After reading Mistborn, I was expecting more from Brandon Sanderson.
The narrator was good, but the overall story wasn't anything memorable. It's basically a book about a guy with imaginary friends and some kind of camera that could take pictures of past events.
I think the book would have been more interesting if all the characters were separate, real people not inside his mind. To me, it just makes the main character seem like a delusional mental patient.
First of all, this book might have been a lot better if it was narrated by someone else. Someone with a little more emotion who didn't try to make everyone sound Russian. Being better at female voices wouldn't hurt either.
I was looking for a long book to listen to and being a fan of Tom Clancy novels I thought this might be an interesting book. I hate to say it, but I thought this book was rather lame. The overall story wasn't too bad, but it seemed poorly connected. There are no chapters in this book and the narrator rarely pauses for any length of time so most of the book feels like one long run on sentence.
I think the author could have come up with better code names though. 'The Sorcerer' and 'The Wiz'. Seriously?? That's the best you could come up with? I think real names would have made the story easy to follow and give the characters a little more familiarity. At least then the narrator wouldn't have tried to keep saying them with so much efficacious as if they were names from Lord of the Rings.
Most of the book was just boring and gritty stuff. The new recruit 'Training Exercise" was probably the most exciting part of the book, with the least interesting part being the "I want to be your friend! Please open up to me" B/S where one of The Company guys lies and pretends he wants to become friends with some emotionally damaged and unloved Russian woman who happened to have access to Russian secrets.
From the audio sample and all the raving 5 star reviews I thought I'd give this book a chance. It sounded like it might be an interesting crime/mystery novel but I just never got into it. There was never a part where I thought 'What is going to happen next!?'.
The characters just weren't that interesting either and the story was just too boring. It didn't feel like there was any direction to it. There was no build up to the events, no moment where you think 'I think I know what happened'.
If you're looking for a classic crime series, this book isn't it.
The story itself was pretty good. It was a detective mystery style book and overall it wasn't bad. It had some really funny parts at the beginning, but the main characters brand of humor (making sarcastic remarks to every little comment) started to get old after Part 1 and then I just started getting annoyed with it after part 2. The middle of the book was rather boring and seemed to include some random events to fill a few more pages. The ending wasn't bad but it could have been better.
The biggest problem I have with this book is that the main character is your typical arrogant and self centered "Alpha Male" who can dish it out but can't take it and has to come up with a scarastic/smartass reply to everything. By the end of the book it's clear that John is a real ahole so this will be the first and last book that I read from Nelson DeMille.
Winter is coming...
That is pretty much all I really remember about this book. I don't normally pick 2 credit books, but I gave it a chance based on based on all the good reviews. I was hoping for a good solid book but I was quite disappointed.
The enjoyable parts were few and far between, but mostly the story was just too obvious and too cliche to keep my interest. There were no suspenseful 'I wonder what is going to happen next!?' moments to keep me listening. Most of the motivation to finish was because it cost me 2 credits and the parts with Jon Snow were the most interesting (even his story towards in the end was predictable though). I don't know why people are putting reviews like 'Best book ever!' when it was just the usual 'Evil guy wins because the good guy wants to do the honorable thing' with some 'rooting for the underdog' mixed in.
If you like Renaissance era political bickering and petty 'Lord vs Lord' squabbles then this is probably a good book for you. If you want a more adventurous book I'd recommend The Final Empire Mistborn Book 1.
After being a bit annoyed with the 2nd book of the Final Empire, I was hesitant to give this book a listen but it was short and more importantly it didn't have Vin. I was also curious how the Mistborn world was going to be written 300 years later. I have to say it was a pretty interesting adventure, it had a few rough spots but it wasn't bad at all. I really liked the Wayne character, he was great and always good for a laugh at times. At least Wax had some balls and wasn't a untrusting/whiner that got a superiority complex at the end of the book.
So I liked how people only had one Allomancer power and not 8, and Aitium (sp?) was pretty much wiped out thanks to Keliser. It really made the story more interesting, writing about a mistborn like Vin just seems to be a little sloppy, especially when that character becomes arrogant. You lack that sense of 'what is going to happen next' when you know they'll just swallow more metals or flare metals. In this book it was more about how well you used the one you had.
