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.
Beware of librarians, they could be evil, and authors love to torture their readers. Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians is a fun listen, full of silly little jokes, a hero who breaks things and a cast characters with other talents such as being late all the time, tripping and speaking gobbledygook when saying a sentence. A great little story for anyone who enjoys childish fun.
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.
Cheeky. Fun. Enjoyable.
I honestly have never read another book like this one. It was fresh, funny, and fun.
Yes this would have been good in one sitting.
I originally got this book to listen to with my kids as we traveled (turn off the DVD for a while). I listened to it to make sure it was good and found it to be excellent. I now own the first three books and will soon pick up book four. My kids (ages 6, 8, 10, and 13) all love it, and so do my wife and I. My kids are constantly quoting lines from the book, which I find a welcome change to singing Frozen songs.Ramone De Ocampo really brings the story to life. His inflection and pace bring the story to life. It feels like he isn't reading, but telling a story that he lived. I need to find other books that he has narrated.
This is a lighthearted romp through a hilariously wrought dip fantasy world. The thing I dreaded after awhile was the narrative device wherein the main character interrupts the story. It's similar to the grandfather reading the Princess Bride to his grandson..... Well, the movie version anyway. I haven't read the book. The difference here though is that it's not used with precision when appropriate, but it's slammed into every chapter with all the finesse of sledgehammer blows. If not for that I would have read more in the series.
I like traveling, but I'm too poor, so I read instead.
I love Brandon Sanderson.
I love Mistborn, The Way of Kings, Steelheart, Warbreaker, Elantris, pretty much everything of his that I could get my grubby little fingers on, BUT, I put these books off. Alcatraz just seemed childish to me, I was afraid of disappointment.
I should have known better.
The Alcatraz series is definitely childish, fantastical, and ridiculous, but it's also extreeemely entertaining. It has complex characters, mysterious magics, and the same vast sense of adventure that Sanderson novels always seem to have.
So do it, read it. Jump into this insane world with its insane rules and crazy evil librarians. You'll probably survive the experience and you might even enjoy yourself.
Only if they like this author enough to hope the next one is better. Which is what I'm doing. I am hoping he dials the incessant self commentary way back in the sequel.
I've read several of his books and this is the first one I almost didn't finish.
On the positive side, it was certainly original. On the negative side, I didn't feel that I could identify with any of the characters, therefore, I did not get "into" the story
I suppose that the most disappointing part was that the story was not like the outstanding other fantasy books that I have read by Brandon Sanderson. Rather than the self consistent and emotionally appealing fantasy worlds that Sanderson has created, this book was more "comic fantasy". This is fine if that is what one wants to read.
None of the characters was "real" enough for me to have a favorite.
Brandon Sanderson is truly a gifted author of some really fine fantasy. I am probably not the best person to evaluate a book of his that is not of the type that I prefer.