See-through plot development. Sub-par space physics. Author is good, and overall ties the necessary strings, but character development is shallow, and like an overzealous pitcher, the wind-up before delivery of a plot thread is painfully long. Additionally, the physics of space combat and comms is laughable. (ex. A ship pops out of an instantaneous wormhole transportation "ring", is then limited to relativistic travel/time delays, but never-the-less has real time communication capability with everyone in the system, and real time reporting of every other ships movement activities. Even the fleet movement concept is more or less limited to what surface ocean vehicles have been doing on earth for the last thousand years.)
Author needs to study more and incorporate realistic physics in his books, or at least provide an technological solution for avoiding those limits. Main character needs to have a little A LOT more depth. Associated characters need to be better developed. I feel as though I'm reading a story, written by a guy whose read a lot about relationships, but hasn't personally experienced many.
Saving grace of the series. I'm not sure if his voice acting is what the author had in mind for each character, but his "role-playing" smooths over a lot of stilted dialogue and actually sets the stage required for "willing suspension of disbelief" required to get into the story line.
maybe...but I wouldn't expect anything great from it. A lot like other sci-fi, big explosion, eye candy (hot actresses), surrounding an unrealistic "hero" who falls into being a good leader (though in real life would be horrible at it)...I wouldn't expect it to work on all levels, and miss intellectually stimulating and heart-string pulling completely. But as a blow-em-up for fun, sure.
In spite of my other negative comments above...Ive listened to 3 of them. I'll probably finish the series. Along the lines of a guilty pleasure, you don't have to think much or feel much to enjoy the books.
Worth every penny
This is one of those Epic Stories that pulls in, then keeps you immersed from cover to cover. More than a coming of age, more than hollywood heroics, this story takes the tragic hero narrative to a pinnacle beyond where I ever imagined. I've enjoyed many, many books intellectually, the talent of the writer, the creativity of the story, etc.. This one pulled me in emotionally as well. You want the protagonist to succeed, you want his friends to enjoy happiness, you want the antagonist to be destroyed and to wring the neck of the annoying twits who interfere (as so often in life!) I laughed out loud, much to the amusement of my family, and had to excuse myself outside for privacy during the dark moments ... and I don't consider myself an overly emotional guy.
Rothfuss hints at a larger "epic" story, while never losing the threads of the story that make each character real. There's no obvious plot devices, no "mechanics of literature 101" sub-structure that display slavish adherence to what has been done thousands of times before. (though admittedly there are parallels) -- the real genius is that the story moves smoothly. The thread travels from the stories "present" to its "past" so well, you forget that you are reading a "Story inside a story" concept. The net effect is entertainment so well sewn together its incredibly easy to forget to sleep, or eat, or go to work as you excuse yourself just five more minutes to see whats around the next corner.
If you've ever lost yourself in a story, written, in music, or around a campfire -- you'll enjoy the talent of the author, the narration, and at least in my case, the creativity of an inspired concept.
Easy to listen to without jarring mistakes that pull you out of the story.
Yes -- then when I got to the end, I wanted to hear it again (I've listened to the series 3x now)
There are 3 books I've purchased over and over again for friends and family. I've purchased at least 6 copies of this one. The 3rd in the series can't get to Audible fast enough for my taste.
Give this book a chance. I promise you won't be disappointed.
I've only enjoyed the audio, so can't honestly compare the two
Tough question! Usually, author's only really develop 2-3 characters thoroughly. The rest serve as fodder for the plot or as foils for the protag/antag. In this book, Sanderson creates a number of really enjoyable characters that feel like they are, individually, there own. I'll spell the name wrong, but Calladin "Storm-blessed" has to be near the top, but I also really liked the Sprin, the assassin, and both the protagonist and antagonist brightlords (and their conflict). Even Wit has a special place...I can't wait to see where the author goes with his character.
Both great narrators. They've done a lot of audio work, and, having listened to them now for so long, I can almost immediately look past their voices and fall into the story itself. To be clear, their talent as voice actors is really what makes the difference--keeping me from falling out of the story due to jarring misrepresentations of the authors intent.
"...and you thought Lord of the Rings was as good as storytelling could get..."
I've read Mistborn, the last of the Wheel of Time series, and other works by Sanderson--but for my two cents, this is by far his best work. There are moments in the narration that seem to skip forward/backward that can be jarring, but trust the author, he'll deliver the story in full in the end. This one is up there with "name of the wind" and "Gates of Fire". Enjoy!
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