This was a strange listening experience. I want to say up front that I liked the book. However it is definitely a mixed bag. And I definitely understand some of the comments Im seeing being written about the content.
First, the narration struck me as odd in style. Langton has a "very proper" british accent. While he's easy to follow and understand, I was originally having a problem with his stylistic approach to the content. The story has a "gritty" feel to it, however Langton's reading style reminded me of someone reading "Winnie the Pooh". A very odd paring. And when Langton tries to adopt a "hard" tone, it sounds a little forced by comparison.
However Ido have to say that after a few chapters I started feeling like the tone was more of a British "understatement" style, which I like, and I got a little more in tune with the subtle sarcasm and ironic commentary. But Im not entirely sure whether that was me dealing with the narration or if it was Langton shifting the emphasis of his reading.
The story writing here is strong, and the characters are interesting and fun to follow. But it does jump back and forth in a timeline with different character story lines. It can be difficult to follow but thats not necessarily the problem. The real issue is that this timeline jumping doesn't do that much to propel the story. And frankly isn't that necessary to the overall story arc. It does help to define some character development, but Im left thinking that all that jumping around wasn't necessary and that the story could have been better served using a different approach.
But, overall its a pretty fun listen. I may or may not continue the series. But Im glad I read this one.
Let me preface this by saying that I think lots of folks will like this book. There is much of the book that I like. However, this was a difficult read for me.
My first Sanderson book was Steelheart. Which I loved and highly recommend. Once done, I went looking for another read by the author and stumbled on The Way of Kings. It looked like it was exactly what I wanted. A nice long book that was the beginning of a series that I could dig my teeth into.
So this was a book I really wanted to like. And again, there is much to like here. But the writing style, and the approach to the story was so radically different from Steelheart that it was sort of shocking. Maybe it was just me, and my pre conceived expectations, but I had a really difficult time keeping track of whats going on in the story. Which, in itself, is not a problem. I don't mind complexity, but my problem with this story is that I kept getting the feeling that the level of complexity didn't really move the story forward. And in fact, often got in the way of character development. Now that Im finished I feel justified in those beliefs. There is a lot of time spent in this book with side stories, and flashbacks, that just never pay off. Or offer any insight into the motivations of the characters.
It took me until well into part three until I could finally pinpoint the different story threads. Once I started working out where the main story lines were things improved quite a bit. The main characters Caladin, Shalin, and Delanar Kolin are great characters. The Caladin story itself is worth the price of admission. But again, in the end there wasn't a real satisfying payoff for any of the characters. And the ending! I think it was meant to be a powerful foreshadowing of what is to come. But I was left feeling very unsatisfied, and Im really questioning if I want to continue with the series.
Again, I don't want to be too disparaging. This didn't work for me as well as I would have liked, but maybe its just me. This book, and series, is definitely worth considering. The "dual narrators" approach is very interesting, and does help to define the main characters. But if you are looking for another Steelheart shake it off and get ready for a very different experience.
I picked this book up without knowing much about it. It appears to be the first of a series, and I can't wait for the next book. The story, while fantastic, is thoughtful, logical, and entertaining. The characters are interesting, if sometimes intentionally corny, and I got sucked into the relationships and character development pretty quickly. The universe that Sanderson defines is a great place to explore.
Macleod Andrews does an excellent job of narration. His characterizations are unique and are not to be confused with Sandman Slim and company. He's become one of my favorite narrators. I hope he stays with the series.
If you like good sci fi/fantasy I think you will enjoy this book. I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised to find this gem.
How I feel about this book is a little complicated. I definitely liked it, and MacLeod Andrews does an awesome job with his characterizations in all of the books.
When I first finished this book I wasn't sure I would finish the series. I liked the book, but I didn't have an overwhelming need to jump into the series right away. However I kept thinking about the characters, and Andrews reading. And I had to go back for seconds.
I'm glad I did. I eventually finished the whole series and I hope that Kadrey revisits these characters. The mythology grows on you and the characters only get better and more interesting with age.
I've read a couple of reviews that complain about the story being far-fetched and utilizing too much "deus ex machina". True, but if you are looking for reality you're looking in the wrong place. This story and series is pretty "outside". You will need to suspend quite a bit disbelieve. But I think its worth it.
I read Aslan's previous work "No God But God", which is a similar text that focus' on Islam and Islamic traditions.
Zealot is very much in the same mold and quite enlightening. Its well written, well read, and I have the sense that the content is well researched. Apparently with the written text you can look up the source material through the appendices.
Regardless of your take on Christianity and who you feel Jesus was, this is a good, professionally written, scholarly, and respectful text. It can get a little confusing and it speaks to confusing times. But Aslan does a great job staying on track and elucidating the key events critical to early Christianity.
Im not sure I would listen to this particular book, even though I thought it was excellent. However this book does inspire me to look into other good sources on Tesla.
It would be hard to pinpoint a single event. However it was very interesting to view Tesla through the eyes of his contemporaries. And visa versa.
Good performance. A little dry, but appropriate for a biography. Clear and understandable.
Great book. Good performance. It can be a bit confusing as the author tends to pop back and forth in time however I still recommend the book for anyone remotely interested in Tesla and inventors in general.
I happened to notice this book while browsing for something new. I had never heard of the title, but I had heard of the author via the Monster Hunter series. However I had never read any of his books before.
I enjoyed the character development. The principal players are diverse, interesting, and are good people to spend time with. Even the villains.
Hard to top the climax of the story. But Jakes battles with Maddy really added a level of sophistication and conflict that was very satisfying.
The female leads and the relationships to the others were great story lines. Jakes relationship with Delilah was particularly poignant. And Faye's character was both a treat and a key plot point as she strove to avenge her grandfather.
Bronson Pinchon did an outstanding job reading this story. Great dialects, pacing, and tone. I hope he chooses to do more of this work as his involvement will be a huge selling point for me. I highly recommend this story and I've already purchased and started the second installment of the series.
Possible. The writing is good, the narration awful.
The reader in this case got it all wrong. Wrong inflection, wrong tone, wrong pace. The works. The worst performance I've heard on an audiobook.
The story could be good. Hard to tell, the narration is so bad.
I really wanted to like this book. I've been hearing about this series for years. Did not suit me at all.
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