adults and kids. The story actually can make you think.
Ramon De Ocampo brings great voices to this story. I don't know that I would have voiced Bastille and Alcatraz in my head like he does and it really helped me visualize the small but important interactions like the eye rolls.
A not so nice guy saves the world
This really caught me off guard. I will look at other Brandon Sanderson and finish this series.
Alcatraz is like a sarcastic, gritty harry potter. On his 13th birthday, a funky old wizard tell him he is a "wizard"... from there, he have no choice to follow and learn how to use his power. Full of humor and self criticism, this book know it doesnt make any sense and we go along because it admit it each chapter. Just enjoy the ride and close your eyes (hey, it is an audio book).
I'm giving this book the number of stars I think it probably deserves, rather than how many I would give it based on my enjoyment of it. As always, Brandon Sanderson delivers a well-written story with engaging characters and loads of creativity. There is humor, there is conflict, and there is a sly, subtle breaking of the fourth wall. And for all of that, it should easily get a solid 4 stars.
This is one of the few times I'll ever say to a book: "It's not you, it's me. I don't know why we didn't click. Everything seemed like it should work out between us. You're smart, you're funny, you're creative, you have motivation and depth. All the things I love in a book. But alas, we were just not meant to be. I hope you find the right reader/listener who will be swept off their feet into the rest of the series with you, because you seem really great and I wish you all the best. That reader is just not me."