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Tyler

Riverside, Iowa, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2420)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1621)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "great story tarnished by sub par reading"
    Overall

    Warbreaker is a fantastic story, full of plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the epilogue. there are lots of secrets to discover and a very interesting world. However, the reader really just does not fit the book. because of this it was hard for me to like the book at first. eventualy i gave up on trying to like the reader and just enjoyed the story, which really is quite good. In hindsight, this may have been a better book on paper, I'm sure that if nothing else, the humor would come across much better on the page. It is available for free on Brandon Sanderson's website, so one loses nothing to check it out.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (574)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "surprisingly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I did not at all expect to get pulled into this book as much as I did. The magic system is fascinating and Weeks manages to pack plenty of intrigue and twists in that keep you guessing from the first sentence to the last.

    Unfortunately, while the narration didn't ruin the book for me he didn't do it any favors. I can get past the west-coast american surfer type accent, but he has a bad habit of pausing mid-sentence in an odd way that occasionally changes the meaning and necessitates a rewind to make sure I heard it right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7648)
    Performance
    (5251)
    Story
    (5288)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "brilliant!"
    Overall

    The Way of Kings is Sanderson's greatest work to date. the characters, the world, the story are all masterfully written, and truly comes to life with the reading of Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading. getting those two to narrate the book was a truly brilliant decision on the part of the publisher.

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. from beginning to end, despite the book's length, it held my interest like few books I've read recently. There really aren't any truly slow periods. there are periods without action, or without exposition, or without drama, but there is never a scene that feels unnecessary. Normaly, i only listen to books when I am at work, but this one pulled me in so completely that i listened to it every free moment, and it even kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, unable to tear myself away. the last five or six hours were, hands down, the most riveting fiction I have ever encountered, and far beyond what one might expect from merely the first book of what is planned as a ten book series. Where the Wheel of time starts at a slow burn with The Eye of the World, The Way of Kings hits the ground running.

    The Stormlight Archive is the new face of epic fantasy, like the Wheel of Time was before it. Sanderson has truly come into his own on this one.

    79 of 84 people found this review helpful

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