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  • 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
    (10219)
    Performance
    (7692)
    Story
    (7736)

    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.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Hmm, 2 hours in and I'm not feeling good bout it"
    Overall

    I really, really want to like this book. I love epics, and I loved the Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan). I thought BS did a great job on the final book of the series. But this book? I just don't get it. I'm 2 hours in, and I have to force myself to continue. Firstly, there is just soooo much going on from the very beginning -- but what is very much lacking is any character that you can care about from a human perspective (which is what made Jordan's books so magnetic). So far, it's just a lot of fighting, gore, and imprisonment. Why should we care?

    Also, as much as I love Michael Kramer (and I'm sure Kate Reading) I REALLY wish they had chosen someone else to narrate. Given that these are the same two readers as the whole Wheel of Time series, I keep expecting the names Rand, Matt, and Perrin to come up. It's just very distracting to have the exact same readers, with the same inflections, and the same general subject.

    I'm really hoping that I get in to this, I'd really like to. We'll see...

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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