Absolutely. Steven Pacey provides such an incredible performance, it truly amplifies the merits of the story.
My favorite part of the entire narrative has to be Sand dan Glokta, who is one of the most compelling characters I have read. Anyone interested in complex, sympathetic anti-heroes should be pleased by this character.
I listened to all three books in sequence, one after the other, and so cannot remember scenes as being specifically in the middle book!
Not really. It was enjoyable, but not as compelling as other books I couldn't put down.
This was an incredible story. Complex without being obfuscated, and stirring without being melodramatic. As always, Sanderson's command of pace and world-building are without peer.
Ready Player One is in the top five science fiction audiobooks I have listened to, and it is the best (and most novel) cyberpunk book I have encountered since William Gibson invented the genre.
There were so many memorable moments. Each gate and each key was very memorable. Sorrento's gambit was very memorable. Ogden's birthday was very memorable. Hard to pick just one.
It was hard to have a favorite character other than the narrator, Wade Watts. It is through him that I relived so much of my childhood and adulthood. Ogden and H were probably close seconds.
Claiming the future be reliving the past.
I would, if someone were interested in fantasy stories with interesting history, political intrigue, high action, expert violence, and some interesting magic.
I think the scene that stands out the most to me is when Ferro confronts the eater after having been exposed to the Seed. It is a very satisfying struggle and outcome.
An incredible talent for accents, a wide range of very precise vocalizations, and a tremendous acting ability. He may be the very best audiobook performer I have heard.
Not really. It was a very pleasant narrative, but not as compelling as other books that I couldn't put down.
Steven Pacey is possibly the most talented performer I have heard on an audio book. He made the story incredibly enjoyable.
The Blade Itself is not unlike The Way of Kings in narrative structure. The world is lower fantasy (i.e. less magic), and the narrative not as tight, but it follows several disparate protagonists whose stories slowly spiral toward each other in a large narrative arc.
I have never heard Steven Pacey before, but I am completely impressed.
Not really. It was an enjoyable listen, but not as compelling as other books I couldn't put down.
Sand dan Glokta is one of the most interesting and compelling characters I have ever read. Anyone who likes complicated, sympathetic anti-heroes should be very pleased by this character.
The Way of Kings is the best audiobook (and indeed, book) I have listened to yet.
It reminds me of the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie. The narration follows several characters separately as they slowly spiral into a single plot. It takes its time, building a rich picture of the world and its occupants, so that the reader can savor each event in its time. Though Way of Kings has more magic present in the world and story than the First Law series.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer both had an excellent variety of voices for the numerous characters. It was very easy to tell who was whom by the voices alone, which helps when following so many different characters through scenes filled with dialog. Kramer in particular has a remarkable talent for giving different voices to different people, and capturing the accents of different lands. And with two strong female protagonists, it was excellent to have a skilled female performer to give them the character of voice they needed.
By the second half, I absolutely wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. But at more than 40 hours, that wasn't very likely to happen. Still, I found myself listening to it for great spans of time every chance I could.
I definitely would. It is a quick listen, and it is full of fantastic, quotable insights into the perspective of modern science on consciousness.
I loved the manner in which it addressed the question of what it means to be human. From the illusion of free will, to the nature of consciousness, to the nuts and bolts of biology, neurology, and psychology, Peter Watts was thorough and artful.
Smith seemed at first to be a bland narrator, until I met other characters and realized that bland is precisely what Siri sounds like. His rendition of Sarasti was downright chilling.
My strongest reaction was intellectual, deeply enjoying the dense, hard science fiction as well as the cognitive science themes. However, I also had an emotional reaction during a particular death scene that surprised me (as much as it surprised Siri, I'm guessing).
I'm not much for revisiting stories I've already consumed, but Wise Man's Fear could be one of the rare exceptions. It's length, depth, and complexity make me suspect there are gems to be found on further reading.
Nick's performance of accents is amazing. His ability to bring instant recognition to characters from their voices, as well as instant personality to the intricately detailed cultures, is extremely helpful.
A hero's journey in an amazing world
Rothfuss paints an incredibly intricate and detailed world, which Nick Podehl narrates with equally intricate and detailed voice work. Rothfuss's effort for crafting distinct cultures and flavors of magic were met equally by Podehl's effort for crafting distinct accents for different cultures, different classes, and different ages.
The circumstances of Kvothe's departure from his troupe was powerful and lasting in my memory.
Elodin's question's for Kvothe were by far my favorite scene. They implied a depth of understanding we had not yet seen, and they established the kind of mad brilliance that could be expected from Elodin, my favorite character.
The book had me in tears so quickly with the circumstances of Kvothe's departure from his troupe. It is rare to be moved to such emotion so quickly in a novel.
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