I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I've enjoyed Brandon Sanderson other works and as an adult I would not place this in his gems but it's enjoyable. None of the major characters are flat; the motive of the "enemy" forces aren't clearly explain by the end they are hinted at being more complex than this book could hold.
The rules of the Magic are if a little hard to imaged without a geometry textbook;they clearly explained in the PDF that comes with the Audiobook. (There appears to be one page in the PDF per chapter.) - I would suggest at least flipping though the pdf before the starting.
If you have not heard Michael Kramer read a book then you are truly in for a treat. I personally believe he is one of the best. He's voices never seem to strain his voice or my ears.
There is very little gore and the actual death count is very reasonable at the end of the book (you must however reach the end before you'll see.)
While the 2 main student characters are set at 16; really though I felt they were a little younger. There is no overt love or girlfriend boyfriend theme that I remember from my own high school days. The book and story would appeal to a younger crowd.
There is a "god" in this book but it seems to be more closely linked to the magic in the world than with morality.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
First off, "Pure Sanderson"! Probably one of the best writers of the Fantasy Genre, if not *THE* best, and continuously getting better! As usual he lead my moods and expectations down a path of his own making, and by now I know better than to even TRY to figure out in advance where that path is leading.
This is a Young Adult Book, however it doesn't detract from the story for adults that I could tell (Or maybe I should contemplate more on my own maturity ;)
At times I found myself DEEPLY engrossed in the tales of Battles out in "Nebrask", guts and muscles clenched, actually worrying for the characters while a soldier describes the scene of the men battling for their lives after they are cut off from the main force; listening to the Teller's description of the battle fortifications and the terror and desperate fighting of the Soldiers, the enemy hordes attacking them again and again, the bravery of the men in the face of the inevitable defeat and horrible death... and then it's mentioned AGAIN that the "Attackers" are "2-Diminsional Chalk Figures Drawn On The Ground"... Every time this happened my worry vanished and I burst into laughter, and thought "He's done it to me again!" I mean, a Garden Hose could have wiped out the "attackers"! I still chuckle thinking about it! I kept skipping backward trying to see WHERE and HOW in the story Sanderson got me so engrossed and personally involved in a particular section!
I always have to ask.. "WHERE does he come up with his material???" Sanderson's ideas are just NOT "Something I've seen before in other books"; His work doesn't fit into ANY mold of writing style, and it doesn't fit into ANY single genre! Every time I pop onto Audible now (Almost Daily), I look for a new work by Sanderson... in my mind, he's a Master of his trade in every sense of the word! He's "One Of A Kind"
I've just quit saying "I DON'T generally like Fantasy Novels", because Sanderson has made a total liar out of me since I found his books.
The only bad things i have to say about this book are that the characters lack depth and i guessed the ending half way through. other than that its a pretty good book.If you're just killing time waiting for the sequel to the way of kings i recommend it;)
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
I am yet to read something by Sanderson that I don’t love. Granted, so far that is only four books, but four out of four isn't bad . The Rithmatist is no exception. Although written for a young adult audience, the Rithmatist is a sophisticated weaving of fantasy and mystery.
It is much lighter than Sanderson’s other works, but still has all the elements that make his novels so great. The characters have depth and real personality, the world building is masterfully done, and the plot is complex enough to keep you thinking. Adult and young adults alike should not hesitate to listen to this novel. As an adult listener, I loved it and can’t wait until he writes more in this world. As a parent, I wouldn’t hesitate to give it to my teen to read. It is clean, the violence is mostly second hand (no worse than a good Nancy Drew novel), and the characters are people you would let your kids hang out with.
Michael Kramer is easy to listen to and adds depth to the story in the way he reads it. There is a little lost in the listening of this story, in that there are obviously drawings of the rithmatics in the novel. However, the loss of the visual is worth it to hear Kramer read it.
I must be more picky than most people. With all the glowing 5 star reviews I was expecting something....well...5 star. I'd give it 3 and a half.
First of all I was expecting a stand alone novel. This is clearly book 1 of a series. There are MANY loose ends and, without giving much away, even the main plot line of this story is left unresolved. I found the ending to be quite abrupt and unsatisfying. If I knew this was just the start of a YA series I would have passed.
I did find the magic system to be interesting and refreshingly unique. Again, we are teased with many mysteries regarding the rithmatic magic but most are never explained or resolved.
On the positive side, the characters are well written although seem a bit too serious for teenagers. I find this in all of Sandersons writing in that none of his characters ever seem to show much humor or witty banter like the writing of Jim Butcher or Michael Sullivan.
For me this was good but not great. I don't think I will read the rest of the series.
This book was a random pick based on reading a few reviews and an interesting summary. We listened to it on a long car trip and the child would not lets us stop playing it.
The alternate universe worked quite well and didn't feel forced. You smiled knowingly to yourself when you picked up the historical and scientific divergences that made our earth different from theirs.
Truthfully, by the end of the book I thought to myself: "That's quite a good introduction. If he works off this material for the second book it could be even better." That's not to say this book isn't wonderful, but that it made me excited for even more.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy.
His ability to do voices was much appreciated. His regular talking voice was enjoyable and he read at a good pace. The "formal" chapter heading sections were just diagrams and he even brought those to life.
Very much so. We listened to it 5 hours at a time. Part 1 on the way to our destination and part 2 on the way back.
A must read to fans of Bandon Sanderson. Expanding his universe and marking the beginning of another exciting series. Can't wait to see where this one goes next.
I would recommend it because it is not copycat fantasy, but a well written and performed original.
As with all good readers, he gives the characters personality. He adds just the right amount of emotion when appropriate. This is critical to a good performance of the book, as some readers over-emote, and some readers under-emote.
I did not have an extreme reaction. It did not make me laugh or cry, but made me feel good.
This book is typical of Brandon Sanderson's books. It is not a wild ride type of fantasy, but rather a well written story based on a world that is similar to ours, but with a little extra in the form of what we usually call magic.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is a great story and well performed by Michael Kramer. Chalklings, lines of forbiddance and vigour and a mystery to solve. Joel and his friend Melody investigate strange happenings at their school when students go missing. Their main clue are a strange chalk drawing and a drawn picture of the villain. Well told story which should be enjoyed by young readers.
Having read his closing of the Wheel of Time series, I was eager to get to know Sanderson on his own turf, and The Rithmatist was a good first choice. The magic system of rithmatics is intriguing, with the chapter openings often describing diagrams of different defenses or outlining a tidbit of rithmatic theory that ends up coming into play during that chapter or later ones. This was an excellent bit of extra understanding that prevented infodumps and keeps the reader from being lost in the rithmatic practices. That was masterfully done.
I’ll admit that, this having a mystery to it, I started guessing who I thought “done it”. I don’t normally do this, but sometimes I just can’t help being struck with a theory about how things will pan out. I ended up suspecting three people. One was merely on principle, one because I really thought he was the culprit, and the third because I was second-guessing my confidence in that second guess. Sanderson ended up completely flipping the mystery on its head for me, and while the very back of my head was shouting, “I knew it! I knew it!” I was pleased that I’d been duped. He’s avoided cliches with this mystery, but doesn’t rub it in if the reader was wrong.
The Rithmatist was an utter joy to experience. The depth of the magic system and how it ties in to religion and the history of this alternate America are well-thought-out and permeate the world. It makes sense. This is one of those novels where the protagonist may not always get what he wants, and neither does the reader… but both can be okay with that.