The story line is really good, Characters are incredibly formed, conflicts are intriguing with some ironic twists. I don't like the narrator. I strongly don't like her. She reads like a slow British slug. I have young children, and this is one I can't play around them on certain parts. Too much vulgarity and sexual content to be comfortable to me. I did like Robin Hobbs "Assassin's Apprentice", so I thought I 'd try this one. I do want to finish the series, because I want to know how it ends up, but I think I'll do it on hard copy instead.
It rang true to what I have believed about the gospel and have been taught from other sources and people who have been influential to me. It is written with the understanding of the fullness of the Gospel pertaining to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, so those who may be biased towards it and not with an open mind may feel out of their league. I love hearing about spiritual near death experiences and this one was really intriguing because of the detail about future events. As it reads, some of this may be figurative and possible but not necessarily encompasses exact events as they will occur. I think it is possible. It's reopened my eyes to some perspectives about spiritual things. And I think I am better for it.
The narrator reads a little dryly. He is ok, but doesn't give it the feeling or emotion it deserves. He reads like he is reading, not telling the account with conviction. I found myself hearing it another voice, from someone who taught me these things before. Yet I will listen to this many times over in the future.
This is the best of the best. The 4 stories in the beginning of the saga are all intricate in detail and rich in characterization. Brandon Sanderson is deep. He understands emotion and intense struggle. He asks questions that get you to think about the meaning of life and the paradoxical relationship between good and evil. He gets the battle within of human complexity. The characters are wonderfully flawed and you find yourself relating to each in a different way. They are so real, and their experiences, battles and mystery are all intense. Brandon Sanderson never runs out of good ideas and new ways to create magic. He knows how to build the suspense and get the story moving. I had a hard time stopping listening to get to work or bed. It's one of those that you realize you are screaming at the characters out loud and reacting audibly. Knowing Sanderson, There are going to be some more twists to the plot and characters being revealed to be more than what they seem. I am having hunches about a few already, and have been right about some, and wrong about others so far. One thing I really love is that Sanderson is clean, and can still make it good without mucking it up with filth that I don't want to play in front of my kids. He makes things obvious without being crude. Though he does have a way of making the gore pretty visual. Something that makes it what it is and is necessary for description.
I personally like Kaladan the best because of his extensive characterization, history and sense of honor, even with his prejudice and internal struggles. His abilities are getting more and more fascinating. Some of the members of the bridge crew have great supporting positions and wonderful personalities. I'm expecting one of them to be some great being or important piece to the plot in the sequels. I'm very intrigued to see how Shallan is going to grow and what she is going to discover about her abilities and new knowledge.
Michael Kramer really has a voice that makes the books come alive with new voices for each character, and Kate Reading is also a cut above the rest. For a story with so many intricate characters, they really pull off the aspects of each individual and you know who you are dealing with before the name is revealed. These two have been my favorite readers in other stories. Michael Kramer did Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series and Kate Reading did The Host. Outstanding performances!
The last battle scene was an intense almost 2 hours of painful anticipation. The story kept building and coming together and I was on edge 'til it was over. The internal struggles of the bridge crew makes your heart ache, and I found myself crying when they decided to uphold honor and stand up for those who couldn't help themselves at a moment of betrayal instead of the alternate path that looked like their moment of potential freedom, all while they had been inflicted with their own casualties.
When is the sequel going to be finished! I'm going to be a wreck until it is here!
Couldn't wait for the Final one. This series just got better and better. Author is amazing, And the narrator is the best! Fast paced, captivating, gripping and all that. I actually cried in this and the final book. That doesn't usually happen.
Absolutely awesome! The whole series was fantastic, the characters are intriguing and impressively formed, the story is intricate and deep yet captivating and fast paced. The magic is new and the mystical creatures are creative and well designed. Great twists in the plot, and get's you to think about real life in the grander scheme of things. I think this narrator deserves some sort of Oscar. His voices are really distinct and fascinating and he really draws you in... even though the story itself is great. I've listened to other books that I liked, but I didn't like the narrator. But Michael Kramer has a real gift for reading and creating accents. He is amazing at sounding like actual different people. A tough feat for such a deep bass. Brandon Sanderson understands some real deep truths and brings them up in a way that leaves you physically unable to forget let alone able to "turn the story off". I'm getting the hard copy of the set ASAP.
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