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.
even for an adult. However, it is really written for preteens and young teens...as advertised. It's funny and silly. I'm such a Sanderson fan that I want to listen to everything he's written. The narrator was great. I'd definitely listen to him again.
Yes. Some audiobooks are a suffering to avoid reading; others are a performance to give life to the written word. Ramon narrates this piece astoundingly, bringing life to the story and its telling. He doesn't just read the words and voice the dialogue; he tells the story.
In terms of plot and structure, it's a little like The Gap Cycle or the Safehold series: the book is essentially political, pitting the ideals of various factions against each other. It's not a deep political piece like the other two, instead revolving around action and less around idealism; Sanderson still gets into philosophy, just not as the single overarching theme of the book.
You could compare it well to something like Harry Potter: magic and witty characters, knights and wizards, and a backdrop of two opposing factions. Sanderson talks a little more about the ideals behind the factions than Rowling did.
The story is first-person narrated, and Ramon reads as if he is the narrator. Every emotion the narrator portrays comes through Ramon as if it were his own. He tells the story as if he is the one it happened to, and his voice acting is pretty decent to go along with it.
Not really. I'm not sure if this book has any deep, moving scenes; I'm somewhat inert. Book 4 of the series has a pretty strong one; Book 1 doesn't have an established cast, and spends its time effectively showing you who these people are and what kinds of adventures they go on.
This book, written for 11-year-old kids, reads like an adult novel.
When Sanderson writes, he manages to not pour in lots of drug use and sex scenes, but does get a lot of world-appropriate foul language and, occasionally, points out that the particular world we're visiting today has whores. It's not like Chadbourne's Age of Misrule, but his writing does typically portray a realistic, believable world with characters who do what real people on that world would do.
The Alcatraz series doesn't bring any whores; otherwise, it reads almost exactly like Sanderson's normal, adult-audience fare. People occasionally die, bad things happen, and folks curse a *lot*. Interestingly, rather than write a small dictionary of curses to match the environment of the fantasy world, he gets right into the heart of cursing: people blatantly make up words or spout nonsense phrases in the precise context of curses, and occasionally get called on it for cursing. It's directly acknowledged in prose as well: in intense action situations, characters are frequently noted to "charge by, cursing" or some other such set of actions where dialogue would ruin the flow. We know they're cursing by the tone and structure of their speech, rather than by any particular set of words.
It's a kid's book, like Harry Potter; yet it doesn't read like something a toddler would write, like R. L. Stein's Goosebumps. It's not a touchy-feely world meant to couch kids in a wrapping of comfort and talk down to them because they're too young to understand intense, serious writing; it's a mature drama that happen to be accessible and appropriate for children in grade school.
As consequence, this book is appropriate for an adult audience, and should entertain readers of all ages. If you're looking for serious, mature reading, this is it.
Finally, someone has exposed the conspiracy of the evil librarians. Hurry up and read this book before it gets banned.
I am married with 2 children. I work for the state of Oklahoma and I love listening every chance I get.
Brandon Sanderson is brilliant, as always. The only thing that knocked this down to a 4 star was the production, or maybe the performer. There were longer than comfortable pauses after each period and long enough pauses between chapters that I had to check to make sure it was still playing a couple of times.
The story itself was fun and light hearted. It was awkward, as the main hero is a sarcastic 13 year old boy. Mr. Sanderson does what he does best, in my opinion, and that's creating a world, powers, and an unlikely hero that just draws you in and wanting more. From Mist Born to The Reckoners and everything in-between, Mr. Sanderson draws you in and leaves you both satisfied and starving for more.
I'm already downloading book 2.
First off, the story itself is good. Satire on all the conventions of the modern fantasy/Chosen One books in general, and Harry Potter in particular (though it's mostly hidden), but the story itself is solid.
It's the preachy asides that the author indulges in that drove me up the wall with this one. Every time the action started to get intense, or a scene was starting to get even slightly emotionally invested, the author broke off to speak directly to the reader, pointing out precisely what he was doing and mocking both it and the reader. It got so that every time the narrator's voice changed to adopt one of these asides, I was fumbling for my phone to hit the "fast forward by 20 seconds" button - sometimes several times in a row, the asides were that long. And this happened about three or four times per hour of listening. Unfortunately, I will not be purchasing the next audiobook in this series; it's just too annoying to have the story interrupted so constantly. If I continue the series at all, it will be in print form, so I can skip the asides more conveniently. It's too bad; the author's ego really got in the way of a good book.