If Someone is looking into getting this book, I would go say for it as is the whole series. I am a very picky fantasy reader. I like coherent metaphysics and people you can genuinely care about or dislike. My one HUGE issue in the 2nd book is the narrator change. To be fair, I did not look to see if this was in response to any bad reactions to the first one, but I would be shocked it that was the case. Also, to be fair it can be said that the replacement is not bad. He is not even close to the other voice actor but I could listen to him. I voice my opinion because I listen to books on audio all the time and I thought book one's reader was truly gifted and he acted out all of the main parts with proper accents, adroitly. So I felt I had to posit my frustration at his loss when the series is so clearly a hit and can afford a quality voice actor. A really dumb mistake made in audio publishing all the time. I have dropped series altogether because 3 books into a series they bring on a horrible narrator. I simply find it appalling that they do not work harder to prevent such things from happening. At least in this book, you can deal with both narrators, or at least I could. So I would say if you liked book one, jump on in the water is fine. I just had to mention the switch of readers because I know that Audible knows the difference. They have made some amazing book on audio. I read "Tales of the Otori" and it was stellar and even more so on audio via audible. And my taste must be somewhat on as I am sure that "Tales of the Otori" series won several awards. Many actors truly do act out each voice and do it well. A good example is the first book in this series with Denis O'Hare. In short this is a good book well done in and it is good for older children meaning 14 and up 12 if your child is precocious There are great cultura references to real places in people that are great at stimulating interest in history.
Witty, clever, entertaining
Myles, The young adult son of very talented powerful noble couple in a modern warrior culture and the main protagonist. Myles is both a smart young hero and a physically maimed person. The injury occurs because of an assassination attempt on Myles in utero because his legendary and heroic father was regent for the then newly appointed child emperor at the time. As far fetched as all this context seems, it is written believably and well. This tale is a great story in its own right but it also provides a great example of a hero who is a better, more creative person because of how he overcomes his physical differences and the deeply ingrained social predjudices his native culture hasagainst them. I want to stress that though the hero has physical difference and some negative bias he must overcome, the story is not focused on that part of the plot aspect, nor is it preachy when that facet of Myles factors in. It simply provides great backstory and impetus for Myles being a more interesting person that is believably more self aware than a character his age would be. It gives him more depth than simply explaining his good qualities as the product of his great genetics, terrific family upbringing and superior education. You are able to see that Myles was able to creatively game and ultimately excel in the very physically demanding warrior culture because he was always acutely aware of his special and separate status within it. More importantly it is an enriching factor that helps to set the stage for an extraordinary coming of age story.
Yes, the narration is good, not awesome but good. For me, it neither took away from Nor did it greatly add to the quality of story.
Classic soft scifi story that is a great adventure story that explores many human dilemmas in the quest setting. Great human insights into overcoming many real obstacles beyond the obvious ones that only apply to a fictional context and yet the story's are entertaining exciting and you do end up caring about the characters and get some good laughs too. Also it is worth noting that though this is a scifi story you see signs of the author's ability to write genuinely beautiful and lyrical prose not typically found in such faire. Overall this is a the fourth good book in a series of books about heroic men in a top noble family in futuristic Spartan global government, in an interstellar age. The fourth book is actually the first book that features Myles as the main protagonist in the family's saga and is as good a place to start as book one because this book reads the way Star Wars episode Three film played when it opened that saga up. Both start with a son's tale only to also have the first three books describe the full first person account of the mother and father in a very exciting fashion as well. Bottom line, the book is part of a beloved Science Fiction series and this book is one of the only other books in the series that acts as a good starting point for immersing yourself larger saga. The narrator is strong though not amazing. He is very good at delivering the humorous dialogues at points, but his voice is not like some other performances that seemed to actually elevate the material. That said, the narrator Grover Gardner certainly did not detract from the story either and is overall a good narrator. So If you're looking for a soft science fiction adventure book that's well written by an author who can both tell a good story as well as write beautiful prose, and you want that book to be a part of a much longer and strong epic narrative, then "The Warriors apprentice" by Lois McMaster Bujold, would be a very good audible book selection.
