Third after King killer and Stormlight
The telling and the format
The final song
Not really, but i did feel his pain.
I'm not really good with words but this book is something all audible members should have.
The story was really good. I enjoyed how the whole story took place across most of his teen years and some adult. At first, I was worried that it was skimming too close to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (for the sake of originality), but was quite pleased that it took on another light early on.
As for the narrator... there were times that I found it difficult to discern which character was currently speaking. He has little-to-no difference with the pronunciation from character to character. A woman would be speaking with a man and I'd have no idea who was currently talking. No voice lightening, no changes. Though, he has an excellent reading voice, for sure. I never found his narrative boring or dull, so there is that.
All in all, good book! Check it out.
The narration is dull, you can not distinguish between characters and even scene transitions. I found myself lost in several areas, rewinding to hear portions over again to figure out what was going on. I am hesitant to purchase Book 2 but want to find out what happens to the characters. Might purchase a hard copy instead.
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I took a chance on this novel and it paid off big. I simply couldn't put this one down, if you like epic fantasy this is a must have.
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. :)
The story starts pretty weak in the fashion of a child view of a spartan style education - one could wish that the author had spend some time around children and teenagers because the skills the student have are WAAAY to advanced for their age.
Once the book breaks out of the schooling story it gets more interesting about the last third of the book decided me to buy the second book.
The "magic" isn't very well explained or detailed in the book however the story handles it reasonable well. There are no vampires - which some people I talk though it would be based on the title nor is the book grim with split blood. The battles are quick and descriptive (and thankfully) vague about corpse or guts.
It's a reasonable start to a good set of books.
Yes, it's a great story, robust characters, interesting mysteries, good world building.
In some ways, the narrator has a good voice for this kind of epic: A bit gravelly, as if the story is being told by an old soldier.
But there's no attempt to give voices to the different characters, and at some points the narration gets monotonic. Depending on the text, the narrator will recite sentences in the same cadence and inflection. There are moments when you find yourself anticipating the rhythm of each sentence as the narrator repeats the same cadence.
It was distracting at times, but ultimately didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the story itself.
Read with great skill and subtlety, excellent job.
To be honest this was an accidental purchase, and I thought I'd give it a chance before returning it. Yep, it is in the vein of Game of Thrones, but it stands just fine on its own, not at all the disappointment I expected it to be. Very well-written and engrossing, this book got better and better as it progressed and left me wanting more. I was ready to move on to the next entry in the series right away, and was sorry to see that it hasn't been released on audio yet. Will be on the lookout -
I really wasn’t sure about this novel at first since I listen to mostly romantic fantasy filled with magic and otherworldly creatures. However, from the beginning of this novel I was captivated by the narrator and the story of a young boy enveloped into his path to become a warrior. The plot is fantastic and the descriptions of the realm, the battles, and the environments are easy to visualize. The characters are thought provoking and interesting, while the politics and intrigue are captivating. I highly recommend this book, and hopefully soon the series.
Grandslam out of park
There are really no other high fantasy that I have read that can compare. I had read the first Game of Thrones, and liked it until the best character died. I have read the first 6 books in the Wheel of Time series, by book seven way too many characters which had an impact in the books were developed. With the Wheel of time I would spend a whole book and read only two chapters on characters that I liked. I know I initially attempted to compare Blood song to Tolkien, but Brand doesn't, or I should say at this time, he hasn't brought in eleves or dwarves, this series of books would be more along Game of Thrones, political intrigue, with good battle scenes, and a protagonist who recognizes he isn't perfect. I cannot wait until Tower Lord comes out in July!
A fantasy version of star wars, heroes, villains, the dark used for the good, and dark used for evil. Power corrupts, and total power corrupts totally.
This is the only book I have purchased in over 7 years of audio books, that I also bought the kindle version. I am a speed reader, so I could read faster than the narrator. But I also listened to the whole audio book. This Anthony Rand, is another Chistopher Paolini, a great writer coming out of no where. If he isn't careful, this series could end up on TV, as a HBO series. Rand, has the potential, if he can move beyond this series to be another Orson Scott Card.