I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
This series has a lot of hype, but I found that the first book was not very good.
It felt like an author's first book.
The story was like the Black Company by Glen Cook, combined with Conan and the Illiad. I love the black company, but I really am not a fan of Conan and I hate stories about the Gods controlling the fate of characters. I feel like I'm reading one long Deus Ex Machina, where nothing is truly at risk, and I have no reason to identify with the characters, and it feels like everything that happens is pointless, because the all powerful characters will make it right in the end.
I didn't find the story hard to read, as some said it was. But I think the difficulty people have, is due to the fact that the author seems to not have a lot of experience with writing, at the point he wrote this book.
Everyone does say this series gets way better. But I'm not sure that I want to pay money for something I question the chances of my enjoyment on.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
Yes i would. this story was full of surprises. lots of things going on. Very engaging.
Croppa. He's just an very interesting character. Sorry is pretty awesome to.
Ralph Lister did a great job bringing the story to life.
Yes. It was hard to push pause.
This was a Great listen. I really enjoyed it. I will be checking out more stories from the series. Check it out.
I have to say, what good is it if every listener in Fantasy Epic "doesn't like to share their taste"?? I want to find good books, can't??
If you found me reading this many pages, it would be at gun point.....lol. That's why I have 400+ books on Audible.
Probably the thief in the bedroom that gets caught. Don't want to give it away.
I have to be honest, while I loved this book I had to listen to most of it twice. This is a good thing, because there is so much going on when I doze off at bed time and lose my spot.....a lot....you can miss a lot!. If you like epic fantasy thought this is the way to go. Click helpful for me so I have one....lol.
As stated by other reviewers, this is a complex book. Even after starting over several times and skipping back, I never felt like I knew who was who, what they were trying to accomplish, so I finally lost interest... moving on to a new book without finishing the first part. Yes, I tend to do busy work while listening, and always have, but this is the first book I felt like I just couldn't care enough to keep trying.
Don't know that a change in narrator would make a difference.
I don't know that I found any.
Pay attention to what others say, unless you plan to take notes, or intend to reference a print version, you might find yourself wondering if you entered a new chapter, every few minutes.
but, guess i'm not smart enough to keep all the 'who, what, where, and why's' in order.
it's been at least 5 days and i just got to the 2nd part last night. all that rewinding to try to pick up and put together the story...and i still don't know what's going on.
a book shouldn't be so difficult to follow.
the narrator was fine, but even with that, the book was too convoluted for me to connect with, try as i might...
The stylish narrative keeps you hooked. Although the book is intense reading with hundreds of characters and parallel story lines , individual characters are perfectly sketched to give you a real sense of the story as a whole.
Ralph Lister 's reading style actually helped me identify the many different characters and made what might otherwise have been an arduous audio book experience, extremely enjoyable.
Student: part time, accountant: full time, listener: all times.
The wealth of characters, all of which had amazing voices from Lister, made this a very fun listen.
I enjoyed a lot of slight details the author threw in, my favorite example is a bit of a spoiler, but Erikson definitely knows how to link the various stories occurring in the book.
Kruppe is the best for sure, he's more or less that one crazy friend we all have, really fun to listen to.
Tattersail's fate is fairly emotional, don't want to spoil anything though!
It will take you some time to get into (like most Fantasy/Sci-Fi) but if you can stick with it, you'll enjoy yourself immensely.
As always, I was immediately swept away, reveling in the well-developed plot and fascinating characters. It's great to revisit old 'friends' and meet new ones. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment.
For Ralph Lister, absolutely, he's did a great job with a story that was just hard to follow. As far as Erikson...I'm not sure, it would depend on the reviews, this story which I had very high hopes for turned out to just not quite be for me.
I felt like I never quite really connected to the characters until the last 4 or 5 hours of the audiobook. I kept going in hopes that I would get more invested in the story, but it just felt shallow...I felt left out as the reader, like I wasn't pulled in and personally invested in the story.
He did a great job narrating the story, he gave awesome inflection and emotion when the story begged for it. It was a tough read for him though...the story wasn't deep enough to pull the reader in, I feel like he did the best he could with what he had.
I was disappointed. I really wanted to like this series, I just didn't feel like I was able to connect with the characters, they were never humanized.
This series has the grit of Glen Cook, the intrigue of Game of Thrones (GRRM), and a sense of loss as profound as that of a Memory of Light (Robert Jorden/Brandon Sanderson). This book can be a bit heavy for some because the introduction to the world is not the best. However, if you can get past the beginning, you will find a truly memorable series with some of the saddest moments of a book series.
The fatalism of the soldiers. The betrayal at pale.
Overall, Ralph is a great narrator. I've heard a few as I have a large collection of audiobooks in my library. Ralph is definitely one of the better narrators.
Fatalism. Hope. Can one squad of soldiers, against the world, save the very world they are fighting against?
Booya. Actually though, you'll be doing yourself a huge disservice if you pass up this series. I've found my eyes wet when reading only a few books; Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, Memories of Light, Book 15 of the Dresden Files, and this series.