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Glenn

GLEN ALLEN, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4127)
    Performance
    (3708)
    Story
    (3744)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    T. Ater says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Fair"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No...Ultimately I was disappointed in this novel.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Brandon seems to pull his punches and holds back for some reason. This is likely my own bias but I want something more akin to Robert Jordan...when you fall things break, when shot you bleed and characters die (even the ones we care for) in the best of books. The best descriptions of conflict and confrontation have tangible stakes for those involved (the first of the book) and for much of this book this seems absent. He needs a dose of reality / grit in this book which is missing. The beginning had me hooked and I was prepared for an incredible story...it never arrived. I won't spoil the book and perhaps sequels will explain things in greater detail but the way this story begins and it's ending don't seem to match. There should be some connection and a strong one. The book started on I thought I was in for a ride with twists and turns. The plot plows down a predictable and straight decent into boredom with a few memorable moments.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kramer does a great job with what he has to work with in this novel. I loved his voice in The Way of Kings and it cheapens the experience to have him narrate this novel in comparison.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    On DvD...maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    My first encounter with Brandon was through the books he completed for Robert Jordan which are fantastic. The Way of Kings is perhaps one of the most incredible epic fantasy books I have ever read. The mistborn series was fair at best and this book in no exception. I keep reading / listening to his books with the expectation of something along the lines of TWoK or WoT books and I have been deeply disappointed so far. It is almost as though these are written by a more immature Sanderson or written without thought. He (Sanderson) seems to write these books walking on egg shells for a teen audience rather than adults. His attempts at romance are juvenile and unconvincing and he should just leave these parts out of this book (and others) altogether. The characters are fun but their actions make very little sense and the motivations are absent. This is particularly true for the villains in the story. The book rambles on and toward the end I was only listening to see how the confrontations would turn out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5139)
    Performance
    (3546)
    Story
    (3593)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Garry says: "Don't miss this one!"
    "Such potential"
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    Would you try another book from Brandon Sanderson and/or Jack Garrett?

    Yes


    Has Elantris turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    More depth to the characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps


    Any additional comments?

    I keep reading / listening to Sanderson's books expecting a new Wheel of Time or The Way of Kings book. Sadly, I remain disappointed. There is such potential in Elantris and the magic system is unique. The story is compelling to begin and then becomes muddled in the middle and end. There is a lack of character motivation in these stories and the intent and purpose behind many of the characters actions seems...wrong. I would not recommend this book to those seeking depth similar to TWoK or WoT books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9227)
    Performance
    (5808)
    Story
    (5795)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Great Read"
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    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I recommend this book without reservation. The narration was fantastic and the story was quite engrossing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strong historical element interwoven with the main story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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