first of all this this book spares no expense with two renowned book actors. Kate Reeding is terrific on her own as is Michael Kramer but it was a particular luxury to have a woman to characterize all the women's parts and a man to do all the male parts. And a terrific choice given the breadth and scope of the world this book is setting up. I have read or listened to all of Brandon Sanderson's books to date and while elantris was a nice first effort it started to lose me towards its end as it began to feel all finished but for the exposition and I never really cared as much about those characters as I did in this work. The MIstborn Series was another quantum step forward because while Mistborn;s this magic system was genuinely fresh, novel and completely believable I also found the character development and the tensions introduced between them far more visceral and compelling. Also the plot in those books was very good with many interesting reveals all the way through all of those books. Still, I would not quite put either of those efforts in the soulful category of the astonishing Patrick Rothfuss novels yet. That all changes with the opening book of
I did not have a favorite character I liked several for different reasons. If I had to narrow it down I would say look for a certain bridge man a certain truly noble older royal person who must keep certain visions to himself, a Royal female scholar and a certain mysterious thief and assassin. I am not going to say more because I do not want to give anything away. but all of them were fun to inhabit as they traveled down their stories.
I answered this earlier but I will say it again, It was a real treat to have a woman for the female parts and a man for the male parts. It was a particular treat to have two such well loved narrators in the same book, both have won awards for reading other books and are generally very well received on their own but to have them both gave the book itself an added sense of reality and dimension.
Again there were several poignant parts to the book and I am not going to name any now, I will let others decide for themselves
This book is a sign that there are still many new masters in the making ready to come pick up the mantle that People like Tolkien, Jordan, GRRM, and Goodkind have created. fortunately some of them are still writing but clearly when they are no longer doing so Brandon will be one of the ones to carry on such a great writing genre's tradition of excellent fantasy story telling.
First The Narrator. If you are like me & find the first few moments of the narrator bland, I promise you he is a terrific narrator! He deftly acts out characters of all ages & genders. In fact, he grew on me so much that he is the only person whom I can hear tell the story now. Bottom line, he is a fine fine narrator & that is doubly wonderful because this is the most complete & immersive fantasy story I have read since I read Tolkien, or George R R Martin. While I also liked The inheritance cycle very well too despite its detractors; "The KingKiller Chronicles" is on another level and clearly for adults.
Further, if you are educated or ever thought about any of the big questions of life, then besides a tremendous story, this book will also pose some very wise & amazingly poetic commentary to address many of such matters. You might find that a Grandiose claim for a Fantasy book, but I promise you, soon there will be quotes being compiled from this book series. I do have one caution. If any one reading this review thinks of reading the second book without reading the first I can only say that you will be cheating yourself two fold. This book despite having its own drama & narrative is the foundation that gives you a deep feel for the world you are in, the cultures, the way magic works, and the temperament, skills, & flaws of all the characters. Also, the first book lays out the narrative device for the entire series as well. One that is clever enough to allow the reader to know the character in both first person present and as first person reflective as he tells the story of his life from an older and wiser time & place. It is an elegant way to get more insight on the deeds of the character and the world both at the time of the telling and while you to live the out the protagonist's life history as he is lived it in a present sense. In my humble opinion, I think this is the birth of a new Giant Fantasy literature. This is a work of profound craft and imagination!
I used to like Bill Maher when he thought he was a talented comedian. Now he thinks he is the voice of not only reason but of wisdom and common sense. What is so sad is that many people are so lazy, they actually get a good deal of their news from "info-tainment shows" like the comedy channel's daily show and (which I do like after the news not in place of it) And Bill Maher First in Politically Incorrect, and now in HBO's Real TIme. The irony of the names of both his new show and this book are funny though not intentionally. Trully Bill Maher can be really funny but I am so tired of him being preachy instead. his show pretends to have real debates. In truth they are little more than folks that are on the traditional or Republican side of current issues set up as targets for the anti-bush Guests or anti-Bill maher's point of view. While every once and a while a person is allowed to make a point mostly it just Bill Maher ranting, joking, or lecturing the audience. If you agree with what he believes and love biting sarcasm in mass quantities or If you want pot legalization to be a constant issue you will like him too. If you want comedy and social satire that is fair minded and not totally cynical on every subject, his shows or this book are not for you. Do not get me wrong Bill Maher can be funny, and if you wonder why I mention his shows? It's because this book is nothing more than an written extension of a segment he does every episode on his HBO show. A compilation of "New Rules" that will reflect both the reality of his lifestyle as a hollywood favorite at the playboy mansion and a devout advocate for pot legalization. In billl's world you can be libertarian as long as you are his kind of hypocritical libertarian. But my main issue with this book is that his "New Rules" are less about humor and more about the art of entertainment as a means to demagoguery. he was better when he was focused on being funny rather than a self righteous inlfuence peddler
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