The only annoyances I had with the book was how the author seemed to treat Miles as a superior character just because he was a gold Feruchemist. That doesn't make him any stronger or faster, just regenerate faster. Also, maybe I just don't understand how it works but being able to regenerate health so quickly doesn't seem possible. A gold Feruchemist could only use health he had stored in his metal minds, when he tapped that power it was all used up, he would have to spend some time being sick to refill them. Gold Allomanciers burned gold to see a split image of himself, they can't create it out of nothing and once they burn it, it was gone. This is why Allomanciers can't use metal minds either because you have to burn the metal, how do you burn the metal of a bracer? If you did, it'd be used up and you wouldn't have a bracer anymore. If you could get a unlimited supply just from wearing a bracer that pierced your skin, all the Mistborn would have Aitium bracers. It just doesn't make sense, and even if you could, you still had to spend the time being sick to store the health and the rule of using more to heal faster would still apply so there's really no such thing as unlimited health.
I LOVED the first book, it's been awhile since I've read/heard such great novel so I was quite eager to start the second book in the series.
I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in the second book. The story is still quite good, but not great, I think this is because the story lacks a purpose. In the first book the goal was to overthrow the Lord Ruler and everything they did was one step closer to that goal. The second book seems like the goal is just to survive. Wondering what is going to happen to Luthadel is the pretty much the only thing going on.
I didn't care much for Vin in the first book and now that she is the main character in the second book I'm a bit less interested in the story. She is depressive and whiny to listen to most of the time and overall is far too arrogant. Being Mistborn seems to have given her a superiority complex, not to mention far too dependent on them. Elend is also quite annoying, naive and far too honest for his own good. He is a Socialist day dreamer with utopian ideals that could never work in reality, not even in his own reality. This along with Vin crying about how she doesn't fit in really made the book less interesting. I was hoping for an adventure like the first book. I thought this book might have been more about The Well of Ascension and less about Luthadel. I really liked the parts where they talked about Pre-Ascension times and what The Deepness was so the book wasn't all bad.
Sadly I'm not sure if I'll listen to the 3rd book in the series though, I'm afraid Vin will become the Hero of Ages, or even worse Elend.
I bought this book based on some of the other reviews and didn't know exactly what to expect but this is one of the best books I have ever listened to. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fantasy action/adventure book.
I think a good book will spark your imagination as you read/listen to it,but a great book will go beyond that. A great book is a rare treasure that will be paint the pictures of the story in your head and make you feel like a part of the story. It will make you feel connected to the characters as the story evolves and this with the storytelling will keep you wanting to read more and more. A great book will also 'come to life' in the sense that you think what the real world would be like if the events in the book were true. Things like how useful would it would be to burn pewter when you're moving something or staying up late. A great book such as this one might even give you dreams about the events in the book. Towards the end of this book, I had a dream of being attacked by the Lord Ruler. There are not many books that come to life such as this one.
Not only is the book quite memorable, but the story is fantastic in it's numerous adventures and sudden plot twists. The burning metals type of magic is really quite unique and interesting. Kelsier and his crew really bring a lot of excitement to the book, but I can't really say the same for Vin. Vin was a little to 'Emo' and depressive but she did have an interesting place in the story.
I decided to give this book a listen based off the funny sounding title and the sample clip provided. I was looking for a new book that would offer a little silly humor and the first couple of chapters were pretty interesting. I was pulled into the book even more because I myself am just as socially inept as the Minotaur. This didn't last for more then 7 or 8 chapters though.
After the 8th chapter it felt like the author didn't know where he wanted to take the story and a lot of it seemed rather pointless. Then it got weird with the homosexuality and the graphic sexuality (Bestiality?) There were a few chapters that were only sentences long in length which I didn't understand the point of. Another compliant is some of the story didn't make a lot of sense. The ending was really weird too. It seemed more like the author was writing about an event in his life then a fictional story. One thing that I kept wondering about while listening was how the author goes into great detail about the success of the restaurant and the job duties of the employees, but always seems to make it seem filthy and disgusting.
I think this book would be half the length if the the author didn't use so many adjectives. It's like he lacked the skill to create a world in detail so he just used a bunch of adjectives to describe everything instead of creating a detailed world in the way an author like Tom Clancy would.
Overall I think the book was decent, not one I'd listen to again though. The narrator was pretty good and I think the grunt was perfect. I found myself trying to imitate him when the obvious parts for it came up. There were a few parts in the story where he overdid it and read with a little too much emotion though.
Overall this is a pretty well done and researched book but I found it rather boring at times.
After listening to 'I'm a Stranger Here Myself' and hearing Bryson explain how he had no idea what a water shutoff valve was or where it was located, I thought this might be another comical book about his home life but I was wrong.
Bryson's adventures are much much more entertaining then his recently written history books.
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