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Matthew

Great Falls, MT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Novice: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (441)

    Sonea knows the other novices in the Magicians' Guild all come from powerful families, but she also knows she can turn to Rothen and Dannyl for help when she needs it. Promoted to Guild Ambassador, Lord Dannyl leaves for the Elyne court. His first order from Administrator Lorlen is to resume, in secret, High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge. Not knowing the true reason for his journey, Dannyl is soon facing unexpected dangers.

    Aaron Gerber says: "I should have read the negative reviews..."
    "Age appropriate writing for characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Novice to be better than the print version?

    no audio performance was well done


    Any additional comments?

    Writer needs to write appropriately for the age of her characters. You can not reveal the ages of the characters to be 17 and 15 and then continue to write them like they are no older than 12. Characters were made out to be way too childish for their ages. It became rather annoying and frustrating at times when following the plot.

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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
    (11618)
    Performance
    (9015)
    Story
    (9073)

    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!"
    "Excellent Listen."
    Overall

    I have been impressed by Brandon Sanderson's writting in the past. He is very good at writting a compeling story that will draw you in. I was a fan of his Mistborn series, and really enjoyed all the books in it, and I have to say I think from this frist book that The Stormlight Archive will be even better. Every time I started listening to it, it would draw me in and I would find myself wanting to find out what would happen next, and listening to it at night was dangerous for me, because I would find myself having trouble turning it off to go to sleep. I think this is his best book to date and shows a new level of maturity in his writing. He did a beautiful job of telling multiple stories at once and did a wonderful job transitioning from one story to the next. This might partly be accredited to his taking over the WOT series, and have to adapted his writting to Robert Jordan's style, but if that is the case he has learned very quickly and has proven his tremendous skills in this book and the WOT book "The Gathering Storm". And I can not help but give him credit for being able to write such a wonderful book while also tring to complete the WOT series. That is a lot of work and pressure for one writter to under take.

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